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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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. 
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 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 […]
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 […]
June 14, 2016

The mysteries of Ásbyrgi

This fantastic and enormous horseshoe-shaped gorge lies to the north of Husavik. Surprisingly, there isn’t a river there, although the geological explanation is that volcanic activity under the Vatnajökull glacier once produced a cataclysmic flood and a river that formed the gorge. But this is Iceland!  The much more exciting explanation is that Sleipnir, Odin’s eight legged horse was responsible. […]
August 30, 2015

Thinking of Becoming a Self-Drive Iceland Traveller?

Driving in Iceland is an amazing experience, what more do you want beautiful landscape? But there are some difficulties and dangers for the driver, so this short light-hearted and informative animated video tells you what to bear in mind when driving in Iceland and how to avoid these hazards. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRqwsaecFLQ&w=560&h=315] Enjoy your journey as an Iceland Traveller.
January 11, 2013

Thrihnukagigur is on my List for 2013…

Last summer’s launch of a trip to see inside an Icelandic volcano was met by me with some trepidation. I’d  read about the venture just before it opened and contacted the company to find out more, and to make sure that I could book the tour for Iceland Traveller clients. With the possibility that the summer of 2012 would be […]
July 14, 2015

Walking with friends in Iceland

Waterfalls and wildlife, alpine valleys or walks specifically designed to seek the Northern Lights. All good reasons to walk with a group of like minded people and a knowledgeable guide to combine sightseeing, sociability and some leisure time.  The Aurora Special is coming up, so if you are free in the middle of October please join us! These walks are […]
February 27, 2020

Welcome to the Faroe Islands

Our joy for journeying in the vicinity of Iceland has led us to some new treasures in the form of the Faroe Islands. Perhaps vaguely familiar if you ever listen to the shipping forecast, in which case don’t cast them off as an impossible travel destination. Think again! The Faroes have captivated us for their rugged beauty, remoteness, quirkiness and […]
August 13, 2015

Which is Better – Are You a Summer or Winter Iceland Traveller?

Iceland, like most places, has four seasons – sometimes all in the same day! Most Iceland travellers enjoy themselves whenever they go, and the answer to the question is very personal. In fact, if you are planning a special group holiday or anniversary trip or a honeymoon, you may not have much choice of when to travel, so being in […]