Category Archives: Travel To Iceland

Vestur- og Norðursúla 061110-Frozen waterfall

The mountain Hiking club Toppfarar in Iceland hiking two of four peaks of Botnssulur in a still and peacefull weather. Traditional way up but untraditional way down again along a nameless but very beautyfull waterfall and along the river Hvalskarðsá back to the cars. In this video we are at the waterfall which we named Súlufoss.
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Arnarstapi Fishing Village

Arnarstapi, a fishing village in very interesting natural surroundings, with weird basalt columns, gorges and caves by the coast, in most of which there are populous sea-bird colonies. The most famous cliff is Gatklettur (Hole cliff), through which the sea spouts in stormy weather. The path to the caves is reached through a small gate above the harbour and goes along the top of the cliffs so one sees the caves, and the nesting birds, from above. Walking route to Hellnar. Further information on www.enjoyiceland.is

Landmarks For a Reykjavik Holiday

Landmarks For a Reykjavik Holiday

Article by Vikki Beale

On a city break to Reykjavik you are sure to enjoy the city’s unique architecture and landmarks that reflect the distinctive landscape that you’ll explore on your Iceland holidays. Reykjavik has historic and modern buildings to visit, all of which have a style that is uniquely Icelandic.

hallgrimskirkja-2Hallgrimskirkja Church

One landmark that you will always be aware of on your city break to Reykjavik is the striking tower of Hallgrimskirkja Church. As one of the tallest buildings you’ll see on your Reykjavik holiday, reaching a height of 73 metres, it is an unmistakeable presence. The church, which is mostly white, has an unusual design with a skirt that cascades down from the spire merging into the ribbed walls. This has the effect of making the church resemble a space shuttle about to launch, although the intent of the designer was to emulate the texture of the basalt lava fields that you can see throughout the country. Whatever you make of it, the views of the city from the top are unrivalled, and you may be lucky enough to catch one of the classical concerts that are occasionally held here. If you like the sound of the Hallgrimskirkja, one of Reykjavik’s hotels called ‘Adam’ is just next door.

HöfðiHofdi House

A less assuming building, but just as important, is the Hofdi House. The house is a hundred years old, with white wooden facia, and distinctive gables, a look that strikes a balance between respectability and quaintness. This was the venue for the historic summit of Ronald Regan and Mikhail Gorbachev where in 1986 they set about ending the Cold War, and it is not open to the public because it is still used for the municipal business of Reykjavik. Holidaymakers should still take a look, however; a millionaire from Japan thought it so pretty that he had a copy of it made for his own use.

RáðhúsiðCity Hall

If you enjoy the atmosphere of official buildings, the City Hall is worth a visit too. You can access this building all week and make use of the cafe and see the art exhibitions. The City Hall, where the Mayor of Reykjavik does his nine to five, is set on the edge of Lake Tjornin, and is another example of interesting architecture. The water seems to rise up to meet the glass walls, as do the swans and ducks, which you can see paddling around the walkways and the curved modern building. One of the halls contains a map worth looking at as you begin your holidays: Iceland and Reykjavik modelled in large scale so you can walk around it and give yourself a sense of the island’s shape.If you like the City Hall’s glassy and shiny design, you might do well to choose the 4th Floor Hotel from the Reykjavik hotels available. It has a similar contemporary feel with modern styled interior.

EsjanMount Esja

But you shouldn’t spend too much time inside on your holiday in Reykjavik, indeed a city break to Reykjavik need not be restricted to the urban areas. Mount Esja hangs in the distance across the water, and since the city has relatively few tall buildings, the mountain imposes itself on the horizon. Mount Esja is a popular place to walk and the routes are forgiving in terms of difficulty, rewarding hikers with amazing views of the countryside.

grasagardurThe Laugardalur Valley

The Laugardalur Valley, where the city keeps its sports fields and stadium, zoo and botanical gardens is another place to take in nature while on your city break to Reykjavik. A popular feature is the outdoor hot spring pool where you can swim throughout the seasons in the comfort of naturally heated water. The Reykjavik Art Museum is located here, another idiosyncratic construction of minimalist white domes, blocks and sloped walls.

