Icelandic times issues 18
The winter was surprisingly mild in Iceland this year and it seemed to attract the largest ever number of visitors. The idea of visiting Iceland in the winter might have seemed crazy to some but what these visitors saw and experienced was unlike anything most city dwellers could imagine. Scenes of beauty that defied description, a land that had changed totally from its summer appearance. Short days were forgotten as the nights fi lled with startling displays of the famous Aurora Borealis.
Now, with the advent of Spring, the weather initially turned paradoxically colder. That didn’t deter the birds, however, as they started arriving in droves, knowing that the cooler days were just the last fl ing of winter. Following hard on the migrating birds come the photographers, eager to snap that special, unique photo for the ‘Bird for a Million’ competition up in the northern area of Trollskagi - the Troll peninsula. As increasing numbers of tourists visit Iceland, they are realising that there are so any sites that are off the beaten track of the Golden Circle. More and more people are branching out, taking advantage of the tour companies’ new offerings to places such as Reykjanes or as far afi eld as Látrabjarg at the far westernmost tip of the Westfjords. Others are coming to take advantage of the health benefits the country offers. Whether it is to get their eyes or their teeth fi xed or their diet revolutionised, many are coming to experience a healthy lifestyle that they haven’t found in their own countries.
There are so many top quality restaurants offering delicious meals made from local products that there really is no reason to eat unhealthily here. We hope you will take good health back home with you after a refreshing holiday.

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Einar Th. Thorsteinsson
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Kelly Baumann
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Vignir Andri Guðmundsso



5 Sensual Food for Thought
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6 The All-Icelandic Wool Shop
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8 Food Fit for Kings
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9 Design March
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10 Culinary Delights Around Iceland
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11 Rent Your Own Super-Defender
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11 The Brave get the Best
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12 Gifts from the Viking
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14-15 Iceland Through the Lens
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16-17 Unique Perspective
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18 A Taste of the Good Life
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19 Best way to see the city
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20 Icelandic Smiles
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21 Leaders in the Geothermal World
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22-23 Bakery by the Bay
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24 Gourmet dishes at fair prices
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25 Let’s Get Healthy
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26-27  The Small Town that Enjoys Life
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28 Live with the Vikings
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29 The Nature Activity Town
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30-31 Stay Warm this Winter
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32 From Hunters to Home
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33 Souvenir Candy
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34  Secrets Revealed
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36-37 Hot as the Sun
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39 Leather Designer
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40 Four Star Comfort in Kefl avik
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40 Hunger sated in 10 minutes
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41 By the Harbor in Keyfl avik
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42 Connecting Two Pearls
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44  Grindavík’s Harbour Café
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45  Birdlife and the lighthouse in Akranes
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46-47  A Setting for Every Mood
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48 Hot from the Oven
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48 Edduveröld
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49  History Brought to Life
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50  Fosshótel
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51 The Old-Icelandic Sagas
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52-53 The Homey Touch
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54  Spring Brings New Life
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55  Birds of the Northern Breiðafjörður
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57-59  Westward Ho!
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60-61  Mystic History
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62 Soft as Silk Spa
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62 Eyjasigling
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63  Peace with Nature and Birds
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63  Where Monsters Rule
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64 Westfjords Revealed
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64  Westfjords Wonders
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65  Iceland’s First Settler
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66  Trolling the Westfjords
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67  Capital of Country
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69  The Arctic Bow
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70 At the Centre of the Arctic Bow
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71  A Boutique Lifestyle in the North
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72 Dine in the Danish Era
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72  Far From Home
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73 Eating at the End of the World
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75 Much More than Free Soup
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76 An Outdoor Paradise
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77  The Birds in Hrísey
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78-79 A Flawless Pearl
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80-81 The Northern Playground
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82-83  The Plant of Angels
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84  Básar Guesthouse in Grímsey
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85  Ambassador of the Whales of Eyjafjörður
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86  Riding the North
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87  The Country Experience
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88 A Guesthouse in the Country
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88  A Phoenix From the Ashes
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90  Recharge Your Batteries
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91  Dine Back in Time
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91  East Iceland
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92-93  On Top of the World
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96-97  Ethereal Stay in Nature
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98-99  Oasis Under the Glacier
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100  No Ash – Just Beautiful Camping
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101  Refreshing Vík
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101 Viking Tours of the Westman Islands
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102 The Perfect Base Camp
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103 A Man and His Horse
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104 Stay by the Salmon
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105  Take a Break at the Waterfall
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106 Within The Golden Circle
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108  Down Into the Depths
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108  A Taste of Iceland’s Wild & Sweet
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109 A diverse community
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110 Chocolate on the Golden Circle
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110 An Idyllic Stay
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111 Slakki Zoo & Play Centre
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