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Best Bets for Europe Shoulder Season Travel

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Imagine… visiting Europe when the weather is nice, the crowds are thin and the prices are slashed. Don’t think it exists? It does. Europe’s shoulder seasons – that gorgeous time of year when the temperatures begin their climb upwards or slow descent down, windows are flung open, the water is that perfect temperature and the […]

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March 19, 2012 by | Comments Off on Best Bets for Europe Shoulder Season Travel

Iceland: Reflections from Ground Zero

It’s been two weeks since the April 14 eruption of the volcano Ejyafallajökull. By now, most delayed and inconvenienced travelers have found their way home and the world’s press has departed to cover the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Here in Iceland the cleanup is just beginning.

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April 28, 2010 by | Comments Off on Iceland: Reflections from Ground Zero

Getting Soaked in Iceland Hot Springs

Icelanders love to soak. It’s no wonder given how well they do it. It is a land with a never-ending supply of geothermal water populated by a people who have elevated the divine bathing ritual to a national pursuit. Here baths are a necessity and bathing a right, not a privilege. Baths are simply part […]

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March 12, 2010 by | 3 Comments

And the Winner is: Iceland

You’re asked to create your perfect country. What’s on your list? Mine has: endless hot water; spectacular nature; excellent coffee, pastries and cakes, perhaps some fish to balance the diet a little; lots of sea to gaze at; a lively artistic and social life. Did I mention good chocolate? I gave that list to a […]

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December 16, 2009 by | 2 Comments

Aurora Borealis in Iceland

With or without camera, go to Iceland. Go Aurora hunting. There’s no guarantee you’ll see it, this being one of nature’s most fragile tricks. But if you do… Wowza! Digging myself a whole trench full of trouble. Everyone knows the Northern Lights are capricious at best, downright elusive the rest of the time. But since […]

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November 20, 2009 by | 3 Comments

Top Things to Do in Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, despite its tiny population, is a very cosmopolitan place for being tucked away in distant Iceland. The nightlife in Reykjavik is legendary. And when the sun is out, the mustards and crimsons of its corrugated houses sit in happy contrast with the Nordic blue of the summer sky. Reykjavik is an awfully pretty town […]

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October 23, 2009 by | 4 Comments

Southern Iceland in a Day

During the perpetual light of Iceland‘s summer, people like to get out of town. Leaving their posts at their city desk jobs for weeks at a time, people load up the car with supplies, strap in their pretty blonde children, and merge with the summer traffic. Since the completion of the national ring road in […]

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September 11, 2009 by | 3 Comments

Europe’s Coolest Islands

Most of Europe’s big-hitting highlights are on the mainland. Believe it or not, it’s also a great place to go for an island holiday as well. From Cyprus in the southwest to Iceland in the far north, Europe’s islands have all manner of cultural, natural and nocturnal highlights. We’ve picked out five of the most […]

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September 3, 2009 by | 7 Comments

Iceland: Whale Watching, Waterfalls & Wonders

Most visitors to Iceland are blissfully unaware of the fact that the popular whale watching tour boats they happily bundle onto in Reykjavik share a dock with commercial whaling vessels. The same dock that is also home to a popular eatery that serves fresh whale kebabs daily. Funny, right? Or shocking?

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June 11, 2009 by | 2 Comments

Iceland: Music Festival at the End of the World

Glastonbury. Isle of Wight. Aldrei fór ég suður? Okay, so maybe you’ve never heard of that last one. But as far as festival towns go, Aldrei fór ég suður, the capital of Iceland‘s Westfjords, is up there with the best of them. Each Easter weekend since 2005 the tiny fishing town (population of approximately 3,000 […]

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May 1, 2009 by | 2 Comments