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Luxury Travel in Iceland: the Ultimate Arctic Adventure

OVERVIEW

Iceland is closer than you think. Conveniently 4 1/2 hours away from JFK, allowing you the option to pop in for a short while, hit the blue lagoon, survey the astonishing natural phenomena, experience the incredible nightlife and head back home before anyone notices you were even gone, or stay longer and immerse yourself in a 10 day exploration of the magical island by circling Iceland's Ring Road. You have the choice between sophisticated design properties in the heart of Reykjavik or mobile-tented camps built on ice blue glaciers or both. You can exhaust yourself with adventure or you can couple arctic activities with fine dining and rejuvenating spa treatments. You can't go wrong because however you decide to do it, Iceland is a guaranteed unforgettable and phenomenal experience. Chase the Northern Lights in a dreamlike volcanic setting or drive across Nordic glaciers and explore the extra-terrestrial topography by robust super jeeps and private helicopters. Get your adrenaline rush with adventure-filled days and then cut loose with Reykjavik's legendary nightlife. If you're in search of splendour, you'll find it here - Iceland has something for every hour, every season and everyone. 

WHAT WE LOVE

  • Whale Watching: Whale watching in Iceland is an exhilarating experience. April through October in Husavik is the best time to see Humpback and Minke whales, dolphins and porpoises. Killer whales (Orcas) are most frequently spotted in the Spring and you can occasionally get a glimpse of Fin- Sei- and Blue whales.
  • A Natural Wonderland: Iceland hosts an extraordinary range of natural wonders as well as means to see them. Snowmobile, dog sled, walk, take a Super Jeep or a private helicopter tour and hit Thingvellir National Park, Strokkur - one of the most active geysers in the area, the Myrdalsjokull - the 4th largest glacier and so much more.
  • Northern Lights Chase: Watch the winter sky transform into a phenomenal celestial kaleidoscope and chase the dancing lights across the Arctic and through the night by snowcat, dogsled or on foot. The best time to see them is at the height of winter, from September through April. 
  • The Blue Lagoon: Iceland's most popular attraction, a natural geothermal aqua blue lagoon surrounded by lava fields and black sandy beaches. Apply therapeutic silica mud to your skin and have "the swim of your life". 
  • Inside a Volcano: The Thrihnukagigur volcano is a unique natural phenomenon and a must-see. If you're up for a 45-50 minute hike and have the guts to descend 400 ft to the bottom of the crater, you'll get to experience an incredible underground world you never knew existed. 
  • Gullfoss: Gullfoss is Iceland's iconic waterfall, located on the Hvitá river and fed by the country's second biggest glacier, the Langjökull. On a sunny day, vibrant rainbows stretch across the sky and over the falls. 
  • White Water Rafting: Iceland is secretly home to some of the world's best white water rafting. Take a horseback ride to the Hvitá river and venture down raging rapids through remote canyons.
  • Ice Cave Explorations: After spending so much time on the glaciers, why not take a look inside? Ice caves form when melted water runs through the rock caves that underlie glaciers, thereafter creating a surreal world of beautiful frozen formations, massive crystal columns and dazzling dangling icicles. Ice caves are best explored with a guide, who can lead you safely into the depths of this magical natural winter world: it's a photographer's dream! 
  • Dining, Drinking and Dancing in Reykjavik: Reykjavik rivals New York for the city that never sleeps. Start the night off with gourmet Icelandic cuisine, and then get your 'rúntur' on, hit the streets and join the locals for their weekend pub crawl - with over 50 bars lining the main street, live music and lively crowds until 5 a.m., you're bound to have a great night. 
  • Midnight Sun: During the summer months, the sun never fully sets in the north so take full advantage of the longest days of your life and make your way out to the island of Grimsey where you can experience the midnight sun, a once in a lifetime opportunity. 

REST & REJUVENATE

  • Ion Hotel: Iceland's luxury and adventure hotel. Whether you are seeking a relaxing soak beneath the dancing Northern lights, a challenging trek across Icelandic glaciers or a day of fly-fishing in surrounding and plentiful icy rivers - Ion is the property for you. Throw yourself out there and do it all so you can fully reap the benefits of that wonderful exhaustion and well-deserved relaxation at the end of the day. Snowmobile, trek, explore, then come back, put your feet up, have a glass of wine at the award-winning Northern Lights bar, request a couples massage from the Lava Spa, melt away in the outdoor hot tub overlooking an incredible landscape, retire to your luxurious and organic room, wake up and challenge yourself all over again. 
  • Ranga Hotel: Overlooking the East Ranga River, and offering superbly uninterrupted views for miles, this charming property sits in one of rural Iceland's most stunning locations. The Ranga is a luxury countryside hotel that provides picturesque surroundings, such as the famous Mt. Hekla, several glaciers and the West Main Islands. And if you're going for the Northern Lights, Ranga's watchful eye, the aurora wake-up service and the hotel's new roll-off roof observatory guarantee you won't miss a thing. 
  • Apotek Hotel: An excellent hotel in the center of Reykjavik designed by former state architect Guðjón Samúelsson back in 1917. This property hosts 45 rooms and suites including a 3 floor tower suite that speaks for itself.
  • Hotel Borg: The Borg is one of Reykjavik's landmarks. It overlooks the square of Austurvöllur, sits across from Iceland's Parliament and Cathedral and is conveniently located within walking distance of a variety of shops, restaurants and galleries. The hotel itself is modern and sophisticated and offers exquisite Icelandic cuisine.
  • Hotel 101: A black and white design hotel in Reykjavik with a slick mini spa and a sci-fi style restaurant, located adjacent to Iceland's Opera House and perched at a prime city-gazing height. The rough wood accents echo the surrounding countryside and the smoother touches make you feel right at home. 

WHAT TO KNOW

  • Weather: Iceland is just south of the Arctic Circle but thanks to the Gulf Stream, temperatures are cool during the summer and surprisingly mild in the winter. For a good frame of reference, New York winters are generally colder. Iceland's precipitation peaks from October to February and is lowest in May and June.
  • When To Go: The high season is June-September when you have 20+ daylight hours and the sun barely sets. That being said, Iceland offers plenty to do during all seasons and the Aurora Borealis is most vivid at the height of winter from September through April.

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