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January 2016

Skógafoss

Wonderful video of a marriage proposal shows Iceland can be romantic, even during the bleakest months

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The delicate flora of Iceland and the dramatic landscapes can make Icelandic nature very romantic, a fact which the growing Icelandic wedding-planning industry has taken full advantage of. But now a romantic video of a 2015 winter road trip by an Irish couple to Iceland shows that Iceland can be quite pretty and sweet, even during the bleakest and coldest months of winter.

On Christmas Day 2014 Neill Morris’ (25) fiancée Orla O’Neill (23) gave him a surprise Christmas present: A 7 day trip to Iceland. Neill tells us he has always felt he had some kind of connection to Iceland, all his favourite bands are Icelandic and that he has always wanted to come here. “I was already planning on proposing to Orla, but when she got us the flights to Iceland I knew that’s where I had to do it.”:

I knew exactly where I wanted to propose. It had to be Skógafoss waterfall. I kept the entire proposal hidden from everyone including both our families.  I didn’t want word getting out to Orla, I wanted it to be a complete surprise.

Neill is a filmmaker and Orla is a photographer who run a wedding photography and & film company called Paper Sails, so it made perfect sense to create a short movie about the trip, giving Neill the perfect cover to film the surprise proposal.

The two made their trip in early May, when the days are already very long, but the weather can still be pretty cold and nature has yet to really wake up after the winter.

We saw some amazing things such as the Golden Circle, The Great Geysir, all the many different waterfalls. Our favourite being Skógafoss for obvious reasons. We also visited some amazing little towns on our travels, our favourite was Vik. It was so picturesque and had a very homey feel to the town. It also had one of the most beautiful black sand beaches we had seen.

It was on our third day in Iceland, the day that I had been waiting for. Today was the day I was going to ask Orla to marry me. When we got to Skógafoss my heart was pounding out of my chest, I was incredibly nervous, but I knew I had to pretend that today was just any other day. I told Orla that I wanted to get some shots of her walking towards the waterfall and then I wanted one of us standing in front of it. So I set the camera up and we got ready and I told her we will throw our hands into the air. After we did one take I told her I wanted to do it again. So we got ourselves ready and I counted down from 5 and when I got to 1 Orla threw her arms into the sky and I went down on one knee. She didn’t know what was happening at first, then as you can see in the video her knees start to give. She said yes!!! There was one other tourist who had seen the proposal who was standing clapping and cheering us.

 

From: //icelandmag.visir.is

Blue Lagoon Iceland

Blue Lagoon to be drained in January, for the first time since 1999

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The Blue Lagoon will be closed for two weeks in early January, during which time the lagoon will be completely drained. This is the first time since 1999 since the lagoon has been drained. On January 5 the lagoon will close to visitors, only to reopen on January 22.

The reason for the closing and draining of the lagoon is that the current facilities are being greatly expanded as a new five star luxury hotel is built by the lagoon. Construction of the hotel, which began late last year, is scheduled to be completed by spring 2017.

Grímur Sæmundsen, who was a guest on the morning show of the local radio station Bylgjan, says the draining is necessary for regular maintenance: The lagoon has not been drained since the current facilities were opened in 1999. This year more than 900,000 visitors are expected to come to the lagoon, and next year the number is expected to top 1,000,000 for the first time. At the same time it was necessary to close and drain the lagoon as it is being expanded by nearly half, from 5,000 square meters (54,000 square feet) to 7,000 square meters (75,000 square feet).

Grímur told Bylgjan that the expansion would give visitors a greater sense of expanse at the lagoon, and that it would improve both service and visitor experience. Since the current phase did not include an expansion of the locker rooms, the expansion of the lagoon would only result in more space for guests and an improved experience.

The water in the lagoon is constantly renewed with geothermal sea-water, pumped from boreholes at the nearby Svatsengi power plant. It will take between 6-12 hours to fill the lagoon after it has been emptied.

 

From: //icelandmag.visir.is

CNN names Iceland as one of 16 up-and-coming places to visit in 2016

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CNN has named the Arctic (Iceland, Greenland and Norway) as one of the top 16 up-and-coming destinations for 2016. Other hot spots are Mongolia, Uganda, and Taiwan.
Forget the beach, the newsagent says, as extreme and isolated lands are attracting more adventurers than ever.

Iceland was also on CNN’s list of places to go in 2014, then because of the gorgeous Northern Lights.

Follow in Justin Bieber’s footsteps in Iceland

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Justin Bieber’s new music video “I’ll Show You”, which was shot entirely in Iceland during his visit in September is getting rave reviews. When this is written it has been viewed almost five million times in less than 24 hours. Many commentators on Youtube, where the video is hosted, are blown away by Iceland’s landscape, with one asking “Places like this actually exist?l” and another “That’s one beautiful place I tell ya where is it?!”

The video was shot at numerous locations along the south coast, here we take you through the exact locations. Maybe you can follow in Bieber’s footsteps one day. See names of each place below and locations on the map.


Opening scene

Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon

Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss waterfall, 60 metres (200 ft) high, drops of the former coastline of Iceland, at the Eyjafjöll mountain range.

Running
On the plain in front of Seljalandsfoss in the Eyjafjöll mountain range.

Seljalandsfoss again

Yes, you can hike behind the waterfall.

Canyon again

Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon.

Bathing
In the ice cold Fjaðrá river (3-4 C/37.4-39.2 F)

On the beach
The magnificent volcanic black sands of Sólheimasandur beach, seen from Dyrhólaey peninsula.

Waterfall
Skógafoss waterfall, 60 m (200 ft) high and 25 m (82 ft) wide. Also located in the Eyjafjöll mountain range. It’s one of Iceland’s biggest waterfalls.

Skateboarding

1) On Iceland’s Ring Road (Route 1), Eyjaföll mountain range can be seen in the background.
2) On top of the remains of the crashed US Navy Douglas Dakota DC 3, which sits abandoned on the black sands of Sólheimasandur beach.

Rolling on moss

You can do that almost where ever you like in Iceland; usually only a few meters from the highway.

Running

On the grass plains between the former sea cliffs that are Eyjaföll, and the beach.

Icebergs
At Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon on the south coast. The lagoon is located below Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s largest ice cap. The temperature in the lagoon is around 1 C (33.8 F)

From: icelandmag.visir.is

On our Jökulsárlón Tour we cover the musics video locations.