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Re: Black Ancient Beach Lava, Iceland

You can visit Iceland with the Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's travel video, "Land of Lava, Waterfalls & Glaciers". Video plays at: http://www.adventurepics.com/I....aspx?VF=Iceland.MP4 Stills Picture Gallery at: http://intrepidberkeleyexplorer.com/Page38.html
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Re: Is a stopover in Iceland worthwhile

PHeymont ·
A lot of questions! Let me try a few answers... Absolutely I'd say stop in Iceland. Every place in the world is unique, but Iceland is more so, geographically, in climate, and in history. Half a week (or even a week) won't do more than scratch the surface, but you'll be able to visit incredible waterfalls, climb on glaciers, see evidence of recent volcanic activity, and realize that under it all is a huge pool of thermally heated water that provides over 70% of the nation's energy. If that...
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Re: Is a stopover in Iceland worthwhile

PHeymont ·
Well, I said so much about Iceland, I decided to leave the rest for another post. Getting from Barcelona (or Madrid) to Lisbon: the only practical way is to fly. Train takes too long for this one, and costs more! From Barcelona to Lisbon, flights on Vueling, Iberia, TAP, etc. run from $35 one-way to about $80 before you hit the high-priced ones. I just looked in May; Vueling and Iberia have $68 in the morning and $35 at 7:30 pm. Madrid-Lisbon, there's a $40 mid-day flight, but most other...
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Re: Is a stopover in Iceland worthwhile

DrFumblefinger ·
PHeymont has given you some excellent advice, Travel Luver. By all means, spend some time in Iceland. If you can fit it into your trip, 4 days would be my minimum stay here. As Paul pointed out so well, Iceland is unique. It is also very sparsely populated, with only 300,000 people on the island and two thirds of those living in Reykjavik. And it is a newly form volcanic land with tons of glaciers, waterfalls, and geothermal events. So by all means, see it. When you land at Keflavik airport...
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Re: Is a stopover in Iceland worthwhile

Former Member ·
Hey, I don't know if anyone mentioned it, but no matter how cold it is, they keep the outdoor pools open in Iceland with underground hot water. We went to the Blue Lagoon in February, and it was funny...usually people get OUT of a pool because they are getting cold, but there we stayed IN to keep warm!
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Re: Is a stopover in Iceland worthwhile

Former Member ·
Hot springs are to die for. You always see pictures of the Blue Lagoon. Are there other places to go for a warm swim in Iceland ?
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Re: Is a stopover in Iceland worthwhile

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by voyager: Hot springs are to die for. You always see pictures of the Blue Lagoon. Are there other places to go for a warm swim in Iceland ? There are lots of places to go for geothermal swims in Iceland, Voyager. Almost every small city and town has a public geothermal pool. The most famous is the Blue Lagoon, but it's also quite pricy, especially if you go for a family. This website gives you some idea of all the pools you can access in Iceland. Here's that link.
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Re: Is a stopover in Iceland worthwhile

Former Member ·
I never knew that there are public geothermal pools all over Iceland. No one has mentioned this before. This is terrific to know. thanks
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Re: Is a stopover in Iceland worthwhile

Travel Luver ·
Well, thanks everyone. You've been great and this has all been very helpful. So yes, I will go to Iceland for 4 days. I will base myself at a hostel in Reykjavik (all I can afford), and I'll do 2 day trip tours, still researching which ones but those recommended look great. And I love hot springs, so I plan to soak the evenings away after enjoying the "youth scene" over there. I need to check out a good Icelandic beer. Any recommendations. And I will visit Iceland at the of my trip, rather...
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Re: Is a stopover in Iceland worthwhile

DrFumblefinger ·
You're most welcome, Travel Luver! Give the VIKING beer a try -- it's pretty good. And made with that great Icelandic water that has a unique taste (and pleasant at that). Also be sure to try their Coca Cola, made with Icelandic water and sugar (not corn syrup as in North America) -- definitely a better product.
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Re: Is a stopover in Iceland worthwhile

PHeymont ·
Speaking of good things to eat, stop in a local store for some skyr--that's Icelandic yogurt made from skimmed milk. Slightly tart and wholly delicious.
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Re: Fjorubordid restaurant, Stokkseyr, Iceland

Travel Rob ·
Thanks,exactly the review I was looking for!And what great photos!I tried to find unique restaurants in Iceland that incorporated their seafood and somehow I missed those. I'll definetly go there upon my return to Iceland
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 29: Reflections on Reykjavik's Tjornin

Travel Luver ·
That's a great photo, Pheymont! Guess I'll have to add Iceland to my trip of destinations -- after Portugal, that is!
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Re: Iceland's Secret Life as a Film Star (Really!)

