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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.

The Best Sites To Visit On A Holiday To Iceland

The Best Sites To Visit On A Holiday To Iceland

Article by Vikki Beale

The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is perhaps the most well known attraction in Iceland and one of the most spectacular, in a destination known for its stunning natural beauty. Heated up by the adjacent geothermal power station, you should leave an entire day to fully appreciate the wonderment of this attraction on your holiday to Iceland, or why not stay overnight? You can choose from a range of in-water treatments or massages, which start at just 15 euros. The mud mask is provided throughout the resort and is said to contain many beneficial minerals. In the afternoon, you can enjoy an invigorating massage and sauna under the waterfall, before ending your evening with themed cocktails in the Lava bar.

Jokulsaron

Holidays to Iceland are popular with nature lovers due to the amazing glacieral scenery and nature-spotting opportunities that a specialist holiday in Iceland provides. Jokulsaron is simply breathtaking and the landscape here is awash with glaciers and icebergs. The name translates to glacieral river lagoon, and the area is formed by a glacial retreat, which stretches along for several miles. You can rent a small boat or kayak into the river and watch, amazed, as glaciers snap off around you. Even Hollywood has noticed the beauty of this area, and as a result two James Bond movies have been filmed here.

Landmannalaugar

Its rugged terrain and wide open spaces has made Iceland a popular package holiday destination for the adventure crowd. In Iceland, you can try your hand at almost any sports from fly-fishing to free-fall diving, but a super jeep tour around the uninhabited area of Landmannalaugar is the best way to see the sites, whilst having a little fun. The area is made up of dormant volcanoes and features bubbling mud baths and impressive natural lava barriers, but it is Landmannalaugar’s dirt tracks, which are perfect for by 4X4 vehicles. The final river crossing at the end of your tour manages to be both thrilling and actually really quite scary.

Husavik

No Iceland holiday is complete without taking a gander at the world’s biggest mammals, and Husavik is the best place to view whales in the country. Every species of whale can be spotted here from giant blues to magnificent humpbacks and friendly orcas. The area is also popular with porpoises, and white beaked dolphins will often follow your fishing boat, popping up regularly for photos. Whilst in Husavik be sure to visit the Whale Museum, a remnant from the times where whaling provided the town’s main source of income. You may be the coldest you’ve ever been in your life on a Husavik boat trip, but as each tour has a 95% success rate, who really cares?

Geysir

Geysir is considered to be the oldest geyser in the world and dates back to 1294. It is a popular destination with visitors on a package holiday to Iceland, and although the spurting is largely sporadic the geyser roughly gushes around three times a day. The nearby geyser of Strokkur erupts more often; at heights of 20 metres about once every five minutes. But, the 60 metre spurts at Geysir are easily much more magnificent and no holiday to Iceland is complete without a visit here.

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 and help you to plan and book your ideal holiday.

Holiday in Iceland

Holiday in Iceland

Article by Nancy Eben

The little European country is renowned as the country of fire and ice. It is situated between the mainland of Europe and Greenland. The capital city is Reykjavik. Iceland is taken as the destination for lovebirds; there is folklore in Iceland, “if you have initiated your love in Paris then come Iceland to put the fire in it’. Home to numerous active volcanoes which have shiny ice caps; Iceland is inhabited by almost 0.3 million people who are spread around the coastal and urban areas of the country.

Iceland is a natural bequest as it has received a uniquely diversified geology. Its icecaps are the largest after Antarctica and Greenland and it is replete with hot water geysers, which offers panoramic view. Tour to Iceland is quite haute among young exhilarators nowadays. Comprised of fire and snow, the geologically young country calls you to enjoy the perfect blend of natural contrast.

It is considered as a paradise for hikers. National Parks and Conservation Areas around Iceland are quite appealing. Summers are supposed to best to spend holidays in Iceland. A holiday in Iceland can tempt you with numerous activities including Horse riding, fishing, sea-angling, water-rafting, kayaking, canoeing, snowmobile ride and many more.

If you are looking for more than you can take strolls in the scenic sanctuaries of the country; while spending holidays in Iceland, many people opt for boat trips. These are supposed to be the most pulsating activity for holidaymakers in Iceland. To take the complete pleasure of Iceland tourism, you can enjoy the speed of glacial torrents in the country. Whale watching and dolphin watching are another tantalizing activity in Iceland, which becomes breathtaking in mountainous backdrop.

If you are looking forward for a cultural enticement in Iceland, you can checkout local museums, turf farms, historical buildings of Reykjavik and local churches. These places have more than hundred sagas to tell.

