One hundred forty years ago, in A Journey to the Center of the Earth
, Jules Verne depicted the Snaefellsjökull volcano as the gateway to the belly of the world. Today, it stands as a dormant, ice-capped, exquisite backdrop to Hotel Budir, Iceland's newest boutique hotel. Built on the site of an old hippy commune which morphed into a quirky hotel in the '80s and burned down in 2001, the hotel's revamped interior melds sleek Scandinavian design with floral wallpaper, doilies and other eclectic granny favorites to create a place where you can pad around in your socks yet still feel...
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