Category Archives: Traveling To Iceland

Keflavik

Icelands’ biggest airport lies on the Reykjanes penensula, near a few small towns.

The name Keflavik Airport takes after the biggest of these towns.

Actually Keflavik is the old name for a part of what now is called Reykjanesbær (The Town of Reykjanes).

Hotels:

Sólsetur í Grófinni júlí 2015

Hotel Berg

flughotel

Icelandair Hotels in Keflavik

tréskúlptúr á flughótel kef A sculpture of wood inside the hotel

hótel keflavík

Hotel Keflavik

hótel keilir við hafnargötu

Hotel Keilir

A10 hótel

Hotel A 10 Deluxe

A10 Hótel í KEF

Hot tub outside the hotel – warm all year around.

Hjónaherbergi í A10 KEF

View from one of the rooms

Norðurljósasalur í A10 KEF

And what they call the Northern Light Lounge

bed & breakfasts

restaurants,

and a great outdoor swimmingpool.

Links to information about Keflavik:

http://wikitravel.org/en/Keflavik

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keflavik

Iceland: Tectonic Plate Diving

Iceland: Tectonic Plate Diving

Article by Alex J Smith

Iceland is Europe’s westernmost country, and occupies a strategic location in the North Atlantic, straddling the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, on the edge of the Arctic Circle. One of the coldest countries in the world, it is also one of the world’s most volcanically active hotspots. Iceland is known today for its mix of glaciers, bubbly hot springs, rugged fjords and fiery volcanoes.

Iceland can give you a truly unique diving experience you can’t get anywhere else: diving between two tectonic plates, astride the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the fault line where two of the Earth’s tectonic plates are drifting apart. It is not only unique, but it is also exclusive – only few people have dared to try the experience. To get to the diving site, you first have to drive deep into geo-thermal territory and tectonic plate activity. If you’re not yet thrilled enough, you can drive the next day to its glaciers in the south and race snowmobiles.

The country is the most sparsely populated in Europe, with just 283,000 people living in an area the size of England or the US state of Kentucky. Over half of the population lives down in its southwestern corner, around Reykjavik, the small but cosmopolitan capital. The other decent-sized population center is Akureyri, up on the north coast.

What Else to Do

All long-distance buses and domestic planes begin their trips from Reykjavik. You can visit Geysir, the original geyser from which all other gushing hot springs get their name, and the spectacular waterfalls at Gullfoss. The country’s only international airport at Keflavik is on the Reykjanes Peninsula, an area teeming with birdlife and whales.

Outside Reykjavik and the populated southwestern corner, the wilder side of Iceland meets your eye — wide-open spaces of vivid green fringed with coastlines of red and black volcanic sands set against a backdrop of brooding hills and mountains. On the west coast, in the towns of Borgarnes and Reykhold and the surrounding countryside, every landscape feature you see will be associated with parts of the Icelandic sagas.

The Snaefellsnes Peninsula is the country’s most accessible hiking destination. Arguably, Iceland’s most dramatic scenery is in the far northwest, the West Fjords, where you’ll find tiny fishing villages ensconced at the foot of table-top mountains or tucked away in the neck of narrow fjords which protect the houses from ferocious Arctic storms that batter this exposed part of the country.

You can relax for a day at Akureyri. From here, it’s easy to go inside the Arctic Circle to the island of Grimsey. The country’s biggest tourist attraction outside Reykjavik is Lake Myvatn, one hour away to the east of Akureyri. Many species of duck and waterfowl nest in this lake, which is surrounded by evidence of volcanic activity, including long-dormant cinder cones and still-steaming lava fields. North of Myvatn is the small town of Husavik, the best place for summer whale-watching cruises, while just inland to the east you can hike along deep river gorges of the Jokulsargljufur National Park to the awesome Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall.

