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Food is Twice as Nice in Iceland

According to The World’s Best Diet, a recent Channel 4 documentary, Icelandic food is the healthiest in the world! Apparently their traditional diet of red and white meat, fresh fish and plenty of dairy products means that they likely to live longer than anywhere else.

In a survey of 50 nations which was based on rates of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, life expectancy and diet-related cancers, England placed a sorry 34th. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland followed just behind in 35th, 36th and 37th. And with Italy, Greece, France and Spain placed in the top 10, it is believed that those eating a healthy Mediterranean diet are also likely to outlive the rest of us. If you fancy a week of healthy(ish) eating, try our Gourmet Taste of Iceland with Northern Lights.

 

24. July 2014 by Emma Smith

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Preservation for the Icelandic Nation!

Around 500,000 people on average visit Iceland every year and so the Icelandic government have decided to spend a large part of their budget for this year on preserving tourist attractions. Around 388 ISK (approximately 2.5 Million EUR) will be spent on 88 projects. These projects include preservation of Europe’s tallest waterfall, Dettifoss, repair and safety works on one of the country’s best puffin spotting towns, Vestmannaeyjar, and maintenance on the spectacular double waterfall, Gullfoss. See these stunning natural attractions and so much more with one of the Mighty Fine Company’s holidays in Iceland!

23. July 2014 by Joanne Wilson

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Music that Will Give You the Chills

When you think of a cool band who do you normally think of? The Rat Pack? The Beatles? Well, how about the Swedish group Ice Music who play instruments made from ice!

The group play their ‘ICE-struments’ in their specially designed performance cavern. They play many different styles of music including classical and rock. However, instrument creator Tim Linhart believes that ‘ice instruments have a more detailed sound than wood’ as ‘ice is stiffer and picks up all the vibrations.’

Linhart moved to Sweden in order to carry of his passion for ‘ICE-strument’ making as it was simply too warm in his hometown of Colorado. Luleå, where Ice Music is based, is one of the coldest towns in Sweden and therefore perfect for carving ice in instruments.

Linhart says that the sound of these instruments will ‘make your hair stand on end’ – I think the cold alone will do that! Pay a visit to the home of these marvelous creations yourself with one of the Mighty Fine Company’s holidays in Sweden!

18. July 2014 by Emma Smith

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What a Mighty Fine Collection of Canada Holidays!

The Mighty Fine Company has updated its range of holidays in Canada and I, for one, cannot wait to get out on one of them! From Polar Bear watching to helicopter rides to the stunning Northern Lights display, you really will feel spoilt for choice! Take a look…

 

Blueberry Lake
Here you can enjoy a vast array of activities which are fun for people of all ages. This, in combination with the areas beautiful scenery means you get excitement and an enticing backdrop all in one trip. Take the Luxury Canada Winter Adventure and enjoy snow-based activities such as cross-country skiing, ice fishing and more. Alternatively, take the Canadian Summer Adventure Holiday and indulge in whitewater rafting and off road buggy tours, amongst other exciting summer activities.

 

The Rocky Mountains
Visit the awe striking ‘Rockies’ and be thrilled by the spectacular attractions which spread through North America and Canada. Travel by rail, road and the famous Rocky Mountaineer as you discover Banff, Vancouver and so much more! Check out the Canadian Rockies Rail Tour for your chance to explore by rail on the Rocky Mountaineer plus engage in a thrilling Helicopter Tour. Explore the area on the Wild West Rockies Self Drive where you’ll spend four nights in traditional wild west style ranches. Take the Luxury Rockies Fly Drive where you’ll not only have the chance to explore your stunning surroundings, but you’ll also stay in the lap of luxury at a beautiful waterside lodge.

 

The Northern Lights
Churchill in Canada is one of the best places in the world to view the surreal Aurora Borealis due to its northerliness. On the Northern Lights in Canada tour you make the most of this great Northern Lights spotting location as you embark on four night time safaris in search of the stunning vision. Also, try your hand at exciting snow-based activities such as dogsledding and snowshoeing.

 

Niagara Falls and Toronto
On the Toronto and Niagara Falls Holiday, spend eight days enjoying the stunning highlights of Toronto and the surrounding area. Visit natures stunning creation, Niagara Falls, and gaze in wonderment at its beauty. Spend a day touring the nearby winery and later, tasting the delicious local wines.

 

 

 

Canada by Trans Rail
Explore Canada in unique style on the Trans Canada Rail Holiday as the one-of-a-kind Rocky Mountaineer leads you from west to east stopping at truly remarkable attractions. Banff National Park offers hot spring reserves and unparalleled mountain scenery for you to enjoy. The clear waters of Lake Louise allow for some fantastic landscape photograph opportunities.

 

Polar Bear Watching
Visit the ‘Polar Bear Capital of the World’ in Churchill where you’ll feast your eyes on the majestic, snowy coloured animals which reside in the area. Be overwhelmed by their presence as your Tundra Buggy transport gets within inches of the great white bears. The Polar Bear Watching Holiday is ideal for wildlife lovers as it allows you to spend three full days on board the buggy ensuring that you have ample opportunities to enjoy this unique vision. Keen photographers should take the Polar Bear Photography Holiday for their chance to improve their skills with the help of a professional photographer and capture the shot of a lifetime.

 

Canadian Wildlife
Aside from Polar Bears, Canada offers a whole host of stunning wildlife for you to discover. The Polar Bears closest living relative, the Black Bear, resides in western areas of Canada along with other rare animals such as the Bald Eagle. On the Wildlife Holiday in British Columbia adventure you’ll travel by floatplane to the fantastic Knight Inlet Lodge where you’ll spend three days Bear watching. You’ll also enjoy two separate Whale watching activities.

Canadian Fjords and the Sunshine Coast
Travel by land and sea as you discover sublime Canadian Fjords, striking Black Bears and fascinating Whales on the Canada Sunshine Coast Self Drive Holiday. Travel on a round trip from Vancouver visiting the Sunshine Coast and many other places along the way. Also, take part in a thrilling Black Bear watching safari and an exciting Whale watching safari.

 

Snow Hotel in Québec
Feast your eyes on a truly remarkable piece of architecture as you visit the amazing Hôtel de Glace in Québec. As the hotel melts every summer, a new building is created every year for tourists to enjoy. The structure is made solely from ice and snow and consists of fantastic artistic carvings and mood lighting. A trip to the Snow Hotel Quebec not only allows you to stay in this marvellous creation but also features an exciting dog sledding activity and gives you some time exploring the only walled city north of Mexico, Québec.

With so much choice, it’s hard to decide! Take a look at the full selection of new Canadian getaways and see which trip is right for you.

16. July 2014 by Joanne Wilson

Northern Lights from a Height

Many people will spend their entire lifetime hoping for a glimpse of the Northern Lights. However, ten Master’s students from the University of Reykjavik have decided that seeing the lights as they are is just not enough, they want to see inside the lights!

On May 16th 2014 they launched three high powered rockets from Mýrdalssandur in an attempt to do just that. Two GoPro cameras and even a HTC smartphone camera were attached to the rockets in an attempt to capture the wonderful moment.

The filming didn’t quite capture what the students had hoped for. However, they have since said that this project will be used ‘as a stepping stone towards further rocketry research at Reykjavík University and towards the goal of filming the northern lights from above’ - So watch this space!

Search for your own sight of the Aurora with Northern Lights holidays from the Mighty Fine Company!

19. June 2014 by Emma Smith

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