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Iceland: Untamed and Tourist-Friendly

Iceland: Untamed and Tourist-Friendly

Article by Vicki Landes

Oozing volcanoes, thousands of earthquakes, and countless exploding geysers you can set your watch by – it doesn’t sound like a coveted vacation destination. However, Iceland is quickly becoming the newest hot spot for travelers. Just a hop from the U.S.’s East Coast or Western Europe, this little island country is easier to visit than one would think.

Iceland’s attraction is its untamed countryside. Considering that most of this rugged island is uninhabitable, this leaves much open space and fresh air to the brave adventurer for exploring. The landscape is forever changing as the shifting continental plates refuse to give this country a moment of rest. Stand in awed before raging waterfalls and frozen glaciers, hike deep volcanic craters and rocky lava fields, even enjoy ice fishing, whale watching, puffin and other sea bird watching, kayaking and jet-boating. Iceland can be easily discovered with the help of local tour companies – the only question the tourist must answer is if they prefer to go by bus, snowmobile, or gentle Icelandic horse.

Not into roughing it? Iceland will still satisfy – the country is rich in cultural treasures, indulgences, and a serious patron of the arts. Savor a gourmet meal at a world-class restaurant, take in the unique artistic styles at a museum, learn about the tectonic plates and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at a geological center, enjoy one of many musical concerts by local, national, or international talent, or soak your cares away in the steamy Blue Lagoon. The lagoon is probably Iceland’s most famous destination as an oasis of heat amid its chilly surroundings. Heated by geothermal energy, the intense cloudy blue waters feel almost scalding at times and are chock-full of healthy minerals. Troughs of soft white silica mud sit warm in the water for visitors to slather on – all while enjoying the balmy sunbeams and the crystal clear sky.

Despite its seemingly cold and uninviting name, Iceland boasts a mixture of friendly people, fascinating traditions, and an unsurpassed landscape. Need to get out?

See pictures of Iceland and more of Europe’s hidden treasures in “Europe for the Senses – A Photographic Journal” by Vicki Landes. Available at Amazon.com and other major bookseller sites.

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About the Author

Vicki Landes has been soaking up Europe for almost seven years. Although educated in music and holding a day job in the humanitarian assistance field, her free time is spent supporting her travel and photography addictions. With a current list of 45 countries under her belt, Landes strives to find the overlooked details that make each place distinctive and unique. She currently lives in Stuttgart, Germany with her military husband and their son.

Discover the Ancient Wonders of Iceland

Discover the Ancient Wonders of Iceland

Article by Roy Witman

Viking ships and frigid ice expanses. Snowcapped mountains and rolling hillsides. Water, water and more water. You might imagine all these when someone mentions Iceland. While they are part of what you’ll find, the wonders of Iceland reach much farther. According to the Iceland Tourist Board website, Iceland is closer than you think, but far different than you ever imagined. Nothing could be truer!

Mystery, Myths and Mountains

Ancient legends of Leif Eriksson and other Vikings along with the Midnight Sun shroud Iceland in mystery. Stunning mountain ranges offer scenery similar to that found in the movie The Sound of Music during spring and majestic, jagged peaks during winter. All of these are true depictions of Iceland. However, over the years several myths about this gorgeous slice of nature have also developed. Let’s clear a few of those up.

Did you know:

  • Wintertime temperatures in several areas of Iceland are higher than those in New York City and other eastern seaboard towns.
  • Iceland is only a 5-hour flight from the east coast of the United States. That’s 1 hour shorter than flying from Boston to Seattle!
  • June, July and August offer nonstop fun because Iceland has daylight round the clock.
  • Iceland is virtually a pollution-free country being almost completely powered with geothermal and hydroelectric energy.
  • Iceland has the capability to grow delicious organic fruits and vegetables in greenhouses year round.

Celebrities Rave

Did you also know that celebrities including Saturday Night Live’s Will Forte and mega-star Jodie Foster rave about what fun they had in Iceland? Foster, in her interview with late-night host David Letterman, called Iceland “fantastic” and specifically named the lava fields, glaciers, whales, puffins, thermal pools and neon-blue water as some of her favorites.

While not considered a “celebrity,” the United Nations named Iceland the best country in the world to live. Quite impressive!

Nature At Her Best

If the outdoors is your thing, Iceland won’t disappoint! As Jodie Foster mentioned, glaciers and lava fields are very popular sights in Iceland. In addition, you’ll encounter spewing geysers and steaming solfataras, volcanoes, raging rivers and breathtaking waterfalls. Then there are the animals.

