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Visit Iceland and The Fagradalsfjall Volcano

Everyone is talking about the volcanic eruption happening in Iceland right now. Iceland ProCruises/ProTravel are the premiere travel companies in Iceland, offering soft expedition-style cruises circumnavigating the Island. They announce their availability arrange a trip to the volcano before and after a cruise so travelers can visit this amazing display of nature while visiting Iceland.

The Land of Ice and Fire is once again living up to its name; a new eruption is occurring in Iceland! From Geldingadalur valley, just south of Fagradalsfjall volcano, gleaming lava can be found running in molten rivers and spurting in spectacular jets.

Making this phenomenon even more exciting is its location. The Reykjanes Peninsula is familiar to all travelers to Iceland, as it connects Keflavik International Airport with the country’s capital, Reykjavik; the region is also home to the Blue Lagoon. It is the most accessible eruption in Iceland since the country has become a major tourist destination.

There is a website available to answer the questions of potential visitors and Iceland ProCruises stand ready to make arrangements for a pre or post cruise stay in Iceland. Their expertise assures visitors of a safe and splendid tour of the volcano.

There are hiking tours with guides; some at night which show the breathtaking fountains of fire and vivid orange rivers of lava which are even more striking against the dark sky. Those who want a more personalized experience can also organize private tours. While tourists can visit without an experienced guide, it is not recommended, as no roads lead directly to the site, meaning you’ll have to hike for several hours; only certain operators have permission to drive closer. This is very challenging for those who are not knowledgeable of the local area, particularly considering the rugged terrain and unpredictable weather. It’s best to have a reputable agency make plans for you.

More information at HERE, including rates and schedules for 2021.

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Iceland is Open For Business

Iceland is Open for business!

Iceland and Greenland specialist Iceland ProCruises announce these great reasons to book a trip to Iceland in 2021. These trips on-board the OCEAN DIAMOND are soft expedition cruises accompanied by an Icelandic expedition team, who speak English.

  1. Travelers will receive free airfare for booking the Iceland Circumnavigation 10 day cruise available from $4,299.Cruise dates: 11th Jul – 20th Jul 2021 and 29th Jul – 7th Aug 2021
  2. Iceland ProCruises invites solo travelers to book a cruise on certain dates in 2021 with no single supplement charge. This means no extra cost for a private cabin aboard the OCEAN DIAMOND on several dates on the Iceland Circumnavigation 10 day cruise available from $4,299 Cruise dates: 11th Jul – 20th Jul 2021, 29th Jul – 7th Aug 2021
  3. Family Special valid for 2 adults and maximum 2 children on any 2021 departures. Includes 2 bedrooms with 2 beds each, a bathroom with tub and shower and picture window which is perfect for families visiting this island country.
  4. While in Iceland, guests should plan some time to visit the currently erupting Volcano and Lava Field.  The Land of Ice and Fire is once again living up to its name with this new eruption. Photo credit

From Geldingadalur valley, just south of Fagradalsfjall volcano, gleaming lava can be found running in molten rivers and spurting in spectacular jets. There are various ways to visit the volcano – private guides, helicopter tours, etc. As part of Iceland ProTravel, Iceland ProCruises is happy to help with organizing tours to the volcano, the Blue Lagoon, and many points of interest in Iceland. They have access to exclusive tours, the best hotels and transportation available. Descriptions of pre and post tours can be found at this link: https://www.icelandprocruises.com/pages/excursions/pre-and-post-tours

Shore excursions add to the charm of Iceland ProCruises. Guests can experience waterfalls, volcanoes, glacier-choked lakes, horseback riding, trekking, sea kayaking, boat tours, museums and historic sites, whale watching, birding, bus tours, culinary tastings and more. The many options available allow each guest to choose their favorites at each port. No trip to Iceland is complete without these experiences.

Bookings may be made with a local travel agency or directly at +1 678 701 5830. More information at www.icelandprocruises.com,including rates and schedules for 2021.

Travel to Iceland from foreign countries is now allowed. Rules as of May 10, 2021 are:

People who present a vaccination certificate or a certificate of previous infection are allowed to enter the country. More information about the rules currently in effect by the Government of Iceland can be found here https://www.covid.is/categories/travel-to-and-within-iceland

 

Eurovision Singer Destiny illustration by Heather Skovlund (Photo Credit: Carlton Agius) for 360 Magazine

2021 Eurovision Song Contest

Will there be a shock winner at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest?

