Today, we're wrapping up our Iceland recap with a quick peek at an incredible 28 room boutique property, Hotel Budir. Situated on the westernmost tip of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, Hotel Budir's view of the nearby glacier is truly spectacular. About three hours from the capitol city of Reykjavik, the hotel's remoteness is part of its charm. You really can't help but feel at one with nature there. It is breathtaking.
When we walked in, I felt right at home. If I had to decorate my own little vacation home in Iceland, I'd want it to look just like this property. Warm, inviting, and casual but still refined even while remote from any city.
In the main sitting area, a gallery wall displays a mindful collection of old prints, photos, needlework and mementoes hung above a leather chesterfield sofa which is slightly worn in just the way a good leather couch should be. *Sigh* Why couldn't we have booked an extra day just to curl up on that couch with a glass of wine?
Everywhere you turn, there's another amazing little sitting area. Emily and I may have let out a little squeal when we first laid eyes on this pair of Louis armchairs upholstered in a perfectly not-quite-pink-not-quite-red velvet on top with cowhide seat covers draped so effortlessly on bottom. L-O-V-E. Oh, and throw them in a room with a another little gallery wall surrounding a porthole window with a view of a glacier. How perfect when a property makes you start fantasizing about bringing friends back and how you would entertain in each of the spaces!
After a long day of exploring, there's nothing better than cozing up with a hot beverage or glass of wine and a fire. On our only evening at Hotel Budir, we sat around the fireplace meeting a handful of other patrons and friends of the hotel. We browsed old photos of the property and flipped through a gorgeous illustration book by famed Benedikt Gröndal, whose 19th century illustrations documented the local wildlife of Iceland. It was a wonderful evening, but far too short.
There's no doubt that Hotel Budir is perfect for the leisure traveler! As we were scouting Hotel Budir for possible wedding locations, we were also interested in seeing the property through those eyes and it certainly didn't disappoint on that front either! Hotel Budir has wonderful vistas for getting married...
... A glacier seems like a pretty wonderful backdrop, don't you agree? In the event of foul weather, this room is the back-up plan. Amazing to keep the view even if you had to be indoors...
... and if you had your heart set on a church, there's one on property too! Quaint and lovely, a perfect example of the many old wooden churches built across Iceland.
The culinary experience at Hotel Budir was top-notch. Fresh Icelandic lobster, fish, lamb and reindeer were prepared with such grace and care and we had a wonderful time dreaming up the menu possibilities for a wedding event. In addition to a wonderful seated wedding dinner in the hotel's restaurant, we loved the idea of a late night beach bonfire complete with grilled meats. Or a cocktail reception with an ice bar atop the glacier for an out-of-this world welcome reception! The event possibilities with this property are endless and the food quality was phenomenal.
I am however perplexed by the Icelandic tradition of hákarl, which consists of a putrefied shark meat served on a toothpick and Brrennivin, a schnapps type liquor served cold and in a shot glass. Yes friends, out of obligation, I tried both. And in the words of Anthony Bourdain describing hákarl, it was “the single worst, most disgusting, and terrible tasting thing" I have ever eaten. It is most certainly an acquired taste but the locals love it. So strange! Aside from this weird little shark hors d'oeuvre, the food we had was great!
So there you have it, our wonderful trip to Iceland with only five hours of daylight. We simply cannot wait to visit Iceland, and Hotel Budir specifically, again very soon! A huge thanks to Johannes for being such a wonderful host to us and showing us more in 5 hours of daylight than we would've ever dreamed possible.
Stay tuned for the Portugal recap next!
All photos via Amber's iPhone.
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