DrFumblefinger ·
Anyone who has traveled to Iceland wouldn't be surprised by this. It's a country of amazing rugged beauty, just made for cinema. And with Icelandair, it's quite easy to do get there now both from North America and Europe. I suggest people look at some of the scenery in the Golden Circle and South Iceland to understand what I mean by this.
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Re: Icelandair adds Montreal as 5th Canadian city

DrFumblefinger ·
I've flown Icelandair several times. The fares are reasonable but there's nothing exceptional about the flight experience except the opportunity to visit Iceland at no extra charge. THAT is well worth doing!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 13, 2014: Jokulsarlon, Iceland

GarryRF ·
Amazing photo's ! Natural beauty and unlike anything I've seen before. Thanks !
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Re: Iceland: 'No we're not Disneyland'

GarryRF ·
Now that Rekyjavik is on the European Budget Airlines destinations list its hard to avoid a rush. It was one of those places you wouldn't visit unless you had a business interest and an expenses account. They're still advertising Iceland on TV, so someone must be pleased with the extra income tourism brings.
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Re: Iceland: 'No we're not Disneyland'

DrFumblefinger ·
Iceland is a great destination, but it has limited tourist facilities. The population of the entire island is about 300,000 and there aren't all that many hotel or B&B choices in smaller places. I think the lack of infrastructure is the main problem. They certainly have the space and ability to handle more tourists, but need to develop services for them outside Reykjavik.
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Wow! Iceland Express successor adds U.S. flights

PHeymont ·
The headline's not a pun; Wow Air is the company that bought budget carrier Iceland Express in 2012. The carrier will now re-enter the U.S. market with roundtrip Boston-Reykjavik-London Gatwick flights, connecting in Reykjavik with its other European...
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Iceland's Elves Worry about Road Work, not Working for Santa!

PHeymont ·
Elves are an important part of Icelandic tradition; surveys show perhaps 60% of the population believes in them or in the possibility. While some say "elf" is from "alfar" or ancestor spirit, many believe in the little people. Now the Icelandic...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day. March 17, 2014: Snaefellsjokull volcano, Iceland

DrFumblefinger ·
    Anyone who is a fan of SciFi will remember this volcano as the place Jules Verne's Professor and his team began their  Journey to the Center of the Earth  (which was reached from the volcano via a series of lava tubes). ...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day September 9, 2013: Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

DrFumblefinger ·
(Oxara River, Thingvellir National Park, Iceland)  Thingvellir National Park is of great historic and geologic importance in Iceland.  This was the site of Iceland's first parliament more than 1,000 years ago.  The Icelandic...
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A journey around Iceland: 1) Reykjavik

DrFumblefinger ·
  (View of Reykjavik, from Hallsgrimkirkja)   I love visiting places that are rich in scenery, mountains, rivers, waterfalls and hiking; Iceland seemed a good fit for me. Until a few years ago the cost of a trip to Iceland was...
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A journey around Iceland: 2) The Golden Circle

DrFumblefinger ·
(Rainbow over Thingvellir National Park, Iceland)  The most popular day trip from Reykjavik is to the “Golden Circle” — three beautiful natural attractions which aren't golden or even vaguely circular.  The first of...
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A journey around Iceland: 3) South Iceland

DrFumblefinger ·
 (Black sand beach in Vik, Iceland) Many think South Iceland offers the island’s most spectacular scenery.  It’s hard to argue with this except to say that we found all of Iceland to be filled with...
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Fjorubordid restaurant, Stokkseyr, Iceland

DrFumblefinger ·
(Langoustine -- small Icelandic lobster --served in a delicious garlic butter sauce)  I wanted to share our best dining experience in Iceland with those who might be interested. In the past few decades Iceland has...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 30, 2015: Icelandic horses

DrFumblefinger ·
  I've a great fondness for Icelandic horses.  Besides having the greatest haircuts of any animal on the planet, these smallish equines are friendly, curious, and add a lot of color to Iceland's already dramatic landscapes.  There are...
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A journey around Iceland: 4) North Iceland

DrFumblefinger ·
(Godafoss waterfall, northern Iceland) Our journey around the Ring Road continued as we headed north on the eastern shore of the island towards northern Iceland.  (I've again chosen to describe our experiences here in sequential...
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A journey around Iceland: 5) Snaefellsnes Peninsula

DrFumblefinger ·
 (Ingjaldscholl church and Snaefellsjokull glacier, Iceland)  The last full day of our Icelandic trip was spent off the Ring Road in West Iceland on the charming Snaefellsnes Peninsula.  Anyone who is a fan of Sci-Fi will...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 29: Reflections on Reykjavik's Tjornin

PHeymont ·
Winter skies create dramatic reflections on Reykjavik’s Tjornin (the name means “lake” or “pond.") Tjornin is in the center of Reykjavik’s history and development with many government buildings around it, as well as...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 26, 2013: Icelandic horses, Husavik, Iceland

