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Summer is closer than you think – By Helga Stína

Summer is closer than you think – By Helga Stína

What do I need to know when I plan my trip to Iceland? Booking in advance is the most important part as summer is the high season in Iceland. It might seem a bit unseasonal to be thinking about summer in Iceland. But when  darkness dominates the skies in these last...

The Land of Fire and Ice. As usual.

The Land of Fire and Ice. As usual.

Iceland is the land of fire and ice. It is the land of glaciers and volcanoes and has the beauty of the rough landscape of lava fields and geothermal waters.  It has always been this way, and it’s what makes Iceland one of the top destinations in the world.  What is...

Destination engagements  – Popping the question in Iceland

Destination engagements – Popping the question in Iceland

Destination weddings have long been popular.  But now, a new trend is emerging - destination engagements - which offer a different kind of uniquely romantic travel experiences. One place seeing some "destination engagement" traffic is Iceland.  Helga Stina, an...

Planning a trip to Iceland? Time to start planning for summer

Planning a trip to Iceland? Time to start planning for summer

Summer has gone here in Iceland. So why am I already writing about summer and not the northern lights? So, even as the nights become darker, right now is actually the time to get into action if you are planning a trip to Iceland in the summer of 2024. With its...

Bringing Professional Groups to Iceland: it’s a two-way process

Bringing Professional Groups to Iceland: it’s a two-way process

I've had the honor of hosting two groups of professionals from the Netherlands in Iceland this week, and it's been an enlightening experience that reinforces the essence of Iceland Unwrapped in these company trips. When organising a trip to Iceland for a professional...

The foremothers – The role models for Icelandic women

The foremothers – The role models for Icelandic women

When I was growing up in Iceland, I was surrounded by powerful Icelandic women. My mother came from the “West fjords” in northwest Iceland where life was harsh, nature was brutal, and women often had to lead the fight for their families survival. The powerful women in...

What is the first thing you do in Iceland? By Helga Stina

What is the first thing you do in Iceland? By Helga Stina

One of the important factors of the Iceland experience is the first impression. It depends a bit on what season you choose to visit and how you are as a traveler. In my interviews with my clients, in the early stages of the travel planning process, this is one of the...

The joy of connecting in Iceland – Dining with the Icelanders

The joy of connecting in Iceland – Dining with the Icelanders

The experience of sharing a meal with a family or an individual in their homes makes the visit to Iceland even more unforgettable. That's why my clients often want to include the experience of connecting in Iceland with locals. I am a connector by nature. I have...

Iceland vacation planning -The importance of enjoying on your path

Iceland vacation planning -The importance of enjoying on your path

When it comes to Iceland vacation planning there are a lot of factors to consider. My husband often says that Iceland can be a bit exhausting in the sense of having so many beautiful attractions all around. It's true. Most of Iceland´s attractions could individually...

Is this autumn the right time for Iceland?

Is this autumn the right time for Iceland?

Autumn in Iceland is a great time to visit.  Following an unexpectedly busy summer travel season, this coming autumn promises easier access to accommodation and rental cars, and even more open space in which to enjoy the country’s amazing scenery, distinctive cuisine...

Hidden gems in your travel plan to Iceland – by Helga Stína

Hidden gems in your travel plan to Iceland – by Helga Stína

I have said it before and I say it again. Iceland is like a box of your favorite chocolates. There are so many different choices, and all of them are good in their own ways. Every piece of chocolate represents a hidden gem of Iceland. When I am doing an Iceland travel...

Explore the North – by Mike Klein

Explore the North – by Mike Klein

EasyJet’s announcement of a new route from London Gatwick to Iceland’s North opens up some great opportunities for travelers looking to go beyond the country’s traditional tourist sites. The twice weekly flights from Gatwick into North Iceland’s Akureyri Airport offer...

Iceland Luxury Travel – In Iceland, the destination is the luxury

Iceland Luxury Travel – In Iceland, the destination is the luxury

Iceland Luxury Travel is a hot topic. One of the things that bucket list-level destinations often have in common is a connection to luxury.   Certainly, that is true of warm-weather hotspots like Bora Bora, the Maldives, and Dubai.  But what about a cold-weather...

