Category Archives: Holidays In Iceland

Iceland, driving along the south coast road.

A video from www.theholidaydirectory.co.uk Hardly any cars on the road even at peak holiday time in June makes driving in Iceland a dream. This video shows some of the scenery along the main coast road so sit back and enjoy the ride. Instead of just showing clips of the main attractions we like our videos to show what the real Iceland is like. The traffic has not been edited out of these video clips, what you see is what the roads are like.

Exploring the west of Iceland

Exploring the west of Iceland

Article by Asberg Jonsson

Set on the edge of Arctic Circle and lying in the one of the world’s most active hotspots of volcanoes, Iceland is growing in its popularity day by day in terms of tourism because of mixture of glaciers, hot springs and rugged fjords. Tourism in Iceland is also getting flourished by activities like hiking in midnight sun and taking bath in splendid blue lagoons. Let us see what WEST ICELAND has got in its store.

Travelers towards west Iceland will not feel the scarcity of sights, relaxations, entertainment and outdoor activities. Outdoor activities includes events like swimming, golf, hiking, touring on horseback, watching nature and some unseen species of birds are some from the endless list. It is said about west Iceland that beauty is everywhere and peace of nature is a complimentary gift with that peace. Every village and town of west Iceland has its own special mention in travel brochures in Iceland.

An area called Hvalfjordur is very famous here in west Iceland because it contains some scenes from the dreadful saga of the Helga Haraldsdottir. Every opportunity to enjoy the outdoors which includes Glymur waterfall is available. Mountains are present to challenge the hikers. The Second World War has left some ruins of British and American naval stations in this part of Iceland. The shoreline here has quite a big quantity of birdlife. Some reefs here provide resting and mating place for seals. There is no doubt the nature fanatics will enjoy roaming here in hvalfjorour.

The Akrafjall Mountain situated in akranes, not only provides attractive scenery but also the shelter for the tourists. It’s very easily accessible and the view from the top is simply unforgettable. This area has everything to give, whether tourist wants to enjoy indoor or outdoor. The museum at garoar is a must visit place here. It contains some ancient samples of fishing boat of the akranes. The cluster of five museums makes it a very important place for those who want to learn about history, culture and nature of Iceland.

Borgarfjordur region is Iceland’s most prosperous region and is situated here in west Iceland. The village called Borgarnes has some very good attractions for tourists. Some very good swimming and outdoor activity options are present here. The valley in which this region lies is the main center of culture, horses and geothermal energy. Deildartunguhver is a hot spring with the most powerful flow in Europe and it is situated here in west Iceland. One can appreciate the beauty and magical power of nature in Snaefallsnes peninsula. No visitor can ever forget the ravishing colors and the geological formations in the national ark of Snaefellsnes. Amarstapi offers huge attractions for tourists sea cliffs, bird life and the very special, glacier capped volcano and it is considered as the earth’s most powerful place in terms of spiritual energy. The beaches of Longufjorur are considered the best place for horse-riding in whole Iceland.

These are west Iceland’s some of the most famous tourist attraction and the list are endless with some powerful destinations waiting to be explored and mentioned. No doubt there are many like these.

About the Author

Asberg Jonsson is the manager of Iceland Visitor, a company specializing in packages for Vacation in Iceland and day tours in Iceland. For more information visit www.icelandvisitor.com

Southern Iceland, shaped forces of nature

Southern Iceland, shaped forces of nature

Article by Dagur Jonsson

Iceland, in current scenario, is more connected to fun and adventure rather than dark and chilly days and nothing to do. It is a far better place for tourists now than it was two decades back. This mid-Atlantic European island is the closest neighbor to North America with flight duration of only four and a half hours. One thing can be said for sure. There are more than expected adventures and activities waiting for everyone. The most electrifying thing about Iceland is the weather. In January the temperature will very easily go below 0 degrees but still the Icelander’s welcome for every visitor is very warm in every season.

EggiðRugged and raw lava fields which are just few centuries old, gives a very warm welcome for visitors who arrive at Keflavík airport which is located in southern part of Iceland. These lava fields spread till the southwestern Reykjanes peninsula area. All in all it can be said that right from getting out of the airport, spectacular and amazing sights can be seen. Southern Iceland is full of surprises and new revelations on every step. Let us reveal some of those surprises.

Geothermal activities are very frequently visible in south Iceland in hot springs and especially the blue lagoons. Í bl.lóninu2Blue lagoon is probably the most illustrious bathing spot situated in the lava field. It is said that its water is full of minerals and that water is famous for health related qualities. South Iceland is the perfect destination for a day tour from Reykjavik and for those tourists who are short of time to explore the country in depth as it provides all opportunities for birdlife watching and whale watching along with some very well known sea shores.

