Do you prefer the long light of summer nights or cosy snow-bound winter evenings in? Whichever extreme pickles your herring, Reykjavik has you covered, and the Home & Delicious guesthouse is in a prime central location for a city break in the Icelandic capital. The manager, Gunnar, is a photographer, so he’ll be able to point you in the direction of all the best sightseeing opportunities such as the Hallgrímskirkja, just three minutes’ walk away. That seems a lot of letters for one building but when you see the size and spectacle of the Lutheran church, towering over the city at 73 metres in a showstopping “Icelandic expressionist” style, you’ll understand that it merits every one of them.
But back to Gunnar’s place, built in 1928 in the Danish style. Recently refurbished, it’s a very good-looking property inside and out. There are three apartments – two in the main building and one in a separate little house in the backyard. The upstairs flat is a perfect size for two people, while the others can accommodate between two and four folk. Precise, contemporary furniture design sits comfortably with period detailing such as ornate ceiling coving, but perhaps the most ornate feature of all is that bathroom floor – guaranteed to have you lingering in the shower far longer than is good for you.