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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.
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.
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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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.
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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Icelandair knows that you can only read so much about the Blue Lagoon in your guidebook before you need to hop onto the internets to check out a few more sample itineraries (and more pics of those hot springs). So that’s why the carrier is teaming up with Row 44 to offer up some international WiFi to each and every one of their airplanes.
Wait just one sec, however. It sounds like the installation process will start towards the end of the year, and the goal is to get a couple of planes up and going before 2013 rolls around. Thanks to super specific definitions, Icelandair will even be the first North Atlantic airline to do the fleet-wide WiFi thing.
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It's still one month until Christmas and already we've found a lump of coal in our stocking. Yesterday, the low-cost airline Iceland Express went out of business after its operator, Astraeus, went bankrupt. This sucks! It's bad news no only because it's horrible when a company travelers count on ceases to operate, but also because Iceland Express' cheery orange planes were the only option for affordable one-way flights from New York to Iceland, and even on to Europe.
Going roundtrip on Iceland Express from New York to Reykjavik could go as low as $399, and secretly we've been dreaming of hopping a transatlantic cruise, then returning from London via Iceland Express with a stopover in Iceland. Perhaps it all seemed too perfect, we knew it wouldn't last. The airline even had Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson as a pilot.
With the threat of winter also comes the drop of tourism to Iceland, unless you enjoy having only several hours of a sunlight each day. In New York, Iceland Tourism is plastering the interior of subway cars with ads attempting to attract travelers to come spot the Northern Lights, but we're not fooled; it's going to be dark and cold the rest of the day too! Thus, in a sort of ode to the change in seasons, we're enjoying this time-lapse video of one traveler's three-month-long driving trip around the country.
In it, there's the standard panning across breathtaking views, but also a few surprises, which causes it to stand out; he time-lapses his own packing (1:05) and setting up his tent waterfall-side (5:00), plus other tourists enjoying the sights (see especially around 2:00 for that).
This may perhaps be the last chance to smile at the beauty of Iceland, since another of the country's volcanoes may erupt and cause what's becoming an annual international travel meltdown. So...yeah. Enjoy!
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If you remember back to the not that long ago time known as yesterday, we mentioned how there’s one of those pesky volcanoes causing a little trouble on the bottom half of the earth. Well back up on the top half there might be some problems too, and once again we’re ready to blame Iceland.
At least this year it’ll be a little easier to pronounce and discuss, as the problem child is the Katla volcano. This pesky little sucker is located towards the country’s southern coastline, and unfortunately it’s much larger than the Eyjafjallajokul that we remember so well from last year. Some scientists even think that if Katla gets a little feisty that it could make last year’s ash problems seem small by comparison—oh boy.
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Yes, this airplane totally exists and yes, we feel kinda late to the news since it's actually been tooling around the world since notorious heavy metal band Iron Maiden customized an Astraeus Airlines Boeing 757 in 2008 to fly around on their world tours. It wasn't until this week that we really learned what we were missing, when Lonely Planet's US Editor Robert Reid hopped onboard "Ed Force One" for a tete-a-tete with Iron Maiden frontman (and the plane's Captain) Bruce Dickinson. You can read the first bit of Reid's adventures here.
What the what?! It just seems too awesome to handle. Heavy metal man Dickinson goes from flying high on stage to champion fencer to flying high literally, as a part-time pilot with Astraeus. Iron Maiden is still touring, believe it or not, but Bruce makes time to jet. Andhere's the real newsthe plane is now on a somewhat regular schedule flying to the US from Iceland, with international low-cost carrier Iceland Express.
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When the volcano started erupting on Rapture Day, experts at EuroControl, the European air safety organization, predicted literally zero impact on European airspace. Greenland had to cancel flights and Iceland's Keflavik airport was closed over the weekend, but the rest of Europe was supposed to escape a repeat of the Big Ash problems from last year's Eyjafjallajokull eruption.
Scientists pointed out that winds were blowing north rather than south, that the ash was large and coarse rather than fine and pointed (it matters for jet engines), and that the clouds were so heavy that the ash would fall to the ground. Gunnar Gudmundsson, of Iceland's Meteorological Office, insisted that the eruption would not "shut down airports abroad." Not so much, it turns out.
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As you're probably already well aware, the Icelandic volcano that blew its top this weekend was one with which we're not yet on cursing terms. It's name is Grímsvötn, and it's not even neighbors with good ol' Eyjafjallajokull.
The good news is that the ash cloud isn't big enough to majorly threaten European air travel such as Eyjaf's did in 2010, and Iceland tourism is about to take off again. The bad news is that the ash cloud already closed Reykjavik's Keflavik Airport for a short period, canceling flights, and it could do the same in a small way to Scotland soon.
Now for the big three things you need to know about the volcanoes: Pronunciation, Location and Identification...