Best times to visit Iceland

May 10, 2018 | Shauna Cook

Iceland is beautiful in all seasons, and each season has a standout reason why you should visit. It is the land of ice, fire and deserts. From glaciers to geothermal hot springs, Iceland has a vast array of activities in any temperature. The average temperature in Reykjavik in spring hovers around 8ºC, in summer it’s around 12ºC. The average high temperature in the fall is around 9ºC and winter, the temperature goes down to an average high of 3ºC. Here is a list of why I like to visit Iceland in every season: Read More >

Into the Belly of Iceland

April 03, 2018 | Ian Kalinowsky

On my most recent trip to Iceland I had the great experience of descending into the earth on three separate tours that involved ice, lava caves and a volcano. You could think of it as experiencing the hottest and coldest places on the planet all in one comfortable day.  Read More >

Heliskiing in Iceland

March 09, 2018 | Ian Kalinowsky

“Enormous playground of never skied colours, chutes and wide opened glaciers” is how National Geographic starts their article describing skiing in Iceland.

“Without a doubt Iceland offers some of the most mind blowing heliskiing on the planet,” says snow magazine’s “top 10 Heliskiing experiences in Europe.” Read More >

Iceland – Beer Spa

February 12, 2018 | Ian Kalinowsky

It is common knowledge that Scandinavians love to partake in the ritual of hot tubs and saunas. In Iceland, which is blessed with an unlimited amount of hot water, created geothermally, hot tubbing or “going to the pool” is a most common ritual. What is uncommon is the newly opened BEER spa! It opened in July 2017 in the northern part of the country, just outside of Akureyri in the Troll Peninsula, the spa is an amazing place. Hot tubs filled with beer that you sit in while simultaneously pouring yourself a craft beer to drink and enjoy. Read More >

Temperatures in Iceland

February 05, 2018 | Ian Kalinowsky

There is a standing comment in Iceland – “if you don’t like the weather – wait 5 minutes.” I spent 8 days in Iceland in January 2018 and I can verify that the statement is accurate. In the eight days there was a blizzard and 100 mph winds; rain; sleet; fog; ice and glorious sun. But one thing that it was not, was COLD. The mercury did drop to a low of about -5C.

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Birds of a Feather Stop Over Together

January 22, 2018 | Andrea Rempel

Stopping over in Iceland is a popular way to get a glimpse into what the country has to offer on your way to other destinations such as London or Amsterdam. It allows you to get that one extra stamp in your passport and although it’s not always enough time to explore as much as you want, it still allows you to say, yes! I’ve been to Iceland. But humans aren’t the only ones to use this North Atlantic island as a place to rest their weary feathers.

Even if you’re not a bird brain or a budding ornithologist, Iceland has some spectacular bird life that both live and stop over to eat, rest, and raise their brood. In no particular pecking order, here are some pretty amazing feathered friends you can find while visiting, or stopping over, in Iceland. Read More >

Into the Ice and Lava

January 16, 2018 | Shauna Cook

Where else in the world are you able to go into a glacier – other than Iceland!  I was lucky enough to visit one of Iceland’s newest attractions recently, and it is so incredibly unique!

We were picked up in Reykjavik from our hotel in a smaller sized mini-bus, and driven a few hours to the base camp at Husafell.  On arrival, we switched to another bus that took us a short distance to meet our modified glacier vehicle for the journey onto Langjokull (Long Glacier) – the second largest glacier in Iceland.  Read More >

Glacier Hike, Volcanoes and Waterfalls – An Iceland Experience

November 07, 2017 | Sylvia Bartlett

I had extremely high expectations of my first trip to Iceland in September as I have been training for the past seven months to become an Iceland Specialist.  I am happy to report that Iceland more than exceeded my expectations!  Immediately after leaving the airport I realized I was in a very special place.  As my transfer left the airport, I noticed the immense lava field we were driving through.  Rough, jagged black lava rocks covered the ground all around me.  I honestly felt like I was on a different planet.  It had been raining, so many of the black lava rocks were covered in lime green moss, it felt very mythical.  I half expected to see a troll peek around one of the rocks and wave at me. Read More >

Why Cruise Iceland?

January 01, 2017 | Shauna Cook

Iceland is considered one of the world’s hottest international destinations right now for several reasons:

1.  Safety. Iceland comes out on top on most lists of safest places to visit worldwide.
2.  Nature. Iceland has it all –  pristine coastlines, glaciers and volcanoes galore. Hiking, kayaking and taking in the incredible views are among many ways to experience this land of contrasts.
It’s easy to get to. With several airlines offering flights to Iceland from an ever increasing number of gateways getting this is easier than before.  Airfares are competitively prices, with advance purchase and seat sale fares often on offer.

Why take an Iceland ProCruises trip?

1.  Iceland is a maritime country. Cruises allow you to see the country as the early explorers did (but much more comfortably) – arriving at ports by sea and then going inland to explore.
2.  There is a major hotel shortage in Iceland, especially in smaller villages and towns.   Last year, hotel space was basically “sold out” by the middle of February for the period May to September.  This year we started getting sold out messages in late December.  Think of your cruise ship as a floating hotel!  You have a room that you return to each evening, only unpack once, maximizing your sightseeing time.  You will arrive in the ports early in the morning and then you have a wide range of optional activities to enjoy the area.
3.  You can be as active (or inactive) as you like.  Optional excursions range from kayaking, whale watching, hiking, fishing, horseback riding and golfing to bus tours, some with a special focus such as a Viking Sushi tasting and visiting local museums.
4.  Who doesn’t want to travel with Vikings? Iceland ProCruises is proudly Icelandic owned! Their guides are passionate about their country and everything Iceland (and Greenland). There’s nothing better than local knowledge to enhance your experience and make your trip the best it can be.