Iceland

ICELANDIC TRADITIONS

Icelandic National Day is an annual holiday in Iceland. 17 June 1944 was the date Iceland became independent from Danish rule. Today, Icelanders celebrate this holiday on a national scale. The celebration traditionally takes the form of a parade. Iceland was the last country in Europe to be settled. Isolation and the extreme nature have shaped Icelandic culture through the years.

WHALES

Icelandic waters cover areas from the cold Arctic sea in the north, to the warmer north Atlantic ocean in the south. The two mixing currents, the long summer daylight combined with the relatively shallow read more….

VOLCANOES

Iceland is one of the most volcanic places on earth having 150-200 volcanoes on Iceland. 22 out of these volcanoes are active and 13 have erupted since the vikings settled here in 874. You could easily say that read more….

GAME OF THRONES

If you are a Game of Thrones fan, what better way to really get into the spirit of proceedings than by visiting one of the exotic Game of Thrones destinations where filming for the program actually took place? Read more…

Have you heard of Eyjafjallajokull?

The towering glacier-capped strata volcano Eyjafjallajokull is probably the most famous volcano in the world today.
IT’S WORTH A VISIT!

MEET THE REYKJAVIK

The capital of Iceland

Reykjavik is the northernmost capital in the world. Reykjavik has exciting possibilities, surrounded by incredible landscapes. Various museums preserve the culture and history of both the city and the country at large. Visit Reykjavik, a metropolitan area with its 200,000 inhabitants.

Why Iceland is one of the best places to live? Why do Icelanders live so long and why they are so happy?
All these questions and more will be answered here

Cuisine

Due to the isolated location of Iceland, important ingredients of traditional Icelandic cuisine are lamb dairy and fish. Here are couple of examples:
Hangikjöt is smoked Icelandic lambs. It is reputed to be especially good because of how the sheep are farmed, which is quite old fashioned: they are free to roam around the wilderness of the unspoiled and rather barren highlands all summer long without any supervision at all. The sheep graze not only on grass, but also on plants and herbs which contributes to their rich and complex flavour. In this way, the meat has been marinated the entire life of the animal.
Skyr, is technically a type of soft cheese, made from gelatinous milk curds. As appetizing as that sounds, mixed with milk and served with sugar or Icelandic blueberries, it’s actually quite wonderful, with a rich, yoghurt-like texture and slightly sour taste. The real magic, however, is in its nutritional value. This superfood is incredibly high in protein and unbelievably low in everything else, a typical batch sporting something like 12% protein, 3% carbohydrate and 0,5% fat, and also rich in calcium and various vitamins.

No surnames, no worries

In general there are no surnames in Iceland except for few danish family names. Some of them have lasted for decades but these family names are not that common and mostly originate from foreigners marrying into an Icelandic family. For the majority of Icelanders people have a last name that is comprised from their father’s (or mother’s) first name with the addition of -dóttir (-daughter) or -son. For example if my fathers first name is Gunnar, so my last name is Gunnarsdóttir (Gunnar’s daughter). This means that a member of a family will have a different last name to both of their parents and their siblings of a different gender. Women also do not change their name when they get married. With such a potpourri of surnames, it is little wonder that the Icelandic phone book is sorted by first names. If the population were 300 million rather than 300,000, I suspect the system may not work as well.

CELEBRITIES

INVENTIONS

TOURS

Iceland nature tour (3d)

Summary: Iceland is a fascinating volcanic island where you can really feel the power of the nature. Dramatic landscapes, geizers, water source warmed by the heat of the volcanoes, dark blue sea peopled with the one of the biggest mammal on earth. Get ready for 3 days in a little unusual capital and it’s surroundings. Day 1 – You arrive in Reyjkjavik, check in at the hotel ( possibility to choose between a 3 or 4 * hotel) and discover the [...]
Address:
Reykjavik, Island, Iceland
Phone: 08-562 65 000

Iceland volcano tour (2d)

Summary: Iceland, the second largest island in Europe after Great Britain, is located in the north Atlantic Ocean. The country has a unique landscape due to its active volcanoes, glaciers and fields of sand. On this tour we will give you a closer look for the magical volcanoes. Day 1 Visit Thingvellir Start the first day with a daytrip to Thingvellir. Thingvellir National Park is located approximately 45 km northeast of Reykjavík. Thingvellir is one of Iceland’s most famous and fascinating places. [...]
Address:
Katla, Island, Iceland
Phone: 08-562 65 000