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My Culinary Saga in Iceland
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My Culinary Saga in Iceland

“You can eat as much as you want, because it’s already half digested,” said the man sitting to my right, smiling through his thick brown mustache and watching expectantly as I took another swig of Viking beer. I forced myself to smile back at him as I speared a gelatinous […]

In Search Of The Northern Lights
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In Search Of The Northern Lights

We huddled in the dark in front of the laptop. Webcams pointed out across the vast frozen lake would pick up any sign of the aurora borealis before the human eye. Outside the temperature was several degrees below freezing and the snow was knee-deep. It was our sixth attempt at […]

When In Iceland, Go Swimming Inside
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When In Iceland, Go Swimming Inside

Swimming pool tourism? That’s right. You read it first here. Iceland is famous for its geothermal activity. Ingenuity has led to utilizing the environmentally sound geothermal energy for 99% of the county’s energy needs. But do you know the unsung hero of all this hot water? It also happens to […]

My Encounter With Hákarl, The Worst Tasting Food On Earth
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My Encounter With Hákarl, The Worst Tasting Food On Earth

Dressed in his full-length overalls, Icelandic fisherman Asgeir leads my guide and me to the edge of the harbor where several shipping containers rest ominously far from the rusted whaling boats tied to the wharf. Asgeir peers back at us with a delighted grin and utters something jokingly in Icelandic. […]

Iceland Is Blowing Up
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Iceland Is Blowing Up

April 14, 2011 marks the one year anniversary of the eruption of the Eyjallajökull volcano. Though it might be known more for the impressive ash cloud grounding flights and pissing off travelers around the world, Iceland is starting to see the silver lining with an eruption of tourism. Wanderlust reports […]

Thank You For Not Smoking On This Flight
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Thank You For Not Smoking On This Flight

Wondering why your flight is canceled? A map of the ash cloud of Eyjafjallajokull Volcano courtesy of the NYT.

Amazing Pictures Of Eyjafjallajokull Volcano
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Amazing Pictures Of Eyjafjallajokull Volcano

If you’ve caught any kind of news the last few days, you have seen the pictures of the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, in Iceland, sending all kinds of ash 30,000 feet into the air, and creating more than a few headaches for travelers. The volcano, who’s name people aren’t even attempting to […]

Strip And Scrub: The Iceland Way
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Strip And Scrub: The Iceland Way

Iceland is green, and Greenland is ice. Yeah, yeah, yeah… we all learned that as a kid, and never thought too much of it since. What I failed to learn then, I’m catching up with now. Iceland is one of those mysterious, unique places I always see on a map, […]

Iceland: The World’s Hottest Destination?
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Iceland: The World’s Hottest Destination?

With the Icelandic krona nearly dropping by half to the dollar (44 percent to be exact), Iceland has been experiencing an unprecedented tourism boom since the economic disaster hit this tiny country of just 320,000. Employing an estimated 8,200 Icelanders, the country’s tourism sector hosted 70,000 Brits, 45,100 Germans, and […]

More Dispatches From Iceland
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More Dispatches From Iceland

Not to be outdone by everyone else on the Iceland bandwagon, the NYT sent normally stodgy restaurant reviewer Frank Bruni to sample the city’s more-affordable-than-before reindeer and puffin delicacies and to check out the notoriously inebriated and long-lasting nightlife (where he managed to stay out almost past 1 a.m. to […]

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