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Explore Iceland on an Icelandair Stopover - #MyStopover

Explore Iceland on an Icelandair Stopover - #MyStopover

I get a lot of emails from people who want to visit Iceland and often they only have a few days to spend, so the big question is what to see & do! If you didn't know about the Icelandair Stopover program then I want to share with you a great way to explore Iceland when flying a Transatlantic flight! An Icelandair stopover is when you get two destinations for the price of one. On your way across the Atlantic, you can stop in Iceland for up to 7 nights at no additional airfare. In this blog post I’ve gathered all kinds of information and ides how to plan your perfect #TripInIceland

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Kol restaurant, Reykjavik

Kol restaurant, Reykjavik

KOL restaurant is among the top restaurants in Reykjavík Iceland. It's been around since early 2014 and already made it's mark with local & foreign foodies. The environment is pretty classy and trendy, the staff is friendly, and the decor is beautiful! It's a perfect dining place when celebrating e.g. a birthday, honeymoon or a night on the town with friends. The Restaurant is situated at Skólavörðustígur 40 in Reykjavík. The design concept is a mixture of warm modern Icelandic feel with international touch wherein furniture of designer Tom Dixon play the main role. 

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Vegamót restaurant, Reykjavik

Vegamót restaurant, Reykjavik

"The all in one bar restaurant", Vegamót, is an elegant but casual two floor restaurant, located in the heart of Reykjavik. 

Vegamót has it all – a relaxed cafe atmosphere, a diverse and a great value restaurant menu. So whether you're looking for a laidback taste of downtown Reykjavik, a cosy meal, or a mouth-watering cocktail – there's no better place to be. For years Vegamót has been a restaurant choice for Icelanders and still today it's a popular spot for locals to dine! 

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Miss Wanderlust takes Reykjavik, Iceland!

Miss Wanderlust takes Reykjavik, Iceland!

As soon as I arrived in Reykjavik 101, I felt like I was in a familiar place. I had been dreaming about visiting Iceland for such a long time that it’s sights and even it’s vibe were already imprinted on my minds’ eye. The bus ride from the airport into town was mildly surreal, driving through lava fields on an overcast morning, but nowhere near as surreal as the days and the scenes that were to come.

By Karlie Marrazzo 

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Patches McGee Trip in Iceland 2013 part 5/5

Patches McGee Trip in Iceland 2013 part 5/5

What should have been a sleep in actually had me awake at 7.30am tending to neglected trip admin and worrying about the whereabouts of my favourite hat in the world. I first noticed it missing yesterday morning when I went to put it on. I know I didn't wear it out the night before to see the Northern Lights (part 4/5) so it must have gone missing earlier that day because sadly, it is nowhere to be found. 

By Patches McGee, aka Naomi Doyle. (March 3, 2013)

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Den Danske Kro - When in Iceland, do Danish

Den Danske Kro - When in Iceland, do Danish

Den Danske Kro is a bar with a danish theme. Live music every night, Pop-quiz, Beer Bingo, Happy hour every day from 4-7pm. It's fun, cozy, with good company and good people. Already a popular downtown venue, it serves a remarkable selection of beers, including the famous Danish white beers and the darker, more malty brews. 

Den Danske Kro : Live Music, Outdoor seating, Mixed Crowd : Beer Bingo.

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Patches McGee Trip in Iceland 2013 part 2/5

Patches McGee Trip in Iceland 2013 part 2/5

Far from the maddening clouds ~ Last night I dreamt of giant puffins, thousands of them. As I got closer, it turned out that they were just people in puffins suits... except for the ones that were genuinely giant puffins of course. It was lovely. It's not surprising that my mind is running rampant - today is a big day. Not to put too fine a point on it but this is day the whole trip is built around, or rather the night - tonight we go in search of the Northern Lights! By Patches McGee, aka Naomi Doyle.

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Patches McGee Trip in Iceland 2013 part 1/5

Patches McGee Trip in Iceland 2013 part 1/5

My last trip to Reykjavik was a very personal and transformative one but this time, I have the pleasure of my Mum’s company and so too the extraordinary honour of introducing her to this magical land. It was with a great deal of misplaced pride that I pulled back the curtains to give Mum her first glimpse of the city and she was suitably impressed, especially with the vibrancy of its colours which shine all the brighter for her following her successful cataract surgery. By Patches McGee, aka Naomi Doyle.

