My first visit to Iceland based in Reykjavik and exploring beyond

Iceland

My First visit to Iceland based in Reykjavik and exploring beyond | Iceland | It is like living in Jurassic World. One Glacier after the other, Volcanos, Geysers, hundreds of breathtaking Waterfalls, Lava Fields…. Still debating why Iceland is green and Greenland is covered on Ice, but from what I gather after my week research, this originated in a group of Vikings, trying to keep other to come to Iceland to enjoy the spectacular landscapes and taking over the lands.

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Blue Lagoon Iceland

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Snaefellsnes Peninsula Iceland

ITINERARY
During my week in Iceland, I took Reykjaivik as my base and from there I took day tour to different locations, to be: Jokulsarlon Glacier LagoonGolden CircleSnaefellsnes Peninsula & National Park and beyond.  I also spent one night at the Blue Lagoon – where I stayed at the newly opened The Retreat Hotel & Spa. See my full week in photos and videos click here


Hotels in Iceland

HOTELS
While in Reykjavik I spent my nights at the following hotels. EXETER Hotel + APOTEK Hotel + BORG Hotel all three by KEA Hotels Group. Now the highlight of my stays in the main capital, was the very exclusive Tower Suites Hotel, feature only 8-Suites and the the only one offering panoramic views over Reykjavik’s Peninsula and City. I also spent time visiting other properties like Canopy Hotel, KONSULAT Hotel and ION City Hotel. For my only evening away from Reykjavik, I spent it at the new ( open one year ago ) The Retreat Hotel & Spa in the Blue Lagoon. I would risk to say, the only luxury property as of today in Iceland, featuring your own private access to the Blue Lagoon, away from the hundreds of tourists flocking there, but still with the option to join, if you wish to have both the private and public experience.

Book Online, any of these hotels – preselected by me – by clicking on the following links: Reykjavik Tower Suites Hotel/APOTEK Hotel / EXETER Hotel / Canopy Hotel / KONSULAT / BORG Hotel / ION City Hotel / 101 Hotel . Blue Lagoon The Retreat Hotel & Spa.

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Restaurants Iceland

RESTAURANTS
I spent the whole time in Iceland, trying their amazing variety of fresh Atlantic Ocean Fish. My favorite casual dining experience was at MAT BAR Tapas Restaurant. And the Fine Dining Highlight was my Chef-Table 7- Courses Dinner at MOSS Restaurant ( recommended to receive their firs Michelin-stat soon, becoming the only restaurant in Iceland as off 2019, with a star) located at The Retreat Hotel & Spa in the Blue Lagoon. Our evening there, began sabering Champagne bottles a the private Chef’s Cava, to move on to the Chef’s Table. Other restaurants I tried while in Reykjavik where: APOTEK Kitchen, KOL Restaurant, FISH MRKT. One of the great things about Reykjavik, is their charming and cozy Cafes. Some of my favorites were Reykjavik Roasters, Strofan Cafe and Babalu.


Kerið Volcanic Crater Iceland

HIGHLIGHTS
It is hard to pick one, since it was a week full of amazing experiences and breathtaking striking scenery, but to name two, I would have to say my Full Day Tour Exploring the Golden Circle, which ended with a night stay at The Retreat Hotel & Spa at the Blue Lagoon. In a way, I feel that if you are in Iceland only for two days, this would be the perfect experience to see Iceland in a nutshell. This tour will take you to see things like Pingvellir National Park –  located in a rift valley between the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia, along the Almannagja fault along the Pingvallavant Lake – largest lake in Iceland. Gullfoss Waterfalls ( or Golden Waterfalls ). Geysir Thermal Area. Kerið Volcanic Crater and Lagoon. And from there, off to relax at the Blue Lagoon for a few hours, or like I did – by staying overnight at The Retreat Hotel & Spa. Another great experience – I should mentioned – for those interested in Architecture and design, are to visit both HARPA Concert Hall (joining the behind the scenes tour as I did ) and  Hallgrimskirkja Church. And the fabulous organ by Phillipp Klais – who surprised my month ago with the organ at Muscat’s Royal Opera in Oman.


Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

TOURS, EXPERIENCES & GROUND SERVICES
My personal selection of Tours, Experiences and Ground Services for Iceland, curated based on my own recent travel experiences. Click on the links below to book any of these Regular Group Tours.

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Reykjavik

DAY 01 // CITY TOUR REYKJAVIK
The best way to be acquainted with this charming city and some relevant facts, to better enlighten your Iceland exploration, on a 3-hours city tour of Reykjavik. Stops by Hallgrímskirkja Church ( Photos: 01 / 02 / 03 & Video 01 ) , PERLAN Observation Deck ( Photos: 01 / 02 / 03 ) , HARPA Concert Hall ( Photos: 01 / 02 ) and Reykjavik Harbor ( Photos: 01 / 02 )

