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  • 71%
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  • IcelandAmbassadorPro 2014
    Nally
    5 Jul 02, 2014

    Breathtaking, awe-inspiring, and amazing are adjectives frequently used to describe Iceland. They're all true. Little Reykjavik is one of my favorite cities in the world. The natural wonders--volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers, and geysers--never fail to delight. The people are welcoming and friendly. And it's only a quick flight from the East Coast of the United States. With a free stopover from Icelandair, there's no excuse for not visiting Iceland.

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    Monica Williams
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    5 Mar 27, 2014

    One of the most geologically diverse and interesting places I've ever been. Glaciers, Northern Lights, volcanoes, and solo much more. The landscape changes every 60 km. When you tire of amazing scenery, check out Reykjavik's 24-7 night life or chill out in the Blue Lagoon.

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  • Iceland
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    5 Mar 13, 2014

    Not only are tickets to Iceland super cheap right now, especially from the East Coast, but this is also an adventure-lover’s paradise. Boost your bragging rights among your friends by getting amazing pics while watching the Northern Lights, hiking through glaciers, swimming in fluorescent blue-green hot springs, and dining on some of the tastiest hot dogs and lobster soups in the world. All this for prices that are pretty easy on small wallets.

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    5 Feb 14, 2014

    The proximity of the Ion Hotel, designed by California-based studio Minarc, to Thingvellir National Park means you can fish on Iceland’s largest natural lake—then let the hotel’s chef cook your catch. The bar has dimmable lights and wraparound windows for aurora borealis viewing—and 2014 promises to be spectacular. According to NASA, the Northern Lights will reach the peak of an 11-year solar cycle in December 2014. Storm chaser George Kourounis will lead travelers on an eight-day Kensington Tours itinerary that includes volcano hikes, glacier treks, and zodiac safaris. —Lindsey Olander

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    Scott Kennedy
    5 Oct 21, 2013

    Though not set here, filmed here or anything official, it's hard not to feel a connection to Lord of the Rings here in Iceland. The Towering peaks, vents of steam and sparse landscape is like something out of mythology - a can't miss for any traveller, Rings fan or not!

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  • Iceland
    Julien Scordia
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    5 Aug 30, 2013

    We organize trips, with or without a guide, for families, groups of friends, individual, and for different durations at all times of the year . ICELAND is to discover in every season. We offer treks with or without porting across a region or trekking star. We can also offer stays on horseback, cross-country skiing, kayaking, photography, sailing … activity environmentally.

    We like to take the time (“slow travel”) feel, experience, explore hard to find places without possessing the keys. We have a lot of ideas and flexibility, but we want to preserve what the essence and spirit of our company, we adhere to the charter VVE (Association of travelers and tour eco-responsible):

    If you want to book a trip to Iceland with Alkemia or if you have any questions contact me : julien.scordia@alkemia.is

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  • Iceland
    Syssa Einars
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    5 May 25, 2014

    I've lived in Iceland most of my life and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. The best place in the world to travel with children, as a solo traveler looking for serenity and solitude or a couple looking for fun and adventure. Iceland has everything except predictable weather.

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  • IcelandPro 2014
    Juno Kim
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    5 May 19, 2013

    Iceland is one of the most exotic destination I've been so far. This isolated island is full of wonder; volcanos, culture, cuisine, Icelandic horses, and glaciers. It is highly photogenic. Iceland is good to visit in every season; Summer is not hot and Winter is not too cold.

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  • Iceland
    Monica Stewart
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    4 Mar 19, 2013

    Probably the single most unique country I've been to....the food is AMAZING, and the scenery is unreal. It's like visiting another planet. The Blue Lagoon is a must see. I'd go in summer, when it's almost 24 hours of daylight.

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  • Iceland
    Kelly Lees
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    5 Jan 23, 2013

    An amazing country for outdoor enthusiasts. With only 300K people in this country, and the vast majority in Reykayvik you get a great sense of openness and peace as you drive through the diverse landscapes. The scenery is not to believed. You can rent a very basic but comfortable cabin in an interesting area for relatively little money. Definitely rent a car and explore. The restaurants and supermarkets are few and far between..so eat when you can.

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    Lauren Monitz
    3 Dec 27, 2012

    Great for outdoorsy stuff- hiking, glacier climbing, white water rafting etc, but Reykjavik is a somewhat boring town if you're used to big European capitals. It gets crazy on weekends (I've heard it's one of the Brit's fav bachelor/bachelorette party spots), but the street parties don't get going until very, very late as alcohol (and everything imported, is pricy).

