Travel in Iceland

Travel in Iceland

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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, […]
February 23, 2016

#Iceland – everyday the weather is glorious

On the way to Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, this Iceland Traveller school group stopped to enjoy the beautiful day, and to find out about the glacial flood that washed away the old road bridge some 20 years ago. The twisted metal is a popular landmark and doubles up as a slide when it’s not so icy!
October 29, 2013

A Warm Welcome

I’m back in Iceland, and so happy to be here. The night we arrived I’d chosen to stay near to Keflavik airport in a hotel that I have been looking forward to trying out. Never make a judgement based on first impressions. This is a single storey building that has been set into the lava with a  geothermal power station […]
January 16, 2019

Akranes is on the map

Some years ago, I spent an afternoon and evening in Akranes with one of my Icelandic friends. It’s on a small peninsula on Iceland’s west coast in between Reykjavik and the much larger Snaefellsness peninsula. My memories are of a small town on the other side of a mountain with a pretty coastline but In all honesty, a bit fishy! […]
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 […]
April 24, 2017

Back to East Iceland

It’s six years since I travelled around Iceland in the company of a small group of girlfriends and Oðin, our incredibly good natured driver guide. I’ve revisited most areas of Iceland again since then to explore in much more detail, and finally, our return to the East fjords is imminent. The list of planned visits and meetings is exciting, with […]
April 12, 2017

Don’t miss the Aurora this winter!

Iceland is an excellent place from which to view the Northern Lights.   Named after Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn, and Boreas, the ancient Greek personification of the North Wind, they are at their most intense in a circle around the North Pole and are best viewed on the long dark nights between September and April. So what causes […]
April 27, 2017

FAQs: How to? Northern Lights

One of our top Iceland questions is about how to see the Northern Lights, so here are some Iceland Traveller tips. The main Northern Lights season is October to March Some tours are also available in September and April, and you can get lucky out in the countryside in late August too When you are out at night, be patient, […]
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: 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 2, 2016

Gannets galore on the Langanes Peninsula

This remote nature paradise is home to one of Iceland’s largest gannet colonies and definitely a place to feel that you’ve really got away from it all. Nearby, there are the remnants of ancient farms that were abandoned when making a living this far away from larger settlements became impossible. This uninhabited landscape is beautiful to explore and experience and […]
January 26, 2013

Geologists on Tour?

Anyone who shares the belief that geology rocks will know that their subject and Iceland go hand in hand. From the Mid Atlantic Ridge to the Laki Craters, the Icy North is a motherland for anyone with an eye for geology. Last year, a keen team of rock lovers embarked on an adventure hitting th e key geological spots in the […]
May 27, 2013

Give it 5 Minutes

There’s been an interesting blog post recently that invited readers to share their reasons for loving Iceland, and quite a few people have.  When it comes to one of my favourite things, the weather in Iceland, I’m often asked what one should expect and my response is that it’s sensible to expect every kind of weather in a day, especially […]
October 8, 2018

How did we do?

Our group of 11 ladies completed their hiking challenge in Iceland in great style and with over £4500 raised for our 2 charities. It’s fair to say that we over achieved on all counts, and it looks like there’s another one in the pipeline.  Without doubt, we had a great trip and have all been affected by the experience. For […]
April 9, 2020
Iceland lava eruption

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!
October 20, 2014

Hubble Bubble Bárðarbunga!

Iceland’s current eruption isn’t all that easy to get to, and true to form, I flew back from Akureyri only a matter of days before this one began so haven’t yet been able to see it myself. However, when we received an enquiry in late August about a trip to Iceland to see caves and volcanoes we were delighted to […]
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 […]
January 3, 2019

Iceland’s natural warmth

Harnessing the natural power of heat from the earth has provided Iceland with luxurious spas, space heating, greenhouse cultivation, fantastic swimming and showering facilities and in some places ice-free pavements. Isolated farms use their own bore holes and some of the best salt ever is produced from the sea using geothermal processes. It’s a technology that’s interesting to understand and […]
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 […]
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 […]
July 8, 2014

Julia’s Journal, Back in Iceland

Yesterday was a perfect Icelandic summer day – in spite of the inflight forecast as we touched down telling us that the weather was cloudy and a chilly 7 degrees.  The weather in Iceland changes all the time and so, an hour later, as we arrived in Reykjavik we sat and had coffee on the sunny terrace overlooking the camping […]
June 2, 2013

Ladies’ Leisurely Winter Tour

Relax and enjoy Iceland this winter Reykjavik’s ‘pond’ partially frozen Leisurely Ladies! We are very excited about the Leisurely Ladies’ Tours.  Last Summer Ragnheiður and I spent a wonderful evening with Bryndis at her summer house overlooking the lake at Thingvellir. With no prospect of darkness and a beautiful warm evening, we had plenty of time to watch the complete stillness of the […]
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 24, 2017