No matter which of the quality Reykjavik hotels you choose, there will be dramatic landmarks to see nearby. Be sure to take a walk in the city to soak up the local character and culture on your Reykjavik and Iceland holidays.

About the Author

Vikki Beale is a holiday expert for iceland2go, a specialist operator providing a selection of itineraries for the best Reykjavik holiday Iceland can provide. We arrange luxury tailor-made holidays to Iceland, Reykjavik and Greenland, with sights including glaciers, geysers, fjords, and the Northern Lights.

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

4×4 Car Rental Fleet Doubled at Blue Car Rental Iceland

44 Car Rental Fleet Doubled at Blue Car Rental Iceland

Article by Jonathan Baker

Blue Car Rental, a family owned company, has recently doubled its fleet of 44 car hire for 2011. The car rental company in Iceland now offers customers three different 44 jeep options: Suzuki Jimny (manual transmission), Hyundai Tucson (automatic transmission), and Toyota Land Cruiser (automatic transmission). The car selection customers can choose from also includes economy-sized vehicles, station wagons and 7-seater mini vans.

Pick up locations are flexible, customers can choose where to get its rental car delivered, either on arrival, at their hotel, at the Blue Lagoon or at any other place of convenience. Blue Car Rental in Iceland offers pick up and drop off at any time during the whole day, 24/7. In most cases, customers prefer to have the rental car delivered on arrival to Iceland at Keflavik International Airport.

Numerous international media have listed Iceland as a top place to visit in 2011, due to the country’s incredible landscape and activities such as whale watching, river rafting, snowmobiling, and hiking. Travellers also have the opportunity to experience the exquisite Icelandic nature and must visit the Blue Lagoon, Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss, Geysir, Vatnajokull and surroundings, Asbyrgi and Dettifoss on their way around the island.

Renting a 44 / AWD jeep is recommended when touring the exquisite terrain of Iceland. The car rental focuses on providing 44 to tourists travelling to Iceland to experience the country’s surreal landscape.

Blue Car Rental was founded in 2010 and is located in Keflavik, Iceland. The company is a family business and offers service in that manner; customers experience is a top priority.

It concentrates on personalized service for its customers and offers a wide range of cars with a policy of safety, comfort, and space and quality service. The car fleet is combined with economy cars, middle-sized cars with large luggage space, station wagons, different sizes of 44 jeeps, mini vans for 7-9 passengers. Its pick up and drop off locations are flexible as we focus on meeting its customers’ needs and requests. For further information about 44 car hire in Iceland and Blue Car Rental in Iceland, please visit

About the Author

Blue Car Rental is a family business and offers service in that manner; customers experience is a top priority. For further information about 44 car hire in Iceland please visit http://www.bluecarrental.is/

Exploring the east of Iceland

Exploring the east of Iceland

Article by Asberg Jonsson

Iceland today has the reputation to be the land with the greatest variety in whole Europe. One can find landscapes from surreal to sublimes. The colors of Iceland include rust red craters, blue lakes, green mosses and the sea of black sand. Iceland is worth seeing in every direction. There is a new thing with every step a tourist takes in any direction of Iceland. Let’s check out Iceland in its eastern part i.e. EAST ICELAND

In this part of Iceland one can find those things which make Iceland a special place for every visitor. Infact, something more than that, which includes amazing natural beauty from glaciers to a sea, barren sand fields, valleys of woodlands and some very unique vegetation. One can also see big and famous towns, geothermal pools etc. This huge variety is visible in society and culture of this part of Iceland. One can enjoy fishing for salmon fishes, swimming, spotting birds, hiking in mountains, and not to forget, good food here in eastern Iceland. One very special thing about east Iceland is that one can see Icelandic reindeers in some wild areas here. The special thing is that they live only in this part of Iceland.

