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Tourists flock to erupting Iceland volcano

Tourists flock to erupting Iceland volcano A recent volcanic eruption in Iceland has proven a much-needed shot in the arm for country's tourist industry. The Fimmvorduhals Volcano in Southern Iceland began pouring molten lava late last month, Iceland's first volcanic eruption since 2004. Although the initial eruption...

Hitchhiker's Requiem

Hitchhiker's Requiem My father taught me to never, ever hitchhike because I would die. He illustrated the point with dinner table horror stories starring chopped up teenage bodies strewn along the highway and acid-crazed madmen speeding across America at 120 mph: "Those are the kind of people...

Photo of the Day (02.27.10)

Photo of the Day (02.27.10) How far do you drive when you suspect that you've made a wrong turn? Do you base it on time or distance? In other words, are you more likely to say, "Hey, let's just give it 10 more minutes," or, "I think it's just another two miles after this sign?" I tend to go by...

Rolf Potts to lead travel writing classes in Iceland, Paris

Rolf Potts to lead travel writing classes in Iceland, Paris Our old friend and colleague Rolf Potts is leading not one but two travel writing work shops this year, each among some of the most inspiring settings in the planet, Reykjavik, Iceland and Paris, France, respectively. While the latter is part of Rolf's normal circuit, this...

Adventure Tourism Development Index rates top adventure destinations

Adventure Tourism Development Index rates top adventure destinations The Adventure Tourism Development Index is a study put together by the Adventure Travel Trade Association, in conjunction with George Washington University and Xola Consulting. The joint effort examines 192 countries and ranks them based on their commitment to sustainable...

National Geographic Student Expeditions expand for 2010

National Geographic Student Expeditions expand for 2010 The popular and successful National Geographic Student Expeditions program is gearing up for another outstanding year, adding new options for high school students looking for an adventurous and educational escape this summer. The lucky travelers have their journeys enhanced...

Photo of the Day (01.09.09)

Photo of the Day (01.09.09) Puffins always amaze me. They appear so exotic and tropical, yet they reside in such frigid places as Iceland, Russia and Greenland. This little guy posed for Fiickr user The.Rohit in the tiny Icelandic village of Borgarfjörður Eystr (attempts to pronounce that...

Top 10 (+2) adventure destinations for 2010

Top 10 (+2) adventure destinations for 2010 With 2009 rapidly coming to an end, it is time to look ahead to 2010 and begin making our travel plans. For adventure travelers, the year ahead is full of possibilities, with amazing destinations just waiting to deliver the trip of a lifetime. Here are ten of the very...

Five new travel ideas from Intrepid: get off the beaten path!

Five new travel ideas from Intrepid: get off the beaten path! After a year of "travel slumps," "staycations" and other cringeworthy words and conditions, let's plan to get out on the road next year. Hey, economists are saying that the recession's already over, and the job market's recovery can't be too far behind. So, there's your...

Iceland Express will offer low-cost flights from Newark to Reykjavik

Iceland Express will offer low-cost flights from Newark to Reykjavik I'm kind of obsessed with Iceland. Ask me about the country and get ready to endure my lengthy soliloquy on why I love it so much. It's one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, and I'd feel pretty comfortable saying that even as I travel to more destinations, I'll...

Iceland ditches McDonald's

Iceland ditches McDonald's It's been a tough year for Iceland. Thanks to foreign money, crazy lending and borrowing practices and a real estate bubble that amazed the world as it grew and when it popped, the small northern country has suffered severely through the global financial crisis ... which was...

25 great adventures for 2010

25 great adventures for 2010 The latest issue of National Geographic Adventure has just hit the newsstand with a special treat inside for adventure travelers looking for their next big trip. The magazine has listed its selection for the 25 best new trips for 2010, offering up suggestions of places to...

Through the Gadling Lens: inspirational nature shots from our Gadling Flickr pool

Through the Gadling Lens: inspirational nature shots from our Gadling Flickr pool As you know by now, today we're bringing attention to climate change and ecotravel here on Gadling. Personally, climate change and taking care of the environment is an issue that I've thought about a whole lot since becoming a parent -- and to be honest, my daughter has...

Norway world's best place to live

Norway world's best place to live I'm not sure if everybody wants to live in Norway, but it's certainly at the top of the global list. The United Nations Development Program determined this based on data GDP, education and life expectancy – among other metrics – to find the best of the best, as...

Tourism helping Iceland weather their perfect storm

Tourism helping Iceland weather their perfect storm If you think the recession in the US has been dreadful, I recommend reading up on how Iceland has been coping. This nation of just 320,000 people let its banks pull the country into a total financial disaster. Their three national banks had debt equaling over three times...

Traveling the globe with Nat Geo Student Expeditions

Traveling the globe with Nat Geo Student Expeditions In the summer of 2008, National Geographic launched a fascinating and inspiring project called Student Expeditions, which aimed to send high school students to a variety of exotic locals around the globe, immersing them in that location through unique, special projects that...

Enter to win a free trip from Seattle to Reykjavik on Icelandair

Enter to win a free trip from Seattle to Reykjavik on Icelandair Iceland. Just the name makes you shiver. But despite its frigid moniker, Iceland is surprisingly warm, especially during the long days of summer. With almost 24 hours of daylight, it's the perfect time to explore the country's other-worldly landscape. Watch geysers erupt,...

Canadians flocking to Iceland, but Europeans are preferred

Canadians flocking to Iceland, but Europeans are preferred The economic collapse of Iceland has been covered extensively and zealously, so it's no surprise that people are taking an interest. For Canadians, this makes even more sense, given their proximity to the country that has as many people as my neighborhood. At this time last...

Tour the world's vandalism

Tour the world's vandalism Eyesore or art, graffiti is part of any culture's public dialogue. Vandalism is visual profanity, and we all swear in our own f---ing ways. I've been drawn to these wall scrawls for a while, probably since I read Holden Caulfield's concerns about the subject in Catcher in...

Budget Travels' top 10 budget destinations and a Gadling twist

Budget Travels' top 10 budget destinations and a Gadling twist As you may have noticed, Gadling's been busy this month with budget destinations. Each one we've found deal worthy from personal experience. Budget Travel magazine has picked top 10 budget destinations for 2009. The variety is such that anyone should be able to find a deal...

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