Latest Iceland News - Happy Easter from Iceland Traveller
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Easter (Páskar) is a lovely time to visit Iceland. In the North, near Akureyri, there is plenty of family fun on offer. Huskies, sleds, snow-shoe and skiing are just a few ways to spend a winter holiday, and with a season that extends to late April or early May, it’s a good choice if you prefer to get away at Easter rather than at half term.

Easter also marks the start of the Icelandic Winter Games in Akureyri.  The Games include events that can be found nowhere else such as theVolcanic Big Air free-ski and snowboard competition, Peak to Surf ski tours on the Troll Peninsula, snowmobile competitions and the Icelandic National Dog Sledding chapionship. In addition to the sport, there are also exhibtions, DJ shows and concerts.  The games are only in their 4th year but are becoming increasingly popular. There are not many places in the world that you can ski in such amazing volcanic surroundings.  Another ski and free music festival takes place over Easter in the town of Isafjördur in the Westfjords.   For a comprehensive list of Festivals and Events taking place in Iceland throughout 2016, go to
Calling all Marathon Runners

We have all heard of - or perhaps even taken part in - the London and the New York Marathons, but are you aware of the Reykjavík Marathon?  On 20 August, the roads in Iceland’s capital will be closed for this year’s event which also includes a 3km fun run, 5km and 10km races, a relay and a half marathon as well as the full marathon. The route passes right through the heart of the capital and along the picturesque coastline. 

Why not sign up and let Iceland Traveller create a long weekend or late summer family holiday for you?
We helped two competitors and their (non-running) mothers with their arrangements last year.  We can arrange for you to rest those tired muscles in the famous geothermally heated waters of a spa, lose yourself in the amazing landscape of the national parks or keep moving with a walk across a glacier.  If you are up for the challenge we can help you. See for information on hiking and walking in Iceland.
The Northern Lights put on a show for Yvonne

It’s two months since I joined Iceland traveller, and there are no words to describe what I saw last month on my first company trip to Iceland, but I can tell you it is one of the many wonders of the world that everyone should try and see during their lifetime.
Easter Goodies

It’s a real treat to explore the local bakeries and increasing number of specialist chocolate shops in Iceland at this time of year. Chocolate Easter eggs are hugely popular in Iceland.  Last year, one confectioner produced 600,000 – that’s nearly two for every one of the country’s inhabitants – and it’s not the only manufacturer!  Each egg comes decorated with flowers and chicks and filled with sweets.  They also contain a slip of paper – a bit like a Chinese fortune cookie.  If you are trying to learn Icelandic, there’s a strong chance you’ll have trouble making sense of these proverbs but don’t worry, most native speakers can’t make head or tail of them either.

Discover Iceland’s Modern Kitchen: Iceland for Food Lovers
Why not join our food-focused Discover Iceland’s Modern Kitchen tour this summer, not only led by our good friend and professional tour guide Bryndís Kristjánsdóttir, but also in the company of award-winning journalist and author Diana Henry?   Please see for full details.
The 2016-17 Northern Lights season is drawing to a close but, if you are planning to go next winter, please see for more information about this amazing natural phenomenon.  Dates for next season’s tours will be on our website soon.
And finally…
Daffodils in Iceland are called páskaliljur, which translates as Easter Lilies.  This is odd because they are not lilies and, in the chilly spring conditions, they rarely bloom in time for Easter! Julia and Yvonne were amazed to see daffodils and tulips in bloom in July last year in the small town of Vogar, on the Reykjanes peninsula.

Why choose Iceland Traveller?

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.

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