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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.

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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).

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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.

Apr 27

Festival of the Sea: What to Expect

By Editor | Travel Guide

For many Icelanders, the sea plays an important role in their history and economy. This gratefulness is expressed in Iceland’s annual Festival of the Sea. Also known as Sjómannadagur or Seaman’s Day, the festival is a weekend celebration of seafaring culture. It is a weekend of merry making celebrated every first Sunday of June.

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During the festival, every ship in Iceland stays in the harbour and the sailors take a day off for a weekend of fun activities with family, friends, and other sailors. Attendees of the festival will definitely enjoy it especially with the following activities:

  • Funny Fish on display
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Ferry Trips (heading to Videy Island)
  • The Maritime Museum
  • Delicious Herring
  • Bottled-message factory
  • Speed rowing
  • Fun activities for kids
  • Ocean rescue demonstration
  • Music and more

Have fun!

Apr 24

Off-the-Beat Destinations in Iceland Worth Checking Out

By Editor | Travel Guide

If you’re the type of person who’d rather explore the less explored places than go with the crowd on the known tourist destinations, then you’d love the off-beaten paths in Iceland. Compared to other European countries, Iceland is not as populated as the rest. However, it’s one of the most beautiful countries blessed with natural wonders. Here’s a list of the top off-the-beat destinations in Iceland that are worth checking out:

Fjord Hvalfjordur

Fjord Hvalfjordur waterfalls

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Found at the northern part of Reykjavik, Fjord Hvalfjordur is a destination often missed by travelers. Getting into this off-beaten destination is worth it as you’ll get to see more of Iceland’s natural beauty. Aside from the rivers, waterfalls, and lakes, you’ll get to see here the unspoiled landscape of the fjord which used to be  of the British army during the World War II.

Quad Bike Tours (Reykjavik)

Quad Bikes Tour in Reykjavik

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If you’re up for fun and adventure, then head to Reykjavik not for the usual sight-seeing but for its quad bike tours. Available all-year round, the quad bike tours will take you to Hagafell Mountains, the black sand beaches, and to the peak which you can have an amazing view of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon and Eldey Islands.

Vík í Mýrdal (Black Sand Beach)

Black Sand Beach in Iceland

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A 180 km away from the city of Reykjavik, Vík í Mýrdal is voted as one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. It may be located directly under a glacier-covered volcano but this didn’t stop adventure-seekers from exploring the black sand beach.

Hraunfosser Waterfalls

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If you haven’t seen a waterfall that flows in and out of the lava, then you shouldn’t miss out the Hraunfosser Waterfalls. The intertwining effect of the waters create a stunning turquoise stream. For photography enthusiasts, there’s a platform in the area where they could take photos. Be sure to be there before the crowd to get a better view (and photo) of the amazing waterfalls.

There are still more that Iceland could offer. It just takes some guts and an open mind to discover them. So, go ahead and explore what else you could discover in the country.

Apr 21

Things You Need to Know About EVE Online Fest 2014

By Editor | Travel Guide

If you haven’t came across EVE Online Fest then you’re most likely not into the online gaming world. EVE Online is a popular game created by Iceland’s biggest game company, Iceland CCP. Every year, players all over the world gather in Iceland to celebrate the success of the game. For this year, the organizers are set to take the festival into a whole new level.

Iceland’s EVE Online Fest 2014

Compared to the previous celebration, this year’s EVE Online Fest no longer has the 18 years old age limit. Anyone could get into the general entry despite being under 18 years of age but they are restricted to enter the Party on Saturday and not allowed to participate in Pub Crawls. For this year, the event shall take place at Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center located at Reykjavik, Iceland.

EVE Online Festival 2014 Venue

EVE Online Festival 2014 Venue
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The best thing about EVE Online Fest is that this is a kind of festival where players set aside their differences and even forget about their allies or rivals to sit side by side to simply enjoy the festive moment. It is a celebration where drinks are shared and new friendships are formed. CCP developers take this this chance to talk to the players and just get to know them.

EVE Online Festival Attendees

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What to Expect in EVE Online Fest

The festival is more than just a merry-making event. Attendees are given the chance to join the discussion panels and even with the presentations with the EVE developers. There are also competitive tournaments to unleash the talents of the players. Other activities prepared by the organizers include the Poker tournament, shopping from the EVE store (it’s a commemorative shop), table discussions, unforgettable party, and many more.

