Families and friends looking for a luxurious and authentic safari experience.
Being truly in the wild. Welcoming environment. Natural luxury.
Anytime! May to September is cooler, but wildlife is easier to spot.
Madikwe Safari Lodge is part of a family owned land of safari lodges across South Africa with a trademark of quality, luxury and authenticity. Choose between three lodges - Lelapa, Dithaba or Kopano. Lelapa Lodge is perfect for families. Kopano only has 4 suites and is perfect for a small gathering. For a remote experience with unparalleled views choose Dithaba Lodge, meaning "mountain".
You are situated right in the midst of wilderness inside the Madikwe Reserve. This is the best place to see white rhino and you will also have regular sightings of zebra, impala, wildebeest, giraffe, warthog, lion, wild dog, elephant, brown hyena, and spotted hyena. There are a maximum of 3 vehicles at a time for game viewing to keep it exclusive for the guests and safe for the animals.
Outdoor communal dinners. Fresh baked goods. South African wine.
Fly into cape Town or Johannesburg and arrange pickup with hotel.
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Honeymooners with a taste for adventure, Jungle explorers, Hammock lovers.
Night sounds of the jungle. Daily new explorations. Nature in its original state.
April to June is the dry season. December to March is the hottest season.
La Cantera is located in the heart of an Argentinian jungle, and built among 400 year old Purging cassia trees, with the environment around it carefully preserved. Choose between a Forest room, a Tierra Room, a Superior Jungle Room with hammocks, or a Villa fit for a family or friends, featuring an outdoor Roman bathtub. All rooms have balconies and jungle view. Special touches include rental of mountain bikes, pillow menu, gourmet breakfast, lunch box for excursions, and all the help you need for trip planning.
La Cantera Jungle Lodge Iguazu is located within Iryapú Natural Reserve, 10 minutes away from Iguazu Falls. The best tours are the Parque Nacional Iguazú Classic Tour and the Gran Aventura Tour, where you can explore the jungle and the falls on terrain vehicles and a boat. Finish the day at Ice Bar Iguazu, where sculptors all over the country leave their mark on the various ice sculptures.
Argentinian wine cellar. Fresh fish.
Fly into Aeropuerto Foz do Iguacu Brasil or Puerto Iguazu, Argentina and take a taxi to La Cantera.
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Searchers of the perfect beach and corners of the world yet to be discovered.
Fresh breeze. Private island spa. Water world.
December to August. Avoid October and November, because of high precipitation.
Located directly on the Pacific, only 8 degrees north of the equator, on the barely inhabited island of Boca Brava, Cala Mia is a Tiki lover's dream. You are surrounded by a tropical forest and beaches on all sides. Each bungalow is designed in a tiki home style by local artists with hammocks and lush vegetation around you. The Suites are only 10 meters from the sea, facing the ocean, with private beach access. Enjoy the freshwater infinity pool, while having a sundowner and watching the sunset. Visit the spa, located on its own small island - Cielo - connected to the mainland by a suspension bridge.
Cala Mia is a part of the National Marine Park in the Gulf of Chiriqui, home to more than 100 islands (Islas Secas) with many secluded beaches to explore. The province of Chiriqum is a perfect place for eco-tourism offering rain-forest walks and volcano hikes, as well as premium bird-watching. Spend the day at Cala Mia and enjoy sailboarding, snorkelling or paddle boarding. Take a beach walk through the jungle trail or kayak through the mangroves. If you want to venture out, charter a sailboat and visit one of the isolated beaches nearby or go whale watching. For those looking for action, surf at Morro Negrito 45 minutes away, dive the submerged mountains of Los Ladronesun, or wake up with the sun for some world class deep-sea fishing.
Coco Loco cocktail made from coconuts growing on the beach. Fresh seafood.
Fly into Panama City and take a connecting flight to David, Panama. The Holel will help you arrange a transfer by car or by boat through mangroves and lagoons.
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Explorers, Hikers, Photographers, Riders, Astrologists.
"A place so vast, that time and direction seem to have no meaning". Deep desert silence. Feeling small and significant at the same time.
