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Iceland 2021 – When you can travel again safely

Iceland 2021 – When you can travel again safely

You want to come to Iceland when you can travel again? New flights open up possibilities – but you will need a local to navigate. Despite a flareup of COVID in recent days, Iceland has had a relatively charmed ride through the Pandemic – and the island...

Iceland 2021 – Covid does not take the beauty away

Iceland 2021 – Covid does not take the beauty away

It´s been a long time now. A long time since we have travelled the world. Iceland, which has seen incredible increases in tourism since the financial crisis in 2008, is currently facing 10% unemployment because of collapse in the tourism business since the outbreak of...

Peaceful Iceland – and its appeal to the 2021 traveler

Peaceful Iceland – and its appeal to the 2021 traveler

When people mention Iceland, the first things that generally come to mind are mountains, volcanos, geysers and breathtakingly stunning landscapes.  Oh, they’re all included in the price of a plane ticket (assuming you can rent a car, a guide or take a tour that will...

Happy New Travel Year 2021

Happy New Travel Year 2021

This has been a weird year to say the least. Everything we have taken for granted has been put on hold: such as hugging each other or shaking hands, traveling or meeting up with all of our family and friends at once. Some places have been hit very hard and are still...

Iceland and Eurovision – A decades long love story

Iceland and Eurovision – A decades long love story

Oh well. My home country Iceland continues to amaze me and perhaps it is quite extraordinary how it somehow manages to stay in the discussion as one of the most important places to visit in the world. In the past months we have been experiencing an extraordinary...

Iceland is open – Are you ready? By Mike Klein and Helga Stina

Iceland is open – Are you ready? By Mike Klein and Helga Stina

This week, Iceland’s prime minister,, Katrin Jakobsdottir, announced that the island nation will be accepting visitors from 15 June, setting up an unusual tourist season at a time when much of the world is slowly emerging from lockdown. With Covid-19 nearly...

Keep dreaming – Iceland is ready for another comeback

Keep dreaming – Iceland is ready for another comeback

This nation of mine has managed to surprise me through the years. Let me take a couple of examples. Cod wars – Iceland has fought a few wars. The Cod wars against the Brits. We won. Here are some more information on the subject. The economical crisis in 2008...

What’s next for travel? Possibilities in the challenges

What’s next for travel? Possibilities in the challenges

“Never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” (Rahm Emanuel). I know many of us are wondering “where to next”? How is travelling going to look like?...

My Role Model

My Role Model

Today is the birthday of one of my biggest role model in life. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, who served as president of Iceland from 1980 to 1996. Vigdís ís 90 years old today. When Vigdís became president I was 8 years old. I was staying on the country side with my mother...

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...

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