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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 vf.is 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.

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.

From: icelandreview.com

Justin Bieber in Iceland

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Canadian musician Justin Bieber landed at Keflavík Airport today, Vísir reports.

Bieber drove straight to nearby Reykjanesbær and parked in front of Lemon, a sandwich place.

“Unfortunately, he had no time to eat, but said he might come back later,” stated Lemon owner, Jón Þór Gylfason. “He and 15 bodyguards arrived in two huge Mercedes Benz vans. He’s clearly here with two friends. They all ran alongside Lemon toward the ocean, where there is a rock wall, popular with tourists.” According to Jón, they had cameras and recording equipment.

Once he returned, he was greeted by two Lemon employees. They were allowed to chat with him, but the bodyguards made sure no photos were taken. “He asked the employees what it was like living in Iceland and such. He said he had a stopover here in Iceland and didn’t want any photos taken,” Jón told Vísir.

Conclusion:

  • Justin Bieber was in Iceland today, but may well be gone.
  • He was not hungry.
  • He wanted a picture of the ocean.
  • Saying he might be back to Lemon may indicate he’s planning another trip to Iceland. It could also simply mean he’s polite.

He just posted a picture of himself in Fjaðrárgljúfur, South Iceland, close to Kirkjubæjarklaustur, wearing only his wet, white, Calvin Klein underwear, giving a high five. He appears delighted after a glacial dip. Below is another picture Bieber has posted on Instragram from his trip in Iceland.

Update:RÚV reports Bieber is here to work on a video.

From: //icelandreview.com

Day of Icelandic Nature is Today

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“Today, Icelanders celebrate the Day of Icelandic Nature for the fifth time, RÚV reports. The day is celebrated to pay tribute to environmentalist Ómar Ragnarsson’s contribution to environmental protection and public education about the importance of Icelandic nature.

Many people use the opportunity to share nature-related pictures, stories, music or poetry, on social media. When doing so, they’ve been using the hashtags #stadurinnminn (“my place”) and #DÍN (abbreviation for “Day of Icelandic Nature” in Icelandic). The goal is to use this day to open people’s eyes to the country’s unique nature, its uses and value.

There will be educational programs all around the country to celebrate the day. For a complete list of events, please visit the website of the Ministry for the Environment.”

From: //icelandreview.com

Reykjanes Geopark Internationally Accredited

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Reykjanes Geopark in Southwest Iceland was accepted into the European Geoparks Network (EGN) in Rokua Geopark in Finland on September 5. EGN is supported by UNESCO and is the formal association of areas in Europe that have important geological significance.

The acceptance of Reykjanes Geopark into EGN is considered to be a significant acknowledgment for inhabitants, organizations and companies in the region and a testimony to the unique qualities and worldwide significance of the area, as stated in a press release.

The accreditation will be used to promote the area for future visitors, as well as for building and maintaining facilities and developing educational and training activities.

Reykjanes Geopark is 825 square km (319 square miles) in size. Reykjanes peninsula lies on top of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and is the only place in the world where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is visible above sea level.

It has diverse geothermal and volcanic activity; among its biggest attractions are the hot springs of Seltún geothermal area in Krýsuvík.

The area also includes Keflavík International Airport and the municipalities of Reykjanesbær, Grindavíkurbær, Sandgerðisbær, Garður and Vogar.

Like other members of EGN Reykjanes Geopark works towards increasing interest of the earth by focusing on geological and cultural heritage, educating inhabitants and visitors about the area, and taking good care of the region for future generations.

 

From: //icelandreview.com

Magnificent Northern Lights

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The northern lights gave a spectacular performance in the sky above the southwestern corner of Iceland last night. On its Facebook page, the Icelandic Astronomy Webpage calls it “the most magnificent northern lights show in years.” According to the Icelandic Met, the activity was substantial, but is likely to decrease in the next few days.

You can watch a video of last night’s spectacle on the Facebook page of the Icelandic Astronomy Webpage, which was recorded at Hotel Rangá in southern Iceland last night.

The Met Office provides daily Aurora forecast on its website, where you can find more detailed information regarding the northern lights. They are visible only when skies are dark and partly cloudy.

 

From: //icelandreview.com

White Color of Lake Mývatn Explained

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A likely explanation of the patches of white in Lake Mývatn in Northeast Iceland, which have puzzled scientists for weeks, appears to be a chemical reaction due to lack of oxygen, RÚV reports. An analysis of substances from the lake does not indicate that a polluting agent, such as paint, was spilled into the lake, as some had suggested at first.

White patches, such as the ones that appeared in the lake in July, had not been seen there before. According to the analysis of Árni Einarsson, director of the Mývatn Nature Research Center, the likeliest explanation is that the white color was caused by colloidal iron binding, which occurs when iron binds with organic particles called colloids. This can occur under certain circumstances, which have to do with the level of oxygen and acidity of the water.

The Mývatn Nature Research Center reacted quickly to news of the milky white color of parts of the lake and notified the Environment Agency of Iceland. Subsequently, samples were collected and analyzed. The drainage basin between Mývatn and Laxá is closely watched by the agency, not the least because it’s on the red list of threatened natural areas.

 

From: //icelandreview.com

Jökulsárlón among World’s Must-See Sights

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Jökulsárlón, Iceland’s famous iceberg lagoon, has been named one of the world’s top must-see sights of all time in Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist, just published. In this first-of-its-kind list, Lonely Planet’s staff and writers have ranked the 500 best places to see on the planet.

Jökulsárlón, one of Iceland’s many natural wonders, ranks 60th on the list, making it one of the world’s highest-ranking sights. It beats globally recognized sights such as Vietnam’s picturesque Halong Bay, Mexico’s Chichén Itzá and Niagara Falls in Canada. The Travelist highlights places the experts at Lonely Planet believe every traveler must experience.

Jökulsárlón is not the only Icelandic landmark to make the list. According to Lonely Planet, whose staff has been guiding travelers on the road since 1973, eight of the world’s all-time best places to visit are in Iceland. These are: Jökulsárlón (#60), The Blue Lagoon (#93), Vatnajökull National Park (#145), Gullfoss (#176), Borgarfjörður Eystri and Seyðisfjörður (#211), Silfra (#250), Snæfellsnes (#351), and Geysir (#359).

At the top of the list are the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia.

 

From: //icelandreview.com