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NEW FLIGHTS FROM DENVER!

GeyserIcelandair will begin service from Denver, Colorado in May 2012 with four flights a week to Reykjavik, Iceland. Flights will commence on May 11, 2012 from Denver International Airport with non-stop flights to Reykjavik on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. To celebrate service from the Mile-High City, Icelandair is offering the Mile-High Getaway to Iceland starting from $679 per person. www.icelandair.us



ABC'S "BORN TO EXPLORE" GOES TO ICELAND!

Born to ExploreBe sure to tune in on Saturday October 29th to ABC’s new series “Born to Explore” when host Richard Wiese travels to Iceland and discovers the island’s most spectacular volcanic sites and learns how the resourceful Icelandic people have harnessed the power of volcanoes to better their way of life. The Living with Volcanoes episode beautifully showcases both the serene and rugged sides of Iceland’s natural splendor while giving insight as to how this touches the spirit of the Icelandic people. www.facebook.com/borntoexploretv



REYKJAVIK CALLING

Reykjavik CallingReykjavik Calling Returns to Seattle for a FREE show at Neumos on Friday October 28! Artists include Sean Nelson, Olof Arnalds, David Bazan, Snorri Helgason, and more. Reykjavik Calling is coming back to Seattle for a second year with an expanded international line-up that features musicians from Seattle, Iceland, Greenland the Faroe Islands.  The “sister city” showcase was born out of a clear musical and cultural tie that exists between Seattle and Reykjavik  as a way to celebrate talented musicians as well as exciting new music emerging from both cities. www.icelandnaturally.com/reykjavikcalling



NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS & OFFERS

Northern Lights

It’s Northern Lights season in Iceland and we’ve got the hot ticket on special offers to see this spectacular natural phenomenon. Although Aurora Borealis can’t be “booked,” 2011 and 2012 promise the best northern lights displays in more than a decade.

HOT Deal from Icelandair: Iceland Northern Lights & Glacier Walk

From $675 includes round-trip air, 3 nights hotel, glacier walk, Northern Lights & lobster, and luxurious spa visit. Oh my! Details at www.icelandair.us.

NEW Tour from Icelandic Mountain Guides: Golden Circle & Magical Nights

This light hiking tour brings together the famous Golden Circle of natural wonders with a visit to the newly built Fontana geothermal spa with hot spring bathing, dinner and a chance to enjoy the natural magic of the Northern Lights. www.mountainguides.is


NEW Tour from Special Tours: Northern Lights Hunt by Sea

The shimmering Northern Lights combined with the mystery of the sea are an enchanting combination in this new evening cruise that departs from old Reykjavik Harbor. Book now to receive a 10% discount on October departures. www.specialtours.is

HOT Deal from Iceland Travel: Northern Lights Special – Lake Myvatn

Hunt for the Northern lights in Northern Iceland on this five day package that includes three days exploring the stunning natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area and charming Akureyri, Iceland’s second largest city. Book now to receive a $100 discount on October departures. www.icelandtravel.is



ICELAND IN THE MEDIA

Blue Lagoon

Vogue - Flash Dispatch by Elettra Wiedemann: “Just outside Reykjavik is the Blue Lagoon: Sitting in geothermal heated water full of skin-nourishing minerals, silica and algae made me feel like my lazy day was productive! Who knew that anti-aging and sightseeing could go hand in hand?”


CNN - The World's Weirdest Places to Scuba Dive by Susannah Palk: “The only place in the world where you can swim between two continents, the Silfra fissure in Iceland's Thingvellier National Park is where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet.” Read More 


The New York Times - Flying to Europe for a Little Bit Less by Michelle Higgins:  “Travelers who waited out the summer hoping for lower fares to Europe this fall will find some relief, as flights to Europe are cheaper now than at the beginning of the summer. Flying into London’s Gatwick airport instead on Iceland Express with a short stop in Reykjavik was about $130 less.” Read More

  
USA TodayTop 5 Bargain Destinations for Fall 2011 by Christine Sarkis: “If you're willing to trade a few degrees and some daylight for spectacular nighttime light shows and a serious thermal spa culture, you'd do well to consider Iceland this fall.” Read More 

Prevue Magazine - Sustainability the Next Big Thing by Greg Oats:  “Sustainability is not a foreign subject when your country’s biggest tourism attraction is a giant geothermally heated outdoor pool, and 90% of the buildings are heated likewise.”

The New York Times - In Reykjavik, a Glittering New Home for Music by Jeanine Barone: “Harpa’s luminous facade was designed by Olafur Eliasson, creator of the much-discussed “New York City Waterfalls” installation in 2008. The facade reflects the ever-changing Nordic light, thanks to 1,000 hexagon-shaped bricks, and connects the building to the natural world, allowing scenic vistas of the sky, sea and mountains.” Read More

The Globe and Mail
- After Dozens of Countries, I Was Still Wowed by Iceland by Robin Esrock: “It’s easy to see why Icelandic folk tradition is rich with elves, trolls, giants and fairies. The landscape inspires superstition, and the belief that powerful forces are at work beyond our control.” Read More

The Hollywood Reporter - Iceland's Filmmakers Persist Despite Challenges After Country's Financial Collapse by Georg Szalai: “With its natural beauty, skilled crews and production incentives, Iceland also continues to attract foreign productions, including from the U.S.” Read More

The New York Times  - Iceland, Rising From Its Ashes With Film by Richard Bernstein: “Iceland is a country of upheavals, natural and artificial, literal and figurative, so it should be no surprise that the featured Icelandic selection at the eighth annual Reykjavik International Film Festival is “Volcano,” directed by Runar Runarsson, which opens with spectacular scenes of the Eldfell volcano chewing the bones of a small island town in 1973.” Read More



OCTOBER ROCKS IN REYKJAVIK

Imagine PeaceLighting of the Imagine Peace Tower
Oct 9

In 2007 Yoko Ono unveiled the Imagine Peace Tower, a beam of light emanating from a wishing well monument on the coast of Videy island. Created in memory of her husband, John Lennon, it bears the words Imagine Peace in 24 languages & is lit each year from Oct 9 - Dec 8. Visitors to Iceland can take a boat tour to the small island and on select dates enjoy a John Lennon tribute concert and dinner. www.elding.is

Iceland Airwaves Music Festival
Oct 12-16

With the opening of Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik and performances by the likes of Bjork, Yoko Ono and Sinead O’Connor this year’s Airwaves promises to be the most exciting ever – no wonder it’s sold out! With the ever increasing popularity of this highly anticipated music event we highly recommend you start thinking about booking early for next year!! www.icelandairwaves.com 


 

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