Travel & General Information
Travel from Europe and US to Iceland is easy with Iceland’s international airport at Keflavik only about three hours away from London, Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo and about five hours from New York, Boston, Toronto and Minneapolis.
Many airlines operate flights to Iceland, such as Iceland’s national carrier, Icelandair, SAS, Delta and the low-budget airlines, WOW air and EasyJet.
Conference participants can book their flights online at the following links and Your Host in Iceland is more than willing to assist participants in booking flights and other travel arrangements, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Operated all year daily from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik in connection with all arriving flights. The Flybus is located right outside the Keflavik International Airport. The Flybus brings passengers to the BSI Bus Terminal in Reykjavik near to the capital´s centre. From there passengers are brought to some of the major hotels and guesthouses in Reykjavik. Kindly note that not all hotels and
gueasthouses are provided with this service. Taxis are available outside the terminal for any destination. Duration: 40 – 50 minutes.
In connection with all departing flights. A free pick-up service is available from some of the major hotels and guesthouses in Reykjavík. The day before departure, passengers need to inform the reception desk staff of their hotel that they want the Flybus to pick them up the next day. The Flybus has a special schedule based on departures from the BSÍ terminal, picking up passengers approximately ½ an hour prior at the hotels.
General information about Iceland
Iceland looks like a tiny spot on the world map, but considering its size (app. 103.000 sq. km) the country has an incredible diverse landscape, dominated by mighty glaciers and mountains, desolate highlands, fertile river valleys, volcanoes and lava fields. This reason alone has made Iceland a popular spot for geology enthusiasts, enabling them to observe several rare geological phenomena in the same area.
• Iceland is located on top of the the Mid-Atlantic Ridge which divides the European and American two tectonic plates and these two continents are in fact slowly drifting in separate directions at the speed 2 cm each year. The ridge runs through the whole country, which accounts for the island’s lively geothermal activity, such as volcanic eruptions, geysers and hot springs, as well as occasional small earthquakes.
• Hundreds of volcanoes, both active and dormant, dot the landscape. The most notable ones include: Hekla, which was once believed to be the entrance to hell, Katla on the Myrdalsjökull glacier and Krafla in North-Iceland. All of them have erupted within the last century. On average there is a volcanic eruption every five years. Lava fields cover some 11% of the island.
• Geothermal power is harnessed to produce energy and heat. More than 90% of Icelandic homes are heated in this way. Fossil fuels are used only for transportation since hydropower is used to produce electricity. As a consequence Icelanders can enjoy a relatively clean and pollution free environment.
• Approximately 11% of the total area of the country is covered by glaciers. The largest one is Vatnajökull glacier, which is up to a kilometer thick. The glacial melt water produces powerful rivers, some of which offer possibilities for river rafting whereas others harbor beautiful waterfalls, such as the famous Gullfoss waterfall on the Hvitá river. Many of the spring fed rivers and lakes offer fabulous chances for fishing salmon, trout and Arctic char.
• Iceland is renowned for its natural beauty, and, we maintain, for good reason.
Icelandic water – the best in the world!
Icelanders have the fortune of having access to an abundant and inexpensive supply of natural hot and cold water, resources that are scarce in many places around the world. In addition, Icelanders are proud of the drinking water quality, which is one of the purest in the world and contains some naturally occurring minerals. The cold water from the tap is pure spring water and without any additives such as chlorine.
About the Icelanders
Iceland’s inhabitants of course come in all shapes and sizes but here are some broad strokes descriptions that might be helpful. First of all, they are often said to resemble the contradicting nature of Iceland itself: cold and a bit rough around the edges but at the same time incredibly warm and sensitive. Icelanders have survived for centuries under some very difficult conditions.
• One of the most interesting aspects of Icelandic people and culture is that they haven’t been “modern” for very long and led quite a primitive existence up until the 20th century. Since then things have moved incredibly fast and Iceland is now ranked with the best in terms of literacy, development and overall standard of living. Iceland’s industries are highly competitive and at the forefront in technological advancements in various fields of technology, from power engineering to genetic research as well as the efficient and sustainable utilization of fisheries.
• Icelanders are often said to have a poetic streak. Be that as it may, most Icelanders take great pride in this small island’s high cultural output, such as the enormous amount of new literary titles published each year and the lively music scene. For practical purposes, most Icelanders speak English fluently and are often described by our customers as outgoing, friendly and eager to help.
Reykjavík – Hot Destination
Reykjavík is a small capital by anyone’s standards and visitors will often remark “Is this it?” when they reach the city centre. It’s size and the fact that most of its shops, museums, restaurants and bars are situated around the centre in turn helps makes Reykjavík highly accessible and easy to explore on foot. To conclude, we at Your Host would like to make some personal recommendations.
• The growing number of visitors each year has resulted in a number of excellent restaurants in or around the city centre. Be sure to walk along the newly restored harbour area and stop for ice cream, brunch, a cocktail or a candlelight dinner at one of the many new spots there.
• The Kolaportið flea market is open on Saturdays and Sundays and has numerous stalls with second hand clothing, hand knitted wool and a section dedicated to all sorts of Icelandic delicacies. Be sure to try some dried fish, flatbread, liquorice or, if you are in a daring mood, some shark.
• Reykjavik is famous for its lovely bars, cafés and vibrant nightlife. Again, it helps that many of these are situated in the same general area, on Laugarvegur or its side streets, making it easy to go exploring. Icelanders are known to start late in the evening and Friday and Saturday nights tend to get a little wild.
• Anywhere in Reykjavík you will find a swimming pool within walking distance. These usually have a relatively inexpensive entrance fee but you are expected to bring a swimsuit and a towel. Many Icelanders visit these on a daily basis, if only to soak in the hot pots and discuss current affairs.
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