The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most popular annual events that takes place across Europe. Over 180 million people tuned into the 2019 contest, which was won by the Netherlands. The final of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest final takes place on 22nd May in Rotterdam, where thirty-nine countries will take part in the live-streamed musical event.

The current favorites to win in 2021

There are a few acts that will be confident of winning the final, with the Eurovision song contest odds placing Malta as 4/1 favorite to win, who will be represented by their act, Destiny. They have never won the contest before but have finished in 2nd place on two occasions. Despite being the favorites, Malta will have to navigate a semi-final before they reach the main stage.

The second favorites to win are France, who are at 5/1 odds. Unlike the predicted winners, France has won the contest on five occasions, however, they haven’t won it since 1977.  Switzerland, Italy, and Bulgaria will also perhaps all fancy their chances of winning this year as well.

Will 2021 see a shock winner?

The United Kingdom hasn’t seen a Eurovision winner since 1997 – on that occasion, Katrina and the Waves won with the song “Love, Shine a Light.” The UK’s representation in 2021 will be James Newman, a singer-songwriter who has had a successful career in the industry – though many bookmakers believe that he is unlikely to win. 

Ireland is also seen as huge outsiders to win, but they are actually the most successful country in Eurovision’s history. They have won the competition on seven occasions, with the last success coming in 1996.

A previous shock winner

The 2011 edition was won by Azerbaijan, and it was seen as a huge shock at the time.  This was their first success in the competition, having only entered for the first time four years previously.

How many times has the host nation won Eurovision?

The host nation of the final has won Eurovision on seven occasions. The last time this occurred was in 1994 when the competition was won by Ireland. Looking back towards the upcoming contest, the Netherlands are, however, seen as huge outsiders to win.

A further brief history of Eurovision winners

The first edition of the contest was held in 1956. On that occasion, it was won by Switzerland. In 1969, four countries won the contest, which was the first and only time in which there were joint winners, all garnering the same score from international judges and the public vote. The United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands, and France all came in first place that year.

A few years later, in 1974, ABBA won their contest, and the Swedish pop group would go on to become music icons. Their winning song “Waterloo” is still popular all over the world.

There are several other countries that are yet to taste success in Eurovision. This list includes Iceland, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. Will the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest see a first-time winner?

Iceland waterfall

Inspired by Iceland: Let It Out

Frustrated by dodgy, at-home haircuts? Fed up with endless Zoom quizzes? Pining after the cancelled festivals and celebrations? You need a release and Iceland is the perfect antidote.

With 49% of Americans feeling increasingly stressed, frustrated and tense due to the recent coronavirus-induced lockdown, Inspired by Iceland has launched Let It Out, a bespoke website that invites everyone to record their screams of frustration and have them released into Iceland’s beautiful, wide-open spaces.

For the next two weeks, people worldwide can visit https://lookslikeyouneediceland.com. to let it all out and, with Iceland’s uniquely spacious surroundings and seemingly endless landscapes, the only noises you’ll have to compete with are a nearby waterfall and the crashing waves of the ocean.

Inspired by the practice of ‘scream therapy’ and the fact that 42% of Americans say COVID restrictions make them want to scream, Let It Out will capture screams, yells and shouts from anyone, anywhere in the world and release them through speakers located in seven stunning and remote locations across the island.

From the peak of Festarfjall in Reykjanes Peninsula, the tranquil shores of Djúpivogur in East Iceland to the roaring Skógarfoss waterfall in the south, participants can choose from seven locations in Iceland where their scream is released before seeing and hearing it in real time via a live stream of screams.

Psychotherapist & Mental Health Specialist Zoe Aston comments “The events of this year mean most of us have experienced increased feelings of frustrations, fear, loneliness, anger or guilt, and we have all coped in different ways. Left with a backlog of emotion, we need to find healthy and effective ways of creating a release in order for us to move forward into our new normal. Using a scream as a way to release pent up emotion allows you to reconnect with yourself, hear your own voice and reclaim the power that is inside you. Releasing pent up emotion is not an invitation to attack, influence or express aggression; it is a way to become aware of your feelings and take a step towards being kind to yourself.”

Global research commissioned by Inspired by Iceland shows that lockdown has caused people a lot of frustration, leaving people across the world feeling bored (45%), more stressed than usual (40%) and reporting negative impact on their mental health (37%). While missing friends and family has been the main frustrations, others include missing our favourite bars and restaurants (36%), travelling abroad (27%) and exploring new places (17%).