With the largest razorbill colony in the world, Iceland boasts a healthy and diverse bird population. Puffins, skua, eiders, Arctic terns, waders and other unique species are found all throughout the country. Add to that an excellent selection of whales, dolphins and porpoises and you’ve got a show sure to entertain your entire family.

From seasonal festivals to the world-famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa (known to cure skin diseases such as psoriasis!) to whitewater rafting, Iceland is a unique playground offering plenty for all to do and see. Since it’s closer (and warmer!) than you previously thought, why not make plans to cruise to Iceland for your next vacation?

About the Author

Roy Witman is Vice-President of Cruise Vacation Center at http://www.cruisevacationcenter.com offering the best deals including Mediterranean cruises. You’ll find their service exceptional! © 2008, All Rights Reserved

Greenland Excursions from Iceland – Day Tours and Longer Tours

Greenland Excursions from Iceland – Day Tours and Longer Tours

Article by Ingi Jon Sverrisson

If you are a true travel addict, then Greenland must be a destination of lifetime for you. You may try out either the short trips or the longer tour packages for exploring the icy terrains of Greenland.

The shorter visit to the eastern parts of Greenland will provide you definite feels about the culture and people of the land. The modern frame houses and the traces of hunting societies make these tiny tours even more eventful. Approaching the Kulusuk islands by air is a real feast. The views of icebergs brushing the rocky coasts is a must watch for all curious tourists.

For experiencing the best journey, hire ‘Touris’ as your Iceland tour operator, they will arrange you a cozy and comfortable journey from Iceland to Greenland via Reykjavik. Taking out these few hours from the Iceland vacations will add up a lot to your travel experiences from this part of the world. Walk down the lanes of the Kulusuk village, the gorgeous atmosphere will surely make your day.

Try the handmade ornaments created by the village maidens, those are really priceless. This village has only 360 residents, getting to know them is an experience by itself. And if the weather allows you, you can also witness a native ceremony of primitive drum-dance. These incidents will not only make your tour moving, but also make you a more flourished person.

People, who are already in between their tours in Iceland, can also go for the longer excursions to Greenland. There are numerous packages offered based on the number of nights they want to spend in Greenland. The entire area of the Kulusuk Island has some real ecstasies in store for the nature lovers. If you are interested in discovering the core essence of the region, then the longer expeditions are more appropriate for you. ‘Touris’ will help you to get closer to panoramic atmosphere amidst the ice filled oceans of Greenland.

Other than the divine natural pleasures, you will also enjoy the artificial facilities like 24 hours service of telephone, and television in your hotel room. ‘Touris’ will also take care in making the tours interesting for the adventurous breeds. If you are daring enough, then attempt the hikes, sleigh riding across the mountains and glaciers of Greenland. ‘Touris’ has arranged packages involving all the basic needs of tourists. They are by far the preeminent service provider in this industry.

About the Author

Author’s info:Ingi Jon Sverrisson is the Manager of TOURIS. He is an seasoned tour guide with years of experience in touring Icelands highlands and lowlands. Ingi Jón Sverrisson has long experience in planning and organizing all kinds of tours and activities for individuals and groups in Iceland.

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

The Best Guide to Your Iceland Tour

The Best Guide to Your Iceland Tour

Article by David H. Urmann

Iceland is a wonderful island vacation destination in the mid-Atlantic. A typical Iceland tour offers many fascinating sites and a memorable Iceland vacation experience.

Iceland is now considered as one of the best places in the world to visit. In fact, it is deemed as one amongst the top 10 Best Value Destinations for 2010. Other top destinations are Thailand, Las Vegas and London among others. For the best time in this mid-Atlantic island, take advantage of an Iceland tour and package right in the hotel of your choice.

As a tourist destination, Icelandic airlines offer a flight time of no more than 5 hours from New York. Once you arrive, a wide array of relaxing indulgences and pampering can be achieved throughout your Iceland vacation. A nice place to consider in Iceland is Reykjavik. It is the vibrant capital city of Iceland located on the northernmost section of the island. Aside from the noted safe ambiance, it has an efficient and compact bus system.

If you want to have a grand time in your Iceland tour, try feeding the ducks and swans along City Hall’s Tjorin Pond; see great views of the city on top of Hallgrimskirkia Church; explore the colorful Vesturbaer as well as the Thingholt neighborhoods; and check out some of the artistic venues the city of Reykjavik can offer.

Of course, a Reykjavik, Iceland vacation isn’t complete without trying out one of the many outdoor geo-thermal pools of the city. Grown-ups will adore the whirlpools or “hot spots” while kids have water slides and inflatable toys to play with. If you want the real treat, go to Laugar Spa and treat yourself to a series of relaxing Spa treatments.