Iceland’s most rewarding long-distance hiking route is found near the glacial lagoon, Jokulsarlon. The Porsmork trail is one of the world’s most exhilarating walking paths. In the south coast, you can take a ferry to the Vestmannaeyjar (Westman islands) to survey the world’s largest puffin colonies and have a look at Surtsey, the new island created by volcanic eruptions in the mid-1960s.

When to Go

Icelandic weather is notoriously unpredictable. In summer, there’s a fair chance of bright and sunny days. Many bus routes through the interior don’t start until late June or early July when the snow finally melts. The sun does not fully set during June, and though there’s no true midnight sun, nights are light from mid-May to early August across the country. Between September and January, the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights can be seen. Hiking and camping are out of the question in winter.

Planning Your Trip

Most budget accommodations open only from late May to early September. In winter, there’s little chance of accommodations other than large hotels in Reykjavik and the main towns. Given the long distances involved to reach Iceland, flying is the quickest and cheapest option. The highest airfares are around June to August when the weather is best. Fares drop September to November and April to June, and you get the best prices during the low season, November to March. The most convenient flights from Europe and Asia go through London; there are direct flights from the US, but Canadian travelers need to go via the US.

About the Author

Alex J Smith writes for Datravelers.com It’s website where travelers can host blogs, upload travel photos and find unbiased travel information.

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

Arctic Iceland cruises?

What is there to see when stopping at Reykjavik on Arctic Iceland cruises?

Article by Dipika Patel
Höfði

If you are looking for a holiday that will take you well off the beaten track, there are few better choices than heading north on Arctic, Iceland and Greenland cruises.

The image you have in your mind when you think about cruises is likely to be of sunning yourself in the Caribbean or Mediterranean, but you will also find plenty to enjoy in the north Atlantic and Arctic oceans, including the fascinating city of Reykjavik.

Iceland’s largest city – the most northerly capital in the world – is packed with interesting sights, including the spectacular Hallgrimskirkja church, City Hall and Hofdi House, the scene of the crucial 1986 summit meeting between presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.

You can also enjoy some peace and quiet on the shores of Tjornin, Reykjavik’s city centre lake, or take in the views over the capital’s brightly coloured traditional houses from the futuristic Perlan building.

Reykjavik is also a great place from which to explore Iceland’s glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls and geysers. The island has a rugged landscape with unusual sights at every turn, so you won’t have to travel far from the capital to experience something new.

Thingvellir National Park is a great example of the spectacular countryside you can expect to enjoy during your call in Iceland, with its lava plain and mountains covered in wild flowers, moss and birch trees.

Iceland has a number of geothermal areas, where you will find warm mud pools and geysers. One of the most famous of these is the Strokkur – a spectacular geyser that sprays jets of steam and hot water 16 metres into the air every ten minutes.

Another geothermal-related attraction is the Blue Lagoon, a vast outdoor spa. It is filled with beautiful blue mineral-rich seawater that is ideal for bathing and swimming. The water, which has a temperature of 37-39C, is said to have healing properties, but even if you don’t have any ailments, you are certain to find it a relaxing experience.

Iceland is one of the best places to see a volcano close up and you will be able to arrange a trip to Eyjafjallajokull during your cruise liner’s stop in Reykjavik. If you want to make it an extra special experience, you could even book a helicopter tour that will take you to four different volcanoes.

About the Author

If you are searching for something a little different for your next holiday, why not take a look at what Arctic, Iceland and Greenland cruises have to offer? To find the best voyages available get in touch with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines for full details.

Reasons for Travelling to Iceland

Reasons for Travelling to Iceland

If you still hesitate where you go to spend your holiday, the advice from me is to travel in Iceland. Ok, I will give three reasons why you should choose it as the tourist destination.

If you don’t have enough money to have a trip on moon, in fact, trip on moon is just a dream for most of us. Instead, go to Iceland to see the scenery from the moon is a best choice. Walking in this Island where has few people. It seems that you go to another planet. There is even no tree along the rode while deserts covered by yellow and green volcanic can be found everywhere. There are volcanos, glacier, hot springs and waterfalls at the end of the sky, all of which display the gentle, the rough, the magnificent, the strange, the weird and even the unreal of Iceland. There is no wonder that American astronauts went to Iceland to experience the feeling of the moon before landing on the moon.