Sigríður Dögg Guðmundsdóttir, Head of Visit Iceland stated “Across the world, people have been through a lot in the last few months. We empathise and want to do what we can to help people relieve their frustrations. In Iceland, we are lucky enough to have vast open spaces and beautiful nature that is the perfect place to let out frustrations. We feel this is just what the world needs. And when people are ready to resume traveling, they can come and experience it for themselves”

Iceland’s aim is to give the world a moment to Let It Out and release all the frustrations of lockdown as life begins to resume more normally. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. With some countries starting to welcome back visitors, almost a quarter will look to travel abroad this year – when safe to do so – with areas of beautiful, natural scenery top of the list (28%). With the biggest wilderness in Europe, Iceland offers all the space you need to feel renewed, without the crowds.

Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir, Iceland’s Minister of Tourism, Industry and Innovation, comments “Whether you’re virtually visiting the country to scream into the vast, expansive landscapes or coming to see us in person, I am very excited to welcome the world to experience Iceland in this way. We all need a release after the last few months and I truly believe Iceland has everything you need to feel refreshed and reinvigorated.”

Iceland has achieved success against the COVID-19 pandemic through the use of targeted measures. This includes early and high-volume testing, effective tracing efforts, quarantining of at-risk individuals and isolation of confirmed cases.

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Of Monsters and Men announce new album Fever Dream

On May 7th, 2019 multiplatinum Icelandic quintet Of Monsters and Men announced their new album FEVER DREAM to be released on July 26th.

Pre-order FEVER DREAM here and check out albums first single “Alligator” here.

Additionally, the band announced the album with a series of limited edition vinyl available on their online store. Fans can purchase the first edition at www.ofmonstersandmenofficialmerch.com

Released just last week, “Alligator” has turned heads with NME praising it as having a “bombastic and driving sound” and Line of Best Fit calling it “undeniably catchy.” In addition “Alligator” was the #1 greatest gainer in Alternative and #1 most added in Triple A Radio receiving strong support from those who have been waiting for the band’s return.

On “Alligator” co-vocalist Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdóttir has taken center stage on the song not only as the lead vocalist but also wrote the track as well. On the empowering anthem and what is coming next for the band, they noted, “We are so excited about Alligator, the first release from our upcoming album. The song very much speaks to the excitement and energy that we feel about being back. We can’t wait to share more music and see everyone again.”
FEVER DREAM was co-produced by Rich Costey (MUSE, Vampire Weekend, Chvrches) and is the band’s third studio album.

OF MONSTERS AND MEN went from the talk of Iceland to the top of the global conversation on their 2011 debut, My Head Is An Animal. Not only did the record go platinum, but it also produced an international smash in the form of “Little Talks. The breakthrough single earned a quintuple-platinum certification from the RIAA, made history as “the first song by an Icelandic band to cross 1 billion streams on Spotify, and landed the band performance on Saturday Night Live. The group appeared on official soundtracks for franchises such asThe Hunger Games, The Walking Dead, and Beat Bugs, to name a few. In addition to performing at festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza, Firefly, and beyond, they supported Florence + the Machine on a high-profile arena tour. In the midst of this rapid rise, 2015’s Beneath The Skin bowed in the Top 3 of the Billboard Top 200 and the band starred in an episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones in the same year.

Finally, in celebration of the new music, the band has confirmed the television debut performance of “Alligator” on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon on (NBC) on May 15th.

Ice Culture

Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents: Ice Culture

Art, Music & Lit from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica

Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents: Ice Culture explores the beauty and mystery of our world’s ice, and reveals the necessity of ice to our human survival. The project explores the traditions and cultures of people connected to ice from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica, and raises vital concerns about climate change that can no longer be ignored. As climate change affects the weather and composition of our planet, our ice continues to melt. This reality affects all of us, regardless of where we live.

Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents: Ice Culture, a website and literary magazine publication, features art, music and literature by artists living and working in Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Canada, Germany, US and more. Mixing poetry, essays, interviews, visual art and sound art, the project explores the myriad of ways ice touches our lives.

Ice Culture celebrates the physical and spiritual nature of ice. Ice has soul. It has a song. Ice radiates; it glows. It’s precious. Ice is a resource. Ice Culture showcases ice in all of its forms, from majestic glaciers to ice-carved musical instruments.

