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  • Icelandic Yule Lads bring holiday cheer, rotten potatoes or mischief
    Icelandic Yule Lads bring holiday cheer, rotten potatoes or mischief
    For children in Iceland, the Christmas celebration starts early and involves 13 bearded men known as the Yule Lads. “We have them instead of Santa Claus,” says Viktor Gudmansson. “But you have to be good or you’ll get in...
  • The luxury of Iceland's Blue Lagoon
    The luxury of Iceland's Blue Lagoon
    For years, Iceland was absent from almost everyone’s agenda as a vacation destination but in recent years it has gained in popularity, thanks in large part to aggressive marketing campaigns by the tourism board and Icelandair.One of the most...
  • Cover of "Someone to Watch Over Me" by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
    Read the Thriller, "Someone to Watch Over Me" by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
    Yrsa Sigurðardóttir (pronounced Ur-suh SIG-ur-dar-daughter) has been labeled “Iceland’s answer to Stieg Larsson." She is also a director of one of Iceland’s largest engineering firms. She has written both children’s...
  • Saying goodbye to magical Iceland trip aboard Ocean Diamond
    Saying goodbye to magical Iceland trip aboard Ocean Diamond
    Sometimes magic happens. Nothing you can really plan. Even if you make all the best arrangements in the world, some trips just don’t quite come together as hoped.Maybe the food isn’t to your liking; the shore excursions too tough or...
  • Cruising on Icelandic glacier lagoon, sharing it with a seal
    Cruising on Icelandic glacier lagoon, sharing it with a seal
    ABOARD THE OCEAN DIAMOND - James Bond was here. So was Batman. And Laura Croft the Tomb Raider.No wonder filmmakers have chosen this Icelandic spot for movie magic. The Jökulsárlon Glacier Lagoon is spectacular and considered one of the top...
  • 'Softy' tours a big hit with families
    'Softy' tours a big hit with families
    Exciting-but-safe places like Costa Rica, the Galápagos Islands and Iceland are becoming increasingly more attractive for family vacations. Mix equal parts of adventure – like bicycling around centuries-old villages – with comfort and...
  • Whales, horses, sheep, mosquitoes and crossing Arctic Circle in Iceland
    Icelandic horses, sheep, whales, mosquitoes and crossing Arctic Circle
    ABOARD THE OCEAN DIAMOND - Imagine Iceland without horses, those beautiful short husky creatures that look so striking on the country’s landscape.That’s the way it was until the Vikings came more than 1,000 years ago and brought...
  • Visiting 'heaven and hell' in Iceland
    Visiting 'heaven and hell' in Iceland
    ABOARD THE OCEAN DIAMOND - No way around it. I was going to get cold. Very cold.I’d have to made a mad dash in low 50-degree temperatures, still wet from the dressing room shower to that glorious warm lagoon outside. Chilling for sure. But...
  • Searching for trolls, elves, other mystical beings in Iceland
    Searching for trolls, elves, other mystical beings in Iceland
    ABOARD THE OCEAN DIAMOND - Stopping to take photos of elves in a flower garden when the Ocean Diamond cruise ship docked n Siglufjördur, I heard a man’s voice behind me, “You must be an American.”Sure am, I replied. He nodded at...
  • Visiting birthplace of Iceland's independence hero
    Visiting birthplace of Iceland's independence hero
    ABOARD THE OCEAN DIAMOND - Iceland gained its independence from Danish rule on June 17, 1944. No shots were fired. No one was killed.Who was the man Icelanders say was mainly responsible for this bloodless revolution? Iceland’s independence...
  • First evening on Ocean Diamond cruise around Iceland
    First evening on Ocean Diamond cruise around Iceland
    ABOARD THE OCEAN DIAMOND - It felt like one of those episodes of “American Idol” where someone is standing on stage, then starts singing. And you can hardly believe your ears.Well, that’s what happened on our first night aboard...
  • Touring the Golden Circle in Reykjavík before boarding the Ocean Diamond
    Touring the Golden Circle in Reykjavík before boarding the Ocean Diamond
    Now this is the way to start a trip. After a two-hour flight from Indianapolis to Boston, I caught a five-hour flight to Reykjavík on Icelandair for my Iceland cruise on the Ocean Diamond. The Icelandair plane was clean and comfy. I had a window...
  • Trading Hoosier summer for Iceland snow aboard the Ocean Diamond
    Trading Hoosier summer for Iceland snow aboard the Ocean Diamond
    Hoosier summers are hot and humid. That’s the norm. So what I am doing pulling out sweatshirts, snuggly vests, warm black socks and fleece-lined shoes?I’m getting ready for a 10-day cruise around Iceland on the Ocean Diamond. Woo hoo!I...
  • Iceland's Blue Lagoon
    Luxury cruise follows Erik the Red's route to Greenland, Iceland
    In 2016 a new cruise from luxury travel firmAbercrombie & Kent will retrace the routes taken by the Vikings as they made their way across the Atlantic, toward North America. It's the Iceland & Greenland: In the Wake of the Vikings...
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    Hilton brand to open its first Iceland hotel in Reykjavik
    Hilton Worldwide's lifestyle brand, Canopy by Hilton, will open its first hotel in Iceland. Canopy Reykjavik/City Centre will launch early next year and be run by Icelandair Hotels, a subsidiary of Icelandair Group and a long term partner of...
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