Iceland Travel Planning – The Slow Lane

Iceland Travel Planning – The Slow Lane

On a world map, Iceland is a seemingly compact little football sitting in the middle of the North Atlantic between the US and continental Europe.   When it comes to Iceland travel planning one of the biggest mistakes visitors make is in underestimating Iceland’s...

Iceland Travel Planning – Why I do it and why you need it

Iceland Travel Planning – Why I do it and why you need it

Why have I been doing personalized Iceland travel planning? And why should I do it for you? The feeling of offering the extra experience, feeling and "wow" to my clients on their trips to Iceland is an essential part of my reason for doing this work. Iceland is not a...

“When is the best time to visit Iceland?”

“When is the best time to visit Iceland?”

Having lived in Iceland for the last two years, the question I get most often from my friends around the world is “When is the best time to visit Iceland?” It’s a great question, largely because it has no single answer.   In fact, it usually requires a good number of...

The things you WON’T see in Iceland

The things you WON’T see in Iceland

Iceland is known as one of the world’s most scenic destinations - and most of what you see written about Iceland focuses on the amazing, world-class attractions you will see in this island country in the North Atlantic. But the things that you won’t see in Iceland...

Highlands adventure

Highlands adventure

I have to admit, I didn’t share my true objectives with my travel companions until after we rented the Landrover. Contemplating the costly consequences of damaging an almost new but uninsured car during a river crossing is an effective way of killing any adventure in...

The Feeling of Iceland

The Feeling of Iceland

Iceland is again on the top of many people´s list to travel in the post-pandemic era. My clients have been looking forward to traveling for a long time, and are eager to explore the beauty of Iceland. The feeling of Iceland is someting I love to promote to my clients....

Iceland by the seasons: and why you need a travel planner for each

Iceland by the seasons: and why you need a travel planner for each

A season-by-season guide to planning an Iceland trip Iceland may be a small country with only 330,000 residents. But the combination of high tourist numbers, predicted in 2022 and a difficult-to-navigate language makes local knowledge a valuable resource for a visitor...

The power of the geothermal dimension of the Iceland experience

The power of the geothermal dimension of the Iceland experience

While Iceland is best known for its volcanic landscape and it's lively little capital of Reykjavik, the crown jewel of the Iceland experience is the "pot" - a place to bathe in warming geothermal waters, outdoors and 52 weeks a year. No, not that kind of "pot" - I...

The Icelandic Christmas book flood – By Helga Stina

The Icelandic Christmas book flood – By Helga Stina

In Iceland we have two kinds of floods. We have normal floods when glacier rivers flood because of unease and geothermal activities under glaciers. This is something the Icelanders are used to being aware of and manage reactions very professionally. The other type of...

Iceland is hot  – Iceland is open “literally”

Iceland is hot – Iceland is open “literally”

"Yes it's pretty crazy. It smells like a big bonfire with some sulfur added to it. Very warm indeed, and so windy that the coffee blew from my coffee cup. A bit of a cough, but we are still alive. The hike was two hours up about three mountains". This is the...

Iceland 2021 – When you can travel again safely

Iceland 2021 – When you can travel again safely

You want to come to Iceland when you can travel again? New flights open up possibilities - but you will need a local to navigate. Despite a flareup of COVID in recent days, Iceland has had a relatively charmed ride through the Pandemic - and the island nation in the...

Iceland 2021 – Covid does not take the beauty away

Iceland 2021 – Covid does not take the beauty away

It´s been a long time now. A long time since we have travelled the world. Iceland, which has seen incredible increases in tourism since the financial crisis in 2008, is currently facing 10% unemployment because of collapse in the tourism business since the outbreak of...

Peaceful Iceland – and its appeal to the 2021 traveler

Peaceful Iceland – and its appeal to the 2021 traveler

When people mention Iceland, the first things that generally come to mind are mountains, volcanos, geysers and breathtakingly stunning landscapes.  Oh, they’re all included in the price of a plane ticket (assuming you can rent a car, a guide or take a tour that will...

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