Þingvallabærinn

South Iceland has variety of day tours to offer and that too from the capital Reykjavik. The tourist destination called “golden circle” is a must visit place for all the tourists coming to this part of Iceland. The main attraction is Thingvellir where it is believed that the earliest arrivers set an assembly way back in 930 A.D. this assembly is now called the oldest parliament of the world. This city of Thingvellir is also very famous for its natural beauty with a lake and numerous rifts that shows the signs of continental plates of America and Eurasia. Golden circle’s other two main attractions are the Gullfoss, “the golden falls” and the geothermal fields of Geysir. Gullfoss is a two tier waterfall in the gulch of the river Hvita and the hot springs are famous as it vomits boiling water and steam after every five minutes. Another geyser called “the old faithful” has started erupting again after sleeping for many years.

Landmannalaugar_poolLandmannalaugar is also very famous tourist destination as it is a hotbed of geothermal activities. It is also very famous for its springs and for colors of its landscapes and mountains. Situated in interiors in south Iceland is the Lakagigar crater series inland form Kirkjubaejerklaustur. It is famous as it produced the biggest lava flow in the historical times anywhere around the world. This event happened during the Skaftar eruptions in 1783.

All these forces of nature are responsible not only for shaping southern Iceland but also the life of the people living here. In earlier times, people here believed that the peak part of mount Hekla is the gate of hell.

Út í EyjarIn the southern most part, the Vestman Island is the home for continuous earthquakes. The history of southern Iceland is very rich and it is seen everywhere. Starting from range of Sage period farm houses at Stong it goes to the old bishop seat of Skalholt and also to the very popular regional museum at Skogar. All these are considered very unique in their respective fields.

Iceland is the perfect place for relieving yourself and taking a step on the European settlement and that too with a very electrifying, vigorous and a very ancient but a very personal living culture. You will feel as if you are in your home or your city as you are free to walk around, go shopping and exploring for new things.

About the Author

Dagur Jonsson is the editor of Iceland Guest, a website specializing in tourist information for travelers to Iceland. For more information visit www.icelandguest.com

Feel the Heat in Iceland

Feel the Heat in Iceland

Article by Lina Lindlom

Do you like the idea of spoiling yourself with pleasure whilst experiencing some of Iceland’s most attractive sights? Iceland’s steamy spas and thermal pools offer a relaxing, revitalizing, invigorating and exciting experience! And as a traditional part of Icelandic culture the pools are a great way to meet and relax with the locals.

Here are five of the top thermal spa and pool destinations in Iceland.

1. The Blue Lagoon Spa

The Blue Lagoon is possibly Iceland’s most popular single tourist attraction. And yes, the water really is blue, The silica mud and blue-green algae content of the water are said to have health promoting effects. In fact, Blue Lagoon skin care products are sold all over the world. Open all year round, the spa has every facility you could wish for to make your visit enjoyable. Reachable in less than an hour by car or excursion coach from Reykjavik. The spa is located on a lava field close to the fishing village of Grindavik.

2. Landmannalaugar Hot Springs

Set in the beautiful volcanic southern highlands of Iceland, the Landamannalaugar area is enclosed by a rainbow of colorful mountains. This natural thermal pool is located next to a mountain hut and facilities are spartan. However, the hot, mineral rich waters are no less enjoyable or invigorating for that! Road access is only possible in summer, when there is a daily bus service from Reykjavik.

3. Myvatn Nature Baths

The Lake Myvatn nature reserve in the volcanic north of Iceland is a paradise for water birds living on the lake, river and surrounding wetlands. In this picturesque setting, the Myvatn Nature Baths blends in well with the natural environment. The outstanding feature here is the geothermal lagoon with it’s relaxing, soothing, mineral rich waters. The center features modern, comfortable facilities and a cafeteria. Open all year round.

4. Nautholsvik Thermal Beach

Iceland is not known for it’s beach life, the sand being black and the water somewhat icy. However, on the Reykjavik coastline at Nautholsvik, an artificial thermal beach has been created complete with golden sand, a thermal pool and hot tubs. Naturally hot geothermal water flows into the ocean here, so even taking a dip in the Arctic waves can be fun. Facilities and refreshments are also available (open in summer only).

5. Spa City Reykjavik

The city of Reykjavik boasts several geothermal swimming pools and health spas. These are appreciated and frequented as much by locals as by tourists. Outdoor thermal swimming pools include those at Breidholts, Vesturbaejar and Grafarvogs. They are open the whole year and all feature hot tubs and steam baths. Guests at the wellness spas of Planet Reykjavik Day Spa, the Saga Heilsa and Spa and also the Nordica Hotel can expect to be thoroughly pampered. The large and opulent Laugar Spa Resort combines both pool and wellness facilities for the whole family.

