Guðni Th. Jóhannesson elected president of Iceland

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson has been elected president of Iceland with 39,1% of the vote. Halla Tómasdóttir got 27,9%, Andri Snær Magnason got 14,3% and Davíð Oddsson got 13,7% of the votes. The new president takes office on August 1st.

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A piece of the Northern Lights found in Icelandic National Park

Northern Lights

A small piece of the Northern Lights was found in the Þingvellir National Park in Iceland this morning, after a spectacular show in the sky last night. Rangers came across the fallen piece this morning and it will be put on a temporary display in the visitor center later today. Visitors are welcome to have […]

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Learn how to avoid Hot Tub awkwardness in Iceland

Iceland Academy

Promote Iceland has launched a new project called Iceland Academy, a web-based introduction to increase awareness of and interest in Iceland as a destination with emphasis on responsible conduct by tourists, their safety and pleasure. The campaign teaches tourists about Icelandic culture, traditions and nature with mini-classes on the internet and social media. Our favorite […]

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Icelandair begins flights to Chicago

Icelandair flights

Icelandair began a new year-round service from Chicago O’Hare International Airport today, with four weekly round-trips to Iceland on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, with connections to more than 20 destinations in Europe. The airline will operate a Boeing 767 on the route instead of a B757 as originally planned. This change will augment capacity […]

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WOW air to enter into the hotel market

Skuli-Mogensen-WOW-air-Iceland

WOW air is expanding its presence in Icelandic tourism market with plans to build a new hotel in Kópavogur, just south of the capital Reykjavík. The airline, which was founded in 2011, describes itself as “the airline with the biggest smile and lowest prices”. Currently serving 23 destinations in Europe, the USA, and Canada, the […]

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Welcome to stress free Iceland but leave your phone and ego at home

Stress free Iceland

Digital detox is a way to reduce stress and focus on social interaction in the physical world, by refraining from using smartphones, tablets and computers for a period of time. Incidentally, traveling to Iceland is also a good way to reduce stress, so three locals have now started a tour company that combines the two. […]

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Explorers Festival to be held in Iceland

Neil Armstron, Mike Dunn, and Edmund Hillary at the North Pole in 1985. Mike Dunn will tell the story of this journey at the festival.

The Exploration Museum has announced the first annual Explorers Festival, to be held in Húsavík, North Iceland from October 20 to 23. The festival consists of a series of talks by explorers, art exhibitions that deal with the theme of exploration, concerts, film screenings and smaller events. NASA astronaut Scott Parazynski who has 5 space flights and […]

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Húsavík Whale Museum reopened with new Blue Whale Exhibition

Blue whale in Husavik, Iceland

The Húsavík Whale Museum was reopened today after being closed most of this winter for renovation and installation of a new exhibit. The highlight of the reopening celebration was the unveiling of the newest exhibit, a Blue Whale skeleton. In 2010, the Blue Whale was found beached in Skagi in northwest Iceland. The government realized this was a […]

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Book Iceland takes part in the first Iceland Tourism Investment Conference

Iceland Tourism

The Iceland Tourism Investment Conference is the premier gathering of all the major stakeholders in the Icelandic tourism investment sector and related industries. The conference is an independent platform allowing dialogue about the current state and future of investments in the Icelandic tourism industry. Held for the first time this year, 10 startups were invited […]

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Book Iceland selected to take part in Startup Tourism 2016

Öxarárfoss is a waterfall in Þingvellir National Park, Iceland.

Book Iceland is one of 10 Icelandic startups selected to take part in Startup Tourism, a new startup accelerators focusing on the growing travel sector in Iceland. 75 companies applied to take part. For this reason, we will move our offices from Húsavík to Reykjavík for the next 10 weeks. If you want to come by and […]

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