Aside from this world class city, another place to enjoy in your Iceland tour is Kopavogur Town. It has many cultural sites, sports venues and leisure facilities. This also goes for Hafnarfjordur and its lava field while Mosfellsbaer is known for its summer farmer’s market and horseback riding activities.

Iceland Accommodations

Iceland can offer various accommodation packages to suit all budgets and tastes. They even offer special discounts not only to senior citizens but also to kids and people with disabilities. Most of the hotels in Iceland represent that typical Scandinavian charm but still vary in location, size and personality. In this city and the countryside areas, there are family-owned accommodations and hotels of international chains. Aside from catering to your Iceland tour, most of these hotels can cater to large groups whether it’s for a conference, business convention or other special occasions.

However, make sure that you check with the hotel regarding their schedule of lodging because there are some hotels that are only open in the summer. You can also check with the hotel regarding other concerns like rooms that have views of the cliffs, rivers, mountains or sea.

Their double rooms are oftentimes featured as one room having 2 single beds so better specify during your booking if you want a room with a double bed. Although some hotels include a buffet breakfast in their package, most hotels don’t include this. Hence, most hotels offer parking facilities and can even assist you with your Iceland tour and excursion.

About the Author

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Iceland Total Special Travel Deals Increase

Iceland Total Special Travel Deals Increase

Now that the volcanic activity at Eyjafjallajokull seems to be steadying and the global tourism campaign, Inspired By Iceland is well on track, tour operators in Iceland are doing their best to meet the increased traveller interest for the country. Online travel agency Icelandtotal.com is now offering special deals on Reykjavik City Breaks to help cope with the demand.

The Reykjavik City Breaks, offered by Icelandtotal.com, give travellers the option of selecting a preferred vacation theme with a range of day tours in relation to their choice; prices for a two night package including accommodation starting from €115 per person.

Whether you’re looking for excitement, adventure or relaxation, the northernmost capital of the world has everything you’ll ever need. With top-class restaurants and cuisine, exciting nightlife and amazing attractions such as the Geysir hot spring, Gullfoss waterfall and the Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik is the ideal destination for a short break.

Icelandtotal.com is an online travel agency offering a large selection of Iceland vacations, tours, accommodation and car rentals. The site also offers one of the most complete travel guides about Iceland, giving detailed information on all of the most popular attractions, towns and museums.

Iceland Total is has been providing the best travel services in Iceland for many years and as the time is passing by its services and quality of these services is increasing too which make it the best travel company in Iceland.

For further details about special travel deals with Iceland Total visit www.icelandtotal.com.

Icelandtotal.com is the largest online travel agency in Iceland which offers the best selection of Iceland vacations and holiday packages, tours, accommodation and car rentals. It is an online travel agency that enables you to book Iceland packages and day tours online. It is your one-stop-shop for cheap travel deals and special offers in Iceland. It is operated by Iceland Travel which is part of Icelandair Group. Book your Iceland holiday on Iceland Total and enjoy the best value for money available.

Iceland Travel ? A Mesmerizing Journey to a Snowy Haven & Beyond

Iceland Travel ? A Mesmerizing Journey to a Snowy Haven & Beyond

An Iceland vacation is a great idea! This unique island country shows you how beautifully nature can create. Iceland is a country where travelers can find serenity, calm and peace of mind while having great fun going on mind blowing Iceland excursions. Such as bus tours, whale watching, exploring the South Coast and other breathtaking places and sights. So break free from the boring, everyday routine and get ready to rejuvenate yourself with an Iceland holiday!

Iceland is not only a beautiful and picture perfect country but its people are great hosts too. In your Iceland vacation you will discover the vastness and greatness of this oceanic country through them. Iceland is the second largest island after Great Britain in Europe and has everything that makes it a paradise for explorers. From adventurous tours and Iceland excursions to a peaceful typically Iceland holiday, a traveler can enjoy and connect to his or her true spirit on an Iceland travel tour.

To experience the beauty of this oceanic nation, travelers should opt for convenient and professional car rentals in Iceland as the country is full of awe-inspiring sights. These can only be enjoyed while traveling on road and not hopping from one city to another on a plane. There are numerous car rentals in Iceland, ideally, the Iceland travel package that you are planning on must include car rental service. If not then look for an Iceland vacation tour that is offering all including car rental in Iceland. Also if your travel agent is not able to incorporate the car rental service then he can always refer a registered or licensed car rental in Iceland.

