Is it a bird, is it a plane? No it’s a Bell 420 from Helo Helicopters zipping through the air on a fluffy, sunny day above Reykjavik. For those with a bit of a more flexible budget, hopping on a helicopter in Iceland is a real treat. Our ride is organised by Nordic Luxury, a bespoke travel agent catering to the more discerning travellers. If Sting or David Duchovny is in town, they call Karl Olafsson fromNordic Luxury. Because Karl is a cheerful Viking, with good contacts on the island who can like today, fly us out of the city into a geothermal hot zone where we can enjoy the solitude and remoteness of Iceland. Even in these modern days, you still need a Viking who can make things happen. After this relaxing heli ride we jump into our 4×4 and start the circumnavigation of Iceland. As of today the N1 will be our closest friend, together with a sturdy Land Rover of course.
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For some, there are the ultra-luxury branded hotels that go all out to offer the best services and experiences to their guests.
Many others may prefer the solitude offered by a private villa within a 4,000-acre conservation in the Blue Mountains, an 11-bedroom palatial mansion in the south of France, or for that matter a bespoke tent resort atop a glacier in Iceland. Many of these don’t have a name and can hardly be pulled up during an online search. But they still match up to everything that the leading names in hospitality offer, and often, much more.
As much a travel experience as a driving one, Nordic Luxury specializes in taking their clients to some of the most remote locations on earth. These include Iceland, remote parts of Scandinavia, as well as Greenland, and even the South Pole. Such extreme locations require some of the most robust vehicles on the planet and you’ll get to experience what Icelanders refer to as, “Fully Grown Trucks.” Made by Arctic Trucks, and made famous by Top Gear’s North Pole expedition, these monster trucks feature 44-inch balloon tires, a jacked-up suspension and a widened body.
Did we already tell you we really like holiday villas and houses? Last year we had the chance to stay in dreamy villas on Greek islands, we even experienced Africa while staying in a private villa in the Namib Desert.
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I decided to go to Iceland because a friend, Dorrit Mousaieff, who is married to the President of Iceland, has been telling me what an amazing country it is. I worked with Dorrit to learn about what to see on our intense, busy, and crowded five-day trip to this smallest Scandinavian country.
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I bumped into billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller in an odd place last week… Seljandsfoss, Iceland.
Rockefeller was apparently celebrating his 92nd birthday in Iceland.
Karl Olafsson was supposed to be our SuperJeep driver for the day. But “the Rockefellers tied him up for the week,” so he recommended another of his drivers at his company.
We pulled up to Seljandsfoss with our substitute driver. And what do you know, Karl is there too, with the Rockefellers. And hardly another soul. The drivers tell us “more and more celebrities are coming these days… Eric Clapton has been here… Clint Eastwood… They come because they can be regular people here. They’re never hassled at all.”
Adventurers, are you ready? Now is the time to step out of your comfort zone and into the snow, enjoying five-star luxury tenting on top of 4500 feet of ice.
Have we caught your attention yet? Nordic Luxury have created an amazing Langjokull expedition camp that lets you experience a five-star tent on top of Iceland’s largest icecap, which also happens to be the biggest in Europe. You’ll encounter sights and thrills you never knew possible, all topped of with lavish trimmings such as a traditional Scandinavian sauna with burning wood to warm you up in the evenings.