MY TRAVEL BLOG

Why time is so important in Iceland – By Helga Stina

I‘ve just returned from my ever changing island after a fabulous work trip, exploring new areas and meeting fantastic entrepreneurs in the areas I choose to send my clients to. It seems that there is never enough time while in Iceland. Many of my clients get the taste...

Windy Wine tasting – By Brynja Bjarnadóttir

Have you ever dreamed of opening up a bottle of wine by the ocean? A friend of mine inspired me by writing down one hundred things she wanted to do or accomplish in her life. I followed her example and did the same. I started of with the most obvious things (like...

Iceland by the seasons: and why you need a travel planner for each

A season-by-season guide to planning an Iceland trip Iceland may be a small country with only 330,000 residents.  But the combination of high tourist numbers and a difficult-to-navigate language makes local knowledge a valuable resource for a visitor who wants to get...

Have you ever dreamed of living through the book? By Helga Stina

Have you ever dreamed of reading Icelandic literature and getting the feeling and atmosphere of the book while in Iceland? Everyone has their way of relaxing and especially when traveling. For me the ideal vacation is a mix of some adventures and outdoor activities...

When is the boat picking us up? – By Brynja Bjarnadóttir

Have you ever dreamed of visiting a remote place , only reachable by sea in Iceland? Can you think of a remote little town in Iceland? Now think of an even smaller one and way more remote. That is Hesteyri. There are only few houses there, a run down whaling station...

Have you ever dreamed of seeing The Northern Lights dance?

Do you want to see the northern lights while staying in Iceland? For that you will need a bunch of luck and also a good forecast. The northern lights can vary a great deal, sometimes they are barely noticeable, looking like a faint green veil on the sky. Other times...

Unwrapping my Iceland – By Edda Jonsdóttir

Unwrapping my Iceland When asked to unwrap my Iceland, I immediately thought about the opportunities I have had to show visitors around the country and provide them with insights into the culture. What a privilege that has been. That is why I admire the services...

The Icelandic people – Entrepreneurship and travel in Iceland

  Are you kidding me? That‘s what came to mind when I visited a travel presentation market in Iceland this week. Entrepreneurship in Iceland is extraordinary, in my opinion, for three main reasons: First of all, as there are only 330.000 people living in Iceland,...

The importance of connecting, being and having peace

In my talks with many clients traveling to Iceland with Iceland Unwrapped there has been a red thread. Connection, peace and the possibility of experiencing quietness is at the essence of a journey to Iceland. My suggestions often include traveling around, stopping,...

Red and white Christmas – The feeling of Christmas in Iceland

My family and I are spending Christmas in Iceland this year. What is very common in the discussion in Iceland before Christmas is the weather. Actually the weather is a very common topic in Iceland in general. No wonder, as the location of this rock in the Atlantic...

Winter – Iceland Style

Iceland has four seasons. Even though , they tend to come and go rather randomly. That means you can have snow in June in some places. You can have a “red Christmas“, as we call it, without any snow (almost destroying the holiday spirit, as it is not very...

In Iceland we eat shark – but that´s just part of the story

The funniest thing many of us Icelanders know how to do is to make foreigners taste our food. I have made countless “enemies” through the years while encouraging people to have a bite of shark with me, with a schnapps of course, to survive the experience....

NASA and The Lunar Landscape of Iceland

Not many of you know that the astronauts who landed on the moon in 1969 – Neil Armstrong for example – actually practiced in Iceland for their lunar journey. Why did NASA choose Iceland as a practice location for this big event in the history of discovery? One of the...

Unforgettable experiences – Spectacular views and adventures

Last September I went to Iceland for a week to work and to enjoy the nearness of my family and friends. Someone once said that the Icelanders are the most homesick people in the world and I believe that is true. The power of the nature plays a big part in me having to...

Gravity won´t pull you to Iceland – But this will

Going to the moon is still impossible for all of us. But a trip to the lunar landscapes of Iceland’s highlands can bring you as close as possible. 50 years ago, Neil and his mates in the Apollo missions had an unprecedented experience when they were exposed only to...

Let’s go for dinner in Iceland

  I guess some of you have seen videos and pictures online of visitors to Iceland tasting something terrifying as rotten shark, or fish that smells like ammonia. It might seem that Icelanders walk around in wool sweaters all day, while eating challenging parts of...

Equality is a goal of men and women

When I was growing up in Iceland, I was surrounded by powerful women. My mother came from the “West fjords” in northwest Iceland where life was harsh, nature was brutal and women often had to lead the fight for their families´ survival. My grandmother on...

The hidden pleasures of Reykjavik

I love it when you don´t have to plan your whole vacation from minute to minute. I have traveled around the world and a big part of being somewhere is to bumble around, enjoying, drinking coffee and getting the atmosphere. Some people that travel to Iceland...

The distance makes the mountains blue

Today is the longest day of the year in Iceland. What I have heard from my clients is that having so much light can both be positive and negative. Negative because it is hard to sleep. Positive because you need less sleep and you can enjoy more, even during the night....

HUH – Football Iceland style now at The World Cup

At the moment the Icelanders are in a dream, after the Icelandic football team managed to get a space in the World Cup in Russia this summer 2018. It‘s an unbelievable results for a nation of a bit over 300.000 people. I have been  thinking since I saw one of the...

Why September is a good month to visit Iceland – Sunsets

You can enjoy unbelievable sunsets in amazing locations Some of my most wonderful memories include beautiful sunsets all around the world. The one I saw on the Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro will never be forgotten. The one I saw in Lissabon some years ago on the...

Woolin’ around in Iceland – The knitting nation

The knitting nation The scene is set in one of Reykjavík´s cafés. You are drinking Icelandic coffee (yes there is such a thing even though there are no coffee plantations in Iceland..yet). You are trying out Kleina, the icelandic pastry and sipping on some pure...

Cars, hats, groceries and screaming to the wind in Iceland

I The Travel Planner never promise good weather in Iceland. I only promise you weather and all kinds of it..on the same day sometimes. Arriving in Keflavik airport on a  Sunday in February was an interesting experience. Wind plays a major part on this rock in The...

Is it a good idea to travel with children to Iceland?

Travelling with children in Iceland Iceland is many people’s dream. Sometimes I get the question if Iceland is suitable for children or that even if it is too dangerous to bring children along. To me Iceland is a paradise for children. Living in Denmark for ten years...

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