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Krauma: New nature baths opening at Europe’s highest-flowing hot spring, Deildartunguhver.

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Here is a pretty remarkable fact. If you take a shower anywhere within a 65 km (40 mi) radius of Deildartunguhver hot spring in West Iceland, you have already bathed in it’s hot water.

Later this winter you will, however, be able to dip in Deildartunguhver’s geothermal water on location with brand new baths being under construction just 70 meters (230 ft) north of the natural hot spring.

Deildartunguhver is located in Reykholtsdalur valley and is the highest-flowing hot spring in Europe, pumping up 180 liters (47.5 US gallons) per second of 97 degrees C (207 F) hot water.

For scale it would fill an Olympic size swimming pool in less than four hours. Such a pool features 10 lanes, is 50 m (164 ft) long, 25 m (137 ft) wide and 2-3 m (6.5-10 ft) deep.

Some of this enormous amount of close to boiling hot water is used for central heating in nearby towns, by being piped 34 km (21 mi) to Borgarnes (population 1.800) and 64 km (40 mi) to Akranes (population 6.700). When the water reaches its destination in Akranes it is about 78 to 80 degrees C (167-176 F) hot.

The new nature baths are called Krauma and will feature hot tubs (outdoor), saunas and a tranquility room. A heated walkway to Deildartunguhver will provide an easy access during the winter months.

You can keep track of the construction via this webcam.


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Iceland ranked as world’s most peaceful country for the 10th consecutive year

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For the 10th consecutive year Iceland tops the list as the world’s most peaceful country.

Every year tthe Institute of Economics and Peace (IPE) calculates the Global Peace Index, a measure of national peacefulness and safety. The index ranks 163 states based on 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators ranging from social stability,  participation in armed conflicts, its relations with neighbouring countries, violence, crime, and the percentage of prison population

According IEP it is the world’s leading measure of national peacefulness.

Iceland has remained in the top seat since the Global Peace Index was launched in May 2007. According to the report Iceland is followed by Denmark and Austria. The USA ranks as the 103rd out of 163.

The 2016 report found that the world had become less peaceful last year, driven by growing terrorism and political instability.

Many international organisations, governments and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) use the index, including the World Bank, the OECD, and the United Nations.


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Keflavík International Airport ranked one of world’s best airports in 2015

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According to the Airport Council International, a trade group representing airports, Keflavík International Airport is among the best airports in Europe. The ACI asked visitors to rate airports according to a number of criteria, including security gates, check-in, passport control, restaurants, shops and other facilities and services. Despite problems, including long lines and delays, caused by the strain caused by a record number of travellers last year, Keflavík Airport came out among the best airports in Europe.

The local news site reports that ACI has previously ranked Keflavík among the best airports of Europe. In 2009, 2011 and 2014 the Airport came out in first place. This year however, Keflavík landed in third place. This is a very good result, considering the problems the airport faced last year, Björn Óli Hauksson, the CEO of Isavia, which operates the airport, argues.

Keflavík shares the third place with four other airports, Copenhagen, Porto, London Heathrow and Vienna. Four airports share second place, Zurich, Malta, Prague and Dublin. Three Russian airports share first place, Pulkovo in St Petersburg, Sochi and Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow.

Isavia has announced plans to expand the airport six-fold by 2040 to deal with growing traffic. Work on the project, which will allow the airport to handle as many as 25 million passengers annually, will start next year.


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.


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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

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

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.

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.

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.


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.


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

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)


On our Jökulsárlón Tour we cover the musics video locations.

Man Who Visited Every Country Recommends Iceland

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Having visited every country in the world, one man reveals the 12 countries he would recommend to other people above all others.

At just 36-years-old, Norwegian Gunnar Garfors was the youngest person known to have visited every country in the world, The Independent reports.

Although he embarked upon the epic trip as the result of losing a bet, he was lucky enough to not need to give up his job, and was able to work on-the-go using his laptop.

Since returning home, lucky Gunnar has revealed the 12 countries he would recommend to other people.

They are: Norway, New Zealand, Vietnam, Iceland, Romania, Uruguay, Madagascar, Nicaragua, Dominica, Kiribati, Sierra Leone and Kyrgyzstan.

Gunnar completed his long journey in Cape Verde, just before his 37th birthday in 2013.

In a poll on The Independent’s website, of his top-12, the most readers have visited Norway and the fewest have visited Kyrgyzstan. Iceland is in fourth place; though Gunnar presents the countries in no particular order.