The list of things to do in Iceland is as long as the road to Egilsstaðakirkjugarðurinn

IcelandIceland is a land famed for its utterly unique landscape, its volcanoes, glaciers, hot springs and towering mountains. There are those who visit to bathe, to hike, or simply for sightseeing; but Iceland has much more on offer than you might imagine.

Iceland has a fascinating history – home to the writers of the Viking sagas, the longest-serving democratic parliament in the world and a vivid folklore tradition – there is a wide variety of ways the tourist can take a closer look. Continue reading

Airloop set to play Iceland Airwaves 2009

AirloopThe Icelandic band Airloop was founded in 2006 by four close friends, Fjalar – the trombone player, Gunnar Thor – who is in charge of beats and more, Svenni – Keyboards and guitars, and Sævar – the trumpet.

Since their first gig back in 2006 at the Iceland Airwaves music festival the band have been taking a long break, writing new material ready to release their first full length CD in early 2010. Continue reading

Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower lights up the sky above Reykjavik

Imagine Peace TowerThe Imagine Peace Tower is located on the small island of Videy in Kollafjordur Bay near Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik. The tower is a huge beam of light projected from a white stone monument in the form of a wishing well that has the words ‘Imagine Peace’ carved into it in 24 different languages.

The tower, as well as being a symbol for world peace, is a work of art dedicated to the memory of John Lennon by the world renowned artist, musician, and peace advocate Yoko Ono. Continue reading

Icelandic bank releases 3rd annual U.S. Geothermal Energy Market Report

Islandsbanki and Sustainable EnergyThe Icelandic bank, Islandsbanki (formerly Glitnir) has issued its third annual U.S. Geothermal Energy Market Report in continuation of its research activities in geothermal energy. The report provides an updated overview on geothermal energy development in the United States, highlighting not only the increasing amount of activity in the sector, but also the elements that have helped spur the development.

In the U.S today there are around 144 geothermal energy projects in development with a combined capacity of up to 6,400 MW, which is an increase of about 60 percent compared to last year. Continue reading

Autumn lowers cost of rental cars in Reykjavik

RRaC-eNWCar rental in Iceland is often expensive. But if you look hard enough, there is a company which offers top-end new cars for hire in Iceland at rock bottom prices. Especially now, after the summer season has ended and the local currency remains weak.

Reykjavik Rent a Car fast gained its reputation as the best car hire company for budget conscious travellers in Iceland to choose. The rapidly expanding company runs a comprehensive fleet of high specification nearly new vehicles and hires them out at unbeatable prices. Continue reading

Iceland health tourism takes step closer at Asbru

1186278_weight_scale_Iceland’s innovation centre and community of education and entrepreneurs, Asbru, has taken another step closer to establishing world-class medical facilities for the whole world to enjoy.

The Asbru community, at the old NATO airbase next to Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport, will become home to a brand new international health services centre, according to the new Term Sheet jointly signed by the Keflavik Airport Development Corporation (Kadeco) and Iceland Health. Continue reading

Eleventh Iceland Airwaves music festival hits downtown Reykjavik

iceland-airwaves-iiiIceland Airwaves is without a doubt the biggest music festival of the year in Iceland, taking place in the heart of the capital city and encapsulating all the amazing culture and musical talent the city has to offer.

Iceland Airwaves began back in 1999 with the first show being held in an aircraft hangar at the local Reykjavik airport. The music festival originally started as a talent showcase intended for foreign record company executives – but since then has grown and blossomed, interweaving itself into Reykjavik’s cultural life whilst also earning itself a permanent place on Iceland’s yearly calendar. Continue reading

Vikings come to life at Norse history centre in Iceland

Viking CircleThe Viking Circle is a unique business based on Old Norse culture and beliefs, providing resources and activities for everyone from academics to children and everyone in between.

The Viking Circle operates an art and educational centre at Straumsvik, near Hafnarfjordur in Iceland not far from the capital Reykjavik. At the centre, guests can find an impressive array of art and literature, as well as talks and tours.

There are even advanced plans to open a sort of theme park called the Story Garden. As the company is run partly on the ideas and expertise of artist Haukur Halldorsson, it has been possible to assemble a beautiful collection of modern sculptures and other arts in the Old Norse style. Continue reading

Tours, Iceland style!

highnorth-enewswireWhen travelling Iceland, there is nothing that can quite prepare you for the majesty of the High North. Iceland’s wide, untamed landscapes provide the ideal backdrop to adventure and a real holiday away from civilisation.

There are many options for visitors to Iceland to experience nature and see more than just Reykjavik; but a coach tour is the same ponderous, cramped, uncomfortable experience it is anywhere else in the world – and certainly not the ideal way to connect with the pristine open Icelandic nature. Continue reading