Category: Iceland

Top 8 ways to experience the Northern Lights

Top 8 ways to experience the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights are Scandinavia’s most spectacular natural wonder and, unsurprisingly, one of its biggest draws. And, spotting the ethereal display is easier – and more luxurious – than you may think. From Finland to Norway; Sweden to Iceland; Scandinavia and the Nordics offer endless ways to witness the aurora, from heated glass igloos to […]

ETIAS: the new visa waiver program for the Schengen Zone

ETIAS: the new visa waiver program for the Schengen Zone

Are you thinking of one day visiting one or more of the Schengen member states of Europe? Whether you’re drawn by the dramatic landscapes of Iceland, the sunshine and beaches of Spain or the relaxed pace of life in Greece, you need to be aware of some changes that are due to take place. From […]

What to expect in an Icelandic winter - the good, the bad and the stormy

What to expect in an Icelandic winter – the good, the bad and the stormy

“Memories are made from experiences, not from pictures.” This month’s post was started while cuddled up under a big blanket, stuck indoors during the first ever Red rated storm in Iceland’s history. However, this post was also completed two days later while chilling out in a cafe under perfectly blue skies and not a whisper […]

5 of the world’s most spectacular hiking routes

5 of the world’s most spectacular hiking routes

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” The words of Henry David Thoreau, a man who knew more than a thing or two about the value of the great outdoors to the human condition. It’s no secret that Thoreau was a firm believer in the merits of donning […]

7 top tips for hunting the Northern Lights in Iceland

7 top tips for hunting the Northern Lights in Iceland

Years of hunting the Northern Lights in Iceland with a strong background in science has given me the skill and understanding to know 100% of the time when it’s worth going out searching for them. Just kidding! It’s still incredibly difficult to predict, despite my acute knowledge of the forecasts. And just as difficult to […]

The Northern Lights in Iceland: how to avoid disappointment

The Northern Lights in Iceland: how to avoid disappointment

There are few things more magical than hunting down the Northern Lights in Iceland… when you’re successful! But for every great story heard from a friend who witnessed the green and pink dancing curtains 3 nights in a row, there’s the misery tale from another friend who was driven around in a big bus night […]

Exploring ice caves in an Icelandic winter

Exploring ice caves in an Icelandic winter

Exploring ice caves in an Icelandic winter. Stepping foot into your first crystal clear blue ice cave is a memory that will last a life time. If you haven’t explored an ice cave in an Icelandic winter for yourself it’s hard to describe the feeling. Standing inside this magnificent flowing structure of ice and looking […]

The 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Iceland

The 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Iceland

As of July 5th 2019 Iceland now has 3 World Heritage Sites, with the newest being the Vatnajökull National Park which is dominated by a city sized ice cap. Along with the volcanic island of Surtsey and the Thingvellir National Park in the Golden Circle these protected areas cover a whopping 15% of the entire […]

10 of Scandinavia's top luxury hotels and experiences

10 of Scandinavia’s top luxury hotels and experiences

Scandinavia has had something of an awakening over recent years, with adventure-seeking travellers being opened up to its innovative hotels, gourmet food and spectacular landscapes. Whether it’s a log cabin or luxury glass igloo, this region offers some of the world’s best and most memorable hotels and experiences. Take a look below for our top […]

Photograph of the week: Mount Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss, Iceland

Photograph of the week: Mount Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss, Iceland

At 463 metres (1,519 feet), Kirkjufell mountain in Iceland is hardly a towering behemoth. (For reference, Mount Everest is 8,850 metres/29,035 feet.) This doesn’t make it any less arresting, however. What makes this Iceland’s most photographed mountain? A combination of things. Its unique, pyramid-like shape. A landscape of ever-changing, always exquisite colours. The picture-perfect three-forked […]

5 things to do in Iceland in Summer, for the more discerning traveler

5 things to do in Iceland in Summer, for the more discerning traveler

Traveling to Iceland in the Summer can be both magical and tricky. On the one hand you may be rewarded with great weather and flourishing flora. On the other it is often hailed as the ‘busy time of year’ with hotel spaces sometimes being hard to come by if booking last minute. But if you […]

8 of the best destinations for October and November

8 of the best destinations for October and November

We know from experience that travelers often begin planning their trip 4-6 months in advance, which means that at this point in the year, people are thinking about their fall adventures. October and November are really great months to travel. Families with school-age kids are home, and there aren’t any college students on spring break. […]

Top 10 happiest countries in the world

Top 10 happiest countries in the world

Perhaps your idea of happiness is a pristine beach off the Caribbean, a glass of vintage red on the French Riviera or an unexpected hotel upgrade, but what about the happiness of a nation? The winner of this year’s World Happiness Report may come as a surprise to some. For the second time in a […]

Iceland versus Norway

Iceland versus Norway

These two Nordic countries share some characteristics including dramatic landscapes, Viking history, and beautiful trails. But once you scratch the surface, each is distinctively unique. Iceland is wildly popular (for good reason), while Norway—still a bit under the radar—is more recently becoming the regional darling. Can’t decide which trip is for you? Maybe you’re intrigued […]

Top Winter activities in Iceland

Top Winter activities in Iceland

Iceland is a veritable adventure playground in Winter. There’s nothing like experiencing the Northern Lights, finding yourself in the midst of snow-covered lava fields and volcanoes and snowmobiling your way around them. If you cannot resist the combination of nature and adventure, look no further than the Land of Fire and Ice. Go on an […]

5 of the most amazing al fresco dining experiences around the world

5 of the most amazing al fresco dining experiences around the world

When the weather is fine there’s nothing better than getting outside and enjoying your surroundings: the only added extra you need is some delicious local food. Here we’ve rounded up our favourite outdoor dining experiences on the planet. Asado de Cordero, Patagonia One of the highlights of visiting Las Torres del Paine National Park is […]