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Players can bring along their wives, husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends, and even friends through the Sisters of EVE program. They will be taken in a guided tour and will also be given the chance to participate in the party (Party at the Top of the World).

Tickets are available starting at 175 USD.

Feb 08

Tips in Landmannalaugar Hiking

By Editor | Travel Guide

One of the most popular things to do in Iceland is to trek. The country’s natural wonders are more than enough to keep a surge in one’s adrenaline. If you’re up for a physical activity and if you’re prepared to witness the country’s natural wonders, then heading to Landmannaluagar for hiking will be one of the best decisions that you’re going to make. Here are some tips to help you make the most of Landmannalaugar hiking:

1. Trek during summer

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Landmannalaugar is not accessible all-year round. The roads heading to it are only passable during summer. The road from the north can be accessed as early as May; western road usually opens in June; and the eastern road is only passable by the end of June.

2. Start your trek the earliest time possible

Trekking in Landmannalaugar is one of the famous activities in Iceland. It can get really busy during its peak season so it’s highly recommended to be there the earliest time possible. Getting there in an early morning also gives you an opportunity to witness the stunning views around the mountain.

3. Get a sturdy vehicle

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If you opt to reach the spot before Landmannalaugar with the use of a vehicle, then you better ride on a sturdy one such as a 4×4 vehicle. Ordinary vehicles could pass by the roads heading to the area but there are some areas that cannot be passed by a typical car especially when water level rises.

 4. Workout prior to trek

The trek to Landmannalaugar can be done within a day and at times, can be extended up to 3 days. This is a physically taxing activity and thus, must come well-prepared. Running and other forms of exercise that strengthen the leg muscles could help.

 5. Be prepared

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The weather in the area is described to be poor. It usually experiences light rain and low cloud. It is also subject to Iceland’s unpredictable weather. This is why it’s important to come prepared by wearing appropriate clothing and bringing the right equipment. In this way, you get to enjoy the view from the top regardless of the weather.

These are just some of the tips for you to make the most of a trek in Landmannalaugar. So, what are you waiting for? Come to Iceland and trek the mountain now.

Feb 03

Top 3 Adventures in Iceland Worth Checking Out

By Editor | Travel Guide

Iceland has now become one of the top destinations in Europe. This is no longer surprising considering the country’s picturesque natural wonders, the well-preserved culture, its traditions and festivities, and the people. The country may have isolated itself for years but it didn’t fail to impress anyone who visits it.

There’s always something for anyone in Iceland. If you’re a food lover, they have authentic Icelandic dishes that you could try. If you’re a huge fan of nature, then there are countless things that you can see and take pictures of. And if you thirst for adventure, the country will not fail you. Here are the top adventures in Iceland that you should check out:

Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing

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If you happen to be in Iceland during winter then one of the things that you can do is to try glacier hiking and ice climbing. You will be taken to Sólheimajökull, an impressive natural phenomenon in Iceland that will let you explore and witness amazing ice formations, ridges, and even sink holes. What’s more, you’ll get your heart pumping with their ice climbing activity. As long as you’re physically fit, you’re good to go. Most of the tour operators conducting this kind of tour are the ones who provide the safety equipment needed for ice climbing.

Caving

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There are countless caves and mountains in Iceland worth checking out. If you’ve always been impressed with natural rock formations and underground beauty, then caving (also popularly known as spelunking) might work for you; it’s one of Iceland’s top adventures. You can choose to go caving inside Búri cave, one of the largest caves in Iceland or try the activity with other caves and combine them with another adventure. You can have caving and snorkeling in one day or caving and an hour of ATV ride. Indeed, there are countless ways to enjoy Iceland’s wonders.

 Volcano Climbing

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Iceland is studded with a number of volcanoes. Many of those who have the guts and stamina could get into volcano climbing. While this activity isn’t exactly for everyone but those who dare to do it are rewarded with amazing view from the top and even along the way. If it’s your first time do it or if it’s your first time to be in Iceland, it would be best to contact a tour operator to guide you.

The best way to explore a country is to experience it. Try at least one of these adventures and you’ll find out why many people are keep on coming back in Iceland.

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