One of the most pleasant experiences of any holiday abroad is trying out the local cuisine and traditional delicacies. This is no exception for visitors to Iceland.

Icelandic fine dining restaurants have changed dramatically in the past few years, with many chefs incorporating fresh new ingredients into popular traditional Icelandic dishes. The result has been an explosion of culinary inventiveness and worldwide recognition for several Icelandic restaurants.

If you’re looking for a more traditional Icelandic meal, then don’t worry. While menus have grown to reflect the influence of ingredients from around the world, much pride is taken in offering travellers a taste of a real Viking feast. Seafood dishes are fresh and hearty, and Iceland’s free-range lamb is some of the finest you will ever have the pleasure of tasting.

You’ll find a list of restaurants all over Iceland below. Contact restaurants directly for prices and reservations.

Conferences In Iceland

Increasingly, international companies are choosing to hold meetings and conferences in Iceland. The facilities are top class, and the venues are equipped with the newest technology and staffed by professionals who are skilled in making your event a success. As such, Iceland enjoys an excellent reputation with the global business community.

The Icelandic people are sophisticated and well-travelled, and English is spoken by nearly everyone. Many also speak French, German, Spanish, and one or more of the Scandinavian languages. Iceland’s location means that it is influenced by both North America and Europe, giving it a cosmopolitan edge, despite a population of just over 300,000. This makes holding an event in Iceland a pleasure.

Icelandic business

It is also extremely easy for international firms to access Icelandic companies and institutions that are in similar fields, and many Icelandic businesses welcome the opportunity to exchange ideas and share knowledge.

Icelandic experts provide consultancy services to governments and organisations throughout the world in industries such as fisheries and geothermal energy. Iceland has also been party to an international project to test the use of hydrogen as new source of energy. Other key industries in Iceland include genetic research, pharmaceuticals, and tourism.

Golden circle and snowmobiling

The pearl tour with Mountaineers of Iceland: Golden Circle in a Super Jeep and Snowmobiling.

It was such a blast! The golden circle includes Þingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss.
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Þingvellir – the national park

I was picked up at the Hilton Hotel at 08.30 in the morning with a Super Jeep! The first stop was Þingvellir where the oldest still existing parliament in the world was founded in the year 930. The dramatic landscape of Þingvellir is a result of the border between the European and North American tectonic plates. There’s only two places in the world were you could see two of the earth’s tectonic plates meeting above the earth’s surface. And that’s not all! Þingvellir is also designated UNESCO World Heritage. But enough of facts, you could read all about it when you are visiting it!

It takes some time to walk around everything and to see all the historical places, but it worth it. It’s so beautiful around Þingvellir with the rift valley and the volcanos fissure zone running through it.

Geysir – the geothermal hot spring area

After that we went to Geysir, our guide and driver Kiddi talked in a microphone about the landscape, the Icelandic people and fun facts about Iceland. Did you know that Iceland is one of the largest banana producers in Europe? Kiddi was experienced and humorous. You didn’t have to hesitate to ask something.

When we got to Geysir, Kiddi told us what to see and what we could do. The main thing to see there is Strokkur that erupts about every 4-8 minutes, the famous Geysir had the last majestic eruption in 2000 so you would be blessed to see it erupt. Strokkur is really amazing to see, so majestic. The climate here is so breathtaking with the geothermal field. Just take a look at my pictures!At Geysir I walked around and enjoyed the nature. Earth is amazing! I grabbed some food and then we drove to Langjökull for some snowmobiling!

Snowmobiling – Langjökull is the second largest glacier in Europe.

On the way there Kiddi showed us what the super jeep could do through driving up on high bumps and so on.

It was my first time to drive snowmobiling, so I was quite nervous and excited. Kiddi instructed us how to use the snowmobiling and what not to do. Afterwards it was my turn to try to drive the snowmobiling. It’s easy to drive but it’s quite tricky when you are trying to turn it because it could tumble. It was so fun to drive the snowmobile.

When we drove we were driving in a line after Kiddi and another guide in the back. Even though it was snowing it wasn’t cold at all because we were provided with all the necessary gear which included overalls, helmets, boots and gloves. We were driving snowmobiles for about 1 hour, and this was the highlight of the tour for me because I’ve seen the golden circle many times before. Did you also know that more than 13% of Iceland is covered by glaciers and snowfield?

Gullfoss – the golden waterfall

When we were finished with the snowmobiling we went for Gullfoss. Gullfoss is also known as the golden waterfall, it’s so breathtaking! I was able to walk pretty near the Gullfoss so that was an experience.

After Gullfoss we were supposed to drive back to Reykjavik but we got an extra treat. Kiddis motto is “that is better to outperform then underperform” and I could tell you that he lived up to that! It was a really nice surprise and stop. And I’m not going to tell you where we went but it was quite amazing! You just have to go there yourself!

About Iceland

Iceland is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean. It is famous for its magnificent nature, geothermal energy and the idiosyncratic nature of its inhabitants.

Its landscape is marked by glaciers, volcanoes, hot springs, and absolutely no trees. It has become a popular destination for adventurers and seekers of the unusual, offering white water rafting, glacial snowmobiling and hot-spring bathing, as well as phenomena such as the midnight sun and The Northern Lights.

Icelanders have never been known to go the beaten path. Descendants of the ancient vikings (but these days relatively civilized), the nation of Iceland has elected the first woman president, the first openly lesbian prime minister, and was the first country in the world to acknowledge the sovereign state of Estonia. Jón Gnarr, the mayor of Reykjavík, the capital city, was a comedian who ran for office as a joke.

