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  1. 1. Trip to Iceland Assignment of MISSahil Middha10/3/2010<br />Iceland<br />Iceland is a European island country located in the North Atlantic Ocean on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It has a population of about 320,000 and a total area of 103,000 km2 (39,769 sq mi). The capital and largest city is Reykjavík, with the surrounding areas in the southwestern region of the country being home to some two-thirds of the national population. Iceland is the world's 18th largest island, and Europe's second largest island following Great Britain. <br />About Rekyjavik city<br />Reykjavík is the capital and largest city of Iceland. Its latitude at 64°08' N makes it the world's northernmost capital of a sovereign state. It is located in southwestern Iceland, on the southern shore of Faxaflói Bay. With a population of around 120,000 (and over 200,000 in the Greater Reykjavík Area) it is the heart of Iceland's economic and governmental activity. Reykjavík is located in southwest Iceland. The Reykjavík area coastline is characterized by peninsulas, coves, straits, and islands.<br />Cityscape<br />Transport from Ludhiana to Delhi on 3rd october<br />Train No.Train NameOriginDep.TimeDestinationArr.TimeTravel TimeTotal Fare Days Of RunMTWTFSS<br />2498+SHANE PUNJAB*LUDHIANA JN17:25NEW DELHI22:4505:20100YYYYYYY<br />AirportTerminalCountryAirlineOperated by<br />Chart of booking of air ticket ( Both from delhi and Rekyjavik city)<br />Departure00:50 Mon, 4 OctDelhi - Indira Gandhi Intl(DEL)3IndiaKLMKLMArrival05:50 Mon, 4 OctAmsterdam - Schiphol (AMS)NetherlandsEconomy Connection - Change plane  Check with airline for boarding time and gate!Stop-over duration: 8 hours 10 minutesDeparture14:00 Mon, 4 OctAmsterdam - Schiphol(AMS)NetherlandsIcelandairIcelandairArrival15:10 Mon, 4 OctReykjavik - Keflavik (KEF)IcelandEconomyINBOUND:Duration:33: 35 hDeparture07:45 Sun, 10 OctReykjavik - Keflavik(KEF)IcelandIcelandairIcelandairArrival12:45 Sun, 10 OctCopenhagen - Copenhagen International Airport (CPH)3DenmarkEconomy Connection - Change plane  and terminal Check with airline for boarding time and gate!Stop-over duration: 6 hours 45 minutesDeparture19:30 Sun, 10 OctCopenhagen - Copenhagen International Airport(CPH)2DenmarkKLMKLMArrival20:55 Sun, 10 OctAmsterdam - Schiphol (AMS)NetherlandsEconomy Connection - Change plane  Check with airline for boarding time and gate!Stop-over duration: 14 hours 25 minutesDeparture11:20 Mon, 11 OctAmsterdam - Schiphol(AMS)NetherlandsKLMKLMArrival22:50 Mon, 11 OctDelhi - Indira Gandhi Intl (DEL)3IndiaEconomy<br />Number of passengers: 1 <br />Price and taxes per passenger: AU$ 1,882.76 (RS. 81488)<br />EDreams discount: AU$ 6.93 (RS. 299.9) = (81488-299.9= 81188.1)<br /><br />Information<br />Outbound<br />On 4th October plane KLM (KL 82) run by KLM<br />Then icelandair airlines (FI 503) from Amsterdam run by icelandair<br />Inbound<br />Icelandair airlines (FI 454) from Keflavik run by icelandair<br /> KLM airlines (KL 2750) from Copenhagen run by VLM vlaamse<br />KLM airlines (KL 871) from Amsterdam run by KLM<br />Reservation of Hotel in rekyjavik city<br />Radisson BLU Saga Hotel<br />This hotel is 200 yards from the University of Iceland and a 10-minute walk from the center of Reykjavik. Guests enjoy free gym and spa admission, Wi-Fi access and city views.<br />Some guest rooms at Radisson Blu Saga Hotel include Nespresso coffee machines and free premium movies. All rooms have satellite TV, tea/coffee facilities and views of Reykjavik.Radisson Blu Saga’s rooftop restaurant also offers panoramic city views.<br />Guests are welcome to use Saga’s jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym for free. Spa access also includes a towel, bathrobe and slippers.<br />Radisson Blu Saga Hotel is situated close to galleries, shops and museums. Keflavik International Airport is just a 45-minute drive away. It is situated in city centre.<br />Hotel Rooms: 209. Hotel Chain: Radisson BLU.