Many people dream of seeing the Northern Lights, and you can enjoy that once-in-a-lifetime journey in style at Hotel Glymur, a gorgeous small boutique hotel high on a hill in Hvalfjordur (Icelandic: "whale fjord"). Designed with furnishings and artwork from around the world, interiors are stylish and luxurious and all rooms and suites offer breathtaking views over the fjord or mountains. By evening, take a soak in the hot tub surrounded by western Iceland's dramatic scenery and perhaps you may see the famous lights. A trip over the fjord will bring you to one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Europe - Glymur - or spend a magical day at the Blue Lagoon, a unique geothermal bathing lagoon in beautiful surroundings. With Reykjavik just a 45 minute drive away, you can enjoy day trips to the vibrant capital, while enjoying Icelandic nature at its best.
For those who want a little extra independence, why not stay in the self-catering Hotel Glymur villas, perfect for a family break or holiday with friends relaxing in your own private hot tub on the verandah, while enjoying all the service of a hotel as you wish.
The surrounding landscape provides a magical backdrop to Hotel Glymur, which can be observed from the comfort of the outdoor hot tubs, or take a tour of the nearby Glymur waterfall, the majestic glaciers and the mystical Silver Circle where you can see lava, caves and waterfalls. A 45 minute drive away, Reykjavik is within easy reach for a day trip, and after your explorations, you can return to a massage before dinner. A spa is soon to be opened at this Chic Retreats, but for those who love the spa experience, the famous Blue Lagoon offers an out-of-this-world experience in its award-winning geothermal pools. If you would like to find some arts and crafts to take home, your hosts can arrange a trip to Alafoss where a variety of art, woollen crafts and Icelandic specialities can be found. As evening falls, order a northern light cocktail and if you are lucky, you may see the lights themselves as you relax under the starlit skies.
The Hotel Glymur restaurant serves up a fusion menu of Icelandic cuisine with international influences. Sample reindeer pate, or perhaps some almond roasted artic charr, or try out the Taste of Glymur taster menu to take a journey through the regions flavoursome dishes. For snacks and cakes, head to the cafe and try out their hot waffles with whipped blueberry cream or a hearty rustic sandwich.