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Huge Deal On Northern Lights and Glacier Walk

This deal is too good to last: book this package by January 13 to travel through March 26, save up to $50 per person, and get a free breakfast. Adventurous travelers can take a guided walk through the wonderland of ice sculptures and deep crevasses of a glacier before enjoying a warm lobster soup and setting out in vehicles in search of the beautiful sight of the Northern Lights. From $697* per person, click here for more info.




Support Bjork And Support Education

Bjork's Biophilia Live tour is coming to The New York Hall Of Science from Feb. 3-18 and Roseland Ballroom from Feb. 22 – March 2, and special VIP Biophilia Education Sponsor tickets are available in limited numbers. The ticket prices help fund the Biophilia Education Program, a series of interactive science and music workshops for middle school children. The tickets grant buyers premium seating, a tour of the educational program and a post show reception with the musicians. Tickets are available to all shows here.




"Born To Explore" Journey To Iceland

ABC's Born To Explore with Richard Wiese took viewers on a trip through Iceland on Saturday January 7th, right after Good Morning America and will take us on another excursion when the "Land of the Vikings" episode airs on February 4th. Wiese, former president of The Explorers Club, delved into the volcanic lifestyle of the Icelandic people – visiting Icelanders who live and farm at the foot of volcanoes, and even use them to cook some food. Follow Richard from the warm confines of your couch every week, and find out more here.




Iceland Naturally And Denny's Announce Vacation Giveaway

It seems fish and chips can lead to exciting trips. Denny's® and Iceland Naturally, a consortium of Icelandic businesses, have announced a sweepstakes that will send two people to Iceland for a four-night extravaganza showcasing the best the island nation has to offer. Grand prize winners will receive round trip airfare on Icelandair, three nights stay at the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica and one night at the Hotel Ranga, and exciting vacation details like a volcano voyage, horseback riding in the Icelandic countryside, and a trip to the Blue Lagoon spa. Find out more here.




Iceland in the News

New York Times Recaps Long Nights in Iceland

The NYT's Frugal Traveler blog took a four day trip to Iceland and found "there's an upside to winter travel here, and it's a big one: Iceland is never cheaper or freer from tourist throngs." The Times describes traveling by car through Iceland, lodging and nightlife options, and the famed Golden Circle tour. Read the whole article here.

Northern Lights Thaw The Doldrums For USA Today

Laura Bly of USA Today went to Iceland in search of the Aurora Borealis and found the celestial fireworks are "are just like Santa Claus. If you really believe, you'll see them." She found the phenomenon to be quite capricious, but she also saw the sights beyond the lights, including Haukadalur geyser and the Fontana Steam Bath. Click here to read about her whole adventure.

Conde Nast Is Watching The Skies In Iceland

The "Recommended" section on cntraveler.com is full of life's great trips, and aurora watching on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula has made the list. Traveler's staff says the location "encapsulates all that is most dramatic about the country," and gives some tips on how to get there. Read all about it here.

The magazine also recommends Iceland as a great mid summer getaway, saying "the long summer days and bright nights makes July the best month to visit Reykjavik." See their entire list of summer holiday getaways here or at IcelandNaturally.com.

They Said It

"Everyone who knows a thing or two about Iceland, knows it is possible to swim any time of the year in geo thermal heated pools. They're legendary and an essential stop for any traveler to the country." - Mike Bell, Filter Magazine




Deals of the Month

Winter Lights At The Last Minute!

Break those cabin fever blues with a last-minute jaunt to the Reykjavik Winter Lights Festival from Feb. 9-12. Street performances, visual arts, theater and dance all come together as the city rejoices in the growing sunlight. Museums, galleries, clubs, shops and restaurants all join in on the fun, and all events are free of charge. Learn more here.

Marina By The Sea

Take a four day excursion and be one of the first travelers to stay at the brand new Hotel Reykjavik Marina. Located in the up and coming harbor district of Reykjavik, just a stone's throw from the capital's attractions, the new hotel boasts great food and drink at Slipp Canteen and bar, and offers movies at Slipp Screen or healthy diversions at Slipp Gym. Your four day tour includes a whale watching tour leaving from nearby Reykjavik Harbor. From $727* per person, click here for more info.

Super Truck Expedition

It's not just a truck, it's a jacked up, 4x4, super capable Super Truck, and these Icelandic offroaders are ready to take travelers through snow, sand, glaciers, rivers and mountains to see the best of rustic Icelandic scenery. Take a four day trip, including the Reykjanes peninsula, a stay at the Hekla country hotel, Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area, and Thingvellir National Park. Your English speaking driver is your guide. From $732 per person. Find out more here.






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Iceland One Of The Happiest Nations Again

Iceland must be one great place to live. Far removed from any neighboring country, suffering financial setbacks, volcanic eruptions, and long nights, Icelanders consistently self report as some of the happiest people on Earth. A recent Gallup poll found 73% of Icelanders are happy, a full 20 points above the world average, and about 40 points higher than U.S. average. For more happy news, click here.



Air Travelers Flocking To Iceland

Keflavík International Airport saw a 17.9% increase in passenger traffic in 2011 compared to 2010 with the number of transatlantic stop over passengers in Iceland increasing by 25% compared to 2010. The total of over two million passengers 2010 is a close second place to the record of 2.2 million in 2010. Icelandair is predicting a further 7.5% increase in traffic in 2012, so book your flights early, ticket sales are really flying.



Amazing Photos From Inside Iceland's Tallest Volcano

Intrepid photographer Orvar Thorgeirsson entered the crystalline blue ice caves beneath 6,921 foot tall Vrffajvkull, Iceland's tallest active volcano, this past year, and returned with images of otherwordly beauty. "The snow sticks to the ice and has its air bubbles forced out during the movement of the glacier or transit of the ice. Then this snow freezes more to become ice crystals and becomes clearer," said Thorgeirsson. See his breathtaking images here.



Will Next Icelandic Bishop Be A Woman?

Iceland Review is reporting that four women are the leading candidates to become the next bishop of Iceland. Karl Sigurbjõrnsson, the current bishop, will step down this year, paving the way for one of the four candidates to take his place at the head of Iceland's Lutheran church. The island nation is renowned for its gender equality, and 80 percent of Iceland claims the faith as their own. Find out more here.



Reykjavik City Museum Gets More Personal

The Reykjavik City Museum, Arbaejarsafn, will offer a more personal experience by having a guided tour every day during the winter season. The tours start at 1:00p.m., and proceed around the open air museum, a former farm which now includes more than 20 buildings forming a town square, a village and a farm. To find out more about the museum and Reykjavik's cultural history, click here.



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