Sep 24

Iceland Travel Ideas for Families

By Editor | Travel Guide

Iceland is a wonderful country. Anyone who has been here could attest that it deserves to be in the must-visit country list. Its low crime rate and the proficiency of people in the English language make it a good destination of choice even for families.

Discounts for Children 

Traveling in Iceland is not cheap. But you don’t have to worry as the experience makes the money spent all worth it. Also, in Iceland, children are given discounts. Most travel and tour companies offer 50% off to children under 12 years of age. They are also given discounts for transportation and even for tourist attractions.

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Some airline companies like Air Iceland offer discounts to children age 2 to 11. Children are given 50% off on airfare if tickets are booked either by phone or online. Bigger discounts await for those who booked their tickets online. Aside from airline companies, hotels also give children special discounts. Some even offer free accommodation for kids under 12.

Family-Friendly Accommodation

Families have several options to choose from when it comes to accommodations. Hotels, youth hostels, farm accommodation, and even guest houses have special rooms for families of 3 to 5. Many of these family rooms have individual rooms. Some of them have cooking facilities so you can cook your own food, a good way to cut on the food expenses.

Activities for Families in Iceland

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The best thing about being in Iceland is that boredom rarely happens. It’s because there are a lot of things that you can do here. You can take your kids for whale watching, bird watching, and even horseback riding. Most Icelandic horses are small and even-tempered so you don’t have to worry when it comes to your child’s safety.

If you wanted to have an authentic Icelandic experience, then you better try the geothermal-heated swimming pools. Almost every village has them. Many of these swimming pools have child-friendly facilities like water slides and toys.

Iceland is definitely for everyone. Bring your family here and build more beautiful memories together.

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Sep 20

Romantic Holiday Tours in Iceland

By Editor | Travel Guide

Its jaw-dropping natural wonders make Iceland one of the best destinations for travelers – whether you’re alone or with someone special. If you’re looking for a different kind of travel experience with nature, then check out the following romantic holiday tours that you and your partner will enjoy:

Romance Around Iceland

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Get to experience Iceland’s finest destinations in this holiday tour. For 10 days and 9 nights, you and your partner will be taken around Reykjavik, Snæfellsjökull glacier, Akureyri, Húsavík, Dettifoss, Skaftafell,  Þingvellir, and several other destinations. This tour includes car rental, accommodation for the entire duration of your trip, temporary use of mobile phone, champagne and chocolate, information meeting with the travel consultant, and entrance fees to some of the known destinations like the Blue Lagoon and Mývatn Nature Baths.

Northern Lights Around Iceland

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A trip to Iceland wouldn’t be complete without seeing the northern lights. The breath-taking wonder of the Aurora Borealis is more than enough to impress your date. Northern Lights tours around Iceland often include a bus tour, meals, accommodation for the entire duration of your trip, northern lights program which include lectures and presentations, and use of equipment for exploring the amazing Aurora Borealis.

Exotic Getaway in Iceland

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If you and your partner are not typical travelers and would like to see more of Iceland, then you may like exotic getaway tours offered in the country. This tour shall take you to some of Iceland’s romantic destinations and you’ll have activities like super jeep safari and geothermal bathing. These tours often include airport and hotel transfers, guided tours, map of Iceland with detailed itinerary, accommodation for the entire duration of your trip, and rental car of your choice.

There are MORE places to see and things to try when in Iceland. So the next time you run out of date ideas, why don’t you try something new and fly here? It may be quite expensive but it’s definitely worth it.

Sep 17

Why Iceland is Perfect for Solo Travelers

By Editor | Food , Relax and Unwind , Travel Guide

Just like anything else in life, you wouldn’t know if solo travel is for you unless you give it a try. If your thinking of heading to Europe for your first solo trip, then you won’t go wrong with Iceland. Here are the top reasons why this country deserves a spot on a solo traveler’s list:

It’s generally safe and easy to travel.