What have you planned for this summer? You are going to board for which tourism destination? Confused? I have a suggestion; explore the bewilderment of snowy land. Iceland will be on high this summer, as travel agencies are offering the best deals on Iceland holiday packages. You can avail these Iceland tour packages either from your travel agent or from online Iceland Travel Guides. Apart from better deals in Iceland hotels, these travel assists in getting flight-tickets as well. What are you looking for; get your package booked today only.

About the Author

By:- Nacy EbenIceland Hotels

Please visit:- http://www.stayresiceland.com/iceland-tourist-attractions.html

Boat Trips to Experience on a Reykjavik Holiday

Boat Trips to Experience on a Reykjavik Holiday

Article by Vikki Beale

On a city break to Reykjavik you will discover that the mainland offers plenty to see and do in terms of visitor attractions. However, if you want to experience a different side to Reykjavik on your holiday then take a boat trip and explore the city from the water:

Puffin Express

The Puffin Express is one of few animal spotting trips that can successfully boast a 100% success rate, but if you take this trip whilst on your city break to Reykjavik you are guaranteed to spot not one but hundreds of colourful sea puffins.

The boat leaves Reykjavik four times a day and journeys to the rocky Atlantic islands of Akurey and Lundey, which are well known for their vibrant birdlife. There are estimated to be around 10 million puffins in Iceland, making them the country’s most common bird.

Because of the rocky nature of Akurey and Lundey you will not be able to dock on these islands on your Reykjavik holiday, but the specially adapted vessel is built with bird watching in mind and as well as puffins you are likely to spot Arctic Terns, Black Guillemots and even the occasional seal.

If you haven’t fallen in love with the puffins on your day trip from Reykjavik, then you might be tempted by one of the local dishes. Although they are a protected species in the United Kingdom and North America, this protection doesn’t extend to Iceland, and you will find puffin heart eaten raw is the local delicacy.

Whale Watching

Many people take holidays to Reykjavik in Iceland with whale watching in mind and who can blame them. Reykjavik is one of the best places in the world to spot whales and you are likely to spot a number of different species of whale on your Reykjavik holiday. From humpbacks and blue whales to sperm whales and orcas, over 20 different species of cetaceans can be spotted of the Icelandic coast where krill and plankton are plentiful.

If you want to take a whale watching trip whilst on your city break to Reykjavik then make your way to the harbour where you’ll find a number of different operators offering excursions boasting high success rates. Included in the cost of your whale watching experience is a ticket to the Whale Watching Centre, a floating exhibition centre located on Reykjavik harbour. This exciting centre provides visitors with fascinating facts about the mammals they are likely to spot on their boat trip and also boasts a souvenir shop, where you can stock up on toys of your favourite cetacean.

Sea Fishing

On your city break to Reykjavik why not do something completely different and try your hand at sea angling. Fish in Reykjavik harbour are plentiful and on a trip aboard the 44-foot pleasure boat ‘Gestur’ you can try your hand at catching cod, haddock, pollock and catfish. The luckier of you may even manage to catch an elusive halibut. The Gestur is fully stocked with a grill so after you’ve caught your fish you can try your hand at cooking it. The fully stocked bar on board will not only provide the perfect accompaniment to your fish supper but will also help in protecting you from the cold Icelandic elements on your Reykjavik holiday.

About the Author

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

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

 

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.

 

 


Maunin Olara Icelandic Holiday Cottages

Maunin Olara Icelandic Holiday Cottages

The little European country is renowned as the country of fire and ice. It is situated between the mainland of Europe and Greenland. The capital city is Reykjavik.
Home to numerous active volcanoes which have shiny ice caps; Iceland is inhabited by almost 0.3 million people who are spread around the coastal and urban areas of the country.

Iceland is a natural bequest as it has received a uniquely diversified geology. Its icecaps are the largest after Antarctica and Greenland and it is replete with hot water geysers, which offers panoramic view. Comprised of fire and snow, the geologically young country calls you to enjoy the perfect blend of natural contrast.

It is considered as a paradise for hikers. The mountains and valleys that cross Iceland are quite appealing. Summer is the perfect time to visit Iceland, and can tempt you with numerous activities including Horse riding, fishing, sea-angling, water-rafting, kayaking, canoeing, snowmobile ride and many more.

If you’re looking for a place to stay the Maunin Olara holiday cottage offers the perfect place to stay while you explore all Iceland’s attractions. Our beautiful heated timber built cottage has the capacity to sleep nine so there is plenty of room for the whole family.

The cottage is fully furnished with full amenities, includingTV with DVD player,washing machine, a sauna and large gas barbeque.

The town of Selfoss is only a brief walk away (about 10 minutes) with the village of Eyrarbakki, a lovely little village withthe most traditional Icelandic houses only about 20 minutes drive. Hveragerdi the local town is 35 km (about thirty minutes from Reykjavik). This Town contains all the local amenities you could need including bank, post office, supermarket and petrol station. There are as well as a varity of cafes and resturants perfect for those who want to eat out.