(c) Copyright 2008 by Lina Lindlom for http://www.nordicflights.com

About the Author

Lina Lindlom writes about travel to Iceland and the Nordic countries for her website http://www.nordicflights.com

A Backpacking Guide to Iceland

A Backpacking Guide to Iceland

Article by Paul scottyn

Iceland is a destination of stunning natural beauty and offers a range of activities for travelers. The Nordic country, situated just south of the Arctic Circle, can provide a great alternative experience for backpackers on a budget.

SightsIceland has many things to see and do across the country. The Pearl monument is a landmark found on the top of Oskjuhlid and has a viewing platform affording stunning views across the city.

Art galleries, museums and monuments are plentiful throughout the capital Reykjavik and are worth visiting to understand its rich nautical history.

Despite its many cultural attractions, it is Iceland’s landscape and natural beauty that are the main reasons travelers are drawn to the country in such droves.

The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa and a hugely popular attraction among travelers staying in Reykjavik hostels. Backpackers may find it useful to know that before and after entering the spa everyone must use the communal showers, so shy people beware!

Whale-watching is a uniquely Icelandic pursuit and can be done in Reykjavik, Husavik and Akureyri. Backpackers can catch one of the many tours to the world’s largest puffin colonies and marvel at the scene of nature at work.

Eating

The center of Reykjavik is the best place to eat out and all types of cuisine from all corners of the world are available here at reasonable prices.

Those seeking a traditional dining experience will be met with a choice of fish, lamb and dairy produce, which are staples in the Icelandic diet.

The more adventurous backpacker can try traditional Viking-inspired Icelandic food such as Thorramatur, which is a range of local dishes comprising cured meat and fish.

A trip to the supermarket is also a cheap way to conjure up an authentic Icelandic meal using the kitchen facilities available at most hostels in iceland .

Going Out

Reykjavik is the place to go for the best nightlife in Iceland and travelers should get hold of the Iceland Travel Discount Card to take advantage of savings opportunities.

Clubs, bars and cafes are multi-functional and travelers could be in a laid-back bar one minute and find that it has turned into a club the next.

Clubs and bars tend to get started late and backpackers can find themselves partying until 5am. Travelers unfamiliar with the area should be sure they do not overdo it to the extent that they are unable to find their way back to their Reykjavik hostels .

Austurstraeti has a particularly buzzing scene and, as is the case throughout Reykjavik, admission to nightspots is generally free.

About the Author

Before settling down and becoming a copywriter for Hostelbookers. Paul Scottyn did a backpacking tour of Iceland, he checked out a variety of the country’s budget accommodation, including a number of most reykjavik hostels.

Top 10 Iceland Attractions and Things to Do

Top 10 Iceland Attractions and Things to Do

Article by Nia Peters

The outdoors person will love visiting Iceland. This country has some of the most dramatic landscapes caused by volcanic eruptions. Some parts of the country are a result of glaciers, while other parts haven’t changed since the time of the Vikings.

Reykjavik the capital is surrounded by water, and offers visitors a large choice of boat tours that take people out whale watching. Many different types of whales are found in these waters as well as dolphins and porpoises. Make sure to choose a trip that takes you near the islands where there are large colonies of puffins.

An exciting way to see Iceland is by air. There are tour companies that take people up for a unique look at the entire area from the sky. This is a great way to see some of the most beautiful parts of the country. Most companies will tailor a trip to whatever your needs might be. A great idea for a family outing is to go on one of these excursions.

One of the most relaxing things to do in Iceland is to visit the thermal spas and pools. In Reykjavik they are found all over the city and offer a wonderful way for the traveler to kick back and relax. No matter what the weather, these geothermal springs are always warm and open to the public. For a special treat, visit the Blue Lagoon which is fed by hot mineral water from beneath the earth.

If you are an outdoors person and want to be active on your vacation Iceland offers it all, from horseback riding to trekking through vast areas of wilderness filled with wildlife. Iceland has three national parks for visitors to explore. The main one for visitors to see is Vatnajökull National Park, which is the largest park in all of Europe. It covers nearly 11% of Iceland and visitors will see the effects of fire and ice competing with each other over the ages.

Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, is a city that is as cosmopolitan as any on the continent. Minutes away from the city, the traveler will find a beautiful countryside where a number of activities can be found for the adventuresome traveler. Midnight golf is a popular activity just as glacier trekking is, and it can all be found just minutes away from the capital.

If fine dining needs to be part of your vacation, this country has fine dining with some of the most imaginative cuisine you will find anywhere. If nightlife is what you’re looking for, this city is known for having one of the hottest nightlife scenes in Europe.

The city is also filled with culture. From historical sites to museums and theater, the cultural scene is full of life and energy. Iceland is no different than any other cosmopolitan city. There are festivals, exhibitions and plenty of things for a visitor to do and see.

A diverse country, Iceland has beautiful landscapes and a countryside that beckon the outdoor traveler. This truly is a city where there is something for everyone. The people are warm and friendly and love to share their country and culture with visitors. Iceland can truly be a very memorable vacation.

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