 Safety is one of the prime considerations of people especially those who are on their first solo trip. Iceland fits the bill when it comes to safety. It has very low crime rate and it’s easy to ask for directions as people are proficient in English. You can also see English signs almost everywhere so it’s less likely that you’ll end up feeling lost and confused.

There are several day tours to choose from.

 

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Iceland is famous for its breath-taking natural wonders. You won’t run of activities and sites to see in this country as there are several day tours to choose from. You can go river rafting, visit popular destinations such as the Golden Circle, go hiking, or enjoy a dip in Iceland’s geothermal pools.

 Food is great.

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From local to international cuisines, your taste buds will definitely enjoy the flavors of Icelandic cooking. You would feel less lonely dining out as impressive food presentation and restaurant’s ambiance will catch your attention.

Iceland may be considered as an expensive country but those who have been here can attest that the money spent on Iceland vacation is worth it.

Holuhraun Eruption
Sep 12

Holuhraun Volcano Erupts, Spewing Toxic Gases and Molten Rocks

By Editor | Uncategorized

The most dangerous place to be in Iceland right now is none other than the area surrounding the Holuhraun volcano. It has been spewing out large amounts of molten rocks and toxic gases since its eruption that began last month. Large quantities of lava has been flowing in different directions that the public are restricted from coming near the erupting volcano. In fact, those who do not comply to this order are being arrested. The only people allowed to go near the site are scientists and journalists.

Largest Lava Eruption Since the 19th Century

The eruption of the Holuhraun volcano is considered to be the largest lava eruption in Iceland since the 19th century. Earthquakes have been reported before this huge volcanic eruption. The volume of lava erupted from the volcano is so huge that the Icelandic Met Office has issued a red warning to the public. This level is considered to be the highest in the scale for volcanic eruption.

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The toxic gases emitted by the volcano has become a growing problem especially those who are living in towns just kilometers away from the site. The volcano has been sending out different gases including sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide. Because these gases go with the direction of the wind, the people in Northern parts of East fjords are warned.

Health Warning and Flight Banned

Because of the threat brought about by these gases, flights were banned over the affected area. People who are working around the site were forced to protect themselves by wearing gas masks and personal gas meters. Those who are living in Finland are now experiencing some level of discomfort because of these emitted gases.

May 10

How to Experience Iceland the ‘Walter Mitty’ Way

By Editor | Uncategorized

Many are enthralled after watching the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The picturesque destinations which are mostly shot in Iceland could be more than enough to convince you to create a similar adventure in the actual setting itself. No, you don’t have to break your bank to do this. If you are more into DIY trips, then here’s a good way on how you can experience Iceland the ‘Walter Mitty’ way:

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Destination #1: Grundarfjörður

It is in Grundarfjörður where Walter Mitty cycled as fast as he can. Experience the same thrill by checking in the  Grundarfjörður hostel. You can either stay in a private room or in a hostel where you can meet more people who also crave for adventure. There are pretty good things about this hostel. It has wi-fi and a kitchen where you could prepare your own meals. Plus, the hostel offers a number of activities including climbing, golfing, boating, swimming, and more!

Destination #2: Seyðisfjörður

Do you love the outdoors? Then, you would definitely fall in love with Seyðisfjörður. Aside from skateboarding, you could go paragliding, kayaking, and even hiking. If you’re still up for more adventure, then go ahead and have fun trekking the waterfalls (there are many waterfalls in the area). And if your body craves for rest, you could check in the Seyðisfjörður hostel that offers very nice accommodation.

Destination #3: Hofn

In the movie, it is in Hofn where Walter Mitty did a karaoke version of a song with a drunk pilot. The movie makes it appear to be a Greenland Airport. In real life, the place is a fishing town surrounded by mountains, water, and ice. It has its Lobster Festival celebrated every July. There are plenty of things to do in Hofn including boat tours, glacier tours, and biking tours.

So, with this DIY Walter Mitty adventure in Iceland, what’s stopping you from taking the leap?

