Category: Things To Do

The Islands of Iceland

September 9, 2014

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Puffins on Akurey Island, Iceland

Stranded in the Atlantic Ocean between West Europe and Greenland and just kilometers from the Arctic Circle, you can’t get much more remote than Iceland, but those looking to get off-the-beaten track will find ample opportunities in the Land of Fire and Ice. It’s not only the mainland that draws adventurers, intrepid travelers can also explore the islands of Iceland – around 30 small islands and isles dotted around the coastline and harboring some of the country’s most varied bird and sea life.

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Whale Watching Around Akureyri

August 26, 2014

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Whale watching around Akureyri, Iceland

While animal rights activists have long bemoaned Iceland’s whale-hunting traditions, the country’s large population of whales have also become the star attraction of whale watching tours in recent years, with visitors sailing out to sea in the hope of spotting the majestic creatures in their natural environment. Whale watching tours from Reykjavik are a popular choice, but if you’re looking to get off-the-beaten-track and dodge the crowds, head to the remote waters of the Northern coast to enjoy whale watching around Akyreyri.

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Iceland From Above

August 19, 2014

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Explore Iceland from above with a helicopter tour

With its unearthly terrain and barren landscapes stretching as far as the eye can see, viewing Iceland from above is the only way to fully appreciate its unique topography and vastness. It’s no surprise then, that Helicopter tours in Iceland have become a popular way to take in the country’s highlights, offering magnificent views of natural wonders like the rugged Reykjanes peninsula, the Gullfoss waterfall and the Thingvellir National Park.

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Where to Find Iceland’s Best Hot Springs

August 12, 2014

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Blue Lagoon, Iceland

As one of the world’s most volcanic countries and a major producer of geothermal energy, Iceland’s still-active peaks, barren lava-fields and bubbling mud pools make a natural theme park for geologists, but for weary travelers, the undisputed highlight is a chance to soak in one of the many natural hot springs. As well as being renowned for their mineral-rich waters and healing properties, many of Iceland’s best hot springs are also located in spectacular locations, with a backdrop of looming mountains or rugged lava fields, making swimming in the steamy waters a truly out-of-this-world experience.

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Puffin Watching Cruise from Reykjavik

August 6, 2014

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puffin watching

While Iceland is mostly famous for its otherworldly landscapes and powerful volcanoes (remember Eyjafjallajökull?), it is also the land of an incredible fauna. Icelandic horses, sheep, foxes and over 30 different species of birds thrive on this rugged piece of land, but one particular bird attracts thousands of visitors every year: the puffin. Visitors coming to […]

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Summer Activities in Akureyri

July 29, 2014

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Hiking around Myvatn lake. Photo courtesy of Duca via Flickr.

With its close proximity to the Arctic Circle, the sun never sets during Northern Iceland’s summer months and if you’re looking to avoid the crowds of Reykjavik and the Golden Circle, Akureyri makes the perfect alternative for a summer vacation. Whether you want to explore the great outdoors or sit back and be entertained; here are some of the best summer activities in Akureyri.

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