We love all things Icelandic here at Super Break. Reykjavik is our most popular overseas destination and we are the only place you can book direct flights from the UK to Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. So it makes sense that during the World Cup we’ll be cheering on Strákarnir okkar (Our Boys) during their journey through the tournament. And we’ve come up with seven reasons why you should too! Áfram Ísland!
You’ll already know their players
Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Gylfi Sigurðsson, Aron Gunnarsson and Jón Daði Böðvarsson all ply their trade in England, either in the Premier League or the Championship. Iceland’s captain Aron Gunnarsson has just led Cardiff back to the top flight for the first time in four seasons.
They’re all really cool!
Tattoos, Viking beards, hip hairdos, Iceland’s players look good on and off the pitch. Indeed, midfielder Rúrik Gíslason is a part-time model for Icelandic clothing company 66°North.
The scenery is out of this world
Iceland isn’t on everyone’s bucket list for no reason. Natural wonders like the Blue Lagoon, the Gullfoss, Dettifoss and Goðafoss waterfalls, the lava fields around Lake Myvatn, the towering Strokkur geyser and the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoons make a trip to Iceland an absolute must (and we haven’t even mentioned the Northern Lights and whale watching experiences!)
Icelandic beer is great
The perfect way to celebrate success on the pitch. The water in Akureyri comes straight from North Iceland’s glaciers, filtered through volcanic rock and since beer is 95% water, this means local brews like Einstok and Kaldi are among the best craft beers around.
Aron Gunnarsson owns a beer spa
What’s a beer spa we hear you ask? At the Bjórböðin beer spa you can bathe in warm beer, hops and yeast to cleanse body and mind. Actually, maybe not your mind because while you’re in there you can drink as much Kaldi beer as you like from your very own tap. Then relax outdoors in a hot tub next to the Eyjafjörður where you may even spot the Northern Lights on a clear night. Iceland’s captain and midfield general is an investor as the beer spa is located just outside his hometown of Akureyri.
Emil Hallfreðsson is a wine merchant
The midfielder spent many years playing for Verona in Italy and imports (or should that be exports?) wine from the Valpolicella Valley to Iceland.
Hannes Halldórsson directed Iceland’s video for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest
Need we say more? What a legend!
Book your Incredible Iceland break to Akureyri where you will be able to search for the Northern Lights in Arctic Iceland, watch whales in the Eyjafjörður, explore the volcanic landscapes of Lake Myvatn and enjoy the restorative benefits of beer at the Bjórböðin beer spa.
Alternatively, explore Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik where you can discover the wonders of the Golden Circle, relax in the Blue Lagoon, explore Iceland’s beautiful south coast or spot whales in the Atlantic Ocean.
Visit www.inspiredbyiceland.com and join #TeamIceland this summer