Iceland life

Iceland life

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December 15, 2015

#Christmas and New Year in #Iceland?

New Year is most likely better then Christmas -and December is very good month to travel in Iceland and many good tours available for example South Coast, Skaftafell, Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, with glacier hiking and a northern light hunt. Being in Iceland over Christmas and the New Year’s will deliver an amazing time in this country. It is very festive, […]
April 7, 2016

#Iceland is the place to be this year for #foodie travel in 2016

and you can get there with us Get a taste for Iceland’s food at the Icelandic residency at Carousel, London Iceland is the place to be this year for foodie travel but, if you can’t get over there, local chef Gísli Matthías Auðunsson is bringing his contemporary Icelandic cooking to London, with a 12-day residency at Carousel in Marylebone. Gísli […]
January 17, 2017

#Iceland Northern Lights – great time-lapsed video (under 4 minutes)

A stunning time-lapsed video sequence of the Northern Lights in Iceland, taken over a 4 month between December and March. It shows that the Northern Lights is not a single event, but looks spectacular at different times and in different Icelandic locations, which provide amazing backdrops. This was produced by an Icelandic Videographer, time-lapse enthusiast and amateur photographer called Agust […]
April 26, 2016

#Iceland’s Uneasy Calm from @timrudman

We’ve been waiting for Tim Rudman’s exhibition at the LightBox in Woking. Now open until July 3, we have booked to join both the exhibition tour and to hear Tim In conversation on June 29. Tim is a superb landscape photographer and he has really captured the essence of Iceland in this collection of silver gelatin prints. For your own […]
June 14, 2016

Áfram! Iceland Euro 2016

Iceland is renowned for many great things, and football could be the latest addition to the list. It’s amazing that with such a small population and a short summer season, Iceland has achieved its place in France for Euro 2016. On a visit to the small town of Akranes a few years ago I was taken to see the town’s […]
October 23, 2015

Amazing drone #film “Powerful #Iceland’ from Garðar Ólafsson

Stunning landscapes, beautifully shot, great editing. Just one example of his work, more to follow Garðar Ólafsson is a star in the making . If you want to see these through your own eyes, then have a look at our escorted & independent traveller tours  [vimeo 134008155 w=500 h=281] <p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/134008155″>Powerful Iceland</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/gardarolafs”>Gar&eth;ar &Oacute;lafsson</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>  
October 24, 2015

AMAZING timelapse video of the Northern Lights in #Iceland – Garðar Ólafsson

Great time lapsed video of the Northern Lights from different locations in Iceland. Again shot and created by Garðar Ólafsson. Want to see them for yourself – fancy our budget trip or a full 8 day fully-escorted coach holiday? [vimeo 124573289 w=500 h=281] <p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/124573289″>Aurora Borealis Time-lapse</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/gardarolafs”>Gar&eth;ar &Oacute;lafsson</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
November 5, 2015

An Example of #Iceland Traveller #Knitting & #Craft Tour

A group of ladies from Derbyshire UK booked a 6-night craft and sightseeing tour to Iceland and with a small tour bus and expert driver guide, they travelled from Reykjavík to the North of Iceland, staying in small, country hotels with one night spent in the capital. During their tour they visited the Icelandic Hand knitting Association shop to meet […]
September 27, 2016

Autumn Food Colours from #Iceland

Already it’s the equinox time of year, and there’s definitely a hint of Autumn in the air. Reminds me that we felt that same chill in Iceland back in August on our Food Tour. Iceland’s Modern Kitchen took us to wonderful farms, gardens, greenhouses and forests on bright sunny days.   Our next journey is about to begin, and includes […]
April 10, 2013

Avoiding the Coach Tour… Healthy Walks in Iceland!

The first thing most people say to me about Iceland is that it’s a place that is on their list of destinations to get to.  This was one of the reasons that I decided to go ahead and set up Iceland Traveller, and it’s also my cue to offer to facilitate the process of ‘getting round to booking up’. And […]
June 8, 2017

Blueberry, with hints of liquorice

The Icelandic sea salt flakes contained in the new Iceland Traveller chocolate bar come from Breiðafjörður Bay, a beautiful and bio-diverse area lying between the Snaefellsness peninsula and the remote Westfjords of Iceland.  Since 1753, using sustainable geothermal energy, these crunchy flakes have been produced on the small island of Karlsay.  This unique tasting sea salt also contains naturally occurring […]
January 14, 2019

Burns’ Night in the Icelandic style?

We’re all familiar with haggis, neeps and tatties but what about hákarl, svið and blóðmör? During the Romantic period in 19th century Iceland the feast of Thorri was revived, along with the addition of poetry recitals and speeches.   This combination of ceremony, special food to celebrate the occasion and plenty of toasts is very similar to the notion of Burn’s night […]
March 8, 2017

Celebrate Iceland’s amazing horses!