Anytime - each season has its own charm.
Welcome to the Atacama Desert - the driest place on Earth. Rising from the Pacific Ocean up to the base of the Andes, Explora Atacama is located in the Ayllu de Larache near the village of San Pedro de Atacama. You will find yourself in the oasis in the middle of the desert, 2500 above sea level. Choose between 50 beautiful rooms with views of the Salt Mountains, the desert landscape, or the countryside. Relax in one the hotel's four interconnected pools, among lush native vegetation. During the cooler months, enjoy the sauna and the steam room, or an open-air jacuzzi after a long hike. Atacama has some of the clearest skies in the world, so make sure to visit the Observatory for celestial explorations and stargazing.
You will feel like you are on a National Geographic expedition, with 37 different ways to discover Atacama offered at Explora. Choose a guided hike with your preferred level of difficulty. Explore on foot, horseback or bicycle. Inner journeys are encouraged as much as physical ones. The recommended explorations are the Puritama hot springs, Guatín-Puritama (half day hike) and Quebrada de Nacimiento (full day hike), Cerro Toco (half day high mountain ascent), Quebrada del Diablo (half day horseback ride), Piedra de la Coca (half day bike ride). Do not miss Salar de Atacama - the largest salt flat in Chile. Above the salt flat, sits Altiplano - vast open plaines filled with wetlands, salt lakes, and geysers - an unforgettable experience.
Chilean wine. Traditional BBQ in the old adobe house featuring spit-roasted-lamb, beef and fish.
From Santiago, take a 2-hour connecting flight to the city of Calama. A member of the Explora team will pick you up and drive you to Atacama, approximately one-hour away.
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Winos, Honeymooners, Photographers, Writers, Soul-Searchers.
Wandering through ancient vineyards. Michelin-star food beautifully paired with local wines. Reawakening your senses.
October to March
Angala Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of the Cape winelands, in the upper reaches of Vrede en Lust wine estate. Between mountains, near a lake, and surrounded by lush trees, you will find a personal oasis of peace and indulgence. Choose between a suite or a cottage, with views to the mountains or the valley. Look out onto a secluded garden or the pond from your balcony or a private veranda. Cool off during the day in the Eco Pool - where the ecosystem mimics the streams, rivers and ponds. Warm up by the fireplace in your private lounge once the sun goes down.
Make Angala your starting point for exploring the Cape winelands or Cape Town. Hop on a Wine Tram and discover Franschhoek Wine Route among other South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. Take a day trip to Cape Town's Table Mountain, the city's most famous icon, visible from 200km out at sea. Hike or take a cable car to the top and enjoy spectacular views of the city on the water. For a wild life lover, South Africa is the perfect destination. Take a whale watching tour, and don't be surprised when you encounter dolphins, seals and penguins along the way. If you are looking for extreme adrenaline, shark cage diving at Gansbaai is the ultimate experience.
Fresh gourmet food. Breakfast outside with fresh baked pastries. South African wine.
Fly into Cape Town and reach Angala by car or a pickup service.
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Explorers, Hikers, Photographers, Riders.
Lodging at the tip of the world. Views as unique as they are breathtaking. Galloping across magnificent ice fields. Ever changing colours of the sky. Fresh air unlike anywhere else.
October to March
Welcome to a place that has been called the end of the world since the dawn of time. The Patagonia region has been cut off from the rest of the globe by sea, mountains and ice fields, creating a land that is magical and hypnotic. Explora Patagonia is located on the shores of Lake Pehoe, with breathtaking views of the Paine ridge and the granite towers. You will find yourself right in the centre of the Torres del Paine National Park, in the heart of Patagonia, a declared UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The 49 rooms of Explora Patagonia are designed to take full advantage of the surrounding landscape. Choose Exploradores Suite or Cordillera Paine Room with views of Macizo del Paine, or Salto Chico Room for an amazing view of the Salto Chico waterfall. Don't expect to find TVs or Wi-Fi in your room, since Explora's mantra is disconnection from everyday routine and deep relaxation after a day full of activity. The design confirms the hotel's philosophy, with wood playing a fundamental role, and the essence of nature being as close as ever. Visit the hotel's pool and open-air jacuzzis with views of Pehoe Lake and Paine Massif to relax at the end of the day.
