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Destination Iceland Northern European Adventure Land

From the Financial Ruin of 2010, it appears Iceland has made a dramatic turn around by importing Tourists. But not just any type of traveler, those looking for adventure in an unspoilt countryside. More options of travel are opening up every year, but so are the ever increasing numbers of Experiential Travelers.

Sadly for Iceland, it’s tourism has drastically dropped after the WOW Air collapse. But I think this may be a good thing. Over-Toursim has been a problem in many parts of the the Island nation.

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Is it easy to go to Iceland

KEF Reykjavik Keflavik International, will porbably be your main point of entry. Rather modern and attractive. Located about 30 miles south of Reykjavik. Akureyri is the only Icelandic destination served from KEF…. all other flights are International.

You can take the Smyril Line Car Ferry from Hirtshals, Denmark, which also makes a stop at the Faroe Islands, an even more remote set of islands than Iceland.

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When Should I go to Iceland When is the weather good

Depending on the type of adventure, this is considered a year-round destination by some.

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Destination Iceland Where to stay Hotel Recommendations

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Deplar Farm
Troll Peninsula
Right now, this is my favorite place for that Grand Iceland Adventure.

Winter
Guide service offering customized adventure itineraries, all gear necessary for activities, pre-arrival planning with an Eleven Experience Manager, chef prepared breakfast, lunch, après and dinner, organic fresh food minibar, house alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and round trip airport transfers to Akureyri.

Summer
Guide service offering customized adventure itineraries, all gear necessary for activities, pre-arrival planning with an Eleven Experience Manager, chef prepared breakfast, lunch, après and dinner, organic fresh food minibar, house alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and round trip airport transfers to Akureyri.

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Umi Hotel
near the town of Vik
For quite a long time Iceland’s spectacular beauty was rather let down by its relatively ordinary hotels. Lately, however, a new movement is afoot, complementing this island nation’s sublime, unearthly landscapes with some equally inspiring modern architecture and design. And it doesn’t take much more than a glance at Umi Hotel to identify it as an example of exactly what we’re talking about.
   Here, less than a hundred miles from Reykjavík, you’re deep in Iceland’s natural wonder, with views of the rugged southern coastline as well as Eyjafjallajökull, the famously inconvenient volcano. And despite what its low-slung modernist architecture might lead you to believe, this is a family-owned operation, an abandoned farm painstakingly transformed by Siggi and Frida (and their daughter Sandra, an interior designer) into the stylish hotel you see today.

Of note: I am a Preferred Partner with this hotel. Enjoy complimentary VIP amenities when booking with me (e.g. room upgrade, early check-in, late check-out, and a welcome gift on arrival).

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PART OF MY TABLET HOTEL PORTFOLIO


101 Hotel
Reykjavik City Center
Though it may sound like a mere marketing slogan, 101 is quite literally Reykjavik’s most fashionable postal code. This city has long been the holiday playground of hip Europeans and, in particular, Londoners — English pop stars and artists come here for a little anonymity, and the truly anonymous come for the experience of a style capital that still feels like an unpretentious small city.
   The artistic bent that Reykjavik is lately known for is on display here — a glass roof over the lounge affords a view of a permanent mural installation, and the 101 Gallery shows rotating exhibitions of work by top Icelandic artists. The lounge is a bona fide social scene, as is the restaurant, and the downtown location means it’s not the only game in town — so the restless have plenty of urban exploring to do. If anything, it’s a bit of overkill; a sleek, modern hotel in the vibrant capital of one of the world’s most beautiful countries — what more do you need?

Of note: I am a Preferred Partner with this hotel. Enjoy complimentary VIP amenities when booking with me (e.g. room upgrade, early check-in, late check-out, and a welcome gift on arrival).

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Ion Adventure Hotel
Nesjavellir, Iceland
A Design Hotel property. One of the first of the Design and Adventure Hotels in Iceland, and one of the first media darlings. But it is popular for a reason, it is a great hotel and location.

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PART OF MY TABLET HOTEL/DESIGN HOTELS PORTFOLIO


Blue Lagoon – The Retreat
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The Retreat & Spa is the latest addition to the Blue Lagoon. Along with it’s sister property, these are the finest hotels in the region.
   Staying at The Retreat, does include use of the Spa and the Lagoon.

Blue Lagoon Website

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My Iceland Information Page at Virtuoso
Here is a good place to start for some additional information on quality Hotels and Activities.

Have a favorite thing to do or see in Iceland?
Need a bit of help planning a trip?
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page updated: September 2019

additional images courtesy: Icelandic Travel Bureau

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