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Place to Read

Akureyri, Iceland

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PROPERTY FEATURES

The Premises 

It’s not just bibliophiles who will love a Place to Read in Iceland’s second city, Akureyri. This homestay hideaway is housed in a former pharmacy in the old part of town, close to a famous fjord, and is made up of just a handful of apartment-style suites (or you can book out the house as a whole). It’s – obviously – the perfect place to stay in with a good book, but we’d recommend saving that for evenings recovering from wild adventures: there are plenty of waterfalls, lakes and mountains to explore up here. The Northern Lights are no stranger to these far-flung parts, and if you’ve travelled in high summer the days go on and on (and on – there are just two hours between sunset and sunrise in July).

Place to Read

Aðalstræti 4 Akureyri, Iceland

Ground floor apartment library

SMITH EXTRA

Compliments of the House 

A book on William Morris; if you book the entire house, you'll also receive a bottle of Drappier Champagne and a selection of Omnom Chocolates

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm, also flexible.
Rates usually include a self-catered breakfast.

FACILITIES

Free WiFi throughout, car park, laundry. In rooms: Bose iPod dock, Nespresso coffee machine, fireplace, kitchenette, tea-making kit, library and Soley Organics bath products.

PACKING TIPS

Bring thermals and outdoor gear in winter, and sunglasses in summer (you’ll need them all night long).

ECO-FRIENDLY

To ensure the safety of our staff and guests during these unprecedented times, we have made the decision to temporarily close our hotel. We apologize for any inconvenience, please check back at a later time wheen travel restrictions in the area have lifted. We look forward to hosting you in the future when the world is a much safer and happier place. We appreciate you, thank you for understanding.

SPA

There’s no spa, but Nordic traditions are alive and well: there’s a sauna in the basement, a hot tub and a bracing outdoor shower.

ALSO

The main level of the house is navigable for wheelchair users and one room on this floor has been specially adapted.
The temperatures may be the wrong end of zero, but Place to Read has one of the best ice-cream shops in the country for a neighbour: don’t miss a trip to Brynja to try the famous frozen delights, which are made with milk instead of cream.

Rooms 

The higher the room, the better the fjord-framing perspective, but the ground-floor apartment has the most space. All of the rooms are similarly low-key – comfort is king. For the most privacy, grab a few of your favourites and book out the whole house.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

There’s no restaurant, just a well-stocked fridge in the kitchen, where you’ll find helpful items such as milk, eggs, bacon, orange juice and organic yoghurt, along with some fresh bread and fruit, so you can assemble your breakfast. A private chef can be organised if that sounds like too much effort.

Liquid Bliss 

There’s an honesty bar set up in the kitchen, with wine, champagne, gin and tonic, and various local craft beers.
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Experience the Extraordinary 

The hotel is more of a home-style stay, so you won’t find much in terms of facilities, but the centre of Akureyri is a 10-minute stroll away. In Akureyri, check out the fjord-side Safnasafnio, a museum that showcases folk art and crafts alongside contemporary Icelandic works (open from mid May to late August); or the various exhibitions on display at the Akureyri Art Museum, where you should definitely stick around for the café. Cetacean spotters will be rewarded on a whale-watching boat trip along the Eyjafjordur fjord; Keli Seatours will take you out on its traditional fishing vessel. For those who prefer to take to the skies rather than the seas, Circle Air has scenic flights and photo-opp tours a long way from the ground. There’s also a sailing club right by the house, for kayaking and boat trips in the summer. Heli-skiing is big news in the nearby Troll Peninsula; you won’t find people with peaked pink quiffs, but you can ski all the way from the top of a mountain to the shores of the sea. Take the (mineral-rich) waters on a day trip to the volcanic Lake Myvatn, which is close to the hot springs, boiling mud pots and (hold your noses) fumaroles of Hverir.

Transportation 

You’ll find this Place to Read in the historic part of Akureyri, in northern Iceland.

Planes 

Akureyri has a domestic airport that’s two kilometres away from the hotel; internal flights from Reykjavik to Akureyri take 40 minutes, and then the drive to the hotel will take 10 minutes (a taxi should cost around 3,000 Icelandic króna).

Automobiles 

If you don’t fancy a connecting flight, you can land at Reykjavik and drive the 400 kilometres along Highway 1 to Akureyri (journey time: five hours). There’s free parking at the property and a set of wheels will come in handy if you want to get visiting the various waterfalls, lakes and canyons.

Location

Aðalstræti 4 Akureyri, Iceland

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