Just like the name suggest, being at Explora Patagonia is all about exploring, getting on your feet and seeing the world around you. Patagonia is the southernmost region of South America, with one of the smallest populations in the world. It is home to an extensive variety of plants and animals, and some of the most unique and untouched landscape. Each evening you choose the activities you want to do the following day. Explora believes that explorations are the most important aspect of the travel experience. Each hike will have a guide, where you can choose your level of difficulty and decide on a half or full day adventure. The recommended explorations are Mirador Cóndor and Mirador Ferrier (half day hikes), Sierra del Toro and Cuernos (full day hikes), and Donoso (full day on horseback ride). Explora breeds and trains its own horses, available for the travellers' expeditions.
Chilean wine. Packed lunches for full day hikes. Traditional South American BBQ.
Take a flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas. From there the hotel will arrange a pickup to bring you to Torres del Paine, 4 hours away.
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Winos and Foodies, Lovers of Architecture, Design Enthusiasts with a taste for luxury
Gazing into the clearest night sky from your bed. Tasting the fertile landscape of Alentejo in the full-bodied wine made on the premises.
May to October
L'AND Vineyards is a luxury boutique resort, set inside a vineyard in the heart of Alentejo. Enjoy views of a vine garden, a tranquil indigo lake and the Medieval castle of Montemor. The building houses the L'AND winery, as well as 22 modern suites, beautifully integrating design and nature, built with natural stone, slate and wood. Choose between Sky-View or L'and Suites. Both suites have a large outdoor terrace with fireplace and a private patio, creating a peaceful and intimate atmosphere. The Sky-View suites allow the full opening of the bedroom ceiling, and include a private courtyard garden with a plunge pool. Sleep under the Alentejo night sky and take advantage of one the least polluted areas in Europe.
Alentejo is one of Europe’s not-to-be-missed destinations. Open space. Blue skies. History, culture, and wine. Indulge in some of the best wine Portugal has to offer, made on the premises of L'AND. Understand the winemaking process and learn how to appreciate it by colour, aroma and taste during daily complimentary tasting sessions. Take a short trip to the city of Évora, a unique tourist destination full of history, as well as a World Heritage site. For a taste of whimsical adventure, take a hot air balloon ride. Seeing Alentejo from the sky is an experience you will remember forever.
L'AND Restaurant is a one Michelin Star restaurant - so every dish is expected to be rich, indulgent and mind-blowing. Enjoy modern organic Portuguese cuisine. Drink grenadine coloured wine with hints of blackberry, mint, and spice.
Fly into Lisbon and take a beautiful 45 minute drive to Alentejo.
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Cast aways & barefoot divas.
Eating a ripe papaya in your soft bed. The ocean mist. The ripples of the sand. The peacefulness & the music.
Visit year round or enjoy the warmest months from May - November
"The silence is only interrupted by the sounds of the wind and the sea." This charming seaside escape is the perfect spot for those looking for solace and reflection. Built to respect the land around it, this guesthouse is carefully integrated into the landscape in the most luxurious of ways. Float between the sky and the sand dunes in a hammock or sway to the soft beat of Cape Verdean music "Morna" before tip-toeing back to your pristine white canopy bed.
Boa Vista is located within an archipelago containing 10 islands off the coast of West Africa near Senegal. Cape Verde is an Island Country and is flat, sandy and dry which makes for wonderful activities like dune buggy rides, fishing trips and long beach walks. Other nearby islands are home to many beautiful volcanoes. Portuguese and Italian explorers discovered and colonized the islands so you'll find a unique and soothing combination of cultures adding to the afro-portuguese island charm. Creativity - as in poetry and art - are infused into daily life.
Cachupa -- the famous Cape Verde dish. A slow cooked stew made of corn, beans and local fish.
Fly a charter plane to Boa Vista, many flights leave from the UK.
