BEST MONTH TO TRAVEL: September to December
COUNTRY TO VISIT: Iceland
Iceland, a Nordic island nation, is defined by its dramatic landscape with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields. Massive glaciers are protected in Vatnajökull and Snæfellsjökull national parks. Most of the population lives in the capital, Reykjavik, which runs on geothermal power and is home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history. Iceland is famous for a lot of natural wonders like glaciers, active volcanoes, and geysers. However, it is also known for the Northern Lights, whale watching, jailed bankers after the financial crisis and some very strange delicacies.
CITY – REYKJAVIK
Reykjavík is famous for having a thriving nightlife scene and for hosting some of the best music festivals in Northern Europe such as Iceland Airwaves. Thanks to its size, the downtown area is ideal for bar crawls. Breweries can be found everywhere and the craft beer selection is just stunning. surrounded by rugged scenery, Reykjavik is just a stone’s throw away from the nation’s famous bubbling hot springs, powerful waterfalls and fiery active volcanoes. Iceland’s natural beauty is quite simply unparalleled, with the bewitching Northern Lights casting an otherworldly atmosphere over the Island nature.
TOWER SUITES, REYKJAVIK
Tower Suites Reykjavík is a new private abode in Iceland, ideal for those with an appetite for comfortable living or anyone who wants to marvel at what life has to offer. The eight suites are on the 20th floor of one of the city’s more defining buildings, which adds flavor to the intriguing skyline. Each suite has its distinctive character, and with a full panoramic view in every direction, you’ll enjoy one of the rarest outlooks of the city and the neighboring mountain range, privy to a view that varies as the weather and even the light changes.
BLAFJOLL CORNER SUITE
Among the larger suites, the room flows effortlessly from the living area at the east window to the sleeping area and south-facing washroom. The free-standing tub is right up against the floor-to-ceiling window.
City view to the south and east.
Connecting option to Keilir
Size: 58 m2
CANOPY BY HILTON
Spanning six connected buildings, our hotel’s décor reflects its eclectic past as a furniture factory, music venue, and arts hub. Our rooms are steps from the shopping and nightlife of Laugavegur Street and Reykjavik city center. Choose from a diverse vinyl collection and grab a portable record player for some in-room listening.
Living area, complimentary Wi-Fi, surprising extras, espresso machine.
The Canopy Loft Suite is as big as it gets! The ultimate accommodation at Canopy Reykjavik, this suite is uniquely spectacular and offers the upmost in local Scandinavian design, style and comfort.
Dignified and imposing, Hotel Borg overlooks the beautiful square of Austurvöllur, in the heart of Reykjavík, across from Althingi, the Icelandic parliament and the cathedral. The Borg, which has become one of Reykjavik’s landmarks, is conveniently located within walking distance of variety of restaurants, businesses, souvenir shops, art galleries and specialty shops. The hotel’s 99 rooms and suites, with Art Deco style throughout, are elegantly appointed yet offer an extensive array of modern amenities.
The Deluxe rooms at Hotel Borg are suitable for those who want more spacious rooms. Our Deluxe rooms are elegantly decorated in art deco style and equipped with modern amenities to ensure a pleasant stay.
AVERAGE ROOM SIZE: 29 mtr sq ,BED: King 180cm
ACTIVITIES / SITE SEEING
WATCHING THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
Watching the northern lights illuminate the sky above you is an unforgettable, otherworldly experience you won’t forget. It’s even better when you’re in Iceland, as you can combine night-time aurora excursions with daytime adventures to see the country’s famously beautiful scenery.
CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’EVE
This may come as a surprise to you, but Icelanders are pretty big on Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. The festive season – “Jólin” – runs through November, December and January, with pretty decorations and lights bringing a touch of magic to towns like Reykjavík.
How about snowmobiling over a glacier? Embark on a snowmobile tour at Langjökull, the second largest glacier in Iceland, to get your adrenalin pumping. On a clear day, you’d also get to soak up views of the mountains on the horizon.
TOUR THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
The great thing about exploring the Golden Circle is that you experience the diversity of Iceland’s nature in a day. Expect to be amazed by volcanic hot springs, thundering waterfalls, and a rift valley positioned between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
HALLGRIMSKIRKJA & CITY VIEWS
Named after 17th-century hymn writer Hallgrimur Petursson, Hallgrimskirkja is a Lutheran church, as are most churches in Iceland. Services take place every Sunday. The wonderful acoustics and the enormous pipe organ make the church an ideal venue for classical music concerts.