Family holidays on a farm, or time spent as a spectator or participant in the company of Icelandic horses is always a treat.  Hardy and incredibly hairy in the winter, sleek and shiny in the summer, when the herd is made even more stunning by the addition of beautiful multi-coloured foals. The Icelandic horse should be a feature of every […]
February 13, 2017

Coffee and Cake!

Icelanders really do know how to do coffee and cake. My dear friend Gigja offers traditional afternoon tea, Icelandic style, to visitors in Reykjavik. Being Iceland, it comes with a twist! We’ve just completed the first stage of the Food Explorers area on our website. Much more to follow, but do take a look at our Food, Traditions and Tasting […]
January 29, 2014

Cool Cuisine

“Think Nordic but even nicer…” enthused Diana Henry in the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine (12 January 2014), following a trip to Reykjavik to check out the food.  “The shellfish and lamb are the best I’ve ever tasted.” In the decade since the much-lauded, two-Michelin-starred Noma opened in Copenhagen, and with Icelandic chef Agnar Sverrisson expanding his empire in London, Scandinavian […]
December 22, 2016

Dreaming of a white #Christmas in #Iceland

Still a few days left, and the Icelandic yuletide lads have nearly all arrived from their mountain hideouts to slam doors, steal sausages, gobble Skyr and lick bowls in the small towns, villages and in Reykjavik itself.  As soon as Christmas arrives, one of the mischievous group leaves each day until January 6th, the 13th day of Christmas in Iceland. […]
March 21, 2016

Earth cooking

Baking food in the ground is part of Iceland’s cooking history and ‘hot-spring’ specialities have become a popular modern addition to many a restaurant and hotel menu. During my travels in Iceland, I’ve been lucky enough to sit on the red lava slopes of the Eldfell volcano and eat, straight from the tin, steaming ginger bread baked there in the […]
June 12, 2017

Embrace Scandi Spring

Here’s an article we were asked to contribute to that has been published recently in Belle about Town. One other very attractive extra that Icelanders enjoy in the spring and summer is plenty of days off – 7 public holidays between Easter and the middle of August! ‘The Icelanders are a bit different from us in that they only divide the […]
November 18, 2016

Festive Food Weekend in #Iceland

It’s a few years since I have spent a December weekend in Iceland so I’ve booked a family break for us all for a few days just before Christmas. We are spending the weekend in Reykjavik to give everyone time to choose which festive things they’d like to do – walking and window shopping, visiting the well known Christmas shop […]
April 28, 2015

Fire, Ice … and weather

Iceland Traveller’s Winter Wonderland tour to Iceland in November 2015 is an intriguing exploration of the Land of Weather, Fire and Ice. The details of this tour, which combines our favourite hotels, an excellent guide and a range of interests from meteorology to stargazing and embroidery are featured here: https://icelandtraveller.co.uk/weathertour/ Want to find out more about Iceland? You can enjoy a taste of […]
October 24, 2016

Food feast on foot in Reykjavik.

Our aim is always to try out as much as we can while in Iceland, so here’s a round up of our latest food experience. “It was quite a feast! We spent 4 hours exploring the city trying meat soup, rye bread ice cream, a hot dog (!), horse, goose, lamb, cheeses, all very tasty and authentically Icelandic. The end stop was a […]
June 19, 2018

How to find real Icelandic Cheese

Like all the best things about Iceland, home produced Icelandic cheese doesn’t generally leave the country, you just have to go there to. At Keflavík airport there’s a small selection of foil wrapped soft cheeses on sale, but if this is the sum total of your cheese experience at your point of departure, there’s so much that you’ll have missed!  […]
April 9, 2020

How to make a volcano cake

Here's an idea for home cooking with some Geography! It's an experimental recipe rather like the real thing, can you predict where the lava will start to flow when the eruption begins? The steps for making the cake are based on a recipe I found in Iceland some years ago, and there's masses of scope to make create something really spectacular!
March 28, 2013

Iceland Geology and Landscape Tour…#2!

You may already have seen my latest cartographic marvel on Facebook. I just hope it hasn’t upstaged the Icelandic Geology and Landscape tour (#2) that the map is designed to illustrate. The map is an interactive overview of the fully guided and escorted tour planned for the summer of 2014, which will take us to areas of Iceland that remained […]
March 17, 2016

Iceland’s Modern Kitchen: in the company of Diana Henry.

