Archive for the ‘Iceland’ Category


Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Akureyri is a city in the northern part of the Republic of Iceland, also nicknamed the “Capital of North Iceland”. It’s the second largest urban area after Great Reykjavík area and the fourth largest municipality after Reykjavik, Hafnarfjörður, and Kópavogur. The Akureyri is a important port and fisheries center, with a tiny population of just 18 thousand people as of latest measurement.

The city is located near Eyjafjordur Fjord and is the home to the Akureyri University, the city is surprisingly active and has a big cultural history for such a small town. Sights in the city include, for example the Folklore museum and several botanical gardens. A large number of art galleries operate year round, a professional theater is also present for those interested. Arureyri isn’t a big metropolis, everything should be a on walking distances for any reasonable fit traveler, it can get a bit hilly though. The public bus system is free of use for anyone.

As there’s several universities and students living around downtown area the nightlife is vibrantly presence throughout the city, there’s a few recommended pubs and bars including Sjallinn, where live bands play near a bar area. Another bar for the mature crowd around downtown is the Kaffi Akureyri. When you are looking for a quiet coffee time, visit one of the coffee bars Kaffi Karólína and Bláa Kannan.

United States citizens do not need a visa when entering Akureyri for personal or business travel. At least if their stay does not exceed 90 days. The following things are required, valid passport, proof of return or onward tickets of travel and proof of sufficient funds for stay.


Saturday, January 31st, 2009

A city with just over 100 thousand inhabitants, Reykjavik, which means “Smokey Bay” sits on the southwest coast of Iceland and holds the distinction for being the world’s most northernmost capital. Reykjavik is the country’s center for culture, commerce, and government. It is also the country’s top tourist destination.

Reykjavik is a vibrant happening little metro set against the backdrop of nature. Indeed, natural wonders such as lush and vibrant valleys and powerful waterfalls are only a few minutes away from the modern structures and young vibrancy of the city. The city is clean and unpolluted, making walks along its clean and airy parks, past art galleries and high-end restaurants and boutiques a favorite activity of the locals and travelers. The downtown area can be traversed in a span of an hour and a half. But for a unique experience, weave in and out of the city’s side streets, arriving at Laugavegur and going past Bankastraeti, and finally ending at Shoreditch of Reykjavík, to discover the beauty of the city’s houses distinguished by their cheerful colors and corrugated tin roofs.

What makes the city different from other tourist cities is that travelers can immerse themselves in the everyday lives of its people while enjoying the tourist comforts that it offers. Walking is the primary mode of getting around. Traveling by car can be made even more enjoyable if one takes it to the outskirts of the city, where one can get a spectacular view of the city at the Perlan. Buses are clean and convenient although a tad expensive. Going by bicycle is another enjoyable way of getting around, as bicycle lanes crisscross the city and its parks. The best time to visit the city is from June to August.

US tourists do not need a visa for entering Reykjavik for business or for personal travel. This applies for stays that will last for no longer than 90 days. A valid passport, proof of return or onward travel, and proof of sufficient funds for stay are all that are needed.