Iceland Travel Vacation Packages – Worth Every Penny

An Iceland holiday is not only to be spent inside luxury hotels or enjoying a hot cuppa mocha looking at the dreamy dusk from a glass window but going out there and doing it all! And trust us, Iceland is like a playground for travel enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Thinking about the Westfjords already? Well, this is just the tip of the iceberg or should we say Iceland? 🙂

Some Iceland holiday packages also include excursions to Greenland which makes it even more amazing! Trip to Greenland along with Iceland excursions is like experiencing some of the most precious moments of your life.

The delectable cuisine of Iceland is famous too for tickling many palates and pleasing the taste buds, so don’t forget to indulge in local delicacies while on an Iceland vacation. After cuisine, also ensure that you get a glimpse of the national parks, hot geysers and even the famous volcano – Strokkur. Car rentals in Iceland take you around willingly.

Always keep a check on the number of services and benefits provided to you by Iceland travel package providers. Ensure that neither any of the promised Iceland excursion is skipped, car  rental in Iceland is guaranteed, etc. For an unforgettable Iceland holiday, choose the best travel agents.

The incredible Iceland vacation awaits you! Come be part of a snowy dream.

Iceland holiday is heaven if the travel tour package you’ve been offered helps you discover the real beauty of Iceland. For Iceland excursion that are too good and part of the Iceland package deal, then Touris is the place for you! Touris has been unraveling Iceland to many people through exciting Iceland holiday packages for the past 30 years.

Iceland Vacation Packages and City Breaks ? Time to Breakaway

Iceland Vacation Packages and City Breaks ? Time to Breakaway

Iceland is a beautiful country that shelters even more beautiful experiences. An icy paradise, Iceland promises a great time for vacationers. From the countryside scenic beauty to the exciting hustle and bustle of Iceland city breaks, travelers can enjoy each and every aspect of Iceland with vacation packages available. Iceland vacation packages generally offer Iceland City Breaks, Iceland Day Tours, unique vacation in Iceland and many more such travel incentive programs.

And natural beauty is not only what Iceland has. The great culture of this snowy nation comes with its own streak of exotica. Exploring Iceland comes best with signing up with a bus tour company that provides self-drive tours and car rentals so that travelers can enjoy the liberty of directing their Iceland holidays the way their heart desires. Because your heart will rule over mind as soon as you step into Iceland.

Iceland vacation packages are designed to offer the traveler the best possible trip of this snowy shelter wherein they try to include Iceland city breaks, adventure and leisure expeditions to countrysides, travel incentive programs, etc. Travelers planning for Iceland holidays should also consider the option of private tour guides. Usually Iceland vacation tour guides fix up everything – right from hiring a bus tour company Iceland day tours or vacations in Iceland, in general.

Why Choose a Bus Tour Company in Iceland?

For the d-i-ys out there, let’s make clear exploring Iceland will be much better if the local assistance is available. So always go for Iceland vacation packages that come with private tour guides or are a bus tour company. First things first, hire a bus tour company and know why it was the right decision. Read on:

•    The biggest advantage of associating with a bus tour company in Iceland is that your transport in and around the country will be taken care of. There will be no inconvenience caused to travelers due to lack of commuting facility. Iceland holidays are to be enjoyed by traveling the length and the breadth of the country (at least a good part of it) for which ready transport will come in handy.

•    Also Iceland bus tour companies provide private tour guides which are a further help to the tourists. Furthermore, ready transportation mean hassle free Iceland day tours.

•    Many Iceland travel guides offer custom tours in which the vacationers can design their own itinerary. Custom tours are a great hit! These not only make sure that the travelers have great fun but also ensure saving time on unnecessary excursions or wanderings. With custom tours in Iceland you can enjoy all that interests you or your group.

•    Another highlight of licensed Iceland travel guides and bus tour companies is that they even offer travel incentive programs. A corporate can buy the travel incentive program and treat the workforce to an unforgettable time in Iceland. These group travel incentive programs include many activities – outdoor and others – that build up the team spirit in a group.

Apart from the above mentioned advantages, an authentic bus tour company strives that your Iceland holidays are full of Icelandic culture, art and essential experiences.

If you’re ready to visit this pristine icy palace, then hop on to a licensed bus tour company today! Visit http://www.tour.is today!!

Ingi Jon Sverrisson is the Manager of TOURIS (http://www.tour.is). He is an seasoned tour guide with years of experience in touring Iceland highlands and lowlands. Ingi Jón Sverrisson has long experience in planning and organizing all kinds of tours and activities for individuals and groups in Iceland