In 1937 poet W.H. Auden published Letters from Iceland, a book- length travel poem written with his traveling companion, Irish poet Louis MacNeice. The destination chronicled in this slim volume is both familiar and completely alien to today’s traveler to Iceland; yet, as in Auden’s day, the overwhelming experience of this enigmatic island nation remains indelibly linked to its powerful — and fragile — natural environment.
Reopened borders resulted in flocks of curious travelers booking trips to discover Iceland’s singular wonders. The largest transportation delivery system in and out of this island nation remains Icelandair. A sustainable journey begins with the airline’s ambitious commitment to carbon emissions reductions, with strong policies that include fleet renewal, operational efficiencies and carbon offsetting programs.
In addition to offering travel itineraries and insider information to help make the most of a journey, Visit Iceland’s website provides valuable guidance for protecting this singular environment. Conservation laws prohibit damaging delicate moss and lava formations which may take hundreds of years to recover.
The best way to see Iceland, according to Ryan Connolly, co-owner and marketing manager, Hidden Iceland (an environmentally responsible outfitter), is with a local guide.
“Our guides have grown up watching the environment change due to climate change,” said Connolly, “from the glaciers retreating, to the drop in puffin numbers, to the change in weather patterns. Gaining that understanding and seeing it for yourself will really change your outlook on how we treat nature. Aside from that, offsetting all your emissions — or using a guiding company like Hidden Iceland who will do it as part of your trip — is a good step to reducing your impact. They will understand the best places to visit without harming the environment and will add a whole extra level of insight into your trip.”
While there, quality and environmental labels to look for include the Vakinn label, the Icelandic Tourist Board’s official quality and environmental certification program identifying a product or service provider as having met sustainability, environmental or health standards. Other labels include International Organization for Standardization certifications, EarthCheck, Fairtrade, the EU Ecolabel and Green Key.
Pantone recently unveiled its color of the year for 2023. The highly anticipated announcement has become a tradition, each year introducing a new color to represent the coming year. In 2021, Pantone declared 2022 to be the color of Very Peri 17-3938, a blend of purple and blue. For 2023, Pantone’s Color of the Year is Viva magenta 18-1750. A shade from the red family, this color represents a new signal of strength. Brave and fearless, Viva Magenta is rooted in nature and embraces joy and celebration.
At nearly 30,000 square feet, United Airlines’ newest United ClubSM now welcomes Newark Liberty International Airport travelers with its modern design, enhanced amenities, culinary offerings, locally sourced art and furniture and Manhattan skyline views. Seek airport solace at the new location in Terminal C3, near Gate C123.
The UNESCO World Heritage neighborhood of Balat rivals İstanbul’s Old City for its historic significance, with an added splash of color. Its cobbled hilly streets boast a full rainbow of houses, cafés, restaurants and churches painted in pinks, reds, oranges, yellows, greens and blues — parts even surpassing my native San Francisco’s steep, colorful corridors. The most vibrant stretch of homes, dating anywhere from 50 to 200 years old, runs along Kiremit Caddesi.
Icelandair recently announced its newest North American gateway: Detroit, Michigan. The seasonal flights begin May 18, 2023, taking off from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport to Reykjavik (KEF), Iceland. The four weekly, non-stop flights will run through Oct. 30, 2023. Flight 872 departs Detroit for Iceland Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, at 8:30 p.m., on a 160-seat Boeing 737MAX. The return, from Reykjavik to Detroit, departs 5 p.m. on the same days of the week, arriving at 6:25 p.m.
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If your personal travel nirvana involves fabulous scenery and a snappy, reviving hike in bracing winter air, Bannikin Travel & Tourism hopes to make your dreams come true with a selection of new winter walking itineraries in Scotland (other trip options are available in England and Ireland). Here’s what you can look forward to in 2023:
A giant, sparkling white fir tree and decadent holiday brunch in a historic Rocky Mountain setting? Please and thank you! It’s all happening at historic Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, Colorado. Guests will be greeted by sparkle and light as they enter — the hotel’s enormous lobby tree is a local tradition, chosen each year through a partnership with Native Nursery in the nearby town of Golden.
Much of the global business travel industry has already made sustainable business travel a priority with a focus on reducing emissions and their environmental footprint. But the industry, as well as external stakeholders, such as policymakers, recognize more needs to be done.
Travelers constantly look for their next bucket-list vacation, but with Europe getting colder, why not travel to a destination that is sunny year-round? Tel Aviv is the perfect getaway to escape the cold winter months. Whether traveling solo, with friends or family members, here are some must-do activities in Tel Aviv.