Despite its meager population, it has birthed such famous musicians as Björk, SigurRós, and Of Monsters And Men. Other accomplished Icelanders include 3 different winners of the Miss World competition and two strongmen who each won the World’s Strongest Man competition four times over.

Icelandic, the language of Iceland, is considered the closes living relative of ancient Norse, and is as such related to most of the Scandinavian languages. Here are some fun words to try to learn in Icelandic:

Eyjafjallajökull (AY-yah-fyad-layer-kuh-tel) – The name of the volcano that erupted in 2010. A great word to say to impress your friends, and better yet, almost nobody will be able to correct you if you’re saying it wrong.
“Einn bjór takk” (aydn byor tack) – “One beer please”. The double “n” is pronounced as a sneeze.
“Jæja” (yaya) – an all-round conversation filler. Use it to fill an uncomfortable silence, to signal that you have to go, or just to entertain yourself when you’re bored.
“Gerðu það” (gerthu thath) – the closest icelandic equivalent of “please”. Literally means “do it”
“Ógeðslega gott!” (Oh!-gethslega got) – normal way to say “very good”. Literally means “disgustingly good!”

[b]Where is Iceland and how do I travel there?[/b]

Travel time by plane is about 3 hours from London, 2.5 from Stockholm and 6 hours from New York, it is easily reached and the perfect place to stop “on the way” between the US and Europe. There are currently a number of airlines that provide flights to Iceland, including Icelandair, Wow Air, SAS, Norwegian and EasyJet. Within Iceland, there are local airlines, bus services and tour companies that can take you pretty much anywhere on the island. Tourism is a big industry, and accommodation is relatively abundant in all parts of the country.

[b]What is it like and what is there to do there?[/b]

It is roughly the size of Kentucky and only slightly smaller than England (103,000 km2/ 40,000 sq m). The population of 320,000 makes it the least populated country in Europe. Its position on the 66th parallel, with one peninsula reaching into the Arctic circle, means northern lights in the very dark winters and very bright summer nights.

The landscape is magnificently beautiful and hauntingly terrible, ranging from volcanoes to glaciers, from the bubbly geysers to the cold dead desert of the central highlands.

In Iceland you can ride the unique Icelandic Pony around a moss-covered lava field in the morning, have world class free range lamb for lunch (it’s all free range), and ride a snowmobile on a glacier in the afternoon. Afterwards you can have a reindeer burger for dinner before heading off to bathe in a geothermal pool while looking up at the Northern Lights, and then rounding off the evening with some fermented shark and “Black Death” schnapps. All within day trip distance from your hotel. You can go whale watching and see the seat of the ancient viking parliament. Or in June you can play golf by the light of the never-setting midnight sun.
Icelandic Glacier and Northern lights
The all-important question: What is the weather like?
Not as cold as you might think. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, Iceland has a surprisingly temperate climate for its latitude. Comparable to New England, winter temperatures average at a mild 0 to -10 degrees Celsius (32 to 14 F). In summer, temperatures range between 10 and 25°C (50-77 F). However, due to the notoriously fickle weather and strong winds, you may want to bring a hat just in case, or buy a traditional hand-knitted wool sweater.

Air Iceland

Flights to all the main destinations in Iceland as well as Greenland and the Faroe Islands

Air Iceland is a modern, dynamic airline company that prides itself on providing quality services to its customers.  Air Iceland has flights to all the main destinations in Iceland and enjoys a close working relationship with other local and international airlines.

Iceland Domestic
Air Iceland offers flights to seven destinations within Iceland, thereby covering all major towns as well as a number of the smaller ones.  From Reykjavik we fly to:  Akureyri, Egilsstadir, Isafjordur.  From Akureyri we fly to:  Grimsey, Thorshofn and Vopnafjordur.

Air Iceland offers flights to four destinations in Greenland.  All year round we fly to Nuuk on the west coast and to Kulusuk on the east coast of Greenland.  During summer time and dog sledging season we fly to Ilulissat on the west coast and during summer we offer flights to Narsarsuaq in south Greenland.

Faroe Islands
Air Iceland offers flights to the Faroe Islands all year round in cooperation with Atlantic Airways.

Air Iceland can cater to transporting entire groups, freight or indeed help customers efficiently solve any task that requires air transport.  Our aircraft are available in various sizes to meet passenger from 37 – 50 seats.

Day tour with Air Iceland – more than just flights
In conjunction with flights Air Iceland offer travelers the experience of a Day tour within Iceland to Akureyri in the north, Egilsstadir in the east and Isafjordur in the west.
As if Iceland is not enough, there is also the option of a day tour to Greenland, namely Kulusuk, most certainly a fascination tour giving a taste of Greenland.  Air Iceland offers packages to all destinations. More information on our day tours here:

For further information and bookings please visit our website or send us an email. You can also call us  (+354) 570 3030.


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8 places in Iceland you will recognize from famous movies

Iceland is famous for its iconic sceneries and unique geographical phenomena including glaciers, mountains, volcanoes, hot springs and barren wastelands. It is also easy to travel to from the US and Europe, has a developed economy and infrastructure, and everyone speaks English. This affords the big-budget movie producer some extraordinary opportunities. Icelandic scenery has played the part of the birth of the earth, the edge of the world, outer space or even Japan, as well as appearing as itself from time to time.

Here are the first two of 8 places you will recognize from major motion pictures.

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