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Through the seasons: my love affair with Iceland

Through the seasons: my love affair with Iceland

I will never forget the tidal wave of emotions that came swirling over me upon my first arrival in Iceland. I was overwhelmed with wonder and excited to explore this land that, for many generations, sustained life for ancestors on my mother's side of the family--the place they called home. A flurry of butterflies still take hold of my stomach when I think back to the beginning of what would become one of the greatest love affairs of my life.

By Nicole Hay-Chapman

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Iceland Journey Part 5/7 - Thermal Therapy

Iceland Journey Part 5/7 - Thermal Therapy

I have to admit that I awoke today with a case of pre-birthday blues. I had the house to myself but knew there was nothing to be gained by staying in and wallowing when I was in the perfect place to go outside and wallow! I put on my swimsuit and headed off to Laugardalslaug - a thermal pool complex in the Laugardalur Valley on the outskirts of the city.

By Patches McGee, aka Naomi Doyle.

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Iceland Journey Part 4/7 - Hidden Places

Iceland Journey Part 4/7 - Hidden Places

Having spent the wee small hours of the morning galavanting about town, I woke up at the crack of midday to enjoy a breakfast of reheated pizza with Halla and Berglind. I then headed off to explore the local flea market (Kolaportið) which first came to my attention in the movie Reykjavik 101. I was surprised by how quickly I was able to get around by myself compared to previous visits in the company of a master flea-marketeer. 

By Patches McGee, aka Naomi Doyle.

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Iceland Journey Part 3/7 - Wild bunnies & Wonderful Beer

Iceland Journey Part 3/7 - Wild bunnies & Wonderful Beer

This trip to Reykjavik was always going to be confronting for me as it was only 18 short months ago that I was last here with Matthew (my partner of 18 years who I lost quite suddenly only 8 months ago) - life seemed genuinely perfect and the future brighter than ever. It was therefore with some trepidation that I crossed the threshold of 'our' favourite cafe, Mokka, and took up our regular seat. In the context of my own life, this dark, little cafe is quite iconic - the photos I'd taken across the table of Matthew with his camera are amongst my favourites. Written 16.07.11 By Patches McGee, aka Naomi Doyle.

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Iceland Journey Part 2/7 - Something Old, Something New

Iceland Journey Part 2/7 - Something Old, Something New

For many years now I've had a secret little fantasy of one day coming to Reykjavik to just write. Today (15.07.11) that dream came true albeit a somewhat diminished version of the original grand plan in which I am paid a massive advance to write my masterpiece as opposed to labouring away on my hideously delayed blog. Still, at this point in time, I'm a little more concerned about making a life rather than making a living. 

By Patches McGee, aka Naomi Doyle.

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Iceland Journey Part 1/7 - Light & Easy

Iceland Journey Part 1/7 - Light & Easy

Patches McGee, aka Naomi Doyle, is a Sydney-based writer, traveler and fledgling photographer on a mission to see the Northern Lights. Her guest blog entries are from her most recent visit to Iceland as part of an 8 month round the world trip. 

When I decided to embark on my round the world journey, I had little idea of where I would go, what I would do or what I hoped to achieve - all I knew for sure was that I had to go and that I wanted to spend my birthday alone in Iceland. 

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Icelandic Food: Culinary Delights and Disasters

Icelandic Food: Culinary Delights and Disasters

Iceland has been one of the leaders of sustainability for some time. The pristine environment and geographical isolation of Iceland means there is no need to use any harmful chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics or hormones on their livestock. Iceland is an 'island' so it is a given that there is an abundance of seafood. No post about Icelandic food would be complete without a good dose of seafood.

By Cherina Hadley @Quietwanderings

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Photographing the Northern Lights - Simple Guide

Photographing the Northern Lights - Simple Guide

If you are lucky enough to see the Northern Lights then I am sure you will want to be able to photograph them. To some this might seem an impossible task but photographing them is really quite straight forward providing you have right equipment and right knowledge.

 

By Nat & Stu - Where's My Passport

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I Woke Up in Iceland

I Woke Up in Iceland

Second blog post from our friend Sara Maurer – Live By Ladybugs 

I woke up in Iceland and saw my breath.Where is my sweater?, I wondered as I calculated 16 degrees Celsius into Fahrenheit with my iPhone’s converter app. The 60-degree crisp air felt dramatically different than the 98-degree swampy feel of New Orleans. I liked it. It felt fresh. 

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If I only had one day in Reykjavík, Iceland I would…

If I only had one day in Reykjavík, Iceland I would…

What should I do if I only had one day in Iceland? Tiny Iceland would do this; Starting the day at a local coffee house is great. After a good breakfast and some delicious coffee we would walk down Laugavegur street, take some photos at Hjartagarðurinn (The Heart Garden) and as well shopping some souvenir on the way... 

