Senior Travel to Iceland

Feb 24th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

I had forgotten about having been in Iceland a couple of times until recently when the lady at the checkout counter had a different kind of first name tag. I inquired about her name and she said that it was ‘Icelandic.’ That brought back memories of landing on Icelandair airlines at Keflavic airfare base and going into the terminal while the plane was being refueled on our way to Paris or Brussels… one or the other.

So why would anyone want to go way up there anyhow? All there is is vacancies and ice flows. Well, not all. Iceland is an island of 103.000 km2 (39,756 sq.miles), about one-third larger than Scotland or Ireland. Its highest peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur, rises to 2.119 m and over 11 per cent of the country is covered by glaciers, including Vatnajökull, the largest in Europe.

Out of a population numbering more than 300.000, half live in the capital Reykjavík and its neighboring towns in the southwest. Keflavík International Airport is located about 50 km from the capital. The highland interior is uninhabited (and uninhabitable), and most centers of population are situated on the coast. There are lots and lots of weird names as the Icelandic language is one of the tougher ones to learn in the entire world… along with the basque tongue. There is a saying in French…”When the devil wanted to punish, he made them learn the basque language for seven years.” How’s that for punishment. Says something about the language huh?

Seniors will enjoy the many hot water spas if you can stand the smell of sulfur. The hot water must have some healthful benefits as life expectancy, at 81.3 years for women and 76.4 for men, is one of the highest in the world, and a comprehensive state health-care system aims to keep it that way. Being south of the Arctic Circle, it’s never totally dark in Iceland. On December 22 you can still reckon with 3.5 hours of official daylight and 4-6 hours on either side of that not of darkness but of an eerie sort of twilight.

The “official travel guide’ has plenty of other reasons to check out the country. My granddaughter, an air-force academy grad, was stationed in Iceland for two years. She really got to know the country and told many stories of her adventures out into the black lava fields, the picturesque landscapes, the many fjords, the whales galore, and lots of wildlife. Iceland is “nature’s variety show.” This video will provide you with lots of scenery and information to prepare you for your visit.

Think of Iceland and there are several familiar associations: hip Reykjavík, the beautiful therapeutic Blue Lagoon, or perhaps our musical exports Björk or Sigur Rós. But this land of boiling mud pools, spurting geysers, glaciers and waterfalls is also an adventure playground. Its breathtaking landscape is an inspiration to artists and photographers. Iceland is the least densely populated country in Europe, with a pure, unpolluted and truly magical landscape. Iceland’s summers are surprisingly warm, lush and green, with days lengthening until midsummer, when the sun dips down to the horizon but never sets.

Would you like a few more tips on visiting Iceland? Well, here they are. Dave Brooks lived there for two years and created this website to help visitors get around more easily. Here are a few tours to consider during your stay. Iceland makes a great stopover on your way to or from Europe.

I just could not leave you without a little input from TripAdvisor on Iceland and Things to Do. Here you can find lots of deals on vacation packages and here some good advice from ‘real travelers.’ Don’t forget to take your eye-muffs and a warm jacket. jeb



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