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Iceland Traveller is an independent, UK-based, family-run company and we have been organising trips to Iceland for over 10 years. Whether you are travelling alone, with family or friends, or have a special interest you wish to develop, we can tailor-make tours to suit you.  We visit the country frequently, keeping up-to-date with the latest things to see and do and researching new and unusual activities. We use knowledgeable and experienced local tour guides who will ensure you get the most out your trip. http://icelandtraveller.co.uk/why-choose-iceland-traveller/

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The New Year 2016 began in a flurry of activity following Iceland Traveller’s first-ever mentions in the national press. 
Towards the end of last year, Julia was contacted by a journalist from the Sunday Times Travel section needing help with an “Ask The Expert” query about family holidays to Iceland at Easter.  Unfortunately, the “expert” has never actually visited the country - but he had come to the right place.  Publication of the piece, on 3 January, led to a steady stream of enquiries coming in via our website – and not just about family holidays.  Julia is now the journalist’s “go to” advisor for all things Icelandic.
http://icelandtraveller.co.uk/blog/2016/01/12/organising-a-family-trip-to-iceland/
Iceland Traveller’s second mention in the press came in the February edition of Lonely Planet Traveller magazine, when our Iceland for Food Lovers tour was highlighted in a piece about food tourism.
Given how busy we have been, it is with great timing that we can introduce a new addition to the team, Yvonne Peach.  After organising a Girl Guide Winter Adventure with Iceland Traveller in 2011, Yvonne has been in close contact with the company ever since.  A warranted Guide leader with first-hand experience of international travel for children and young adults, she is working with schools and other youth groups to ensure that they have the adventure of a lifetime, taking care that the individual needs of all members of the party are fully met. http://icelandtraveller.co.uk/tours-created-by-girlguiding-leaders-for-girlguiding-leaders/
We are now offering “Tours for Girlguiding leaders created by Girlguiding leaders”.  With so many amazing experiences – walking on a glacier, watching a geyser erupting - Iceland offers the adventure of a lifetime.  We can advise on fundraising ideas, help arrange a service project or a get-together with local Guides and Scouts, and provide an activity pack of Icelandic games.  Please see www.icelandtraveller.co.uk/tours-created-by-girlguiding-leaders-for-girlguiding-leaders/ for more details
Last year was another hugely positive one for Icelandic tourism, with a 28.2% year on year increase from January to September 2015.    Visitors from the UK made up the second biggest group (the USA came top) and, with BA now flying to Reykjavík thrice-weekly, year-round, Icelandair starting a service from Aberdeen in March, and Wow Air one from Bristol in May, it has never been easier to reach Iceland.  In the spring, a new coach service (three times a week in April and May, then daily until mid-September) will begin operating between Keflavík International Airport and Akureyri, which will open up the north of the country to more visitors.
Iceland continues to be a popular location for film-makers.   Having already had starring roles in two James Bond films and the TV blockbuster Game of Thrones, it is currently to be seen as the icy planet Hoth in the latest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, for which scenes were shot on Eyjafjallajökull.

The darkly comic and award-winning film Rams – set in a remote valley where two estranged brothers are forced to work together to save their pedigree sheep – is due for UK release in February.  It won top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Read more about Icelandic festivals and events in 2016 http://icelandtraveller.co.uk/festivals-events-calendar-2016/

Latest News - Easier, perhaps, for viewers to catch, Icelandic mystery thriller Trapped (Ófærð), which begins on Saturday 13 February, continues BBC Four’s tradition of screening the best of Nordic noir dramas.  It is set in the remote village of Seyðisfjörður, in the north east of the country, where a mutilated corpse is found near the local port, just after the arrival of a ferry from Denmark.  The police chief is beginning his investigation when a blizzard descends, trapping locals and visitors alike in the town – and there’s a murderer at large. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06xttds
 
There are only a few places left on our Iceland for Food Lovers tour
We now have some exciting news to announce about the tour, which departs on 22 August.  Award-winning food writer Diana Henry, who has a keen interest in Nordic cuisine, will be joining the group.  We met Diana when we enjoyed a brief stint as traders at Borough Market.  Back in November, our good friend and Icelandic food hero, Eirný Sigurðardóttir of Reykjavík delicatessen Burid (The Pantry), brought a group of producers to London to sell their wares at Borough Market.  We were invited to join them to promote our tour and that’s where Diana found us.
There are only a few places left on our Iceland for Food Lovers tour
 http://icelandtraveller.co.uk/iceland-for-food-lovers/
 
We can also announce two additional producers we will be visiting on the tour, full details of which can be found at www.icelandtraveller.co.uk/iceland-for-food-lovers/).   The 64° Reykjavík Distillery, which is not normally open to the public, has kindly agreed to open its doors to us.  As well as a tour of the distillery, we will be offered a welcome drink and an opportunity to taste their full range of gin, Brennivin (an aquavit also known as Black Death!) and fruit liqueurs.   We will also be visiting Hollusta, whose “products from nature” include jams and jellies, spices, sauces and herbal teas.
To buy Icelandic produce in the UK, take a look at Portsmouth-based company 101 Reykjavik which stocks a range of products including beer, spirits, coffee, chocolate and skyr as well as music, books and t-shirts.
To book Iceland Traveller’s Iceland for Food Lovers tour, please go to http://icelandtraveller.co.uk/iceland-for-food-lovers/
For those who would like us to put together a holiday package of sight-seeing and activities tailored to their particular interests, we have also created a new Pick & Mix service which can be accessed from the menu bar on our home page.   Here you will find everything from sight-seeing in and around Reykjavík http://icelandtraveller.co.uk/sightseeing-in-and-around-reykjavik/ to snorkeling or diving in the mid-Atlantic rift, from farm visits to ice caving.  http://icelandtraveller.co.uk/on-under-the-water/
Just look through what’s on offer and tell us your selection.  This is a “work in progress” and more Pick & Mix categories will be added in the coming weeks.
Julia has just returned from the first of this year’s visits to Iceland (she has several more planned), attending the Mid-Atlantic tradeshow in Reykjavík.  This annual event provides a great opportunity to link up with a whole range of the country’s travel professionals in a full-on programme of meetings and gatherings.  An optional excursion is included in the schedule so Julia took the opportunity to visit the town of Husavík and the Asbyrgi canyon in North Iceland.  While in Reykjavík, she was interviewed by one of the two national daily newspapers, Morgunbladid (The Morning Paper), about how she came to set up the company and the type of holidays we run (all sorts!).  She also talked about our plans to bring small groups of Icelanders to the UK, introducing them to lesser-known and interesting places that they might not discover for themselves – something we are, of course, keen to do with our Iceland travellers.  The UK visits are being organised in conjunction with Julia’s husband, Glyn, a qualified Blue Badge tour guide. http://icelandtraveller.co.uk/booking-procedure-for-icelandic-travellers/
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