Listen to Julia from Iceland Traveller

Below is the recording Julia (our MD) did with Brooklands Radio, in which she describes how she became so interested in Iceland, its geography, its people, its food, etc. She loved it so much she set up the travel business to show off Iceland to everyone. Especially its food (listen for the bit about chocolate !!) Our Food Tours
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! 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 […]
April 7, 2014

New ways to see Iceland’s South Coast

I arrived home this morning and must share some of what I have been doing in Iceland over the last few days. Taking a domestic flight on a 19-seater plane from Reykjavík to Höfn reminded me of how beautiful a journey it is to drive westwards back to the capital along the south coast. All too often this is the return leg of […]
January 12, 2016

Organising a Family Trip to #Iceland

So you want to take the children to Iceland for a trip of a life time, or they have gone on a school trip and it was so good you now want to go and take more family members. Or you have seen the Justin Bieber video and want to swim, skate board and see great views. [youtube] Iceland […]
August 14, 2018

Over £1500 raised so far!

It’s less than a month to go until we leave for our hiking challenge in Iceland so last week we arranged to meet Jackie and her wonderful guide dog Skye to find out how her weekly recordings by Richmond Talking Newspapers keep her informed of local events. Jackie really appreciates staying up to date with the news reports from the […]
October 8, 2018

Ready steady go!

Departure day for Iceland on a different kind of Journey with Julia. Leaving Heathrow in glorious weather and with a window seat gave me time to have a good think about the challenge we were about to undertake… Looking down on a late summer’s Saturday afternoon over Scotland, the wind turbines far below look like tiny stick people waving up […]
January 13, 2020

Secrets of the East Fjords

For a remote and beautiful self-drive experience Iceland's East Fjords have to be high on the list with each one telling a different story. Some are hardly populated, others have lazy bays full of colourful seaweed and in the early spring, wild reindeer are still to be seen grazing beside the road.
May 16, 2016

See What an Amazing Country #Iceland is!

Here is a great video from Icelandair that shows all the most interesting sites and scenes in Iceland. These include what to see in Reykjavik,  the surrounding countryside and the natural gems of Iceland.  Great for tourists, wanting to see puffins, eat local food, black beaches, ice & fire, northern lights, etc.  It is a bit long (23 minutes) but […]
January 13, 2017

Seeking even Greater #Experiences in #Iceland

We are packing our bags again for the start of our 2017 adventures to Iceland. In January, it’s the annual travel trade event organised by Iceland’s national airline, Iceland Air. At this Mid-Atlantic trade show, we have some 40-50 business appointments scheduled and will be meeting up with old friends to hear about their new ventures and experiences, and making […]
January 9, 2021

Slow down around Snaefellsness

Without doubt one of the jewels of Iceland’s crown, the volcano Snaefellsness and the glacier Snaefellsjökull that tops it, has a truly magical quality even for the most down to earth visitor to this part Iceland. Before even venturing along the west coast of Iceland, the beautiful peak of this glacier can often be seen as you travel between Reykjavik […]
July 18, 2016

Slow travel to Iceland’s Westfjords

To travel north from Reykjavik around Faxaflói and Breidafjördur bays, then weave between the remote fjord lands and arrive at the harbour at Ísafjördur; it’s a journey we’ve wanted to complete for a long time and at last the opportunity has arisen. For some of the best slow travel in Iceland, with empty roads, wide ocean views, farm guesthouses and […]
August 10, 2016

Spotlight on Vopnafjörður, an otherworldly place…

When Iceland Traveller attends a local event, we like to engage children and families in finding out about Iceland by asking them to guess the location of hidden treasure on a map. Our latest treasure trove was hidden in Vopnafjörður, a small town in North East Iceland that is often described as ‘otherworldly’. We wondered why. Vopnafjörður has a great […]
September 1, 2017

Stunning and awe inspiring

We have really appreciated these beautiful and contrasting photos sent to us by Alex, who travelled to Iceland with us last month. The icebergs on the lagoon at Jokulsarlon look like humbugs due to the layers of volcanic ash that have become trapped under subsequent snowfalls. As the icebergs tip over in the lagoon the stripes appear at every angle. […]
March 7, 2018

Summer surprises in Iceland

Remote and sparsely populated Iceland may be, but there are surprises waiting in every fjord. Giant outdoor granite eggs lined up along the coast that represent the 34 species of birds in the area. All under one roof – home produced crisps made from the root vegetables growing alongside the track to the farm, own label artisan beer with café […]