Category Archives: Vacation In Iceland

Unforgettable Horse Back Riding Vacation in Iceland

Become an Icelandic cowboy on your next vacation! Enjoy a panorama of nature’s wonders riding through peaceful countryside and amazing wilderness. You’ll traverse green valleys, mountain passes and even cross wide salmon rivers on your Icelandic Horse and then enjoy the evenings in a cozy farm guesthouse. Enjoy an amazing horse trek you could never experience from a car. Find out more at: www.icelandair.com

Equitrekking Travel Iceland Riding Vacations

Equitrekking Travel ( www.equitrekkingtravel.com ) features Iceland horseback riding vacations. Book an equestrian vacation to ride strong Viking horses throughout Iceland on short or long equestrian vacations that mix horse riding with Icelands top sights including the Golden Circle and cultural immersion adventures like horse round-ups and horse drives. Learn more about how to book this vacation at http Equitrekking is the travel television series that explores the world on horseback on PBS. Purchase Equitrekking DVDs at www.shopdarley.com. Learn more about the show at http and about equestrian vacations at www.equitrekkingtravel.com
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Get Inspired and Refreshed: Iceland Spa Vacations

This extravagant escape provides pampering galore! Stay in Reykjavik’s elegant Hilton Reykjavik Nordica Hotel and Spa and indulge in luxury treatments with mineral salt baths, Icelandic lava therapy, a Finnish-style sauna, a relaxing Fire and Ice massage…and more. You’ll return home refreshed in body and spirit. Find out more at: www.icelandair.com
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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

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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/

The Icelandic Volcano and Holiday Planning

The Icelandic Volcano and Holiday Planning

Article by Patrick Omari
gos 2011

The Eyjafjallajokull volcano last erupted in 1821 for a period of 14 months and, according to records, every time it does so, it’s neighbor or “angry sister” Katla follows.

Katla, as is suggested by the name ‘angry sister’, is a larger and more violent volcano situated next to it’s Eyjafjallajokull. Currently scientists are monitoring the volcano for any signs of seismic activity similar to those recorded under Eyjafjallajokull just before it’s most recent eruption.

Katla has erupted 16 times since 930 and on different occasions has managed to tear chunks our of the glacier above it causing the Myrdalsjokull glaciers to break and discharge the same amount of water as would be from the amazon, nile and mississippi combined and also dispel smoke clouds so big that ash has been found to settle as far as Scotland.

In the past, the eruptions of both the volcanoes have caused disruption not only in Iceland but also for the whole of the Northern Hemisphere. Dust and sulphur from the ash clouds have been known to travel over much of Europe casting a haze over Norway, The Netherlands, the British Isles, France, Germany, Italy and Spain and according to records, past eruptions may have affected weather up until a few years after the event.

The most recent volcanic eruption has already caused noticeable disruption for holiday-makers, travelers, airlines, travel agents and the government. Initial signs of an eruption first started on 20th March 2010 and the second, more obvious phase started on the 14th April. This was the eruption that led to a huge ash cloud moving over much of Europe and consequently leading to the closure of UK airspace, airports and the cancellation of many inbound and outbound flights between the 15th and 20th April.

The decision to close the airspace above the UK was made as The National Air Traffic Service warned that the volcanic ash present in the cloud spreading across Europe posed a significant safety thready to aircraft.

It is unsure as to whether the volcano will erupt again and how much disruption will be caused in the future due to the ash clouds, which is why it is incredibly important to be stringent with any holiday plans that are made during this period and to make sure you are prepared for any eventuality.

Make sure to check with your travel agent, flight provider, airport parking provider, insurance company, holiday home, bank and whoever else may be involved win any aspect of your holiday to check their policies surrounding problems with traveling and the volcano. You do not want to be caught short if you end up stuck abroad or alternatively, stuck in the UK when you should be on holiday.

It is important to make sure you have an extra supply of money in a climate such as this, to ensure that if you are stuck abroad, need to change your flights, stay an extra night of couple of nights in different accommodation, make special arrangements to get home or in any other number of situations that may arise that it is possible to do so. It is also important to check companies policies on cancellations and amendments etc so that you are able to change your flights, extend your airport parking, extend your stay in a holiday home or change the dates of your holiday if you end up stuck at home.

All this extra care and hassle may seem an annoying addition to holiday planning stress but it will only make sure that you are prepared and if anything lead to a more relaxed and smooth running holiday.

