What You Need to Know About Icelandic Cuisine

Braised lamb, part of Icelandic cuisine

When most tourists think of Icelandic cuisine, they tend to picture the country’s slightly less appetizing foods. There’s the rotten shark, which Anthony Bourdain claimed was one of the worst things he’d ever eaten, as well as boiled sheep's head, and Brennivin, a liquor affectionately nicknamed the “black death.” Hungry yet? While these traditional foods make the travel shows, there’s much more ... Read Full Article

Exploring Iceland in a Camper-van

Kuku campers are great for camping in Iceland

Iceland is known as a great road-trip destination, thanks to an abundance of beautiful landscapes and an easy-to-follow route, the Ring Road, that circles the island. For those who want to make the most of their time on the road, but aren’t quite ready to rough it in a tent, exploring Iceland in a camper-van rental is a great way to go. Here’s what you need to know. Exploring Iceland in a ... Read Full Article

Seven of the Best Beaches in Europe

Praia da Marinha beach in Portugal, one of the best beaches in Europe

With spring finally here, and summer on the doorstep, beach season is ramping up again in the northern hemisphere. It’s a welcome turn for lovers of European surf, sun and sand-between-the-toes frivolity. After all, Europe is home to some of the most stunning and spectacular beaches on earth. Here’s a quick taste of some of the best beaches in Europe; you really ought to consider visiting at least ... Read Full Article

Wild Westfjords: Iceland at the Edge of the Arctic Circle

Church in Breidavik , Westfijords

Isolated, obscure, rugged and wind-shorn: These are qualities that easily define the Westfjords in Iceland. But this lonely peninsula also harbors an unfathomable yet pristine beauty borne of severe weather, intense natural forces, and an unforgiving geography. This is the oldest and wildest part of Iceland, forged over 16 million years ago of molten lava. Though the Westfjords jut out into the ... Read Full Article

The Splendours of Southern Iceland

Skógafoss drops 200 feet (60m) off a vertical cliff next door to the folk and transportation museums where I explored for over an hour.

I wave farewell to sunny Akureyri as I fly south to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital. I’m aware the weather is greyer and wetter there and wonder if I’ll need my rain suit. Its late September, after all. Sure enough it’s raining as I land, and clouds darken when I reach my hotel. Perhaps my good fortune has evaporated after three weeks of sunshine. The tour of Reykjavik this afternoon proves otherwise ... Read Full Article

Northern Iceland is Hot, Hot, Hot!

Hverarond is an area of intense geothermal activity east of Lake Myvatn bordered by the burnt orange slopes of Mount Námafjall on its western side. Many consider this is the best attraction in Iceland.

The land steams. Volcanoes erupt. Earthquakes rumble. Mud boils. Geysers gush. And, water at 100C to 200C (212F to 392F) pours right out of the earth. Iceland is the only landmass that straddles the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Their junction is called the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that runs north-south splitting Iceland in two. The geology is so temperamental because the plates are ... Read Full Article

Inside an Iceland Volcano

Indelible experience

In past travels I have climbed through lava tubes, run from blasts of sulfur fumes from active volcanos, have witnessed fiery lava drop with steamy sizzles into the sea….BUT when told by a fellow traveler I could descend 120 meters (400ft) “into” an actual volcano chamber, I guffaw, “Yah, right… what Sci Fi have you taken to be reality – Jules Verne’s?” But here I am, with my husband Rick and nine ... Read Full Article

The Wonder of White Nights in Northern Europe

White Nights Hike

Come inside the Arctic Circle, where during most of the summer, the sun never sets. Northern European countries that lie inside the Arctic Circle provide some very interesting White Nights experiences. Because the sun does not set throughout the night, you can take the opportunity to change the way you travel…take a chance, do something you haven’t done before, stay up late (really late.) Start ... Read Full Article

Where to Stay in Reykjavik: Editor’s Picks

Foss hotel Reykjavik

  For those looking to travel to Iceland, Reykjavik is a great base for exploring this diverse country. Not only is it the capital, it is also the largest city in Iceland and home to many cultural attractions and activities to include: nightlife, dining, theaters, parks, and even geothermal swimming pools. The city also has quite an upbeat and artsy feel and you will immediately be taken ... Read Full Article

Reykjavik’s Cool 101 Hotel

hotel101

Iceland is listed as one of the top 10 places on the planet to spend your Christmas holiday - and for good reason. In Iceland you will find chic Santas, grannies downing vodka, the absolute best Christmas markets, and so much more. The capital, Reykjavík, has been described as a young, daring city that feels like a cosmopolitan European center as well as a tiny seaside village - all wrapped-up in ... Read Full Article