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BREAKING: Iceland's Bardarbunga Volcano Erupts Overnight, Travel Red Alert Issued

August 29, 2014 at 11:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

We opened this week by warning you that Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano - backgrounder from the Icelandic Met Office here, pronunciation tutorial embedded at bottom - had very pointedly begun to rumble. Let this be your official update that as of last night the volcano did indeed erupt, that an aviation red alert has been issued by Iceland's authorities, and that an air traffic ban is now in place around the entire Bardarbunga system. Happy Friday.

Technically there are no big ash problems yet, because the eruption doesn't seem to have kicked up any actual ash. Nonetheless Agence France-Presse is already throwing around phrases like "global travel chaos" in articles about what the next few days might bring. You guys did take our advice on Monday and purchase travel insurance, right?

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Iceland's Volcanic Rumblings Threaten Air Travel Delays

Where: Iceland
August 25, 2014 at 7:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ever since the 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland led to air travel becoming extremely volcano-vigilant, passengers have purchased transatlantic tickets with the silent prayer of "please don't let a volcano ruin this." That prayer may soon prove fruitless, however, as big ash problems may once again be on the way.

Seismologists aren't the only ones keeping an eye on the recent rumblings over in Iceland, with travelers tuned to the news for the first signs of any ash cloud. There was a pair of earthquakes—greater than 5.0—and both struck near the area in and around the country’s Bardarbunga volcano. As a result, the country bumped its aviation alert up to red, but after a period of calm we’re back to an orange level.

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2014 Seems to Be the Year Movies Made a Break for Iceland

Where: Iceland
June 13, 2014 at 2:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

A new movie hitting theaters this summer is just one of many recent projects to show Iceland some love.

The independent film Land Ho! follows two old fiends, Colin and Mitch, as they travel through Iceland after Colin's split with his second wife.

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Icelandair's Latest Safety Video Doubles as Travel Porn

Where: Iceland
June 11, 2014 at 9:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

We have long been fans of the airline safety video, and from the funny to the serious we’ve got a spot in our travel hearts for each and every one of them. The latest one on our must-watch list is the new update from the folks over at Icelandair.

No jokes or Icelandic humor here, but what things do reveal are some of the awesome sights, sounds, and scenery all available over in Iceland. Safety videos usually don’t double as a tourism advertisement, but in this case it kind of does.

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Flight Review: $140 to Iceland on EasyJet is a Very Easy Decision

May 29, 2014 at 4:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Know what sounds nice? A long weekend in Iceland. While most Americans would chose to fly Icelandair or seasonal non stops from the US on other major carriers, we managed to fit an Iceland trip into a visit to London, all because of the availability of cheap one-ways on Easyjet. What proved to be most notable about the entire EasyJet travel experience is the time spent at the airport, and not actually on the flight.

For the 7.35am departure from London's Luton Airport (LTN), we reserved a £12 4.15am National Express coach bus from Victoria Station, which arrived to LTN at 5.25am. From there, we clutched our print-at-home boarding pass and, with no luggage to check, we headed straight through to airport security. Luton seems better equipped than Heathrow to handle crowds of passengers at security as, despite the morning rush, we were through security and handled (not manhandled!) in under 10 minutes. So far, so good.

Airside, Luton is a massive food court, with the boarding gates located down hallways. Passengers find seats only in the main central area, and then stand to rush and line up at the gate the minute info screens announce their flight. This early in the morning, when budget airlines love to sell their seats cheapest, the terminal resembled a safe house during an evacuation drill. Every available seat was taken, and passengers clutched their luggage on their laps as there simply wasn't room to spread out.

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The Little Things: Icelandair's Little Pieces of Icelandic Poetry

May 9, 2014 at 11:24 AM | by | Comment (1)

In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.

The Little Thing: Icelandair's dedication to Iceland culture, both in the airport and their aircraft.

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Wish You Were Here: The Most Infamous Icelandic Volcano of All

Where: Vik, Iceland
May 5, 2014 at 2:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been four years (already!) since the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupted and wreaked havoc on international travel. Although volcanologists ranked the eruption low in severity, it was the hulking ash cloud that made headlines. Now, thanks to its having cancelled hundreds of thousands of flights, impacted millions of travelers, and necessitated the development of ash-detection aviation technology, a small parking area with a scenic lookout sees a steady stream of tourist traffic.

Finding the volcano on a map, or viewing some of the seriously humbling photos of the eruption make it seem as though it's in a remote location, far from civilization.

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Ben Stiller Gushes About His Love For Iceland

Where: Iceland
January 28, 2014 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (2)

After spending time there last year, Ben Stiller can't stop sharing his admiration for Iceland.

Ben's latest movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, was the first major motion picture to film scenes in Iceland that were actually set in Iceland.

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Take a 'Walter Mitty'-Inspired Tour of Iceland in 2014

Where: Iceland
December 27, 2013 at 2:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ben Stiller's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is one of the first U.S. movies to be primarily set in Iceland, which also doubles as Greenland, Afghanistan, and the Himalayas throughout the film.

Now that the movie is hitting theaters, several tour groups in Iceland are looking to cash in on the country's new starring role by offering trips to some of Walter Mitty's filming locations.

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The Newbie Traveler Soaks in His First Thermal Spa, in Iceland's 'Blue Lagoon'

Where: Iceland
October 30, 2013 at 3:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Every so often here at Jaunted, we get a dispatch from The Newbie Traveler Andy Miles, who, despite his passion for travel, is still working on getting out there in the world. His unique perspectives are those of a first-timer, and today we're excited to hear about his very first trip to a thermal bath. In this case, the dip went down in Iceland:

You only turn 30 once, so I decided to mark my third decade on earth with a trip to Iceland's Blue Lagoon. To make the experience even more memorable, I purchased their most luxurious package because, hey, I'm worth it.

Getting to the Blue Lagoon is easy, but it's not entirely close to Reykjavik's city center; plan on a 40-minute drive. Unless you're a millionaire and can afford a taxi, or have rented a car, you'll be taking a bus. Luckily, most bus services will pick you up right at your hotel and only cost about 3600 ISK ($30) roundtrip.

The drive from Reykjavik's city center to the Blue Lagoon is mesmerizing. It almost feels like you're on another planet made up of nothing but beautiful, mossy rocks. About a mile away from the lagoon, you'll start to see large plumes of steam rising in the distance. This is technically your first view of the lagoon, but it only gets better from there.

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Iceland in All Its Glory is New to Google Street View

October 15, 2013 at 12:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yes, another post about about Google Street View adding another picturesque part of the world to its ever-increasing inventory of picturesque parts of the world. These are coming at the pace of once a month now: in August it was Peru and then last month it was Swaziland We'll stop posting them when they stop being neat. So not for a while, no.

This month it's Iceland. According to the News Of Iceland, Google spent the summer mapping out areas in and around Reykjavík, and got around to activating the service inside the country in the last few days. The creatively-named news outlet even has a map showing all the roads where you can zoom in and have a look around. Or you can just follow the instructions below, if you want to look around yourself.

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Russell Crowe's Icelandic Souvenir is a New Addiction to 'Skyr'

Where: Iceland
August 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM | by | Comment (1)

Russell Crowe has a new addiction. It's called "Skyr" and, though it may sound scandalous, Skyr is actually just Iceland's traditional yogurt which Crowe discovered while filming Noah there last month. Now that he's back in Australia, it seems Crowe's in crisis and having a hard time finding his new favorite food.

"I seem to have left Iceland with an addiction to Skyr...can you buy it anywhere else in the world?," Russell recently tweeted.

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