Nature and Travel

Feature of the Week: Different Yolks for Different Folks

Island life – white sandy beaches, bikini-clad women and fruity drinks – isn’t it grand? Think again. Straddling the Arctic Circle, Grímsey is the stuff Cast Away should have been made of, where the pace of life is determined by the daily catch, ferry arrival times and the number of guillemot eggs...

Feature of the Week: Glacial Anxiety

According to recent reports, Iceland’s glaciers are melting faster than ever due to global warming and tour guides notice constant changes to the glaciers’ icy landscapes. Read about Zoë Robert’s experience of riding Katla’s icy cap; a snowmobile tour on Mýrdalsjökull, which covers the volcano...

Feature of the Week: A Winter’s Quest

Winter seems to have abandoned Reykjavík. Thanks to mild and rainy weather, nothing remains of the record snowfall of early January. While many might be relieved at the sight of empty streets, fans of northern lights are hoping for frost. Read about IR ’s Eliza Reid’s hunt for the aurora borealis .

The Plains of Parliament

Around 930 AD, while the rest of Europe was bogged down with feudalism and war, Icelandic chieftains formed what is said to be the world’s first parliament at what is now Thingvellir National Park.

Bridging Two Continents

If you were to build a bridge connecting the Eurasian continent to the North American continent, how large would that bridge be? The answer: 20 metres.

Alone With Nature

Many visitors travel to Iceland to experience solitude as nature unfolds before their eyes. The only problem being that if you head out into the wilderness onboard a coach full of tourists, solitude disappears. Give Private Tours a call and your problem’s solved.

What The River Says

Spring has finally sprung, which means it’s time to gear up for some of the world’s best salmon fishing right here in Iceland. Those of you who know what a ‘nymph hook’ is or how to tie a ‘marabou leech’ already know that Iceland has some of the best fishing in the world, especially when it comes...

Diving Thingvellir

Incredibly clear I have been dreaming about going to Thingvellir to dive for more than 12 years, and now suddenly I am there. During the first minutes of our dive, I experience an unexpected problem. Completely surrounded by blue water, I see vertical cliffs fall dramatically from the surface to...

Kayak Daredevils

Bobbing in an eddy of freezing, grey, swirling water, a tiny figure in the distance squeezes into a small red and blue polyethylene kayak. It's made from the same material as Tupperware, but here there's no lifetime guarantee. Shaun Baker, four time Guinness World Record holder, has made his...