Iceland is a culinary melting pot of passionate purveyors of quality local ingredients who create everything from succulent lamb dishes, to the finest fish and seafood to refreshing local brews and hand made rhubarb brittle. Join this unusual journey, where the beauty of Iceland will be matched with the best of local artisan cuisine for the most relaxing and fun […]
April 26, 2017

Iceland’s culinary explosion

So much change has taken place in Iceland’s kitchens, restaurants and cafes over the last few years.  During Diana Henry’s culinary visit to Iceland with us last year, part of our small group Iceland’s Modern Kitchen tour, we enjoyed a thoroughly memorable week in South Iceland visiting producers, gardeners, growers, distillers and chefs. In planning Iceland’s Modern Kitchen we wanted […]
September 25, 2015

Icelandic Food Comes to London

This is the first time that the historical Borough Market, London has hosted an overseas group from Iceland, consisting of a group of 14 Icelandic food producers setting up The Icelandic Pantry from Wednesday 7 – Saturday 10 October. Iceland is so remote, and its growing season so short, that people USED TO use whatever they could find from the […]
October 6, 2015

Icelandic Food Heroes at London’s Borough Market

If you think Icelandic food is just pickled fish with a heavy taste of salt, vinegar and other preservatives – think again. Yesterday evening the Icelandic Embassy hosted a welcome event for a group of 14 of the Icelandic producers who have travelled to London to show off and sell their products at London’s famous Borough Market for the first […]
June 7, 2017

If it’s Wednesday…

If it’s Wednesday, it’s knit a jumper day! To knit a jumper in a day is quite a challenge, and for any competent knitter who is traveling to Iceland this summer the chance to achieve this is now possible. Ok, so it’s a jumper for a child, but even so, here’s the time, opportunity, skilled technical help and a relaxed […]
February 9, 2015

Ingenious Icelanders

In a truck of troll size proportions we wound our way slowly and cautiously up onto the Langjökull glacier. From his highly mechanised cabin, our driver Addi gave us a running commentary on the changing pressures in each of the 8 enormous tyres together with information on many of the other technicalities associated with manoeuvring us safely to the entrance […]
January 13, 2020

Is your Book Club reading about Iceland?

A request by a book club for a reading list of titles around an Icelandic theme has given me the perfect opportunity to spend some self indulgent time revisiting my collection, gathered over the last 20 or so year. This list of ten titles includes Sagas, Nobel award winning literature, travel tales and crime fiction.
February 10, 2014

It’s all starting to Unravel!

We are looking forward to catching up with old friend Ragnheiður Jóhannsdóttir at the Unravel festival of knitting, taking place at the Farnham Maltings in Surrey from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 February. Ragga, who was taught by her grandmother, is an experienced knitter with over 40 years’ experience and is also skilled in herbal dyeing and spinning yarn – […]
March 17, 2016

It’s so sunny in Iceland today!

  The sun is shining on the Iceland Traveller office and also in Iceland, wish we were there!  
November 17, 2015

JAMIE’s Poem about #Aurora #Borealis #Iceland with video

This poem below was written by Jamie aged 10, who is very keen to see the Aurora and has been studying frozen landscapes at school. He loves the time lapsed video below which inspired him. The northern lights The frozen snow, Weakens my toe like ice. I then look up, To see if they have come, and then See a […]
September 24, 2014

Julia’s Journal, 66° North

My travels to the North of Iceland this summer finally gave me the chance to fulfill a long held desire to cross the Arctic Circle. I had little of idea of what to expect from my trip to Grimsey, other than to voyage to a rocky though inhabited island in the Arctic Ocean, and with the assurance that I’d be […]
April 21, 2016

Last chance to join Diana Henry in Iceland!

Discovering Iceland’s modern kitchen with Diana Henry and Iceland Traveller is an opportunity that is only available for a few more days! See you there!
February 16, 2013

Liquid Lights

I found this beautiful video of Iceland on Twitter. Created by Victor Gudini. This movie is the result of a bicycle expedition around Iceland. It took me 48 days to complete the whole circumference of the island and more than 30.000 pictures were taken. 
May 31, 2015

Lobsters and liquorice – Iceland’s unique street food

Try this link to discover an unusual selection of food readily available from Reykjavik and the surrounding area, together with some beautiful views of the Northern Lights. A noble effort by Ainsley Harriott, who made a winter trip to Iceland to focus on street food! http://www.channel4.com/programmes/ainsley-harriotts-street-food/on-demand/57506-003 Iceland Traveller’s 2016 food enthusiast’s tour, currently under construction, includes visits to producers, demonstrations, cooking […]
January 28, 2013

Monday morning: Shopping in Reykjavik

It was light just after 10am this morning so soon after, I went out shopping in Reykjavik. I only needed to buy a few things to take back with me – some Icelandic food goodies to share with the group that are knitting with Ragga when she’s on tour in the UK at the end of February. Bonus is one of […]
January 16, 2014

My Walter Mitty Moment

For the chance to see some of Iceland’s best but perhaps less well-known landscapes on a big cinema screen, check out Ben Stiller’s latest film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. It’s unusual for Iceland to feature in its own right on film.  So often its striking landscapes form the anonymous backdrop to movie action or television advertising. Ben Stiller […]