MY TRAVEL BLOG

The “looking forward to” is an option – By Helga Stina

The “looking forward to” is an option – By Helga Stina

Many of us are in shock due to this horrible virus attacking us all around the world. It´s an unprecedented situation and we are all trying to figure out how to function in this changed world. This is of course devastating and challenging in many ways for various...

The national book flood – By Helga Stina

The national book flood – By Helga Stina

In Iceland we have two kinds of floods. We have normal floods when glacier rivers flood because of unease and geothermal activities under glaciers. This is something the Icelanders are used to being aware of and manage reactions very professionally. The other type of...

What happens when the power is out? By Helga Stina

What happens when the power is out? By Helga Stina

Iceland is a land of extremes. The elements of nature impact everything in life there. Being raised in a place that sometimes makes it difficult to plan ahead, is a privilege. You might ask why that is the case, and it is because it teaches one to respect nature and...

Is it a bad idea to visit Iceland in the winter?

Is it a bad idea to visit Iceland in the winter?

It’s officially winter now on this side of the globe. In Europe we have moved the clock. In Iceland, the clock has stayed out, but the weather is starting to get tricky in some areas of the country. Time to relax and stay inside To survive the winter where you...

An autumn journey into wellness – By Helga Stina

An autumn journey into wellness – By Helga Stina

Last week, I returned again to Iceland to visit some of my hospitality partners – and made yet another interesting discovery in the town of Hafnarfjordur, just outside Reykjavik. The town council has decided to use one of the most beautiful buildings in Iceland, a...

Four years of Unwrapping Iceland

Four years of Unwrapping Iceland

It feels quite incredible that four years have passed since I founded what is now called Iceland Unwrapped, my Iceland travel planning business. Iceland Unwrapped offers unique travel experiences based on a personal approach, deep knowledge of the country‘s hidden...

Why time is so important in Iceland

Why time is so important in Iceland

I have just returned from my ever changing island after a fabulous work trip. I was exploring new places and meeting fantastic entrepreneurs in the areas that I recommend for my clients. It seems that there is never enough time while in Iceland. Many of my clients get...

Windy Wine tasting – By Brynja Bjarnadóttir

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

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 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

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?

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 – 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

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

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

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

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

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....

Unforgettable experiences – Spectacular views and adventures

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

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

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

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

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...

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