Founded on literary heritage and the city’s best cinnamon buns, Sandhotel (SLH Group) immerses the guest in Reykjavik’s past – and future.

This collection of historic townhouses turned contemporary retreat has more than a few stories to tell. One of the hotel’s houses is the former home of Nobel Prize winning author Halldor Laxness.

Another puts guests above the enticing scents of Sandholt – a bakery loved by locals. The third was the gentlemen’s store of Guosteinn Eyjolfsson which first opened in 1918. But whichever luxury house you find yourself in, expect impeccable style with an art deco touch. Look out for one-off features throughout – from works by Icelandic artists to plush fabrics sourced from offcuts from the city’s oldest tailors. Sample fresh-from-the-oven cinnamon buns from Sandholt. Or explore the seasonal menu at Lauf, the bakery’s sister restaurant.

Sandhotel_2.jpgWhether it’s an endless summer or an aurora-chasing winter, Sandhotel is set to become a snug base in Reykjavic for Icelandic adventures.

The concierge can help visitors plan an adventure taking in glaciers, waterfalls and volcanic sands.