Iceland receives third UNESCO spot, new destinations in Iceland and more news..

Iceland receives third UNESCO spot, new destinations in Iceland and more news..

With summer in full swing and world class news coming from Iceland, we present you with plenty of reasons to visit and get inspired. UNESCO has just approved Vatnajökull National Park as a World Heritage Site which is a tremendous acknowledgement as the national park features unique nature, which is invaluable for mankind, and should be part of our legacy. New destinations such as Vök baths in the East or Arctic Coast Way in the North invite you to travel further and see new sides of Iceland. It is easy to enjoy your time in Iceland to the fullest.
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UNESCO has approved Iceland’s application to include the newly-expanded Vatnajökull National Park as a World Heritage Site. Vatnajökull National park will become Iceland’s third UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the first that receives the accolade for its unique nature. It joins Þingvellir National Park, a cultural site, and Surtsey island, a unique geographical/ geological wonder.
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What’s new in Iceland 

South Iceland
Sanctuary for Beluga whales in Westman Islands has welcomed Little Grey and Little White
A specially-built open-sea sanctuary located in the Westman Islands is the home to the two Beluga whales, who have now safely arrived from their previous home in Shanghai, China. The sanctuary is the first of its kind, and provides conditions as close to living in the wild as is possible for the animals, which were raised in captivity. Read more on SeaLifeTrust
Diving among the underwater hot springs in Kleifarvatn  
Lake Kleifarvatn’s position on the geothermally active area along the diverging tectonic plates provides some unusual features. Underwater hot springs were recently discovered about 10 meters from the shore on one side of the lake. In the center of the hot springs is a large crater that emits large quantities of warm water and gases. Read more
South Iceland
Hotel South Coast opened in Selfoss
The new hotel offers 72 rooms including 7 superior rooms and 8 rooms with wheel chair access. Hotel South Coast is a great choice for the wandering traveler, making it a good base when exploring the South coast of Iceland. Read more 
East Iceland
Newest hot spot in Iceland – Vök Baths
Vök Baths will offer a new bathing experience in the crystal clear waters of Urriðavatn lake, where 75-degrees warm water streams from hot springs deep under the lake. The spring water will be directed to a series of floating pools on the lake, as well as hot pools on the lakeshore. Cold tunnels and sauna on the lake shores will strengthen the rejuvenating processes.Find out more
Need to relax away from it all? Viðey Island brings yoga and gong relaxation this summer! 
An invigorating yoga walk around Viðey Island followed by a refreshing gong relaxation session will be offered on July 14 to all who want to explore the gem of Reykjavik area, just one ferry ride away. Viðey Island is part of Reykjavik City Museums and it is perfect for a day trip visit.
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Magic Ice Reykjavík – Ice Bar and Gallery  
Located in the heart of Reykjavik a newly opened ice bar and gallery can be found. A sub-zero experience with ice-art gallery with sculptures & a bar (all made in crystal clear ice) is something completely new in Iceland. Check it out on Facebook 

Iceland in the news

The best of the best in the world – Snorkeling in Silfra
The dive and snorkel company was awarded highest honor by TripAdvisor for Silfra Snorkeling Tour of Travelers Choice for experience category as one of the best in the world. This award not only showcases what spectacular experiences are available in Iceland but also highlights that with dedication and focus on quality services, Icelandic companies put Iceland on the international map. Read more
South Coast Tour selected #5 in the world – Your Day Tours  
The South Coast tour by the company Your Day Tours was selected the 5th best day tour in the world by TripAdvisor. In this 10 hour long day tour many of the most beautiful places in the southern part of Iceland are visited and we recommend that you consider this as an option for your trip in Iceland. 
Another award for The Retreat
The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland, Grindavik won yet another reward in June, now for  best ”Luxury Hotel“ in the Hotels/Resorts/Wellness category of the 15th Annual Hospitality Design Awards.  For full details, check out the article in Hospitality design.
The Retreat Hotel
Iceland lives up to the hype
According to Travel and Leisure, Iceland is one of five popular travel destinations that “live up to the hype” according to travelers. Whether its summer or winter, Iceland has plenty to offer and we are glad to see that travelers around the world recognize this. Find out what the hype is about
Tours involving the great Icelandic Sagas 
Find out how the tales of heroes and feuding families in Iceland’s chronicles inspired a countrywide walking, hitchhiking and camping trip in the article by The Guardian.
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Design inspired by sustainability and spirituality
– Six Senses Ossura Valley to open in Iceland 
Six Senses Ossura Valley Hotel Resort Spas will open it’s first resort in Iceland in year 2022. The resort will be a hub for people passionate about nature, wellness and adventure by day, and indulgent dining, comfortable beds and perhaps a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis by night. Read more

Iceland’s creative side

Iceland Documentary Film Festival –  First edition on July 17-21 
The festival´s mission is to introduce quality documentaries to the local audience and visitors alike and connecting filmmakers and industry people from all over the world. The event will take place in the small and quaint industry town of Akranes, just 45 minutes outside of Reykjavik.  
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The World’s Friendliest Heavy Metal Festival – Eistnaflug  10-13 July
Held in the small town Neskaupstaður, population around 1.400 inhabitants that loves this festival. Eistnaflug started out as a small one-day metal festival in 2005 and has today grown into a four-day festival where metal, hardcore, punk, rock, and indie bands share the stage.
Iceland Music to offset carbon emissions 
Iceland Music organised a day of tree-planting at Hekla Forest in order to offset carbon emissions generated both from company travel and the Icelandic music industry at large. In the first tree-planting session 10,000 birch trees were planted over the course of four hours.
Iceland Airwaves
Homegrown heroes Of Monsters and Men will headline the Iceland Airwaves music festival in November! But the Airwaves team never rests, and a new wave of acts was recently announced.

We’re inviting you to come join the Airwaves party in Reykjavík.

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