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Curious Explorers, Hippies, Bird Enthusiasts, Beach Bums
Waking up with the roosters to the sunrise outside your window. Falling asleep to the soft calls of wildlife all around you. Colombian coffee with vanilla sunsets. Swinging in a hammock. Tingling from a day spent in the sun with a cool serene breeze on your skin.
Anytime of year - you are almost on the equator!
It is hard to do Playa Manglares justice solely with words and images. You realize how special this place is once you step out of the cab and get a warm embrace from your host Olga. The feeling you get when at a family cottage mixed with wild outback lodging in a remote untouched paradise describes Playa Manglares best. The Eco-lodge is located on a bay surrounded by mangrove and palm trees and full of wildlife. There are 3 floors with a different beautifully designed room on each floor, suited for the needs of a family, a couple, or friends traveling together. Little touches like a hammock in the room overlooking the bay or intricately tiled outdoor shower amidst a lush jungle make Playa Manglares unforgettable.
A short motorcycle ride away is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world - Playa Blanca. Be a beach bum for the day or take a boat trip to the nearby Rosario Islands, where you can snorkel and dive or simply enjoy having a private island to yourself. Once back at Playa Manglares, make sure to visit the Bird Sanctuary, and see why Colombia is one of the best places to bird-watch.
The juiciest and sweetest mango and papaya you will ever taste. Yucca and Cheese pastry. Guava coconut candy for dessert. Outdoor communal dinners with a different special everyday. You can count on it being fresh, local and organic.
Fly into Cartagena and take a 50 minute taxi to Baru Island. Get around the island on the back of the locals' motorcycle.
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History-lovers, Design-purists, Romantics
Discover the rich history reborn. Feel the healing power of the hot springs. Visit an early twentieth century Chapel steps away. End the day above ground in a luxurious Tree House, where you couldn't be closer to nature.
May to August
Become part of history as you stay at Pedras Salgadas - a 100 year old park, which used to be a holiday destination for royalty. Today the fashionable spa town is an intriguing mix of old world glamour revitalized with modern and sustainable design. Larger groups and family reunions will feel at home at one of the seven Eco Houses, built with nature as their foundation. A more adventurous traveler can choose to stay at the Tree House - a lightweight, self-supporting structure, designed with landscape integration in mind. Wander the premises, discovering the power of water in the hot springs and the lake.
Welcome to the Northern Portugal region known as the "Marvellous Kingdom". Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro are surrounded by high mountains and deep valleys and offer an endless list of sights to see. Enjoy the protected areas of the region such as Azibo Lagoon, Peneda-Gerês National Park, and the Alvão, Douro International and Montesinho Natural Parks. Take in stunning architecture and history with surrounding castles, churches and bridges, with the famous Quintas of the Douro Valley and the gold mines of Trêsminas. Frequent Pena Aventura Park for a faster-paced holiday filled with adventure and adrenaline. Or slow your stride and take a tranquil and romantic boat ride through the Pedras Salgadas lake.
Port wine, olive oil and honey made in the region. Mirandesa and barrosã steaks.
Fly into Porto, Portugal. The Pedras Salgadas spa & nature park is only one hour away by car.
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Juvet Landscape Hotel, Valldal
Juvet Landscape Hotel, Valldal
Glam Hikers, Skiers, Design Enthusiasts, Photographers
Sunshine all year round. Bright summer nights. Long days. The magic of fresh and invigorating mountain water. Feeling alive.
Anytime. Juvet's four season approach is perfect, as it creates experiences for its guests throughout the year.
Welcome to the Burtigarden farm at Alstad in Valldal, Norway. Juvet is a unique hotel, incorporating pure Norwegian nature with modern, functional design. It sits in a beautiful valley, surrounded by majestic mountains and refreshing streams. The nine cubes on stilts are built individually into the landscape. No room is designed the same. The architect's vision of achieving a sense of well-being with minimal design comes through with floor to ceiling windows, letting light and nature in. See the mountains from your bed as soon as you open your eyes. For a more traditional accommodation choose the rooms in the mill house, the shed and the old farmhouse. Enjoy the steam room and the outdoor hot tub after a ski trip. Gather at the open fireplace to share stories of your daytime adventure.