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Roaming around Reykjavík & Touring The Golden Circle

Roaming around Reykjavík & Touring The Golden Circle

Hello from Iceland! It's hard to believe I've only been here for two days; I feel like I've had the chance to do so much. I can't even explain to you how spectacular it is... or how cold, much more so than I'd expected And still I've fallen in love. So, I thought I'd take you on a tour of the smallest big city, Reykjavík and the Golden Circle. Shall we? By Danielle E. Alvarez

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Lebowski Bar - The Reykjavik venue that rocks!

Lebowski Bar - The Reykjavik venue that rocks!

The 1998 film The Big Lebowski by the Coen brothers is not only a film, it has now become a lifestyle. With the emergence of the Lebowski Bar in Reykjavik, everyone can now be a part of The Dude‘s peculiar world. 

Lebowski Bar goes all in, in every way, having divided the interior into four separate themes—bowling alley, a southern-style porch, a ‘50s diner, and a kind of ‘60s playboy lounge bar on the upper floor. 

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Tíu Dropar Café

Tíu Dropar Café

*Updated June 2016 - Unfortunately Tíu Dropar has closed down. I will update if they open up again in a different location in Reykjavík. Tíu Dropar is one of the oldest cafés in Reykjavik, hidden away in a basement located on Laugavegur 27, downtown Reykjavik. 'Grandma-style' interior, traditional-style cakes, brunch, dinner and other delicacies awaits you. Every night at Tíu Dropar there is happy hour from 6-9pm were you can get 2 for 1 on wine & beer. Then from 10pm-1am Icelandic musician performs lovely tunes. Check Tiu Dropar Facebook page to see the artist schedule.

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Dear Dad, Please Visit Iceland

Dear Dad, Please Visit Iceland

Dear Dad, I know international travel is not your thing, but I went to a place I want you to visit. Iceland may seem a random and obscure destination for Americans, but believe me when I say it’s a hidden gem. I originally decided to stop in Iceland after hearing about a stopover program through Icelandair. The airline allows travelers to extend their United States-to-Europe layovers for up to four days in Iceland – a perfect amount of time to get a feel for the country and likely decide to visit again. By Sara Maurer

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The English Pub - Save water, drink beer!

The English Pub - Save water, drink beer!

The English Pub is the hottest sports bar on the frozen rock in the N-Atlantic ocean, Live Music every night and all major sport events on big screens. The English Pub is located in the city center facing the Parliament of Iceland. For years, Iceland has enjoyed a diverse selection of restaurants and often sophisticated bars. However, one tiny grumble occasionally surfaced from the country’s Anglophiles – simply that there was no proper “pub”. And so the English Pub was born. The English Pub has one of the best selection of beer and whiskey in Iceland. Guests can try 35 brands of beer and 35 brands of whiskey.

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Iceland: On Elves and Hot Dogs

Iceland: On Elves and Hot Dogs

It is a personal goal of mine to keep my country travel tally at least as high as my age. With my 23rd country, I’ve finally caught up to myself. What started as a quick layover at the beginning of our adventure ended up one of the most interesting places I’ve ever been. Iceland busted more than a few preconceived expectations I had with a mere 2.5 days in Reykjavik. By Jamie Kerr

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Iceland: The Viking Language Saga

Iceland: The Viking Language Saga

Alice laughed, “There is no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.” 

“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – Alice in Wonderland

I keep being mistaken for an Icelander. Don’t laugh, it’s true...

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Heart Garden - Photo blog

Heart Garden - Photo blog

Second blog post from our friend Patsy Tomkins - Show Me The World 

Halló darlings! As I toured around the city with Inga from Tiny Iceland, we stopped at a place the Icelanders call "Hjartargarðurinn" The Heart Garden — I on the other hand would call it the perfect place to kick back and read a book all day long.  There isn’t a whole lot to be said about this park, so I will let the photos do the talking. Enjoy! For more info about The Heart Garden - Read the end of this blog. 

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A lesson in Living and Loving - An Icelandic Adventure

A lesson in Living and Loving - An Icelandic Adventure

From April 16 through April 24 I was in Iceland on what would be best described as a solo woman's retreat.  I'd been dying to get out of New York for a year, just go some place quiet with a whole lot less people and a whole lot more nature.  I needed to be reminded that there are things bigger than me, than my dreams and failings, than New York itself.  I actually didn't see Iceland as an option at first.  I kind of saw it as an amazing place I could only go to in ten years or something... By Miriam Aqwai

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