 

May 07

Iceland Tour Following the Walter Mitty Film

By Editor | Uncategorized

Have you watched the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? If you haven’t yet, then you better do. It’s a feel-good movie that will motivate you more to pursue your dreams and will tickle your imagination on how it is to have a grand adventure.

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It’s no longer a secret that Iceland has took part in the film. Its natural wonders have captured the producers of the film and see them as suitable for the movie’s setting. The popularity of the movie has benefited the tourism industry of Iceland that some travel agencies are now offering tour packages catered for those who wanted to enjoy Iceland the Walter Mitty way. Yes, you’ve read it right. You could have the same adventure as Walter Mitty in Iceland.

HOW?
Different travel agencies in Iceland are offering adventure packages that include the destinations seen in the movie. Some of these companies include:

Iceland Air
Iceland Air is among the companies offering the Walter Mitty Iceland Adventure package. This is a six-night adventure that combines hiking and guided tours to both South and West Iceland. Signing up in this package will give you the chance to experience the black sand beaches, the beautiful mountains, the picture-worthy valleys, the fishing village, and more.

Iceland Travel
Another company offering this thrilling adventure package is Iceland Travel. It is a six-night adventure that will take you to the different locations shot for the Walter Mitty movie. This will take you to the glaciers, hot springs, and waterfalls. You will also be taken to the famous Glacial Lagoon. Make sure you bring your camera with you when you get to these places as it will definitely be an unforgettable travel experience.

Are you as adventurous as Walter Mitty?
Why not take plunge and head to Iceland for an adventure of a lifetime?

May 06

Jaw-Dropping Icelandic Places in Walter Mitty Movie

By Editor | Uncategorized

It was the first time for Iceland to take the lead role in the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. If you’ve watched the movie, you have most likely witnessed the following jaw-dropping places in Iceland.

Seyðisfjörður

Seyðisfjörður

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Found in the eastern part of Iceland, Seyðisfjörður has a rustic feel because of its old wooden houses. It currently has 668 inhabitants.

Seyðisfjörður is an ideal place for those who wanted to go camping. It is being surrounded by mountains particularly by Mt. Bjólfur in the west and  Mt. Strandartindur in the east.


Grundarfjörður

Grundarfjörður

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Grundarfjörður is located on the fjord Breiðafjörður. This is a known Iceland coastal community surrounded by picture-worthy surroundings and a clean environment. Its quiet community life, natural wonder, and historical features could have attracted the producers of the film and included the place in the movie.

 

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Mount Kirkjufell

One of the most photographed mountains in Iceland is Mount Kirkjufell. Found in the town of Grundarfjörður, many people who have witnessed the beauty of the mountain especially with the auroras could attest that it’s one of the most beautiful things to witness in Iceland. This, too, was noticed by the producers of the film.

Vatnajökull National Park

Vatnajökull national park

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Another notable Icelandic place featured in the movie is the Vatnajökull National Park. One of the country’s national parks, Vatnajökull is a protected area known for its beautiful landscapes including rivers, glacial ice, and volcanoes.

These places, though highlighted in the movie, are best appreciated if you check them out yourselves; nothing beats the first hand experience.

 

May 05

Iceland on Walter Mitty Movie

By Editor | Uncategorized

With its glaciers, volcanoes, and waterfalls, it’s not the first time that Iceland has been part of the setting of  Hollywood movies. Its jaw-dropping wonders have appeared in movies like Oblivion, Thor, Prometheus, and even in the TV series Game of Thrones. However, in the  movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, it was the first time for Iceland to take the lead role, representing the country itself. 

Walter Mitty Movie

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About the Movie

Directed by Ben Stiller, the movie is based on the 1939 book of James Thurber. This is a romantic comedy film that tells the story of a daydreamer who challenges himself to go out and see the real world, leaving behind his fantasies. Iceland has become an integral part of the movie which has earned $45.7 million.

Ben Stiller in Walter Mitty

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Various landscapes of Iceland were featured in the film. These include Seyðisfjörður, Grundarfjörður,  Berserkjahraun lava field, fishing village of Garður, Höfn, and Vatnajökull national park.