This part of Iceland is considered a paradise for hiking freaks. People there are proud of this facility given by nature. The possibilities include hiking in some uninhabited areas as well as short route hiking towards vegetated valley, over open sands and along the sea shore. There is everything here that will suit everyone who is going for a one day hiking tour or a ten day hiking tour. East Iceland is also famous as deep fjords are present here. These fjords extend between high mountain sides with sloping tertiary basalt strata. Woodlands of east Iceland is another special attraction of east Iceland. Skaftafell national park has some of Iceland’s most beautiful and highest growing birch, which is served by nature for ages now. Forest in Hallormsstaour is Iceland’s leading woodland. Green groves of trees are becoming enormously famous now and it is believed that every traveler will definitely stop to enjoy the natural vegetation and wind shelter. Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier is present here in east Iceland. This glacier has shaped the environment and the history of eastern Iceland for hundreds of years now. Most of the rivers in Iceland run from this glacier. Europe’s biggest national park, Skaftafell Park, was made here in 2004 and the southern part of this glacier was included in this park. In the northern part of this glacier one can witness the combination of two most powerful forces of the nature. The fire and the glacial ice, as the most active volcano of Iceland are present here. But tourists must take precautions before going to this glacier and should have some general information from professional trip advisors. Mount bulandstindur is a pyramid shaped basaltic mountain which rises up to amazing 6,130 foots. In east Iceland, it is considered a legendary force of mystical powers and energy. Some small towns and villages like djupivogur, breiddalsvik, egilsstadir town and bakkagardi are also some of the most watched places in eastern Iceland. East Iceland heritage museum is located in Egilsstadir town. It displays some very fascinating artifacts found in this part of Iceland. The most famous is a 1000 years old Viking’s gravesite and his silver remnants.

There is no doubt that east Iceland has got everything a tourist expects, when he visits some country like Iceland. But this is all explored and believe me there is so much which has not been explored and left for tourists to explore for themselves and feel the proud of exploring something new and amazing from this nature.

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

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.

Exploring Iceland

Exploring Iceland

Article by Marty

When planning a trip to a foreign country, typically Iceland is not the first place that comes to mind. One may think of Iceland as a cold, dreary, lonely and isolated place but this is just not true.

Iceland is an extremely beautiful country, rich with culture and scenery. The fact that it is geologically and volcanically active plays a big part in defining the landscape of this Nordic country. With volcanoes, geysers, natural hot springs, waterfalls, and geothermal pools; Iceland is anything but ice.

If you prefer outdoor activities, Iceland may be for you. There are rivers for white water rafting and kayaking, though according to the Iceland Tourist Board’s website, kayaking is not native to the country, the many natural waterways are ideally suited for the sport. You will also find deep sea fishing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and skiing for other popular activities in Iceland.

During summer months, you can play golf at one of the many golf courses throughout the island. In the month of June, 24-hour golf is available, as the sun does not set at that time. Hiking is a popular summer pastime in Iceland, as is swimming, horseback riding, and bike riding (available for rent in most towns).

One of the most popular things to do is a trip to the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa in the youngest lava field in western Iceland. There are many things to do while there, from bathing in the lagoon, relaxing under a waterfall, treating yourself to an outdoor massage, or walking around and just enjoying the beauty of your surroundings.

Whale watching safaris are also available to visitors. Many species of whales are usually spotted on these tours, such as the orca whale, humpback, majestic fin and sei whales. Puffins, cormorants, gulls, kittiwakes and other sea birds tend to accompany the tours as well. The safaris are only available from May through September.

Reykjavik is rich in culture and cuisine. There are many art galleries and museums dedicated to most hobbies and interests. The Iceland Symphony orchestra performs year round as does the Opera and the Theater. There are many activities throughout the year in Reykjavik like the Winter Lights Festival, The Iceland Food & Fun Festival both held in late February, Beer Day on March 1, the Arts Festival in May and more.

If you have never considered a trip to Iceland before, perhaps now is the time.

About the Author

Marty is an experienced world traveler who loves to share his passion for travel with the world. A resident of Portland, Maine and a graduate from the University of New Hampshire, Marty is passionate about sports, writing and travel.

