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Askja (Herðubreið 3) – hiking around Askja – 080809

Toppfarar on a four day trip to the highlands in northeast of Iceland to hike the “queen of Icelandic mountains” Herðubreið. Here hiking around Lake Askja which is a big crater at about 220 m deep. This was a total of 24,9 km long walk up to 1.530 m for over 10 hours with a bath in Lake Víti and a lot of stroll on the way. Guess it would take 8 hours minimum for a good hiker to hike the whole way. This day the weather was perfect and the no way to describe the view tha whole way and the feelings one had while hiking through all the peaks and hills. One of the best hikes ever in my life.
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Tobegoesiceland’s photos around Úthlíð, Iceland

Preview of Tobegoesiceland’s blog at TravelPod. Read the full blog here: www.travelpod.com This blog preview was made by TravelPod using the TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow creator. Entry from: Úþlíð, Iceland Entry Title: “Field Trip 3./4. Tag” Entry: “die letzten tage waren nicht weniger spannend, auch wenn die ganze busfahrerei, wanderei und staunerei an den kräften zerrte. hauptziel des dritten tages war landmannalaugar. ein gebiet dessen berge meist aus rhyolit bestehen, was für island eher untypisch ist. hier zeigte sich ein sehr hübsches farbenspiel des verwitterten gesteins. die weichen farbtöne von gelb, rot und braun vermischten sich aus der ferne zu einer surreal wirkenden landschaft. (siehe bilder) am fuße eines erkalteten lavastroms lag unsere hütte welche sich direkt in der nähe eines natürlichen hot pots befand. so ließen wir bei 40° heißer wassertemperatur und sternenklarem himmel den abend ausklingen, das hat schon was. es ist weiterhin zu bemerken das ein sternenhimmel in dieser gegend nicht mit unserem verglichen werden kann. Man multipliziere die anzahl der sterne und sternschnuppen mit 10. bis auf einen zwischenstop bei den geysiren verbrachten wir den letzten tag hauptsächlich im bus. wir befanden uns schon relativ zentral in der pampa, abseits von jeder asphaltierten straße, und wollten abends in reykjavik ankommen. netter trip! bald mehr.” Read and see more at: www.travelpod.com Photos from this trip: 1. “. + 4. Tag” 2. “Landmannalaugar” 3

“Bergsteigen” Tobegoesiceland’s photos around Þingeyri, Iceland

Preview of Tobegoesiceland’s blog at TravelPod. Read the full blog here: www.travelpod.com This blog preview was made by TravelPod using the TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow creator. Entry from: Þingeyri, Iceland Entry Title: “Bergsteigen” Entry: “so, das wochenende wird, wie schon erwähnt, unter anderem zum wandern genutzt und wie so eine wanderroute hier in den westfjörden aussehen kann sollen euch die nächsten bilder zeigen. wir haben uns von siggi (unserem hotelbesitzer) zu einem fjörd nähe þingeyri fahren lassen um von dort aus unsere reise zu starten. vor uns lagen ca. 16km fußmarsch und 1km höhendifferenz. ganze 4h dauerte der aufstieg, aber die aussicht auf dem gipfel war grandios und somit hatte sich jeder meter gelohnt.” Read and see more at: www.travelpod.com Photos from this trip: 1. “Immernoch auf dem Hinweg” 2. “Blick auf den Fjörd” 3. “Die bisher zurückgelegte Strecke” 4. “Der Gipfel in Sicht…” 5. “Nachbarfjörd” 6. “Auf dem Gipfel” 7. “Auf dem Gipfel II” 8. “Auf dem Gipfel III” 9. “Michi auf dem Gipfel” 10. “Auf dem Rückweg” 11. “Rückweg” See this TripWow and more at tripwow.tripadvisor.com

“Hot rocks and puffins” Ahartry’s photos around Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland

Preview of Ahartry’s blog at TravelPod. Read the full blog here: www.travelpod.com This blog preview was made by TravelPod using the TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow creator. Entry from: Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland Entry Title: “Hot rocks and puffins” Entry: “Slept in a bit. Spent morning doing email — I keep not sleeping well because I’m worried about work and everything I’ve been neglecting with projects there. But it’s too nice of a day to worry about it. So, we departed the hotel and headed for the ferry to the Westerman Islands — which are noted for their golf, their birdlife, and for the 1973 volcanic eruption that nearly eliminated the town and closed off the harbor. Since the town is now the biggest fishing port (and producer of a large proportion of Iceland’s exports), the end of the harbor would have spelled disaster for its inhabitants. Since we don’t golf and have only a passing interest in bird-watching, we intended to focus on the eruption remains. We had no difficulty getting ferry (or “Trebeck”) tickets, or seats in the lounge upstairs … but after the ferry departed, we decided to go outside to watch our approach to the islands. (It was, I should note, a short half-hour and very easy trip over. No seas at all…). As we neared the islands, we started to scare up the sealife. Most amusing were the puffins: they shot out the water looking very much like penguins … except that the puffins would then begin to fly. Pulling into the harbor, we could see where
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“Reykjavik City Tour” Wareameye’s photos around Reykjavík, Iceland

A TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow of a travel blog to Reykjavík, Iceland by TravelPod blogger Wareameye titled “Reykjavik City Tour”. TravelPod is a company of TripAdvisor™. Wareameye’s travel blog entry: “Tuesday, August 5, 2008 Reykjavik City Tour Dear Readers: The rest of the group arrives on time this morning, with no luggage hassles, and make it to the hotel by 8am for breakfast before our city tour. We have a woman guide who was born and raised here in Reykjavik, and takes us to the most interesting parts of the city. One of our first stops is close to the hotel. It is the home/studio of one of Iceland’s most famous sculptors, Asmundur Sveinsson, who lived from 1893 – 1982. An unusual structure, it is surrounded by many of his works which were inspired by Iceland’s fantastic sagas and folklore. Down by the waterfront, we grab a group photo by the Viking ship sculpture several of us visited at sunset last night. Another stop is at the house where Presidents Reagan and Gorbachev met in 1986. That meeting is regarded by historians as the beginning of the end of the Cold War. The iconic symbol of Reykjavik, the Lutheran Church with the tall spire, is undergoing renovation, but we go to the top for good views over the city. Even better views are available from the “Pearl,” which is a domed restaurant sitting on top of the city’s huge tanks of water heated by geothermal activity. Our brief orientation tour also includes visits to the harbor to see the whaling ships which

“Golden Circle Tour – My Iceland adventure” Tiresidedown’s photos around Reykjavík, Iceland

A TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow of a travel blog to Reykjavík, Iceland by TravelPod blogger Tiresidedown titled “Golden Circle Tour – My Iceland adventure”. TravelPod is a company of TripAdvisor™. Tiresidedown’s travel blog entry: “A few months ago, I took a trip to Iceland with my business partner. Though he used to live there and has traveled to Reykjavik many times, the trip was my first. Indeed, it was my first international flight at all. Getting to Reykjavik from San Diego was a rather long trip in two parts. I generally have patience for flying and the second leg of the trip there was on IcelandAir with handy tv screens for in-flight movies. So, about thirty minutes of iPod audio book, all the magazines in sight, two trips through Skymall, about an hour of fitful half-sleep, a few meals and a few movies, and bam! it’s like you just show up. After we arrived, the time change was an adjustment. It helps if you’re an early sleeper like my friend Dave – I however am more of a night owl and the transition took a few days. The days are still useful days though, and the jet lag is just a by-product of going a significant way around the world. To keep this entry from being my full trip; I’ll skip to the chase! We were downtown and saw the Iceland Travel Market; these guys were great and helped me figure out the best trip for the time, money and interests we had. We packed in three things and did the famous Golden Circle tour. Link to Golden Circle Tour here. Though there
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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.


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


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.


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


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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Getting Around On Your Iceland Holidays

Getting Around On Your Iceland Holidays

Article by Vikki Beale

Iceland has an abundance of extraordinary landscapes and sights to take in along its coast. With natural spectacles such as geysers, lagoons, glaciers, fjords and volcanoes the question is which modes of travel will you use to see it all on your holidays to Iceland?

Getting Around on your Iceland Holidays

‘Around’ is the right word. There’s a great deal to see on and near Iceland’s coastlines so you’ll find that the coach tours for Iceland holidays won’t stray more than eighty kilometres from the sea. Along the coast you might come across a gleaming transparent ice-boulder lying on a coal-black beach. Or you might see waters filled with drifting turquoise tinted icebergs. And the great capital of Reykjavik (a ‘must see’ on your holidays to Iceland) rests on the glassy waters of Faxaflói Bay. It is linked to the other cities and the other coastal sights by a huge ring road that threads around the edge of the country.

Since no-one lives far inland there are only a couple of roads that cross the interior, and access to these is seasonal. The coach tours will get you in far enough to visit the sights popular on Iceland holidays, such as the Waterfalls at Gullfoss and the dramatic hot springs at Geysir. But beyond these, Iceland becomes difficult to negotiate. To penetrate the country’s inner frontier – in search of the lava fields, volcanic craters, deserts and mountain scenery – you’ll need to climb aboard a different kind of transport.

Big Wheels and Hooves

This is indeed a country of unusual and extreme landscapes, so the more specialist holidays to Iceland will involve some extreme vehicles to help you see more of it. Many people are mistaken in thinking that the whole of Iceland is buried under a deep wall of snow, but for the parts that really are, you will need a vehicle made for the job.

Commonly, operators of Iceland holidays use specialist 44 vehicles known as ‘Super Jeeps’ to transport visitors between the sights. These are powerful rovers with bulbous wheels that bound and charge through the snow drifts, making the ride as exciting as the scenery. You might drive these inland to the lava fields or through another of the formidable terrains in Iceland. Holidays can be relaxing here too though, with horseback treks for those places hard to reach on foot. Equally, a stroll near the lakes of the Thingvellir National Park suggests a more leisurely pace, and perhaps you’ll enjoy a dip into a natural hot pool.

Wings and Fins

Some specialist holidays in Iceland feature a plane tour of the island. This makes it possible to witness the amazing variety of the countryside within a single day. A fly-drive tour can be tailor-made to show the highlights of Iceland, and package holiday itineraries exist which let you see all of the country’s regions within two weeks.

Just in case you forget you’re on an island, you should include a boat trip. There’s Whale Watching from Husavik Harbour, and in the summer months when the fjords are clear of ice, the boats can take you to where the glaciers spill from the land into the sea.

Of course, you may choose not to stay constantly mobile. There’s plenty to keep you in Reykjavík for a few days. But if you still haven’t had enough excitement on your Iceland holidays, there are always the snowmobiles to try!

About the Author

Vikki Beale is a holiday expert for iceland2go, a specialist operator providing holidays to Iceland and Greenland. Iceland2go has a dedicated team of experienced travel consultants ready to share their knowledge to create the perfect tailor-made itineraries and finest package holidays Iceland offers, with sights including glaciers, geysers, fjords, and the Northern Lights.