<br />lefttop <br />RoomRateIN RS.Standard double roomPrice as per room for 6 nightsIncluded in room price 7%VatUS $594.9826925.87<br />Buffet Breakfast included in it<br />Transport <br />Most international flights depart from Keflavik International Airport (Code: KEF), about 50 km (30 miles) from Reykjavik. The best way is get to Keflavik is to take the Reykjavik Excursions bus, departing frequently from the BSI bus station in Reykjavik. Cost of the bus is ISK 1700 one-way (i.e. 680 Rs). From bus stand the total distance to hotel is 1.5 km.<br />Reykjavik's Weather & Climate:<br />Many think that Reykjavik is a constantly frozen winter-wonderland. This is a myth. Average mid-winter temperatures are no lower than those in Toronto, Canada or the U.S. East Coast. This is because Iceland's coastal weather is moderated by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. The city's coastal location does make it prone to wind. Reykjavik is a very wet city, having an average of 213 rainy days every year.<br />Average temperatures in Reykjavik are:<br />Jan - Mar: 35-40 F (2-4 C)<br />Apr - Jun: 38-52 F (3-11 C)<br />Jul - Sep: 47-60 F (9-14 C)<br />Oct - Dec: 32-44 F (0-7 C)<br />Different tourist places to visit<br />Hallgrím's church<br />Points of interest include the Museum of Natural History, the National Museum, which contains a collection of Icelandic antiquities; the National Gallery; the modern Hallgrím's Church; and a statue of the Icelandic navigator Leif Eriksson, presented in 1930 to Iceland by the United States to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the founding of the Althing. It is located in city centre<br />Square in Reykjavik<br />It is the site of the University of Iceland (1911); the Reykjavík Conservatory of Music (1930); the Althing (parliament); the Lutheran cathedral; the National Library; the National Archives; and the National Theater.<br />lefttop<br />If you’re an art lover, the beautifully designed Reykjavík Art Museum (Hafnarhús branch) is also in the city centre, close to the harbour.<br />These are the places located in city centre.<br />lefttop Reykjavik family park - Reykjavik Zoo<br />In the other part of the Zoo is so called Family Park where families enjoy being outdoors together in the heart of Reykjavik. All year round, there is something on the program that will appeal to everyone in the family.Refreshments are available at a cafeteria that is open all year-round. During the summer a snack bar/shop is open too, where visitors can buy hot dogs to barbecue for themselves on a large grill. The Reykjavik Zoo started up in 1990 and is open all year.<br />Children 0-5 years   freeChildren 6-12 years350 IskAdults>12450 Isk<br />Open winter:24th August - 15th MayOpen daily 10:00 - 17:00<br />450 ISK = 178.2 Re (1 ISK = .396 INR)<br />Coach tour<br />Iceland - Gullfoss Geysir <br />Location: Gullfoss - Geysir - Thingvellir<br />Adult:€54.00<br />Gullfoss Geysir Direct takes you to see the world-famous Geysir geothermal field and Gullfoss, the queen of Icelandic waterfalls.  The Geysir geothermal field has spouting springs of various formations, bubbling hot water and exploding geysers while at Gullfoss you are given the opportunity to stand next to the amazing waterfall, watching its enormous quantities of water tumble violently into a deep, meandering gorge.<br />Included<br />Bus fare, guidance in English and entrance to Geysir museum, meal.<br />Price 54€ = 3298.2 INR ( 1€ = 61.1 INR)<br />Iceland From Below- Caving Tour & The Blue Lagoon<br />See Iceland most famous sites in a different light<br />Caving Tour<br />-204470-21590<br />Blue Lagoons<br />A great combination of our tours AH15 Iceland from below - Caving tour and AH18 The Blue Lagoon for those who want to make the most of their afternoon in Iceland. The tour takes you to unique sights of Iceland’s most spectacular lava tube caves and craters. These beautiful, natural phenomena reveal extraordinary scenery of lava formations and colors. There are no handrails, lights or any preinstalled tools in or around the caves. We rely entirely on the equipment we carry and that people respect our guidelines.  <br />After the healthy exercise we head back to Reykjavik to join the last tour of the day to the Blue Lagoon, which leaves Reykjavik at 16:15. Once there (at around 17:15-17:30) you have many recreational options such as enjoying a meal in their á la carte restaurant, walking in the Blue Lagoon’s spectacular surroundings or bathing in the milky blue-green seawater.  <br />Included: Bus, one hour tour, caving gear & English Guidance, meal<br />Total Price76.00 €Online Discount -5%- 3.80 €Tour Price incl. Discount72.20 €<br />76€= 4641 INR, 3.80 €= 232.1 INR, (4641- 232.1 = 4408.9 INR)<br />Icelandic Food<br />There is a wide range of high quality restaurants in Iceland, serving specialities including freshly caught seafood, meat from naturally reared animals and prize game from the unspoilt countryside.Iceland offers a fine variety of all kinds of foods produced locally. The quality is excellent, in part because of a very clean environment. Perhaps the best is lamb meat, mostly because the sheep range freely in the mountains. Iceland has strict regulations relating to meat production and the use of hormones is strictly forbidden.There is a wide range cheeses and other dairy products made in Iceland. There are over 80 types of cheese made, some of which have won international awards. Skyr (which is something between yogurt and the German " quark" ) and mysa (whey) are specialities that have been made in farms through the centuries in Iceland.Icelandic fish, caught in the unpolluted waters of the North Atlantic, has established a reputation for its superb quality and delicious taste world-wide. Fish is the mainstay of the Icelandic diet, and fresh fish can be had all the year round. Icelanders eat mostly haddock, cod, plaice, halibut, herring and shrimp.Poultry farming is considerable in Iceland. The most common types of bird reared are chicken, duck and turkey. Certain species of wild birds are hunted, including geese.Even though Iceland is situated near the polar circle, many garden vegetables are grown outside, including cabbage and potatoes. Other vegetables, fruits and flowers aregrown in geothermally heated hot houses.Iceland has a range of traditional foods, called " thorramatur" , which are enjoyed especially in the period from January to March. These preserved foods include smoked and salted lamb, salted lamb, singed sheep heads, dried fish, smoked and pickled salmon, cured shark and various other delicacies. Breads include laufabrauð (deep-fried paper-thin bread), kleinur(similar to doughnuts) and rye pancakes.RecipesIcelandic Pancakes (or Crepes) with Whipped Cream.Batter: 3 cups flour, 4 eggs, 3 tbs. butter (melted), 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. vanilla essence, 2 ½ -3 cups milk.Directions: Separate egg whites and beat until stiff. Mix together all other ingredients and add the egg whites last. Bake paper-thin on a hot cast-iron griddle (about 9 inches in diameter). Spread with preserves, jam or jelly, one tablespoon whipped cream. Fold into triangles. Serve with afternoon coffee or as dessert. (Traditional)Fried Crullers (Kleinur)Batter: 4 cups flour, 3 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. hartshorn (ammonium carbonate), 2 tsp. cardamom, 1/2 cup margarine, 4 1/2 tbs. sugar, 7 tbs. milk, 1 egg.Directions: Mix together the flour, baking powder, hartshorn and cardamom. Add the margarine, sugar, egg and the milk. Work into a dough. Roll out the dough to about 1/8 inch thick. Cut into strips about 3/4 inch wide and about 3 inches long in a slantwise direction, using a pastry wheel and ruler. Make a slit in the center of each cruller and pull one pointed end through. Lower the crullers, one at a time, into hot fat and fry them until golden brown (deep fat frying). Lift them out and let them drain on a paper towel. Serve hot or cold.<br />Museums <br />The gallery shopThe shop's main objectives are promoting and selling art books, cards and posters published by the National Gallery. It showcases the finest in Icelandic arts and design. OPENING HOURS:Tuesdays - Sundays 11am - 5 pm, closed Mondays<br />Greater Reykjavik Area Sightseeing<br />lefttop<br />This tour includes the most significant places in Reykjavik and the surrounding towns.<br />Total Price31.00 €Online Discount -5%- 1.55 €Tour Price incl. Discount29.45 €<br />31€= 1893 INR, 1.55€= 94.7 INR ( 1893- 94.7= 1798.3 INR)<br />Total expenditure 100 + 81188.1 +26925.87 +680 +178.2 +3298.2 +4408.9 +1798.3 +680= Rs. 119257.57<br />