What to do in Iceland

If you’ve just started planning your trip to Iceland you might wonder what to do in Iceland?  Even Icelanders use lists like these for reference because there is just simply so much to choose from!.

What to do?

Everybody loves lists. They sum up a bunch of stuff you need (or don´t need) to know so you can quickly scroll through before continuing on to the next Buzzfeed post on the Kardashians… or that’s what I do at least. But sometimes you can find some really useful ones. Lists of practical things that someone else has already taken the time to investigate for you.

Iceland is a very seasonal destination but it is actually great in all seasons.

100 Best things to do!

So! Here is a list for ya: 100 BEST THINGS TO DO IN ICELAND The list includes snorkeling, going to the Westfjords, visit the museum of witchcraft in Hólmavík and, surprise surprise, a helicopter tour!

Picture by Kirill Sulyga

 

Iceland, a tiny, football nation

Iceland is a small nation and our hearts beat for football.

What it’s like to be a football player in Iceland

As a football player in Iceland, you get used to playing football in all kinds of weather. Every footballer here has experienced a practice where the wind is so heavy that the goals won’t stay put, or the weather is so freezing that it literally hurts every time you hit the ball. It’s for sure a bit crazy to play football on this tiny island in the middle of the North Atlantic but it doesn’t matter, people love the sport and today it is the most popular sport in Iceland.

Indoor vrs Outdoor football fields

Since we can experience some crazy weather here we have the football season in the summer; the only time of the year when the grass is green enough and the fields good enough to be called football fields. Although some of the big towns have built indoor football fields for the teams to practice on over the winter time, still today most of the teams practice outside in all kinds of weather and that’s where you can really see the viking spirit!


Picture from the BBC

Iceland’s success in international competitions

Over the past few years both our women’s and men’s teams have grown a lot. It is remarkable for a nation with 350.000 inhabitants to have a women’s national football team that qualified for the Euros three times in a row, 2009. 2013 and 2017, making it to the Quarter Finals in 2013. And a men’s national football team that qualified for the Euros in 2016, advancing to the Quarter Finals as well, and are now going to the World Cup in 2018!

The World Cup of 2018

On June 16th, in just twelve short days, Iceland’s first game in the World Cup against Argentina will take place in Moscow. I can tell you for sure that the Icelandic nation has long saved the date. So buckle up and get ready for the World Cup in Russia this summer!

Sigurrós

The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

We are thrilled to announce that we at Norðurflug have been granted the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the sixth year in a row.

What an honor

This is both an honor we cherish and an accomplishment we take great pride in. We strive every day towards providing outstanding customer service to our customers.

A big THANK YOU to our wonderful customers and partners.

Finally an Airbus helicopter in Iceland!

Our team is thrilled to announce our newest addition to the Norðurflug Helicopter Tours fleet! As we say farewell to our beloved Dauphin  (which means crown prince in french) we welcome the “king” of passenger helicopters: Airbus EC 130

The Airbus EC 130 (also known as Eurocopter EC 130) is designed for sightseeing flights and is both more spacious and more quiet than previous models.

Airbus EC130 Qualities:

  • 6 individual leather seats.
  • 2 seats in the front
  • Most popular passenger helicopter in the world.
  • Very spacious.
  • Unique design.
  • Great 180° “IMAX” view.
  • Front facing seats.
  • Back row of seats is elevated to guarantee great view.

Mountain Top Proposal in Iceland

In beginning of April this year we had such a unique Reykjavik Summit tour.
There where two couples on this tour, complete strangers, one couple from France and the other from USA.

It just so happened that one passenger was planning on proposing on the mountaintop and one passenger was a professional photographer! So when this magical moment took place, photographer Juliana Laury, was ready to capture the moment! It was such a beautiful day in Iceland and these pictures brought tears to our eyes back at the office 😍 Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of this!

Check out Julianas work here.

Colors of Iceland theme on Instagram

For the next few weeks we will be honoring the variety of colors in the Icelandic nature on our Instagram page.

Iceland is a geologically young, volcanic island. It’s one of the latest humanly inhabited places on earth and therefore has vast amounts of virtually untouched land. Over the course of the last 12 years we have gathered a number of great pictures of the Icelandic nature that we are eager to share with our followers.

Vegans traveling in Iceland – Don´t panic!

It seems that more and more people around the world are choosing a vegan lifestyle.
Iceland is no exception in that department so if you are a vegan traveler in Iceland, you don´t have to worry!
There is plenty to choose from!
Here is a list of a few restaurants that offer good vegan choices so no one has to go hungry;

Gló
Gló is a very popular restaurant in Iceland and is the creation of the entrepreneur, Solla. Due to her health, she had to change lifestyle and Iceland benefitted greatly by it 😊
The restaurant also offers chicken for those who can´t be without meat.
Kryddlegin hjörtu
It is possible to get meat, vegetarian and vegan choices at “Seasoned hearts”. They use first class fresh and local food production and local farmers. Their soup and salad bar are their specialty.
Aalto bistro
If you want to try a true Nordic style restaurant, Aalto Bistro is the one for you.
You will get new ingredients as the seasons change because the TV chef, Sveinn Kjartansson, will only work with the freshest food he can get each time.
Kaffi Garðurinn
A small, quiet café in the city center that offers a variety of vegan courses with a changing menu from week to week.
All the staff are easy going and calm as they all practice meditation to create a calm environment.
At the café you are able to get all sorts of cakes and danish and most of it is vegan 😊
Joylato
We saved the best for last!
This ice crème shop freezes the ice creme right in front of your eyes using liquid nitrogen!
Costumers are able to choose between a cow’s milk or coconut milk. It is even possible to choose between a few different flavors and sweeteners

More and more gas stations offer vegan options to grab on the go. But be careful: Vega and Vegan is not the same! Vega means “on the road”.

The Icelandic Search and Rescue Team on the Redbull blog

Iceland has a unique team of volunteers that make up the ICE-SAR team. The Red Bulletin covered the story earlier today in an extensive blog where the author follows a few members of the SAR team on a open-sea rescue practice.

Click HERE to read the whole blog and see the breathtaking pictures from their extreme practice conditions.

Norðurflug Helicopter is proud to support the ICE-SAR team.
Screen shot from the Red Bulletin story.

Norðurflug CEO, Birgir, while purchasing “The Rescue Man” in 2016. “The Rescue Man” or “Björgunarkallinn” statue is a part of an annual fund raising initiative by ICE-SAR.

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