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Seeking sushi and northern lights in Iceland

With Iceland now on the green list for UK travellers, Jennifer Morris recommends a stylish stay at the Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel for those planning a trip to the land of fire and ice

Running as behind schedule as ever, I bustled into the reception of Iceland’s Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel to find my late-evening pick-up to seek out the northern lights, and timidly asked where I could grab a “super quick bite” locally – well aware the hotel had a beautiful restaurant of its own.

 

“No problem, Mrs Morris, follow me!” I was led into the bar adjoining the lobby – a twinkling Art Deco-meets-contemporary lounge, with coloured leather seats punctuated by burnt orange velvet cushions – and advised that each evening guests can help themselves to an extensive array of sushi freshly laid out on the bar top.

 

Sushi is a favourite dish of mine, and after chomping through platefuls of it and sipping on complimentary chilled dry white wine to go with it, I headed off to Aurora Basecamp happy – and witnessed the famous aurora borealis to boot.

 

I visited Reykjavik in pre-pandemic times so was pleased to hear the hotel that took such good care of me back then is set to reopen to guests on 1 July. The Konsulat, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, makes the perfect base for a visit to Iceland’s capital. It stands in the oldest part of the city, where the first settlers to Iceland were said to have made their home 1,150 years ago, and the old shoreline where they first tied up their ships is thought to be right under the hotel lobby.

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