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

DAY 02 // JOKULSARLON GLACIER LAGOON FULL DAY TOUR
Full Day Tour to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon ( 14 hours ). The scenery of volcanic formations, small villages, highlands and lowlands, waterfalls… coming from Reykjavik, is simply breathtaking. Full day away from the capital for a day, off chasing Glaciers to Jokulsarlon. Did you know Iceland has over 500 volcanos. Stops at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon ( Photos: 01 / 02 / 03 / 04 / 05 / 06 & Videos: 01 ) VIK Fishing Town and Black Sand Beaches ( Photos: 01 / 02 & Videos: 01) Seljalansfoss Warefalls ( Photos: 01 / 02 / 03 ) and Skatafellsjokull Glacier.  ( Photos: 01 / 02 / 03 )

Gullfoss Waterfall

DAY 03 // GOLDEN CIRCLE + BLUE LAGOON
Full Day Tour of the Golden Circle, ending at the Blue Lagoon ( 8 hours ). This tour represents in a nutshell, all that Iceland is known for. From Volcanos to Lava Fields, Glaciers to Waterfalls, Geysers, rift valleys and of course the dreamy Blue Lagoon experience. My day began at 9AM driving along the beautiful Þingvellir National Park to visit the Almannagja Fault Path. Pingvellir National Park, located in a rift valley between the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia, along the Almannagja fault along the Pingvallavant Lake – largest lake in Iceland. ( Photos: 01 / 02 / 03 / 04 & Videos: 01 / 02 ). Next stops were Gullfoss Waterfall or “Golden Waterfalls: ( Photos: 01 & Videos: 01 / 02 ), Geysir Thermal Area – The original one that gave the name to all others around the world. There are only four active geyser in the world – Iceland, two in North America and New Zealand. Today Strokkur geyser is the most active in Iceland, erupting every 5-10 minutes. ( Photos: 01 / 02 / 03 & Video: 01 / 02 ). Next Kerið Volcanic Crater ( Photos: 01 / 02 / 03 / 04 & Videos: 01 ). My day came to an end upon arrival to the Blue Lagoon ( Photos: 01 / 02 / 03 / 04 / 05 / 06 & Videos: 01 ) for my overnight stay at The Retreat Hotel & Spa ( Photos: 01 / 02 / 03 / 04 / 05 & Videos: 01 / 02 ). Spent a lovely evening chilling by the Blue Lagoon and at the private Spa for the hotel guests. That evening I was hosted at the Chef Table for a 7-course wine paired dining experience at MOSS Restaurant ( Photos: 01 / 02 / 03 ). Following morning I indulged over Spa Treatments and around noon I headed back to Reykjavik for the remaining of the day ( approx. 40 minutes drive).

DAY 04 // REYKJAVIK
Back in Reykjavik, I spent the day checking out different hotel options in town, and after a lovely lunch at APOTEK Kitchen ( strongly recommend it ), I went for a private behind the scenes tour of the HARPA Concert Hall ( Photos: 01 / 02 ) . Designed by world-renowned Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson and Danish firm, Henning Larsen Architects.

DAY 05 / SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA FULL DAY TOUR
My last full day exploring Iceland, was spent on an – 11 hours tour – to the breathtaking region of Snaefellsnes Peninsula, in western Iceland known for its dramatic landscapes. Our day began driving along following Jules Verne steps, to the Center of the Earth, towards Snaefellsnes National Park and the Snaefelljokull Volcano. Some scenic stops were Hvalfjörður + Vatnaleið ( Photos: 01 / 02 / 03 ) + Kirkjufell ( Photos: 01 / 02 & Videos: 01 ) + Djúpalónssandur Dritvík Beach ( Photos: 01 / 02 / 03 / 04 & Videos: 01 ) + Lóndrangar ( Photos: 01 / 02 / 03 / 04 / 05 & Videos: 01 ).


American Airlines Business Class

FLIGTHS
For this trip I flew American Airlines Business Class non-stop from Dallas to Reykjavik ( flight time 7 hours 30 min ), to get all my OneWorld and Advantage miles. But from New York City – where I am based, as well as from many other destinations in the United States and Worldwide, there are plenty of airlines flying into Iceland. Their national carrier is Icelandair.

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Reykjavik Iceland

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ROGUE Magazine Gentlemen’s Lifestyle Guide ” Globetrotting with Carlos Melia “


Jetsetter and Bonvivant, for over 25 years, Carlos Melia has developed a personal brand as a world leading Luxury Travel Curator. He has become a full-service bespoke Travel Agent, Travel Blogger, Concierge, Hospitality Consultant and Celebrity Wedding Planner, earning the mote of “Little Marco Polo”.Carlos weaves from one destination to another creating a personal reportoire of Luxury Travel & Lifestyle by journalling his experiences, one step at the time.. > Read more @ ROGUE MagazineCarlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com

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” I disdain affordable Luxury “Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Expert – Interview by THE GAY ISSUE


” I disdain affordable Luxury ” Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Expert – Interview by THE GAY ISSUE  
|  International Press | Belgian glossy lifestyle magazine – The Gay Issue, interviews and features Carlos Melia on their March/April/May 2017 Issue. The interview is featured on their cover as Carlos Melia ” Ik verafschuw betaalbare luxe “ ( aka. I disdain affordable luxury ). Interwiew by Esmée Berkelaar for The Gay Issue. Click here to read the full interview – Language Dutch Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com