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  • Iceland
    Phyth
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    5 Dec 15, 2012

    Wild, technicolour, barren, dangerous and beautiful. Every region of Iceland looks different. Take time to travel around the whole country and to go into the interior. One of the most rewarding trips I've taken.

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    Tarina Peterson
    5 Nov 25, 2012

    Still the most beautiful country I've ever visited and the one I want to go back to the most. The sights were like none other and the people were beyond friendly. I can't wait to go back!

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  • Iceland
    Nina Kindred
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    5 Sep 27, 2012

    There is no place finer than Iceland. The people are great. It feels like being on another planet. The city is great and the countryside is one of a kind. Go hiking. I recommend it.

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  • IcelandPro 2014
    Joseph Coureur
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    5 Sep 10, 2012

    I went to Iceland to run the Reykjavík Half Marathon and stayed a week to see the sites. For the outdoors sorts of person, there's a lot to do and see, even if that is just picking a hill and sitting on it.

    Iceland is an island at the juncture of the North American and European tectonic plates. You can literally stand in the Mid-Atlantic Rift and walk back and forth between the two plates.

    This makes Iceland a geologically active spot (and my next trip was interrupted by the recent volcanic activity), which spots the country with many hot springs. With the cheap energy, there are many aluminium smelting plants that can put out quite a smell. The tap water has a bit of a sulfur taste to it, although that's added to the water to cut down on corrosion.

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  • Iceland
    Twila Grissom
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    4 Aug 28, 2012

    Beautiful country- I went the first week of January on a quest for areola borealis and while the weather was cloudy and didn't reveal them, the country and peoples of this country have many hidden gems to be discovered.

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  • Iceland
    Clayton Liggitt
    5 Aug 28, 2012

    One of the few places I would gladly go back to. Staying in Reykjavik is great, as there are many fantastic day trips. Of course, hit all the major touristy spots (here, they're popular for a reason). Next time I would probably take a car or bus trip around the whole island and camp or stay with the local folks. Cheap flights via icelandexpress or iceland air to/from london and throughout Scandinavia.

    A world of frozen blue glaciers, molen volcanos, and green pastures, Iceland is a magical place... highly recommended!

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  • IcelandPro 2014
    Eric Brink
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    5 Aug 13, 2012

    My first visit to Iceland was brief. It was in the early 1980s and Icelandair was the cheap way to Europe from the US East Coast. There was a brief stop at the International Airport (and a trip to the Duty Free Store for Iceland Wool) and then on to Luxembourg.

    It took me about 30 years to return, and a recent Earthwatch Expedition (to study volcanoes)provided a long awaited excuse. I'm also grateful to Gayle for allowing me to go.

    In my 10 days here, I barely scratched the surface of Iceland's Wonders. My travels included Reykjavik proper, a Golden Circle Tour, and time in the North around Akureyri, Grimsey Island, Myvatn, Dettifoss, and parts of the Interior near Askja. As I'm paging through Johannes Frank's picture book and its Iceland wonders, I wish I had at least 2 more weeks. The scenery was wondrous and humbling and I'm itching to return. Gayle might be game in a few years...

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  • Iceland
    Andres Ivanovic
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    5 Jul 12, 2014

    Just came from my trip back to Iceland. What I noticed in fligt from Germany is different structure of tourist than just few years ago. People are more self organized but most of them I spoke with were not know where they go and where they will sleep.
    Many of them also do not recognize from home land how large Iceland is so they are thinking it is possible to see everything just in few days. It is wrong. To discover Iceland self organized people need to work up to 10 month before they come, so best solution is to contact.

    I recommending tour operator in Iceland. It can save time, safety, variable trips program and it is money too.
    Mercury Grail ehf, andres@mercury-grail.com

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    Nick Newbury
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    With any luck we’ve heard the last of ash clouds for a while. Despite the fact that we had 120 of affected clients, both stranded and waiting to go on holiday, our 24 hour emergency phone did not ring once from the volcano’s first to its last puff of ash. Why? The Original Travel team was instantly re-shuffled to crisis mode and their award winning service came to the fore. We made it our priority to get to every client first. Stranded clients were offered three options; stay on at our expense, take-up our return journey challenge to bring you home in all manner of original ways or pay the cheapest possible rates to extend your holiday. Clients waiting to travel were given the option either to cancel with full refund or transfer their booking to a later date. The feedback has been fantastic and although, like the rest of the travel industry, we lost a small fortune, we are hoping that there will be more good than bad to come from the ash crisis.

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From its towering volcanoes to its ice-blue glaciers, Iceland is geologically intense. Glaciers cover over one-tenth of the surface of Iceland, especially throughout much of its center. The English word 'geyser' came from the Iceland sight Geysir, a...read more from wikitravel.org

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