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We're a holiday rental company and passionate about off the beaten path travel. These are our insider tips for the destinations where we offer holiday accommodation. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy writing it!!

The Marvels of Ísafjörður in Iceland

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The Marvels of Ísafjörður in Iceland

Paying a visit to Ísafjörður in the north-western tip of Iceland may require a little effort, yet it’s the very remoteness of this most enticing town which makes the effort well worthwhile. The ideal destination for off the beaten path travellers, Ísafjörður is where you’ll find some of the most astonishing scenery in the whole country. Here you can spend your days hiking through unspoilt surroundings, reaching awe-inspiring fjords and visiting nearby villages which seem almost stuck in a Viking time warp. The town boasts a history which dates back to the 9th century and, while it only has a population of just under 3000 inhabitants, it is still one of the largest in the area. A picturesque retreat, Ísafjörður is home to a brilliant maritime museum, many local restaurants and bakeries and is a fantastic base for all your fjordic explorations. Book your Iceland holiday rental  and discover the marvels of this most enigmatic corner of the world. The Tourist Info office in the centre of town will help you organise day trips to nearby attractions, help you book kayaking, horse riding and biking trips, and will also provide you with detailed maps of the city’s best hiking trails. While ...

Guide to the Northern Lights in Reykjavik, Iceland

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Guide to the Northern Lights in Reykjavik, Iceland

In case you were wondering, the biggest reason tourists flock to the immensely picturesque Icelandic town of Reykjavík in winter is not because the city’s an absolute hoot when basking in 22 hours of darkness every day (which it is), but it’s because this town is one of the best places on earth to watch the mystical Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights as they are most commonly referred to. There’s something incredibly magical about seeing the Northern Lights in full action, the Japanese going as far as believing that any child conceived under the bewitching vision will enjoy a long, healthy and blessed life. Only problem will be convincing your loved one to get indoors for some sexy-times during the impressive yet sometime elusive light show; the Northern Lights are far too mesmerizing to walk away from! Travelling to Reykjavik in the heart of winter is an immensely rewarding experience, not only will you have the best of the city’s winter sport action at your beck and call (dog sledding anyone?) but you’ll also have the chance to experience one of our planet’s most beautiful phenomena. Want to do something really spectacular next winter? Then book your holiday rental apartment in Reykjavik, ...

Best Adrenalin-filled Day Trips from Reykjavik, Iceland

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Best Adrenalin-filled Day Trips from Reykjavik, Iceland

A visit to Reykjavik, the Icelandic capital, is not for the faint hearted. It is here that adrenalin junkies from all over the world converge, to take full advantage of the country’s epitome extreme sporting activities. Sure, you could spend your days soaking up the city’s elegant setting, superlative eating, drinking and shopping on offer and leave the heart palpitation to others...but how much fun would that be? Ok, yes, that is fun too, but we mean reaaaaaaaall heart-thumping fun? On your next Icelandic getaway, book your holiday rental apartment in Reykjavik and, while you’re out and about enjoying the city sites, why not contemplate doing at least one of the following adrenalin-filled day trips? C’mon...you know you want to! Glacier Hiking & Ice Climbing The ideal full-day tour for anyone who’s ever dreamt of spending a few hours playing on ice, a ‘glacier hike & ice climb’ trip will see you come face to face with the stark magnetic beauty of Sólheimajökull Glacier and all of its surrounding areas. The views are simply spectacular and the exhilarating hike over one of the world’s most ancient ice fields truly unforgettable. Discover deep crevasses, natural ice formations and, if that doesn’t get your blood pumping, ...

Do’s and Don’ts of Pool Plunging in Reykjavik

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Do’s and Don’ts of Pool Plunging in Reykjavik

Soaking in a hot thermal pool is an integral part of everyday life in Reykjavik. It’s a wonderful reprieve in winter, when Iceland is devoured by darkness (and freezing temps) for months on end, and an equally soothing pastime in summer, when the endless daylight allows one to enjoy a long drawn-out social affair. But joining the crowds and plunging into one of over a dozen thermal pools in Reykjavik is not as simple as it sounds. There’s quite a strict etiquette to follow; so on your next Iceland vacation if you’re thinking you’re just going to strip to your swimming trunks and dive-bomb your way in, best you read on. Get set... While all the pools in town are actually man-made, the water is sourced from underground natural geothermal pools; so although most may not seem epitome natural wonders, the effects, ambience and social atmosphere more than make up for the lack of visual feasting. In famed places like the revered Blue Lagoon, you may get a more spectacular view, yet the complex may come across as an overly-touristy trap to some. Instead, book your apartment in Reykjavik and visit one of the many suburban pools, for an authentic and unpretentious ...

Dog Sledding: Reykjavik’s Ultimate Adrenalin Rush!

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Dog Sledding: Reykjavik’s Ultimate Adrenalin Rush!

The Icelandic capital of Reykjavik is a vibrant city bursting at the seams with energetic fervour. Basking in near-ending sunlight in summer, and drowning in all-consuming darkness and endless blizzards in winter, this most northern of cities is synonymous with extreme, in just about every imaginable way. It stands to reason then, that no vacation to Reykjavik is complete without including an adrenalin rush of some kind. Iceland is the ideal holiday destination for anyone wishing to pump it up just a little (or a lot). The island of endless glaciers, active volcanoes and precipitous canyons is an adrenalin junky’s Utopia, yet you need not be on an absolute death-wish to enjoy all it has to offer. If your visit is short and sweet, and you can only fit in one full-day trip, then we urge you to try the most epic Icelandic activity of all: dog sledding! Want to know what it’s all about? Then read our following review, and get ready for the ultimate adrenalin rush. Who let the Dogs Out?! I’ll start off by admitting that I had some reservations about dog sledding when I first arrived in Reykjavik. Being such a dog lover, I was always somewhat reluctant ...

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