The collection features literature that includes poetry exploring Sami cultural traditions and the effects of climate change by Vivian Faith Prescott and an essay detailing the experience of a scientific mission in Antarctica; original musical compositions by Jósep Gíslason (Iceland) and a DJ mix inspired by Langjökull, the second biggest glacier in Iceland, curated by FM Belfast drummer Ívar Pétur Kjartansson (Iceland); interviews with indie singer/songwriter and star of the AMC show “The Terror,” Nive Nielsen (Greenland) and ice musician and co-founder of the annual Ice Music Festival, Terje Isungset (Norway); as well as interviews with artist residency programs in the Arctic Circle and Antarctica.

POSEIDON EXPEDITION SAVINGS

 Polar cruise expert Poseidon Expeditions , a leading name in the expedition cruise industry, adds seasonal offers to its small-ship explorations of Antarctica, where ice covers 98 percent of the continent’s surface and which is inhabited with fewer than 150 people living permanently on its 5,400,000 square miles.

Working from a base of $9,195 per person, double, for a 250-square-foot Main Deck Suite, savings of $2,000 per person are available for all double-occupancy categories for two 12-day/11-night Antarctic Peninsula voyages: Nov.24-Dec.5and Dec. 4-15, 2017. These savings are also in effect for the Dec.14-25, 2017 departure, with rates starting at $10,195 per person.

Guests looking for a longer adventure that dips below the Antarctic Circle can also save $2,000 per person on the 14-day/13-night Wildest Antarctic voyage, where rates start at just $11,995 per person, double.

Aboard the M/V Sea Spirit, guests depart the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia, Argentina. These expeditions of the Antarctic Peninsula – Best of Antarctica maximize shipboard life while experiencing Drake Passage both coming and going, as guests watch the antics of bird and marine life – Pelagic seabirds including the majestic albatross, for example – and enjoy the excitement of crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean.

The Antarctic Peninsula region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and some of Antarctica’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Snow- and glacier-covered peaks loom above protected bays and narrow channels. Icebergs complete a portrait of incomparable beauty, home to a variety of whale and sea species. The region is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large nesting colonies on land. The area is also home to Antarctic research stations of various nationalities.

The first sighting of land are the South Shetland Islands, the northernmost islands in Antarctica, a wild and beautiful island chain of abundant wildlife and historical significance. Among them is Deception Island where the flooded caldera of an active volcano harbors an abandoned whaling station. After moving south the vast Gerlache Strait reveals sheltered bays and accessible wildlife (feeding whales, seals on ice floes and bustling penguin colonies). Then comes “Kodak Gap” in the Lemaire Channel where iceberg-strewn waters compel shutterbugs to take their last pictures before disembarking.

Rates includes airport and ship transfers, a hotel overnight before embarkation, shipboard accommodation aboard the Sea Spirit, all meals on board, a 24-hour tea and coffee station, all scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions). leadership throughout the voyage by an  experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team, branded Poseidon Expeditions parka, rubber boots for shore landings to be used during the cruise, welcome and farewell cocktails, all port fees, pre-departure materials and a digital Voyage Log.

For more details please the complete 2017-18 Arctic and Antarctic schedules, rates and special offers can be found at www.poseidonexpeditions.com. An 80-page catalog detailing the company’s ships and activities is also available and can be requested online or through any of the Poseidon Expeditions offices.

For inquires and reservations in North America, or to request a catalog, individuals and agents can contact the company’s Providence, RI, sales and reservation office at SalesUSA@poseidonexpeditions.com or by telephone at 347-801-2610.

In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, contact Poseidon’s Hamburg office – Anfrage@poseidonexpeditions.com or telephone +49-40-7566-8555.

In the UK and elsewhere on the globe, contact Sales@poseidonexpeditions.com or telephone +44-870-068-9142.

About Poseidon Expeditions
With offices in the US, UK, Germany, Russia and China, Poseidon Expeditions is a leading provider of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. In addition to the Sea Spirit, the company provides guests with the unique opportunity to travel to the geographic North Pole aboard the 50 Years of Victory, the largest and most modern nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world. Fourteen-day, top-of-the-world programs are scheduled for both the 2017 and 2018 summer seasons. The company is committed to safe and environmentally responsible polar travel. It is a member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO).

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