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Destination: Iceland

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.

Covid-19 Travel Restrictions Iceland

as of August 5, 2021

Everyone travelling to Iceland must submit a certificate of a negative test for COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2)
before boarding an aircraft or ship to Iceland and again upon arrival. Travellers who present a certificate of full vaccination or previous infection can bring a negative PCR- or antigen test. Travellers without full vaccination or previous infection need to bring a negative PCR-test. Children born 2005 or later are exempt from submitting a PCR test.

Official Enrty Requirements for Iceland

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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.

Flying Private: There are several FBO options available. If your personal assistant can not figure those out, please feel free to contact me.

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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Destination Iceland Special Precautions or Visa Requirements

Part of the EU & Schengen Agreement.

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ETIAS required starting 2022
Starting in 2022, the European Commission will roll out a U.S. style electronic travel authorisation system for visitors from countries that are currently not part of the EU or Schengen Member. The cost of an ETIAS is €7, however, individuals under the age of 18, or over the age of 70, will not need to pay the fee. The ETIAS must be applied for online prior to arrival to the EU. Each eligible traveller, regardless of age, will require an ETIAS to visit EU member countries. The ETIAS will be mandatory for citizens of such countries as the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

for more information, visit the Official ETIAS site

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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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Crystal Endeavor 2021 Luxury Iceland Expedition Recommended Cruise Touring Options

Cruise Crystal Cruises Ocean Cruise Yachting Expedition River Boating suggestions basic information

CRYSTAL ENDEAVOR:
2021 LUXURY ICELAND EXPEDITION

Dates of Departure: 5-Options / July thru August 2021
Vessel: Crystal Endeavor
Nights: 10-Nights

Port of Embarkation & Debarkation: Reykjavik Roundtrip

Pristine fjords and glaciated tundra. Geothermal wonders and thundering waterfalls. Iceland is quite simply, extraordinary. Formed by volcanoes and settled by Vikings, it is home to the astonishing, little-explored Westfjords, exceptional wildlife — think thousands of puffins, towering bird cliffs and whale watching — famous lagoons, UNESCO-listed Surtsey Island, and Grímsey Island on the Arctic Circle.

Crystal Endeavor 2021 Luxury Iceland Expedition

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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, and is considered one of the finest lodgings in Iceland if not the world.

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 roundtrip airport transfers to Akureyri.

CONTACT ME FOR MORE DETAILS
There is a minimum Booking of 3-Nights with Deplar Farm, and with only 12-Rooms will have limited availability during peak seasons.

PART OF MY SPECIAL PLACES PORTFOLIO


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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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).

PART OF MY SPECIAL PLACES PORTFOLIO


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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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.

PART OF MY SPECIAL PLACES PORTFOLIO

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 Destination Iceland Information from other trusted sources

Iceland WikiVoyage Page
A great resource for all the basic information you need for Iceland.

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?
Let me know.

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page updated: August 2021

additional images courtesy: Icelandic Travel Bureau

Destination Iceland a wonderful place to visit

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