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Win a Christmas Present from the Icelandic Yule Lads!


From the Skyr Gobbler to the Sausage Swiper, the Yule Lads have been an Icelandic Christmas tradition for generations. Each Yule Lad has some pretty unique characteristics, and now you can find out which Lad you’re most like with our fun quiz! Quiz takers will be automatically entered into our drawing to win one of 13 adorable Yule Lad Christmas ornaments to spread some Icelandic cheer to North America!  Click here to find out which Icelandic Yule Lad you are!

Watch Iceland Airwaves Live November 5 – 8!

Iceland Airwaves returns to Reykjavik this week for five days of electrifying musical performances. Today through November 9, festivalgoers will experience what Rolling Stone calls “the hippest long weekend on the annual music-festival calendar” with hundreds of unforgettable musical performances. We’re hosting KEXP’s Iceland Airwaves livestream on our website so you can enjoy the show no matter where you are! The international broadcast features 19 exclusive performances from Wednesday, November 5 through Saturday, November 8. Click here to watch the live broadcast and learn more about Iceland Airwaves!

Taste of Iceland in Toronto Kicks Off Next Week!

After two wildly successful events in Denver and Seattle, we’re excited to kick off our last 2014 Taste of Iceland event in Toronto November 13-16. The four-day event celebrates the best of Icelandic food, music and artistic culture. Feast on authentic Icelandic cuisine at Luma, enjoy the free Reykjavik Calling concert featuring Uni Stefson, Young Karin, Hermigervill and more, and catch a free movie during the Icelandic Film Screenings at The Royal. On Sunday, November 16 Icelandic chef Viktor Örn Andrésson will host ‘An Evening in Iceland,’ at Luma, an interactive ticketed event showcasing the best cuisine Iceland has to offer. Click here for more details about Taste of Iceland in Toronto: November 13-16.

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Experience Iceland in North America

It’s never too early to start your holiday shopping, and now you can gift some Icelandic cheer thanks to the UGLA boutique in Montreal and LastaShop in sunny Los Angeles! Rather treat yourself? Enter to win a prize pack from Icelandic Glacial with their #TakeIcelandWithYou giveaways! Continue your holiday celebrations with Brennivin, which is gaining widespread availability in the U.S. and Canada. If you need some drinkspiration, try this delicious “Orange is the New Black Death” cocktail! Washington, D.C. residents can attend the “Visible Iceland” photography exhibit at the Hillyer Art Space from November 7 – 29. If you’re in New York, visit the Lincoln Center on November 7 to see the Pacifica Quartet and native Icelander, Sibbi Bernhardsson, perform live. If you can’t make it to these events, watch this heartwarming film from Inspired by Iceland that showcases the very best of Iceland.

News About Iceland

Yahoo! Travel recently highlighted some of the incredible opportunities available to travelers through an Icelandair stopover. The country draws not only tourists, but film crews as well—Iceland’s beautiful scenery and experienced visual effects teams have made the country a Hollywood hot spot for productions like Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated Interstellar, which premieres this Friday, November 7. Iceland continues to grow its vibrant arts and entertainment industry through film festivals like the Reykjavik International Film Festival and the 2015 Stockfish Film Festival. If you’re not taking in Iceland’s scenic beauty through the silver screen, take a virtual tour of Reykjavik, courtesy of Conde Nast Traveler, or enjoy the electronic sounds of Vök’s new album “Tension,” which recently made its U.S. debut. 

Happening in Iceland

Icelandic culture is rich with art, music and design, making it the perfect location for the “You are in Control” Conference, which recently brought together experts from a range of creative industries to interact with and inspire attendees. In other cultural and artistic news, the 23rd annual Unglist Young Art Festival begins on Friday, November 7, and the Reykjavik Dance Festival takes place November 26 – 29. Not only is Iceland a creative hotspot, but it’s a technology hub as well, with many companies housing their data centers here. ZDNet’s Charlie Osborne recently took a tour through one of these impressive data centers while visiting Verne Global just outside Reykjavik. Even though the Bardarbunga volcano has been erupting since August, business and everyday life have not been affected

Uniquely Icelandic: Icelandair 


Iceland Naturally is excited to showcase this month’s featured member, Icelandair! Since 1937, Icelandair has connected North America and Europe, and currently offers flights from 14 North American gateways to more than 20 destinations in Scandinavia, the U.K. and Continental Europe. Flight time from North America’s eastern coast to Keflavik International Airport is just under five hours, making Iceland an ideal destination for a stopover en route to Europe. Travelers can stay in Iceland for up to seven days at no additional airfare charge. Recently, Icelandair and Uber paired up to offer free rides throughout Boston where passengers received Blue Lagoon goodies and Icelandic Glacial water. They even gave away 22 trips to any Icelandair destination, complete with a once-in-a-lifetime Icelandic stopover! Watch the passengers’ heartwarming reactions here. Click here to learn more about Icelandair and to book your Icelandic adventure now!
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