Bussom Buddies

Published on March 3, 2017

The “Free the Nipple” movement continues to make headlines (and raise eyebrows) in Iceland. Launched in the U.S. in 2012, the high-profile pushback against prudery reached Icelandic shores two years ago when an 18-year-old activist Adda Þóreyjardóttir Smáradóttir took up the cause…

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Segue Into . . . Iceland as a Television Hot Spot

Published on March 3, 2017

For years, Hollywood has been seeking out Iceland as the backdrop to films about outer space, ancient Vikings and fantasy worlds. More recently, the North Atlantic island has become a hotspot for television production too. Iceland’s specialty is murder mysteries including several…

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Iceland on the Rocks

Published on March 3, 2017

Like so many northern countries, Iceland produces its own vodka — Reyka — which is handcrafted and made only in small batches at a distillery in Borgarnes, a small coastal town 43 miles north of Reykjavik. According to the company website, “It’s…

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Queen of Katwe

Published on March 1, 2017

From the immortal African Queen (1951) to the giant gorilla flick Mighty Joe Young (1998) and Academy Award-winning Last King of Scotland (2006), many movies have been either set in or filmed on location in Uganda. The latest box office sensation is…

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The Queen of Uganda’s National Parks

Published on March 1, 2017

Primates aside, Uganda’s most spectacular game viewing experience is Queen Elizabeth National Park. Unlike Bwindi and Kibale — which are both densely forested — QENP features a typical East African savannah landscape and the creatures that relish that mix of grasslands and…

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Gorilla Birth Caught on Camera

Published on March 1, 2017

Keeping close watch on the gorilla baby boom in East Africa, Adventure Consults reports that American traveler Dina Tamimi was able to witness and video the birth of a baby gorilla in Mgahinga National Park. On her first-ever gorilla trek, Tamimi and…

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Ultimate Uganda and Rwanda

Published on March 1, 2017

For travelers who want to experience all of the highlights of East Africa’s incredible Lakes Region, Adventure Consults offers a nine-day/eight-night adventure called Ultimate Uganda and Rwanda. Starting from Entebbe, the journey includes chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park and gorilla…

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Grand Tour Namibia

Published on February 21, 2017

  Given the fact that African Profile Safaris has long been the air safari of choice among Hollywood types visiting Namibia, it wasn’t surprising that former Top Gear stars Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May chose APS to fly them around…

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They Love Lucy

Published on February 17, 2017

Maybe they’ve never seen I Love Lucy in Ethiopia, but the feminine moniker has great significance nonetheless. Two meanings as a matter of fact. Lucy No. 1 is the famed “missing link” discovered in Ethiopia’s Afar region in 1974 by an archeological…

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Mamihlapinatapai — That Special Glance

Published on February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Emerging Destinations team! We wanted to share one of the coolest words we’ve come across on our travels, a romantic slice of Patagonia that Australis guide Eduardo Paredes originally told us about last year. Many treasures form…

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Kenya’s Best Leopard Spotter?

Published on February 11, 2017

The most stealthy and mysterious of Africa’s three big cats, leopards are rarely seen in the wild. As nocturnal creatures, they keep a low profile during the day and only emerge around dusk to hunt for their next meal. They are also…

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Santiago’s Urban Star — Barrio Lastarria

Published on February 10, 2017

Home to both the Luciano K and Lastarria Boutique hotels, Barrio Lastarria is one of Santiago’s most interesting areas, a trendy blend of arts and entertainment, eating and drinking, bookstores and boutiques in historic buildings that flaunt many different architectural styles. Wedged…

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Helping Dreams Comes True

Published on February 8, 2017

Hotel Las Torres helped Álvaro Silberstein, a 31-year-old tetraplegic from Santiago, release his dream of becoming the second person to navigate the famous “W” Circuit in a wheelchair. Currently an MBA student at UC Berkeley in California, Silberstein suffered a spinal cord…

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Iceland Workshop: Miami, Tampa & Dallas

Published on January 30, 2017

Save the date for the Promote Iceland Workshop. Enjoy a light breakfast and learn all about the awe-inspiring tourism experiences from some of the best operators. On behalf of Promote Iceland, we would like to invite you to a private event to connect…

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Taking Safe Selfies in Iceland

Published on January 28, 2017

An innovative online travel and learning website called Iceland Academy is currently offering a video guide to taking safe selfies in the land of volcanoes, glaciers, geysers, waterfalls and other potential natural hazards for those distracted by the process of immortalizing their…

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Luciano K and Lastarria Snatch Travelers’ Choice Awards

Published on January 27, 2017

The hip Luciano K Hotel in Santiago has been named one of the Chile’s top five Hotels for Romance in the 2017 Travelers’ Choice awards from TripAdvisor. Set inside a restored 1920s mansion in the city’s atmospheric Barrio Lastarria, the Luciano K overlook the Parque Forestal…

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Focus on the Skeleton Coast

Published on January 22, 2017

For a completely different take on Namibia, check out the latest issue of Travel News Namibia magazine, which features a photo essay on the Skeleton Coast by Xenia Ivanoff-Erb, a locally based graphic designer, brand consultant and photographer. Swakopmund Through A Different…

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The Tiny Five

Published on January 19, 2017

Following up on our alternatives to classic “Big Five” of the animal kingdom, we present the “Tiny Five” of African wildlife — miniature creatures that mimic certain characteristics or behaviors of their full-sized doppelgangers. With lots of attitude, armor-like outer shells and…

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Early Bird Special Extended

Published on January 18, 2017

REYKJAVIK, Iceland— Offering discerning travelers unique experiences both on and off the ship, Iceland ProCruises announces specials, deals and discounts for 2017 bookings. Iceland is the hot destination for travelers; now made more accessible by more affordable rates. Iceland ProCruises announced yesterday…

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Discover Your Inner Gaucho

Published on January 12, 2017

Lasting between three and ten hours, Hotel Las Torres full- and half-day equestrian excursions give guests an opportunity to explore the mountains, forest, pampas and lakes of Las Torres del Paine on horseback rather than foot. Our full-day guided Enchanted Valley ride…

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