Tourisme au nord du 49e parallèle

Iceland shines at New York's NORTH Nordic Food Festival

Authentic Icelandic cuisine and culture were the star attractions at last September's NORTH Nordic Food Festival in New York City. Festival-goers were treated to a variety of activities, including:

  • An Icelandic knitting demonstration, of course—Iceland's major export is wool
  • A class on how to mix Reyka Vodka cocktails
  • Performances by Icelandic musicians
  • Screenings of short films and documentaries from Iceland

The event certainly showcased Iceland as a great travel destination!

Source: icelandnaturally.com

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Human search engines in Iceland: the second wave

The tourism campaign showcasing Iceland residents as the online source of information for international travelers is now in its second phase. Inspired by social media and e-tourism, the initiative began with the concept of "human search engines." Called Gudmundur, these regional representatives can now take visitors on a personal expedition to their area of choice and help them enjoy their favorite activities. For example, one of them may suggest a trip to the hot springs at Reykjanes, followed by a special dinner and a photo session at the world-famous Blue Lagoon. Click on the link below to watch the Gudmundur Hangouts promotional video.

Source: inspired.visiticeland.com

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How to dress for winter fun in Finland

Produced by VisitFinland, The Official Travel Guide of Finland Web site features a short, informative video on how to dress right and enjoy the outdoors during the Finnish winter.

Source: visitfinland.com

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Sweden's ICEHOTEL offers five ways to experience the Arctic Lights

While the Northern Lights are usually only visible between September and March, other celestial phenomena can be enjoyed at different times of the year. To allow visitors to experience the wonders of the Arctic sky, the ICEHOTEL offers the following tours:

  • Celestial Delights: The absence of light pollution makes the area ideal for star-gazing. Snowmobile trips to the best observation points are on offer.
  • The Blue Magic: The Polar Night features a spectacular array of colors, ranging from pastel violet, pink and orange hues during the short day to intense, deep-blue twilight at night. The hotel's winter wilderness survival course allows outdoor enthusiasts to experience the Polar Night in all its glory.
  • Mid-day sunset adventures: In the winter, the sun never climbs above the horizon. Avid sunset-watchers can sign up for dogsledding excursions departing at 2 p.m.

Source: icehotel.com

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Iceland expects to draw three million tourists a year by 2020

With the number of visitors set to jump 23% this year and the government working hard to build the necessary infrastructure to accommodate them, Iceland is anticipating a boom in its tourism industry over the next few years. Tourism is making a significant contribution to the country's economic recovery; its share in the GDP rose 55% from 2009 through 2013. With a population of just 320,000 people, Iceland expects to host as many as three million tourists a year by 2020.

Source: skift.com

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Former Amazing Race contestants invited to Yukon

Tourism Yukon and the Wilderness Tourism Association of Yukon have partnered to bring two contestants from The Amazing Race Canada back to Yukon, where they were eliminated from the reality television competition during the episode shot there in September 2014. The two have been invited to relive some of their experiences and challenge themselves in the backcountry. According to Yukon's Minister of Tourism and Culture, the Amazing Race Canada was an excellent opportunity to showcase Yukon, which is the perfect backdrop for the epic adventures and endurance challenges featured in the show. Having the contestants return to the territory is a unique way of strengthening Yukon's image. The 2014 episode drew 3.5 million viewers. Video from the duo's trip will be shared on social media.

Source: gov.yk.ca

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Icelandair announces Montréal service beginning in May 2016

Iceland's premier airline, Icelandair, has announced that it will now provide seasonal service between Montréal and Iceland's capital, Reykjavik. Montréal will be the airline's fifth Canadian gateway—after Halifax, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver—and its 16th in North America. The five-hour, non-stop flight will depart from Montréal four times a week from May to November.

Source: marketwired.com

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Finland's Rovaniemi Airport invests in customer experience

The third-largest airport in Finland is undergoing major renovations to streamline the flow of passengers through Security and Customs, and to upgrade customer services. The facility's furniture, decor and restaurants are being redesigned with the Arctic Circle in mind, so that visitors can begin to experience the magic of Lapland as soon as they arrive. The restaurant section will soon include reindeer meatballs and burgers on their menus and the shops have been selected jointly with the Santa Claus Foundation. Finavia, the company that manages the airport, expects the renovations to be finished in November, just in time for the winter season.

Source: travelandtourworld.com

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Designer shelter for hikers in the far north

Located just south of the Arctic Circle and a stone's throw from the oldest glacier in Norway, the Rabot Tourist Cabin is only accessible by foot or on skis. This popular hiking region has a dry climate, but is known for volatile weather. The cabin, which is owned by the Norwegian Trekking Association, is constructed of local materials and is designed to withstand the area's often violent winds and cold temperatures. This stylish refuge can comfortably accommodate 30 hikers at a time.

Source: adventure-journal.com

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Enjoy the Northern Lights through a glass-domed igloo

The Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos resort is the perfect place for travelers seeking a one-of-a-kind Nordic experience. In addition to the hotel made of snow and ice, the igloos with glass domes allow guests to view the starry skies and Northern Lights from the comforts of their beds. Located in Rovaniemi in northern Finland, the resort offers a variety of activities including snowshoeing, snow sculpting and ice fishing. The video below provides more information about this unique vacation package.

Source: arcticsnowhotel.fi

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