Iceland’s Great Luxury Hotel

An hour outside Reykjavík, Hotel Ranga offers a luxurious retreat.

Given Iceland’s flourishing social scene (see “Iceland’s Craft Beer Scene”), you’ll likely spend most of your stay en plein air. But if you’re in need of a retreat, head an hour east of the city to Hotel Rangá. A favorite of Scandinavian royalty, Rangá’s 44 doubles are cozy Nordic-chic, with wood walls and outdoor hot tubs. The seven suites are themed after the continents. (Try Antarctica, a study in penguin black-and-white.) But at Restaurant 4, local food, like salmon from the nearby River Rangá, reigns. Rooms start at $250;