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The Wizard of Oz

wizardofozThis all-time musical classic is the story of a farm girl, Dorothy. The Wizard of Oz follows the farm girl, Dorothy, as she is transported from Kansas to the wonderland of Oz.

In order to go back to home, Dorothy needs the aid of a Scarecrow, a Tin Man, a Cowardly Lion and her dog Toto! Wizard of Oz features heart touching musical numbers from the Oscar Winning movie, which includes Somewhere over the Rainbow, Follow The Yellow Brick Road, If I Only Had a Heart and We're Off to See the Wizard.

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How to become Icelandic in 60 minutes
how_to_become_icelandic_harpa_myndA show in English performed by Bjarni Haukur Thorsson, directed by Sigurður Sigurjónsson. The show will open in Harpa on the 25th of May and will run until late August. The show is a tour-de-force theatrical comedy show focusing on the Icelandic human condition: Their attitudes, struggles and everyday life. From Vikings to Björk and from bankers to wankers! You will walk out of the show feeling 100% Icelandic!!
Standard price ISK3900/€24. Click here for further information and tickets.
 
Shopping in Reykjavik
Kringlan shopping mallDespite rumors that Reykjavik is an expensive city, its prices are generally low. Moreover, when it comes to high fashion or designer wear, Reykjavík prices are usually lower, thanks to reasonably priced retail space and lower overhead.

There is a variety of places to shop in Reykjavík. In the picturesque city centre, you can enjoy walking around the main shopping streets - Laugavegur, Bankastræti, Austurstræti, Hafnarstræti, Skólavördustígur and Hverfisgata.
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Mt. ESJA, Reykjavík's City Mountain
Hiking Esja - photo from fjallafelagid.isIf you are a hiking kind of person, or just love being outdoors, the visiting Mt. Esja is something you definitely want to try.

Many popular routes lead up Mt. Esja, and thousands of hikers meander their way to the top every year. Numerous trails have already been made, and many others are awaiting construc-tion. A great number of people have taken part in developing these trails, including The Iceland Tourist Association, which organises hiking trips up Mt. Esja, as well as the Icelandic Forest Service, Friends of Esja, and others.
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Kayaking in Iceland
kajak12Icelandic kayak tours (Kajakaferðir) has been in operation for 12 years and offers a new way to explore the nature. They travel on kayaks along the unique lagoons of one of Iceland's most beautiful coastline and through a broad water area west of Stokkseyri. The area consists of small and big ponds connected by narrow canals, and is the ideal surroundings for enormous numbers of birds and plants.
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The National Museum of Iceland offers: The Making of a Nation
museumValtjofsstadahurdThe National Museum of Iceland's permanent exhibition, Making of a Nation - Heritage and History in Iceland, is intended to provide insight into the history of the Icelandic nation from the Settlement to the present day.

The aim is to cast light on the Icelanders' past by placing the cultural heritage preserved by the National Museum in a historical context, guided by the question: What makes a nation?

The exhibition includes about 2,000 objects, dating from the Settlement Age to the present, as well as about 1,000 photographs from the 20th century.
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The best view!

landmannalaugarIcelands best view -  Top secret

The following five montains offer the best view.  You don´t need to be an expert to eplore them but good shoes and good conditions are a big plus.

1.  Sveinstingur, close to Lake Langisjór, an easy walk and a fantastic view.

2. Esja, next door to the capital, easy walk

3.  Kverkfjöll, at the northern part of Vatnajökull glacier.  From the top you can see the entire Northeast Iceland.

4.  Kaldbakur, in Eyjafjörður Fjord, north of Akureyri.  Icelands best destination for freestyle skiing

5.  Kaldbakur (same name as no.4) but is located in Dýrafjörður Fjord, in the West Fjords.

 
What to know about Iceland

Where is it?

Iceland is a North Atlantic island, wht weternmost country in Europe. It lies about 800 km northwest of Scotland and 970 km west of Norway, and its northern coast is just below the Arctic Circle. From London, Reykjavík is the same distance as Athens.

Is it difficult to get to Iceland?

Not at all! Frequent flights operate to Iceland from main cities in Europe and North America and many gateways are served daily. Flight times to Europe are two to four hours. Most flights connect at Iceland´s Keflavík International Airport (45 km from Reykjavík) to give good stopover opportunities for transatlantic travellers.
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