DrFumblefinger ·
 I've still got a pretty thick head of hair but nothing compares to the lush wind-blown mane of these Icelandic horses!  V-e-r-y cool looking animals!  Their hair is the envy of every 1960s Rock'n'Roll band I really enjoy seeing...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 23, 2013: Iceland's Black Sand Beach

PHeymont ·
Dramatic light and landscape mark the beach at Vik, Iceland, famous for its black sand, which is composed of basalt, worn down over centuries from volcanic lava. The day of our visit, fog moved in and out, shrouding the beach in fog and turning the...
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Is a stopover in Iceland worthwhile

Travel Luver ·
A number of you have helped me plan a trip to Portugal and Barcelona.  I've decided to go on this trip next May when I'll have a few more days of vacation. Checking out different airline websites, I came across Icelandair, which flies...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 18, 2013: Strokkur Geysir, Iceland

DrFumblefinger ·
 Geysers got their name in Iceland sometime in the 12th century.  Iceland has abundant geothermally heated water, many homes not even having a hot water heater, just naturally hot water pumped in.   While it's no longer very...
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Iceland's Secret Life as a Film Star (Really!)

PHeymont ·
The new Ben Stiller film, the Secret Life of Walter Mitty, has focused new attention on Iceland as a venue for film-making. It's a surprising country with a wide variety of scenery...but up to now it has mostly played "somewhere else" in the movies....
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WOW Air: U.S.-to-Europe bargains for light packers

PHeymont ·
WOW Air, an Iceland-based discount carrier, has added year-round flights between Boston and Reykjavik and seasonal flights from Baltimore, connecting with its flights onward to 20 European cities. The fares are bargain-basement, as low as $228...
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Iceland's tourism numbers are booming!

PHeymont ·
Tourism is up, it seems in most of the world; France and the U.S. are both preparing for 100 million visitor years soon. And Iceland, while far behind in total visitors, is among the most-rapidly-growing destinations.   Iceland had 970,000...
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WOW cranks up the wow! to add California

PHeymont ·
WOW Air, the Icelandic discounter that got big publicity earlier this year by offering $99 fares from the U.S. to Europe via its homebase in Reykjavik is now planning to add Los Angeles and San Francisco to its network.   The 4-day-week LA...
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Delta adds a Second Flight to Iceland

Travel Rob ·
         Skógafoss, Iceland- Photo by DrFumblefinger            Delta is the only U.S. airline that goes to Iceland and they fly...
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Icelandair adds new route to Montreal

DrFumblefinger ·
    Icelandair continues its route expansion with new service betweeen Keflavik airport in Iceland and Trudeau airport in Montreal.  The service will be seasonal starting  May 16, 2016 through November 8, 2016, and will operate 4...
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April 11, 2016: Rainbow over Thingvellir National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Thingvellir National Park is a great example of a rift valley, and was where the Icelandic people held their first parliament during Viking times. Today we're featuring it because it's a great backdrop for some memorable rainbows.
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Viking ship follows trail of Leif Eriksson

PHeymont ·
On a quest to follow the route of Leif Eriksson to North America, the world's largest modern Viking ship sets sail this week.
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WOW kicks off $99 West Coast to Iceland flights

PHeymont ·
Icelandic discounter WOW air starts service from Los Angeles and San Francisco with low promo fares.
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WOW! NY to Europe for under $300 round trip!

PHeymont ·
Iceland's WOW Air is adding flights to the NYC area, with tempting $99 one-way to Iceland and $149 to Europe limited fares.
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Icelandair selling tickets via Facebook Messenger

PHeymont ·
Iceland's flag carrier is inviting passengers to skip their website and use Facebook Messenger to book flights and Reykjavik stopovers.
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Icelandair adds Montreal as 5th Canadian city

PHeymont ·
Icelandair adds 4-a-week service to Canada's 2nd-largest city, opening not only access to Iceland, but a new gateway to Europe for Canadians.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 26, 2014: Dritvik - Djupalonssandur, Iceland

Ottoman ·
    Dritvik - Djupalonssandur is a beautiful and dramatic black sand and pebble beach with amazing volcanic rocks rising high above the ground.  Situated on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in the southwest of Iceland, and having the...
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Heads Up for Travelers: Iceland's Volcanoes May Disrupt Travel Again

PHeymont ·
Don't panic, but keep alert if you have trans-Atlantic travel plans in the next few weeks. The Icelandic Meteorological Office has reported a sudden flurry of small earthquakes that could be a prelude to an eruption of Bardarbunga, one of the...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 13, 2014: Jokulsarlon, Iceland

Ottoman ·
    Jökulsárlón   (which literally means "glacial river lagoon") is a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland, on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. Situated at the head of the Breiðamerkurjökul l ...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 19, 2014. Reykjavik, Iceland

DrFumblefinger ·
  TravelGumbo is a big fan of Iceland as a travel destination!  Now is an especially good time of year to go because the days are already very long, the weather mild (although never warm) and the main tourists crowds of summer have not yet...
 
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