Travel Around Iceland

Travel Around Iceland

Article by Jill N. Truong

About the county

Officially recognized as the Republic of Iceland, is situated in northwestern Europe. It comprises of the island of Iceland and its outlying tiny islands in the northern Atlantic Ocean between Greenland, Norway, Scotland, Ireland, and also the Faroe Islands. Iceland’s glassy glaciers, hot thermal springs, spectacular geysers, active volcanoes, lava fields, stunning waterfalls and snow-capped mountains, indeed makes it the original ‘land of fire and ice’.

Iceland can be a really significant island with a special landscape which is rugged and colorful with black lava, red sulfur, hot blue geysers, rivers, waterfalls, bays, fjords and green valley. The capital of Iceland is Reykjavík which is in addition the biggest city of Iceland. Nearly half of Iceland’s population lives around Reykjavík. The common tourist attractions are centered also centered on this city. The most famous attraction is Gullfoss double-tiered waterfall that is set off with a brilliant rainbow and hot springs of Geysir.

Males and females might wonder what one can do in Iceland. In case you hear the list you will be amazed that there are so a great deal of things to do and see here. From watching whales to chic fine dining, hiking, seeing Europe’s largest glacier Vatnajokull, fishing in rivers, equestrian, rafting, exploring the landscape on a snow scooter, shopping designing wear, Summer Solstice Festival, go to island of Grimsey to cross the Arctic Circle, visit medieval farm at Stong and what not, the list is endless.

Population & Languages

The populace of Iceland is only 299,388 and the official language being spoken is Icelandish. English, Nordic languages, German are also widely spoken.

Electricity

The voltage is 220 V along with the frequency is 50 Hz. The types of plugs used are Round pin attachment plug and “”Schuko”” plug and receptacle with side grounding contacts.

Geographic Location

It is located in northwestern Europe. It contains the island of Iceland and its outlying tiny islands inside the northern Atlantic Ocean between Greenland, Norway, Scotland, Ireland, as well as the Faroe Islands. It is strategically situated between Greenland and Europe

Climate

The climate of Iceland may be defined as temperate with damp and cool summers and mild and windy winters. The highest temperature recorded was 30.5°C (86.9°F) on 22 June 1939 at Teigarhorn. The lowest temperature ever recorded was -38°C (-36.4°F) on 22 January 1918 at Grímsstaðir and Möðrudalur.

Local Customs

Like any other country Iceland features its own customs too and normal courtesies ought to be followed. Handshaking is customary. Visitors are invited to homes when on a company trip and normal courtesies ought to be observed. The people pay careful attention to their appearance and, as for the majority of Western countries, casual wear is widely acceptable. Service charges are included within the bills more often than not and tips are not expected.

Attractions

Reykjavik Attractions – Hallgrimskirkja Church, National Museum of Iceland, Botanical Gardens and the Einar Jónsson Museum

Travel

By Air – The national airline of Iceland is Icelandair which operates to numerous internationsl destinations such as Amsterdam, Baltimore, Boston, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Halifax, London, Minneapolis, Orlando, Oslo, Paris, Stockholm and Washington, plus other destinations within the summertime only. Other international airlines operating from Iceland include Air Greenland ( website: http://www.airgreenland.gl) and Iceland Express ( site: http://www.icelandexpress.com).

Other, predominantly Scandinavian, carriers also operate services. Some airlines like Condor and Corsai, operate flights during the summer. Flights also operate to the Faroe Islands and Greenland during the summertime. Major airport is Keflavik International Airport (KEF) located at 31 miles south of Reykjavik.

Duty Free Items

  •  200 cigarettes or 250g of other tobacco products
  • 1 liter spirits and 1 liter wine, or 1 liter spirits and 6 liter beer; or 1 liter wine and 6 liter beer; or 2.25 liter wine
  • Foodstuffs up to 3kg not exceeding kr13,000
  • Permits from Post & Telecom Authorities are needed for cordless phones, remote determines or radio transmitters. It’s not needed for a GSM cellphone

Prohibited Items

Un-canned goods, meat or dairy products, Narcotics, pornography, firearms, ammunition, weapons, eggs, plants, endangered species, fireworks and alcoholic beverages that contain more than sixty per cent alcohol.

About the Author

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