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PASSPORT Magazine “TRAVEL BLOGGERS” Meet the Digital Nomads who use the Net to Travel the World

PASSPORT Magazine “TRAVEL BLOGGERS” Meet the Digital Nomads who use the Net to Travel the World | International Press |  So who are the leading gay and lesbian travel bloggers ? How did they start ? Why should we follow them ? And what can we learn from them ? by Stuart Haggas. TRAVEL BLOGGERS Meet the Meet the Digital Nomads who use the Net to Travel the World ( read the full article ) Thank you Stuart Haggas and PASSPORT Magazine for including me as leading travel blogger to follow. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com

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Carlos Melia Blog awarded & ranked TOP 100 Luxury Travel Blogs on the web

Carlos Melia Blog awarded & ranked TOP 100 Luxury Travel Blogs on the web | Press Clipping | Accolade of the day.!! Way to begin my day with an email notifying me that carlosmeliablog.com has been awarded ” TOP 100 Luxury Travel Blogs ” in the web by Feedspot.

…” Hi Carlos, My name is Anuj. I’m Founder of Feedspot. I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Luxury Travel Blogs on the web. I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Luxury Travel Blog on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!. Best, Anuj…” 

Ranking is based on the following criteria: Google reputation and search ranking. Influence and popularity on Social Media. Quality and consistency of posts. Feedspost’s Editorial team and expert review. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com

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Next STOP ILTM Cannes

ILTM Cannes
Next STOP ILTM Cannes  |  About Me  |  Happy and honored to announce my next participation at ILTM – International Luxury Travel Market on their 2016 Cannes, France Edition. This year same as I did for ILTM Americas, I have been invited to attend as part of ILTM’s VIP Media Team. ( DEC 5th – 9th ). Prior to ILTM Cannes, I will be spending a night at Le Negresco Hotel in Nice – member of LGTNetwork. And after the event, I will be flying off to Morocco, for my first long overdue visit to the country, invited by Relais & Chateaux Hotels and Restaurants. Finally an overnight connection in Madrid. So stay tuned to all my upcoming posts and follow my minute-to-minute at ILTM Cannes on Instagram.
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Highlights of ILTM Americas 2016 in Riviera Maya

Highlights of ILTM Americas 2016 in Riviera Maya | Riviera Maya, Mexico | Here are some of the highlights of my recent week in Riviera Maya, attending ILTM Americas 2016, as part of the International VIP MEDIA Programme. ILTM – International Luxury Travel Market. ILTM Americas is an invitation-only event, where the very best travel agents and advisors from across the USA, Canada and Mexico meet the world’s very best luxury travel experiences. For more tips and recommendations, check and follow me on Instagram, to see all my minute-to-minute past/current/future post and experiences on RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO Continue reading Highlights of ILTM Americas 2016 in Riviera Maya

TRAVEL WEEKLY features Carlos Melia as a Travel Social Media Leader

Travel Weekly
TRAVEL WEEKLY features Carlos Melia as a Travel Social Media Leader  
|  Press Clipping  | Thank You TRAVEL WEEKLY for featuring me as one of the pioneering Top Travel Agents taking over Social Media for travel, hospitality and tourism. The feature – part of this week’s printed and digital version – is entitled ” MISSING THE BIG PICTURE ” Social Media Leaders, share their own ideas and experiences. TRAVEL WEEKLY, the travel industry’s trusted voice. Click here to Download the PDF of this article. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com

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Carlos Melia ” The Experience of tailor-made Luxury Travel ” interview on Style & Life Magazine

Carlos Melia on Style & Life Magazine
Carlos Melia ” The Experience of tailor-made Luxury Travel ” interview on Style & Life Magazine | International Press Clipping |  THANK YOU Sol Picon and Style & Life Magazine for this lovely piece and intimate interview featuring my work, projects, background and favorite – curated by experience – destinations, hotels, restaurants and bars around the wold. Download the Interview PDF

Style & Life Magazine is a magazine published and distributed in Argentina all nationwide. Interview is in Spanish.

Sol Picon, a native Argentinean, Since moving to South Florida in 1999, she has been actively involved with many local organizations, working as a philanthropist and serving on Board of Directors including, among others, MOCA, Jackson Memorial Foundation and United Way of Miami-Dade. Currently Sol serves on the Board of Directors of the Bass Museum of Art and is the Chair of the Development Committee. She is also part of the United Way’s International Initiative Executive Committee. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com

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Carlos Melia Recommends eNews March 2016 is online featuring Miami and beyond


Carlos Melia Recommends eNews March 2016 is online featuring Miami and beyond
| Carlos Melia Recommends eNews | The March 2016 issue of Carlos Melia Recommends eNews is out and online, featuring this month, my recent trip to Miami, Florida. A week scouting for new and classic hotels and restaurants. The featured hotel of this month is Hotel Paradies in Ftan, Switzerland. And weare sharing the mention by Man About World Magazine, naming me as a ” Travel Planning Expert “. Read more. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com

 

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