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A Traveler’s Guide to Iceland – The Land of Fire and Ice

Guide to Iceland

Marooned just outside the Arctic Circle, Iceland is a Nordic island nation that’s barely three hours away from London by plane – and yet anchored within its own world of raw and untouched wildernesss. Volcanically and geologically active, the country is a land of extremities. Its coastlines are fringed with ragged fjords, its interior is […]

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Video: Whale Watching in Husavik, Iceland

// From somewhere beyond the tranquility comes a spray of water and a slow-motion flip of a fluke. It’s a humpback whale. Just meters away from our old sailboat. I watch in awe as it glides gently by the bow of our boat, shyly peeking at us through the water surface. As we inch closer, […]

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Whitewater Rafting in the Glacial River of Northern Iceland

// “It’s all about teamwork!” Our rafting instructor Girish shouts loudly to overcome the deafening sounds of the gushing water around us. “Forward,” he barks at us, “faster!” We paddle in full force, fighting hard to stay afloat amidst the powerful eddies that threaten to swallow us. One, two. One, two. I follow the momentum […]

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Snorkeling Between Tectonic Plates in Iceland

Dressed in a bulky dry suit, airtight hood and gloves, I’m taking the plunge into the glacial waters of a narrow crack. It’s not just any crack though – this is literally an opening in the Earth’s crust, a rift that separates two continents, a valley in no man’s land.  …

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Chasing the Northern Lights at Hotel Rangá

Mention Iceland and you often conjure images of glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes and most of all, the Northern Lights. Electrifying lights dancing in the night skies, lighting up the darkness with all kinds of color – this phenomenon occurs in few places in the world, and Iceland happens to be one …

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Photoblog: Waterfalls, Glaciers and Valleys of Southwest Iceland

Intense, dramatic and colossal: the Southwestern coastline of Iceland is treacherous yet mystical. Dotted with towering volcanic mountains, bluish-white glaciers and hundreds of waterfalls, this part of the country is strikingly beautiful and packed with an endless list of natural attractions. While driving through the coast from Reykjavik, we stumbled upon one waterfall and valley […]

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Hiking Iceland’s Most Active Volcano, Eyjafjallajökull

The wind was howling and the snow was raging. In the bleak midst of grey ash and white ice atop the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, the scene looked straight out of a disaster movie. With the icy frost whipping across my face at lightning speed, I could barely open my eyes, not …

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Ice and Spikes: Climbing the Sólheimajökull Glacier in Iceland

Left, right, ice sticks in; left, right, feet up. Forceful arm strides followed by small, heavy steps. It sounded easy enough. But once I got on that vertiginous wall of ice, it was clearly not the case. The chunky ice cliff stood at a humble height of approximately 8 meters, but getting up there was […]

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Breaking the Travel Embargo: Iceland-bound!

At the end of August, I set myself a travel embargo – staying put at my home base in Granada, Spain and taking time off to reflect on my travels and putting things into perspective. It has done wonders to my wellbeing, both emotional and psychological. Now I’m ready to …

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Nordic Adventures in Iceland

This is a guest post by Mags Yip. Cold. Bitter. Ghostly. Barren. While that might be what most people think of Iceland, I beg to differ. Iceland seduced me just minutes after arriving in Keflavik. The Flybus took us into the twilight where wispy clouds hung low and colors dazzled in the …

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