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.
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.
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.
It was such a blast! The golden circle includes Þingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss. Article by Jenny Gerleman – an intern at PlanIceland.com
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!
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.
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.
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: http://www.airiceland.is/day-tours
For further information and bookings please visit our website or send us an email. You can also call us (+354) 570 3030.