Any time of year you visit Juvet, there is an array of activities to satisfy any nature lover. Experience the best skiing and winter adventures, and watch the snow light up the landscape in the winter. Spring is spectacular as you enjoy the lush green fields below and snow capped mountains up high - getting the best of both worlds. Raft through the salmon river or try canyoneering. In the summer, make sure to visit the famous Geiranger fjord, which is on UNESCO world heritage list. See the powerful waterfalls "The Seven Sisters", "Bridal Veil" and "The Friar". Visit Atlantic Ocean Park and get to know the rich life under the sea. Go fishing with Actin and Stein Magne, one of the most well-known fishing guides on the Norwegian coast. Bring your catch back to Juvet, and don't hesitate to ask to have it prepared. Enjoy the vibrant colours of the mountains in the fall and take unforgettable pictures.
Communal dinners in the cow barn. Old fashioned smoked salmon. Always the freshest bread and pastries from Nikka on the Myra, a 97-year old local celebrity. Apple juice from the valley. Famous strawberry cream cakes from Åse at the Jordbærstova.
Fly into Ålesund and drive 90 minutes to the northwest coast of Norway.
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Jungle Wanderers, Bird Enthusiasts, Mowglies
Thrilling jungle experience complemented with rainforest ambiance. Feeling the thirst for adventure, awakened by the raw surrounding wilderness.
December to March
Welcome to Sacha Lodge (“Sacha” is the Quichua Indian word meaning “forest”) - the true Ecuadorian Amazon, where the lodging is beautifully integrated with the lush environment. All the cabins are connected to the main lodge by boardwalks and include private shaded terraces. One of Sacha Lodge’s highlights is the 135-foot observation tower. Built around a giant kapok tree, the tower allows guests to see above the rainforest canopy and enjoy unforgettable sunsets and magnificent views of the surrounding wildlife.
Each day at Sacha Lodge brings a new adventure. The early risers can birdwatch on the canopy walk, or have the unforgettable experience of visiting one of Ecuador's largest butterfly farms. Take a quiet and mysterious canoe ride through the surrounding streams and lakes. Head downriver to the Yasuni Clay Lick to visit dozens of parrots. Refresh with a swim in the lagoon or spend the afternoon fishing for piranha along the river. For those seeking a little more thrill, fly through the forest on a zip-line or take a night walk to observe the mysterious nocturnal life of the Amazon.
Barbecue with fellow travellers
Getting to Sacha Lodge is half the experience. Fly into Quito - Ecuador’s capital city. From here a 25-minute flight will take you into the Amazon Region. Arrive at the town of Coca, where you embark on a magical two-hour canoe ride through Napo, the largest river in Ecuadorian Amazonia, bringing you to your final destination at last.
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Campers (or glampers), shutterbugs, forest gypsies, special occasion seekers.
Breathing in your surroundings. A blanket of stars. Feeling fresh. Nature and you.
May - September.
If you've never slept in a tent before, these stunning luxury tents situated in picturesque Canadian wildnerness offer an ideal first time experience. Imagine waking up in the most charmingly accessorized canvas tent, stepping outside to sink into your favourite adirondack chair with a cup of hot coffee. You watch as a bald eagle swoops into placid waters for his morning fish. This retreat is a place of quiet reflection, re-connecting with loved ones and living the natural life daily.
Explore this gorgeous setting alive with many activities. Take walks around the grounds to find your favourite remote hiding places. Experience whale watching, bear watching, mountain biking, climbing and zip-lining to just name a view. Relax in the healing grounds after a long and wild day.
Locally grown and raised products from the region of Cascadia. Try the grilled Clayoquot Sound oyster chowder.
Fly to Vancouver International Airport, head to Tofino and take a sea plane or boat transfer.
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Adventure seekers with a taste for indulgence.
Unwind by the open fire on the outside terrace before heading off for an unforgettable sleep. Choose your pillow from a personal pillow menu. Close your eyes and relive your adventure.