About the Author

Patrick is an expert Research and Travel consultant. His current interest is in Belfast Airport Parking, Q Park Belfast Airport and Stansted Parking Long Stay

 

What to See and Do When Visiting Iceland

What to See and Do When Visiting Iceland

A little background on myself: I am an American who, for work reasons, moved to Iceland and lived there for two years. It was a challenging but, overall, an experience that I treasure. In the time I was there I learned a lot about Iceland and experienced, first hand, all of what I write about in this article.

There’s only one international airport in Iceland so, you will be flying into Keflavik, a small city about 30 minutes south of Reykjavik, the capital. If you are just going to be in Iceland for a few hours due to a layover, you might want to consider going to the Blue Lagoon. It is about 15-20 minutes from the airport. The Blue Lagoon is a spa and its main attribute is a geothermal pond that you can bathe in. The water is emerald green and very relaxing. Icelanders believe that the mineral-rich water is healing. It certainly is soothing and the experience is unique.

If you are going to be staying in Iceland for a couple days, most likely you will be staying in Reykjavik. In this case, I would recommend seeing the downtown area, which can be done on foot, or by a tour bus. Reykjavik is a charming and beautiful city with bright colored roofs, narrow streets and bustling pedestrian activity. Next, I would highly recommend going to one of the city’s many pools. They are very affordable and one of the best things about living in Iceland. In fact, Reykjavik considers itself the spa capital of Europe. The pools are clean and numerous offering many hot pots, lap pools, steam baths, saunas and more. The cost is about , a bargain for such an expensive country.

The next thing I would highly recommend is taking a tour outside of the city to see Iceland’s unspoiled nature. You can take a bus or contract with one of the many jeep tour companies. The bus tours generally stick to the main roads and will take you to all the tourist hotspots: Gullfoss, Geysir, Thingvellir National Park and a few other well-known destinations. My feeling is that the bus tour option is not very interesting. It is like a glorified postcard. Instead, I would opt for the jeep tours which will take you off the beaten path, allowing you not only to see but to experience. These jeep tours range in length from 3 hours to overnight tours. You can choose a tour that fits you interests, for example you can go on a jeep tour that will take you to many of the more spectacular waterfalls. Or, you can opt to drive on a glacier and go snowmobiling. Or, you can take a tour that will allow you to explore lava fields and even climb into lava caves. I really believe that this is the best way to
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experience Iceland – firsthand, not seen through a bus window.

If you are going to be in Iceland for at least a week, I would recommend renting a car and driving the Ring Road. It is the only main highway in Iceland and it simply goes around the entire country. This trip will take you 2-3 days, depending on your pace. This kind of trip is an experience worth treasuring. Keep in mind that rentals cars are expensive and so is gas. When I was there, gas cost about .50/gallon. Food and lodging are also very expensive so consider staying in guesthouses and shopping for your food rather than eating-out for every meal.

In many ways, Iceland is like many Northern European countries. The capital city looks like other Scandinavian capitals, it has all the modern conveniences, the people speak English and, last but not least, it’s expensive. But, that’s where the similarities end. Iceland is unique in so many ways. First off, geologically, Iceland is very unique. It is a fairly young island that is still volcanically active. Due to this, Iceland is a hot bed (no pun intended) of geothermal activity. Icelanders use this hot water to produce electricity and heat their homes. Iceland is sparsely populated with a low overall population, approximately 300,000 people. Reykjavik is the capital city with approximately 120,000 people – not huge by any standards. Iceland has lots of glaciers; in fact it has the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajokull. Most of the interior is uninhabited and uninhabitable. So the cities, such as they are, have sprung up along the coastlines. Outside of Reykjavik, the next largest city is

Akueyri, which enjoys the distinction of the northernmost city in the world.

Iceland is clean and beautiful with amazing landscapes ranging from other-worldly lava fields to lush fields of moss, grasses and low-lying berry bushes to waterfalls, rivers and streams, mountains, glaciers and more. Trees are few and far between outside of the populated areas. Iceland has very clean air and water. You can safely drink water from many streams across the country – not something I would recommend in most of the world. Iceland is also a fun destination; Icelanders love to party and the club scene in Reykjavik is a must. Just don’t show up before 11:30 pm.

To recap, I recommend the Iceland day tour, the jeep tours not the bus tours, soaking in the hot pots, the Blue Lagoon and at least on night on the town, just bring your Alka-Seltzer. – David Brooks