How Iceland Got the Lead Role

Walter Mitty in Iceland

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When the country was visited by Fox executives to film the movie Prometheus, they saw that Iceland would also suit Ben Stiller’s Walter Mitty. In the recent years, the country has become one of the popular locations for films which paved way for an increase in publicity, a good thing especially for the tourism industry. In turn, Iceland is offering a 20% refund for the qualified expenditures of the film.

 

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May 02

East Glacier River Rafting Tour Packages

By Editor | Travel Guide

Get your heart pumping and experience a different kind of thrill in the river by trying out the East Glacier River rafting in Iceland. As mentioned in the previous post , the East Glacier River is one of the must-try activities if you’re in the country. In fact, it’s dubbed as one of the best rivers to do water rafting in Europe. While you don’t have to have prior experience to do it, you need to know that this isn’t for the faint of heart and definitely not for people who don’t want to have fun while getting wet (and working hard) at the same time.

If you’re ready to do it, here are some of the packages offered by different travel and tour agencies in Iceland. Pick one that suits your needs and definition of ‘fun’:

Extreme Iceland
The East Glacier River rafting tour offered by Extreme Iceland is good for 5-6 hours. It’s available daily starting from June 01 to September 30. Its package comes with lunch, equipment, and a relaxing Jacuzzi after the exciting river rafting activity.

Arctic Adventures
Another company that offers the East Glacier River rafting adventure is the Arctic Adventures. This grade 4+ whitewater river rafting activity is available starting May 1 until September 15. The company requires a minimum of 2 persons for this activity. If you’re in a huge group, there will be one guide assigned for every 6 persons. This is a 3-hour rafting (6-7  or 9-10 hours if transfer is included). River rafting tour package from Arctic Adventures includes rafting equipment, experienced guide, transportation to and from the jump-off point and riverside refreshments.

Viking Rafting
Viking Rafting is another travel and tour company that offers a river rafting activity in the East Glacier River. Their river rafting package comes with the rafting equipment (dry suit, PFD, helmet, booties, and gloves), qualified raft guides, transportation to and from the rafting base, and riverside refreshments (food and hot drinks).

These companies may have different inclusions for the river rafting tour but they generally require tourists to wear appropriate clothing for the activity. This includes thermal underwear, warm fleece top and pants, and thick socks. Cotton clothing is highly discouraged. Participants are also required to bring with them clothes to wear after the activity, medicines (if any), and most importantly their thirst for adventure.

Apr 30

Action-Packed East Glacier River Rafting

By Editor | Travel Guide

One of the things that you shouldn’t miss when in Iceland is trying the river rafting at the famous East Glacier River (Jökulsá-Austari). This activity, though considered as one of the popular activities in Iceland, is not for the faint of heart. If you don’t like getting wet, getting an adrenaline rush, or having fun in the water, then clearly this is not for you. The East Glacier River rafting is for those who seek more than the typical sight-seeing and for those who crave for the thrill and adventure of the country.

East Glacier River rafting

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The East Glacier River is dubbed as one of the best rafting rivers in Europe. The river rafting activity is considered to be one of the must-try activities for those who want to check out Iceland. Not unless does this activity give you your needed dose of adrenaline, this also leaves you breathless as it unveils the unspoiled beauty of the country.

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Many travel agencies in Iceland offer variety for this activity. The most common options for East Glacier River rafting include the white water action (a day tour for river rafting alone), family rafting (river rafting through gentle rapids plus trip to the natural hot spring), the 3-day rafting expedition (a 3-day action-packed water rafting activity), and the guided kayaking activity (challenging kayaking activity with a guide).

a must-try adventure

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You don’t have to have prior experience with river rafting. As long as you know how to swim, work hard (you have to paddle hard and harder as you get into challenging rapids), and have fun, you’ll be good.

Make your Iceland trip more memorable. Try this river rafting activity and you can say that your Iceland trip will never be the same again.

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