All year round. Remember - the seasons are in reverse! For the warmest and most settled weather visit February - March.
Te Waonui has been built to naturally blend in with its magical surroundings. The energy efficient architecture is hidden within a lush rainforest and encircled by majestic mountains. Get perfect sleep in the soundproofed rooms, complete with soft woollen underlays and plush down and wool duvets. Enjoy a private balcony or courtyard. Dine among the trees in ‘The Canopy’ restaurant.
Welcome to the Westland National Park, where glaciers collide with a rainforest in an area blessed with contrasting landscapes of lakes, rivers, ocean, forests and the snow capped mountains. Take part in Bike tours, Eco Rafting, and Glacier Country Kayaking or visit the Glacier hot pools. For the extreme adventurer, enjoy a Helicopter flight and take in spectacular views of the Franz, Fox and Tasman Glaciers as well as Mt. Tasman and Mt. Cook. If this isn't enough adrenaline, experience sky-diving in a place with the most panoramic views of New Zealand - one of the only places in the world offering the highest jump of 18000ft.
A five course mouthwatering dinner from the freshest West Coast and South Island produce. Try the tea smoked, Te Waiponamu Scallops or the South Island Alpine Merino Lamb tenderloin. Or both.
Rent a car to take in the unspoiled landscapes. Greymouth Airport is about 2 hours away.
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Nature and Wildlife Enthusiasts.
Sitting at the breakfast terrace, enjoying unspoiled views of Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro. Watching giraffes and buffalos at close range at the Momella clearing steps from the Lodge.
All throughout the year. April and May are the rainy months, however wildlife is most alive during this time. Bring a jacket for chilly mornings, but temperatures in the afternoon get up to 30 Celsius.
The lodge is situated on the northern edge of Arusha National Park. The ‘luxury bush hotel’ consists of three buildings situated in acacia woodland. Hatari Lodge offers nine rooms, individually designed to differ one from another, and decorated with local designs and materials, which are partly recycled. Take advantage of the personal fireplaces!
“Lakes, rolling green hills, Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and wildlife - Momella is a jewel. There is nothing more beautiful in East Africa.“ – Jim Mallory, 1961. Arusha National Park is undoubtedly one of the most stunning destinations in Tanzania with pink flamingoes at the Momella Lakes, largest giraffe population in Africa, forest elephants and leopards, as well as a large number of primates.
Home grown vegetables and fruits. Communal dinners. Sundowners.
Situated 60 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport. Hatari Lodge offers airport transfers.
This is the former private homes of actor Hardy Krüger and his farm manager, Jim Mallory.
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Types who love undisturbed beauty and adventure.
Sitting in the outdoor hot pool, sipping a Brennivín (Iceland's signature distilled beverage) under the falling snow, while watching the Alias Aurora Borealis.
Visit October to March, If you're after the Northern Lights. However, most outdoor activities are available while the temperatures are mild during the high Season in the summer, June to August.
Ion is a luxury adventure hotel. Award-winning Northern Lights bar and the Lava Spa provides the atmosphere necessary to "recharge, reflect and rejoice".
Ion's location by the “Golden Circle” route, makes it the perfect starting point from which to explore Iceland's rich heritage. Start with seeing the enormous geyser Strokkur (erupting every 5-7 minutes), following the scenic Gullfoss. Hike to the top of a dormant volcano, go glacier hiking, ice climbing and rafting, then sit in a thermal hot spring, or swim in the Blue Lagoon. The possibilities are endless in “the land of fire and ice”.
Sophisticated and fresh Icelandic food - try the cured Arctic char and chef's signature dish - skyr crème brûlée.
Ion Hotel is set on the edge of Thingvellir National Park in the region of Nesjavellir in southwest Iceland. It's 85km from the Reykjavik-Keflavik airport and 42km from downtown Reykjavik. We recommend renting a car to have the freedom to explore.
Do not pack light! Iceland's bipolar weather can change in a matter of minutes. Make sure to bring your parka and warm hiking boots, even in the summer months.
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