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Vestur- og Norðursúla-061110-View from Vestursúlu

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 in the higest peak off Vestursúla preparing the song.
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Ljósufjöll 280810 – Down from Miðtindur.

The Hiking Club Toppfarar hiking Ljósufjöll in Snæfellsnes Iceland. Clear skies and sunny with warm and still weather. Total of 33 members hiked three highest peaks in Snæfellsnes, Gráni (1.006m), Bleikur (1.047m) and Miðtindur (1.067m) at a 16,8 km in 8:10 hrs. This was a golden hike with laughter all the way up and down again. In this video the rest of the group is coming down Miðtindur.
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Eyjafjallajokull Eruption Seen From Orbit (2010.03.24)

An ongoing volcano eruption on Eyjafjalla Glacier (Eyjafjallajokull) in Iceland. The volcanic eruption started on 21 March 2010 beneath the glacier, located on the southern tip of Iceland. Partially clear skies on 24 March enabled Meteosat-9 to catch a glimpse of the hot spot (the short line of very dark pixels). credit: EUMETSAT source: www.eumetsat.int
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The Affect of Eyjafjallajokull eruption

Business Travel Jobs – Learning from Experience

Article by Tim Leach

For those keeping their eye out for business travel jobs, there have been several events in 2010 that have given business travel consultants and managers food for thought. The field is unpredictable by its very nature; there can sometimes be little warning before a problem overseas requires attention, or a new opportunity must be taken advantage of with an early meeting a long journey away. Travel managers, however, can never assume all will go as planned during these trips. Take a look at some of the events which affected business travel during 2010, and how they might affect the future of business travel.

Volcanic Ash

One of the biggest disruptions for travel in 2010 was the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull, a volcano in Iceland, which caused the most significant closure of European airspace since the Second World War. For weeks, many people simply couldn’t fly for a myriad of technical and legal reasons concerning the volcanic ash which was released over European airspace. Those looking for travel jobs would be wise to take note of the ways businesses adapted to the restrictions – making use of online conferencing programs like Skype and using long-distance train and ferry travel as a substitute. Many businesses found that their air travel wasn’t quite as critical as they’d first assumed. The most important lesson the volcanic eruption taught those in business travel jobs was to always have a back-up plan for travel arrangements, and a back-up for the back-up!

Snow Problems

At the beginning and end of 2010, heavy snowfalls in Europe left many airports and airlines struggling to cope. While the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull couldn’t have been predicted by those working in the industry, regular occurrences such as snow during the winter months should factor into business travel planning in 2011. It was Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, which was the most affected because – as its critics noted – it had done the least to prepare. A lesson for those in travel jobs in 2011 is not to assume major transport hubs will be ‘ever-ready’ whatever the weather – they are as susceptible to misfortune, and even closures, as smaller transport hubs.

Future Developments

With new transport security developments on the horizon in 2011, it remains to be seen what impact they will have on business travel jobs. In October 2010, the US Transport Security Administration introduced controversial new full-body scanners. Many air passengers saw them as highly intrusive as operators were able to see through clothes. When those in travel-related jobs need to deal with urgent or short-notice travel arrangements, avoiding such stringent security procedures may not be an option, and so the preferences of those embarking on the journey must be taken into account.

While 2010 threw up many challenges for the business travel industry, there will always be a necessity for efficient business travel arrangements. Those looking for travel jobs could learn a few lessons for the year ahead by examining the problems faced by travellers in 2010.

About the Author

Barbara Kolosinska (MREC CertRP) is a Sales Director for C&M, a leading travel recruitment agency who specialise in finding their clients the perfect http://candm.co.uk/cm/jobs/business_travel”> business travel jobs across all sectors of the travel industry. C&M have access to the largest choice of business travel jobs from the UK’s top travel employers.

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.

Day Tours from Maunin Olara Holiday Cottage Iceland

Day Tours from Maunin Olara Holiday Cottage Iceland

Daytours from  www.holidaycottageiceland  Maunin Olara

 

Visit The Blue lagoon: Get onto the main road, take the second exit from the  roundabout and get onto   road no 38. Drive along this until you  get on to  route 427, this is a gravel road,  but will not be  problematic. En route  visit Strandarkirkja  – this is a beautiful, small church that Icelanders believe helps bring good luck.  You will then  come to Krisuvik, which is an intersting stop for veiwing  some  hot springs, but these are not for swimming in as it is an old sulphure mine.  Keep on 427 west bound to Grindavik and on 426 you wil find the SPA Blue Lagoon.  For the return journey, take route no  41 the  Keflavik – Reykjavik road and then on to route 1 towards  Maunin Olara.

 

Geysir and Gullfoss:  Take road 1 eastbound, then  turn left onto road 35,  stay on 35 to Geysir, this is approx one hour drive. A  further few km takes you  to Gullfoss waterfall.  On your way back,  get over to route 37, via Laugarvatn and on to the new 365, This will  take you to lake Thingvellir, and then on 36 down towards Selfoss and Hveragerdi.

 

Seljalandsfoss and Thorsmork National Park

On R 1 eastbound drive through Selfoss and on  another 60 minutes till you reach the waterfall Seljalandsfoss. This is  an intersting waterfall where one can walk behind the water.  You are now also  on r 249 which, given you have a 44 vehicle, you can drive across a few rivers to the bottom of the valley.  You will now surrounded by three glaciers, Myrdalsjokull, Tindfjallajokull and the most famous of the all, Eyjafjallajökull.  Do go carefully here, and we suggest you go in a convoy with other 44‘s, or hire a guide –  www.icelandertours.com as rivers can be diffucult or at times  impassible.

Staying in Hveragerdi

You will find a lovely  swimming pool in Hveragerdi.  It is very clean, well maintained, warm water and options of 2 hot tubs  with different tempratures. There is also a steambath and good showers.  For indoor  swimming facilities and hot tubs,  go to the NLFI health centre where there is also a vegetarian restaurant.  Wander around the greenhouses in town and see how the Icelanders make the most of their geothermal powers.   If you are interested in hiking and swiming in natural geothermal water,  the obvious thing to do is to drive to the bottom of Reykjadalur and go for a  40 minutes walk each way to the warm water.   Bring your own swimmwear and towel as you will be in nature with no facilities.