Holiday in Iceland

Holiday in Iceland

The little European country is renowned as the country of fire and ice. It is situated between the mainland of Europe and Greenland. The capital city is Reykjavik.

Iceland is taken as the destination for lovebirds; there is folklore in Iceland, “if you have initiated your love in Paris then come Iceland to put the fire in it’. Home to numerous active volcanoes which have shiny ice caps; Iceland is inhabited by almost 0.3 million people who are spread around the coastal and urban areas of the country.

Iceland is a natural bequest as it has received a uniquely diversified geology. Its icecaps are the largest after Antarctica and Greenland and it is replete with hot water geysers, which offers panoramic view. Tour to Iceland is quite haute among young exhilarators nowadays. Comprised of fire and snow, the geologically young country calls you to enjoy the perfect blend of natural contrast.

It is considered as a paradise for hikers. National Parks and Conservation Areas around Iceland are quite appealing. Summers are supposed to best to spend holidays in Iceland. A holiday in Iceland can tempt you with numerous activities including Horse riding, fishing, sea-angling, water-rafting, kayaking, canoeing, snowmobile ride and many more.

If you are looking for more than you can take strolls in the scenic sanctuaries of the country; while spending holidays in Iceland, many people opt for boat trips. These are supposed to be the most pulsating activity for holidaymakers in Iceland. To take the complete pleasure of Iceland tourism, you can enjoy the speed of glacial torrents in the country. Whale watching and dolphin watching are another tantalizing activity in Iceland, which becomes breathtaking in mountainous backdrop.

If you are looking forward for a cultural enticement in Iceland, you can checkout local museums, turf farms, historical buildings of Reykjavik and local churches. These places have more than hundred sagas to tell.

What have you planned for this summer? You are going to board for which tourism destination? Confused? I have a suggestion; explore the bewilderment of snowy land. Iceland will be on high this summer, as travel agencies are offering the best deals on Iceland holiday packages. You can avail these Iceland tour packages either from your travel agent or from online Iceland Travel Guides. Apart from better deals in Iceland hotels, these travel assists in getting flight-tickets as well.

What are you looking for; get your package booked today only.

By :- Nacy Eben
Iceland Hotels
Please visit:-
http://www.stayresiceland.com/iceland-tourist-attractions.html

Holiday Singapore Travel To Iceland Cheaply

Holiday Singapore Travel To Iceland Cheaply

Getting there

There are no direct flights to Iceland from Singapore.

Keflavik International Airport, the gateway to Iceland, is easily reachable via a three-hour flight on Icelandair or Iceland Express from London.

Fares may be as low as €112 (S0, one way, inclusive Revia online of taxes and fees).

The two airlines also serve other major European cities such as Copenhagen, Frankfurt and Paris, where many international airlines fly to and from Singapore.

From Keflavik airport, it takes about 45 minutes by airport shuttle to reach Reykjavik.

Visit www.visitreykjavik.is for details.

5 things to do in Iceland

1. Do visit the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal pool. It costs about 5,000 kronur () per person, inclusive of hotel pickups from Reykjavik and admission. Bathing in warm mineral-rich water and piling on silica clay all over your body in a lava-field setting is an unforgettable experience.

2. Do join the Golden Circle Tour to see the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, the Great Geysir (geyser) and the Iceland Thingvellir National Park. The bus tour starts from 8,000 kronur.

3. Do go on a Northern Lights Tour (about 5,000 kronur) to observe the aurora on a clear night between September and March. Or stay in wilderness lodges and resorts for a better chance of sightings.

4. Do stay up late to check out Reykjavik‘s vibrant and varied nightlife, even if it means having to battle jet lag or cold weather.

5. Do try modern or fusion Icelandic cooking, which is less intimidating than traditional fare such as fermented shark meat. An insider touted Fish Market (Adalstraeti 12) as Reykjavik‘s best restaurant. Its tasting menu for lunch, a steal at 3,900 kronur for four starters, two mains and one dessert, may include salad with smoked Icelandic goose and grilled Arctic char (a fish related to trout and salmon).

2 don’ts in Iceland

1. Don’t schedule too much time for museums in Reykjavik as they are relatively small. Even the National Museum of Iceland can be easily browsed within a couple of hours, with time left to hop through the National Gallery and the Einar Jonsson Museum.

2. Don’t try to buy Icelandic kronur in Singapore – most money changers don’t seem to stock it. As you enter the arrival hall at Keflavik International Airport, head straight for the ATM to withdraw your needed kronur.

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