Iceland: new for summer 2016
If Euro 2016 has taught us anything, it's to expect the unexpected from Iceland. The tournament's underdogs have proved that the Icelandic people are full of surprises - just like the country itself, which boasts delights of nature like active volcanoes, bubbling geysers and the Aurora Borealis.
Far from being sore losers, their slick performance, national unity and enchanting war cry may have inspired more than a few of us to think about visiting this fascinating country.
And there's no better time, especially as visitors can experience the midnight sun until August, and there's plenty of activity on the hospitality front. So if the Viking country has moved up your holiday hit list, and you're feeling spontaneous, the Flexicover team lists some new happenings for this summer.
A geothermal bath complex to open in July
While the Blue Lagoon is the most famous geothermal bath complex in Iceland, it's also the busiest. However the soon-to-open Krauma Nature Baths in Reyholt, just outside Reykjavik, is Iceland's best kept secret...for now. The chemical-free hot tubs and pools are built from natural materials sourced from Deildartunguhver and Raudsgill springs. The complex will also feature two steam baths, each with its own aromatic theme, and if you dare, an ice cold bath to get your blood pumping. There's also a tranquility room, fitted with soothing music and a roaring fire, to ensure guests leave as serene as the snow-capped scene around them.
For more: Krauma Nature Baths.
New eco-friendly whale watching vessel
It's poetic justice that an old sunken boat previously used for whale hunting has been lovingly restored to become an eco-friendly whale watching ship. Now intent on doing no harm to the environment, the vessel will run solely on Iceland's geothermal power, making it one of the world's most eco-friendly vessels. From 1 July, makers North Sailing will run whale watching trips two times a day on this unique boat, running from Husavik, the capital of whale watching in Iceland. See if you can recreate any In the Heart of the Sea moments while onboard.
For more: North Sailing.
Airfares from Scotland to Iceland just got cheaper
There's no doubt that Iceland is well-serviced by air - ten UK airports fly direct: London Gatwick, London Luton and London Heathrow, Bristol, Belfast, Birmingham, Manchester, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh. With popularity at an all-time high, the good news for us is that prices are being driven down by the competition. WOW air are the latest to slash their prices: they're offering £49 one way from Edinburgh. From 17 July, flights will depart Edinburgh International Airport on Wednesdays and Fridays until October. For those with more annual leave, flights can continue onto North America, for a two-in-one holiday.
For more: WOW Air.
New day tours of Traustholtshólmi
For a true escape, visit Traustholtshólmi: 'an island within an island'. Owner and summer resident Hákon, plus his sheepdog Skuggi, has thrown open his doors to visitors curious about his rustic way of life. For three days a week until 18 August, he'll ferry guests to the secluded 57-acre island where they'll find out how he lives off the grid: fishing for wild salmon to cook on an open bonfire, picking vegetables and herbs from his garden, and using windmills for energy. As an eye-opening experience, it's well worth the £130.
For more: Traustholtshólmi.
Reykjavik Culture Night
If Reykjavik isn't buzzy enough as it is, the city really comes alive on Culture Night, which this year falls on Saturday 20 August. Celebrating its 21st year, it will see the city's streets, squares and museums turn themselves over for free evening activities, from poetry recitals to a fireworks show. If a visit could coincide, it's a novel way to experience the Icelandic capital.
For more: Culture Night :Reykjavik.
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