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Holuhraun Eruption
Sep 12

Holuhraun Volcano Erupts, Spewing Toxic Gases and Molten Rocks

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. 

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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.

 

Aug 17

10 Essential Clothes to Bring When in Iceland

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Because of Iceland’s location(it lies in the path of the North Atlantic Current), it is expected for locals and tourists alike to prepare themselves for cold and chilly days. In winter, Iceland’s temperature could go as low as -39.7 degrees C. Summer in Iceland is still considered a bit cold, with a temperature between 10-13 degrees C (it could go higher though at 25 degrees C).

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Don’t forget the clothing essentials. Iceland’s weather can be unpredictable.

Whether you’re staying in Iceland for good or just here for a couple of days, you should take note of the climate and these 10 protective clothing items to bring when you’re out and about in Iceland. These are the essential clothes that you shouldn’t forget once you leave your home, hotel or hostel:

1. Basic Tops

The weather in Iceland can be quite unpredictable. This is why you have to bring with you some basic tops to survive on those warmer seasons. Make sure to bring tops that could also protect you from the harsh cold wind.

2. Sweater

A huge and thick fleece sweater could keep you warm on colder days. Bringing along this clothing piece is a good decision as it becomes handy on days when additional warmth is needed (Iceland can be really cold especially those who are not used to cold climate).

3. Wool Underwear

When in Iceland, it’s pretty helpful to have wool underwear. Contrary to what most people believe, wool underwear can be worn regardless of the season. It can be worn on winter and on summer.

When choosing wool underwear, make sure that you opt for one that is thin enough to be worn underneath but still provides the needed warmth without causing you feeling constricted or hot.

4. Woolen Socks

These woolen socks are generally called ullarsokkar in Iceland. Because it can get cold even during summer, wearing or bringing along woolen socks is a smart move. These are among of the essential clothing pieces during winter as they provide both comfort and warmth.

5. Lopapeysur

Lopapeysur or Icelandic wool sweaters are common clothing pieces in the country. In fact, people wear them in almost every occasion regardless of the climate. Because wool is among its basic products, it’s easy to find these wool sweaters. They’re great for keeping you warm during cold season but not thick enough to make you feel hot on warmer days.

6. Gloves

Protect your hands from extreme temperature by bringing a pair with you. Gloves could vary in thickness and material. Make sure to choose a pair that has the right thickness for both Iceland’s cold and warm climates.

7. Scarf

Scarves in Iceland are worn more as a protection against the harsh weather rather than as a fashion statement. Just like gloves, you could easily find and spot woolen scarves in Iceland.

8. Hat

Preparation is always the key. One way to protect your head from the unpredictable weather in Iceland is to bring along a hat with you.

9. Parka

A high-quality parka will be your best buddy when heading out in Iceland. It keeps you warm and at the same time, protects you from the rain. When choosing a parka, make sure that you opt for one that holds rain water well.

10. Woolen trench/overcoat

It really can get cold in Iceland so make sure to bring along with you your woolen trench/overcoat. If you have a nice woolen trench or overcoat, you can have this as an alternative to your bulky jacket as it serves the same purpose (not to mention it’s more fashionable). Bring this along with your waterproof boots and you’re all set for an Iceland exploration.

Aug 17

Get to Know Dorrit Moussaieff: Iceland’s First Lady

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“Behind every man’s success is a woman.”

This quote seems to be true to almost every successful man in the world including Iceland’s president Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson. Oftentimes, the first lady (wife of the president) share the same limelight as their spouses but only a few people know who really these women are other than being the wife of their country’s leader. Continue reading