BUYING BEST SOUVENIRS IN LUCERNE
This is the state-run liquor store with many shops in Reykjavik and around Iceland. Here you can find all of Iceland’s most unique spirits. Brennivín is especially one to take home: this clear, unsweetened schnapps is considered to be Iceland’s signature liquor. Brennivín is made from fermented grain or potato mash and flavored with caraway. It is also the drink of choice after eating the fermented shark hákarl.
Here you can find beautifully designed versions of the Icelandic wool sweater, or lopapeysa, which is a staple in Icelandic fashion. With the typical circular patterning around the shoulders and a wide variety of colors, this will definitely remind you fondly of your trip while keeping your warm. The yarn used, lopi, is made from unspun sheep wool, so it contains more air than spun yarn and consequently, it has better insulation properties. This is the same for all Icelandic woollen products, including blankets, mittens and hats – all of excellent quality and durability.
ICELANDIC PUFFIN PLUSHY
While collecting plush toys isn’t really my thing, I had to mention the puffin plushy souvenir because I saw them everywhere around Iceland. There is even a shop dedicated to everything puffin. If you travel beyond the city, you’ll find many real puffins out in the wild.
TRADITIONALLY ICELANDIC WOOL SWEATER
With sheep dotting the hills, it’s easy to see why Icelandic sweaters have become such a ubiquitous souvenir. While other regions around the world may have their own wool sweaters, Icelandic sweaters are especially unique because of the isolation of the country.
The sheep here have been bred in complete isolation, and as a result have a wool unlike anywhere else. Icelandic sweaters are characterized by a traditional circular yoke pattern.
ICELANDIC FASHION CLOTHES
Icelandic fashion, at least from my walk through of some local shops, definitely has a unique spin. You’ll find much wool and easy to wear boho styles. I saw lots of capes and hats, the perfect thing to roam the streets of Reykjavík while battling the gusty winds.
Moden Leather Shopisone of the notable speciality shops in Bodrum. There’s no need for a leather jacket on your summer holiday in Bodrum, but if you’re looking for a warm winter jacket for the next winter season, you’ll probably find it here. A 12-minute stroll from the Bodrum city centre, this shop stocks a wide range of leather jackets in different designs and colours like red, yellow, brown and blue. There are edgy leather biker jackets, shearling leather hoodies, leather bomber jackets and even fur puffer jackets. The top quality of the leather and fair prices attract both locals and tourists, so drop by if you find yourself needing durable new outerwear.
The most typical food in Iceland involves fish, lamb, or Icelandic skyr (a type of yogurt). These have been the main elements in the Icelandic diet for over a thousand years. Icelandic meals are commonly meat-based due to the lack of farmable lands in the past.
REYKJAVIK’S HOT DOG
Order an Icelandic hot dog as most Icelanders do and yours will be served on a warm, steamed bun topped with raw white onions and crispy fried onions, ketchup, sweet brown mustard called pylsusinnep, and remoulade, a sauce made with mayo, capers, mustard, and herbs.
KJÖTSUPA – TRADITIONAL LAMB MEAT SOUP
This soup is made from the tougher bits of the lamb and a variety of Icelandic herbs and vegetables. Most Icelanders eat this during the colder months. vegetables.
HARÐFISKUR – DRIED FISH JERKY
Hardfiskur is considered a delicacy in Iceland, and you can find it everywhere. If you like beef jerky, chances are you will also like the Icelandic version and find this unusual snack quite tasty. It’s best served with some Icelandic butter.
Three species of Salmon can be found in rivers and lakes. The fish that’s being served in Iceland’s restaurants are often very fresh, and could even be the catch of the day.
RÚGBRAUÐ – DARK RYE BREAD FROM A HOT SPRING
Rye Bread is popular to eat in Iceland, and it’s usually served as a side to fish dishes. One particular type of Rye bread that you should try while visiting Iceland is the one that’s been made from a hot spring!
COVID TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
Iceland has lifted all of its COVID-19 restrictions, including all border-related restrictions. With this, Iceland has become the latest country to remove all pandemic-era rules and regulations. As per the Ministry of Health and Ministry for Foreign Affairs, travellers visiting Iceland will no longer have to show a negative RT-PCR test report to enter the country.
In fact, Iceland will be welcoming travellers irrespective of their vaccination status. The government has expressed, “No disease prevention measures will be in place at the border, regardless of whether individuals are vaccinated or unvaccinated.