It doesn’t take a lot of time to travel in Iceland, generally speaking, three days is enough, which is compact and not hurry. It is especially suitable for people who travel to Europe because of public affairs, that’s mean they are a bit busy, to have a short vacation in Iceland. If you have a weeked, plus one day, you can entirely make a travel plan to Iceland. In addition, the Iceland is famous with its natural scenery, so it is a best place for travelers who like natural beauty.

The expense on travel is very cost-effective. Although Iceland was once considered one of the countries which have high standard of living in the world, however, because of the financial crisis, the exchange rate of Krona, the currency of both Sweden and Iceland, plummeted more than half. Nowadays, the exchange rate is a little slowly rebounded from the lowest, but, compared to the past, the travel costs almost five or six discount. Therefore it is quite a bargain. What’s more, Airline companies now in Iceland also reduce the price of airplane tickets to attract more tourists.

Ok, if you are persuaded by the reasons show in the above, finally, I recommend some beatiful sight spots at here.

No.1 Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, is like a fairy tale world where you can’t miss.

No.2 Blue Lagoon, the famous geothermal spa inIceland. It is just 1 hour drive fromReykjavik City.

No.3 Gullfoss, which is located at 123 kilometers northeast of Reykjavik and about 10 kilometers away from the geysers, is the famous waterfall in Europe. What’s more, it is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland.

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Visit Iceland

Visit Iceland

Article by Breuiesmith

Think of Iceland and there are several familiar associations: Reykjavík, the beautiful therapeutic Blue Lagoon, or perhaps our musical exports Björk or Sigur Rós.

But this land of boiling mud pools, spurting geysers, glaciers and waterfalls is also an adventure playground. Its breathtaking landscape is an inspiration to artists and photographers.

Iceland is the least densely populated country in Europe, with a pure, unpolluted and truly magical landscape.

1157419_431327313643928_461492172_n  Travel to iceland’s summers are surprisingly warm, lush and green, with days lengthening until midsummer, when the sun dips down to the horizon but never sets.

Falleg vetrarmynd  During winter you can marvel at the amazing, undulating green, blue, yellow and pink lights of the aurora in the night sky, and the winters are not as cold as you might imagine.

Regardless of when you visit, you can be assured of the warmth of the Icelanders’ welcome and their desire to share their culture and make every effort to ensure that your stay is a pleasant one.Icecaps and glaciers, spouting geysers and steaming solfataras, volcanoes, raging rivers and magnificent waterfalls, a bevy of birds, cavorting whales offshore and much more are on your visit iceland itinerary.

Among lively Reykjavik’s multitude of attractions are Hallgrimur’s Church, a bevy of geothermal baths and sizzling hot nightlife. The Icelandic capital is the starting point for the Golden Circle Route driving tour through the southwest. The mineral-rich Blue Lagoon is a 40-minute drive from the city.

Gateway to Iceland is nice to tourists. It’s not only that the nature is breathtaking, you can enjoy the nature and the country in many ways. All around Iceland you can find great thermal pools which some are like a part of nature, you can also find natural pools, the Blue Lagoon is enchanting, you can see whales, hike, you can wade rivers, ride an Icelandic horse, catch salmon, trout or go to the sea to fish. Creative thinking is a good thing to bring to Iceland.The question is what kind of experience you seek.

A big factor is the island accomodation. In Iceland you can choose between different kinds of accomodation: nice hotels, camping, huts, youth hostels, apartments and more. It matters where you sleep.

About the Author

Iceland’s nature is pure and beautiful. The meat, milk products, vegetables and fish are something Icelanders are really proud of. Whether the food is eaten in restaurants, at home or the trout is simply cooked on the riverbank with herbs from nature, the Icelandic cuisine will inspire you.