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Hello, and welcome to Getaways.

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-The show where we go...

-..where you want us to go.

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We're on a mission to check out

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some of your most popular holiday destinations.

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You've been sharing your top travel tips,

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-telling us where to go...

-..and what to do when we get there.

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This week, we've flown north-west across the Atlantic

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to the island of Iceland.

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We're here to find out why this

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is the ideal alternative to a sun holiday.

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Iceland has long been one of the must-see Nordic destinations.

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It's famous for its natural wonders of northern lights,

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glaciers, geysers,

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national parks, geothermal pools

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and active volcanoes.

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And happily, with direct flights to Reykjavik,

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it's one you can easily tick off your bucket list.

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Yes, you can fly direct to Iceland in about two and a half hours.

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And the transfer to Reykjavik takes around 45 minutes.

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Reykjavik is the capital city

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and it's where you will most likely base yourself.

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It's small enough for you to get around on foot,

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and one of the first things many of you recommended we do

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was to get an overview of the city

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at one of the main tourist attractions.

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Behind me there is the Hallgrimskirkj.

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At 73 metres, it's Iceland's tallest and largest church

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and it took over 40 years to build

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and its design is inspired by Iceland's geological landscape.

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So it's probably why it's one of the country's most photographed sites.

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The tower, which dominates Reykjavik's skyline,

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is designed to resemble the basalt formations

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left behind as lava cooled into thick, upright columns.

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Once inside, you can take the elevator

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to the top of the bell tower.

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And up here at the top of the tower is what it's all about.

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You can have a fantastic view of the entire city of Reykjavik,

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from the water, the mountains,

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and it's a great place for you to come

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so you can really get your bearings on the city.

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And before you leave, check out the statue in front of the church.

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This is the Viking Leif Eriksson,

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who discovered North America in the year 1000,

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more than 500 years before Columbus.

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Did you know that? I didn't.

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Iceland is known as the land of fire and ice

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and no trip here would be complete

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without the obligatory Golden Circle tour -

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a tourist route in southern Iceland

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which takes in some of the country's most famous attractions.

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And as you'd expect, some stunning scenery.

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About 45 minutes from Reykjavik is Thingvellir National Park,

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a Unesco World Heritage Site about 240 square kilometres in size.

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It's a place of historic and geological interest,

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as it's a meeting point of two continents.

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Now, there aren't many places on earth

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where you can see tectonics in action.

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In fact, there are only two.

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There is the Great Rift Valley in East Africa,

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and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in the Thingvellir National Park,

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which is actually here.

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Look! You can see it in action.

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There's not much happening, but it's there.

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You can see the continental drift

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between the North American and Eurasian plates

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in the cracks and faults in the Thingvellir region,

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which are slowly pulling Iceland apart.

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The largest crack between two plates is here, known as Almannagja Gorge.

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To the west, that's the North American tectonic plate.

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To the east, that's the Eurasian one.

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And they are separating from each other

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at a rate of two centimetres per year.

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That is, fact fans,

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the same growth rate as your fingernails annually.

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Well, thereabouts.

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Many major events in the history of Iceland

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have taken place at Thingvellir.

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It was here that the Althing, Iceland's parliament,

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was established in 930.

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This is the Logberg, or the Law Rock,

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and it's the focal point of the Althing.

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And this is where the chairperson of the assembly

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would convene the meetings.

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This is kind of in the middle of nowhere

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and quite a hike to get up here.

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But I rather like that, because I think

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to come up here and do this would mean

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you really wanted to be in politics and you really loved Iceland.

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Because if you looked out over the majestic surroundings,

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it would really inspire you to do the best for your country.

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And I think there's a lesson in there for all of us, isn't there?

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Next stop on our Golden Circle tour,

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and one that rated highly with you lot, is the geyser hot spring area,

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one of the greatest natural attractions in Iceland.

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A geyser is a spring

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from which boiling water and steam spout upwards

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and are mainly found in volcanic areas.

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And the word geyser, meaning to gush,

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comes from the famous great geyser here.

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This is the spot where the great geyser once gushed.

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It's been dormant for years, but back in its heyday

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it would shoot up to 60 metres high.

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Now, this entire area is a geothermal park

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resting right on top of a bubbling cauldron.

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According to geological studies,

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the hot springs in this area have existed for over 10,000 years.

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This is Strokkur, the most famous spouting geyser in all of Iceland

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and the reason being is because she goes off every 10 or 15 minutes,

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which is pretty handy for us tourists.

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So we're all just going to stand here and wait.

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Nice bit of heat off her, actually. Very welcome right now.

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Shame about the eggy smell.

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It's like waiting on the kettle to boil.

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Whoa...! There she goes!

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Up 30 metres high.

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Boiling hot eggy-smelling water.

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That is brilliant!

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Oh, wow.

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You get a little fright when you see that.

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Our final stop on the Golden Circle tour

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is the magnificent Gullfoss waterfalls, or Golden Falls,

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situated on the River Hvita, or White River.

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The falls are made up of two tiers.

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The first is 11 metres high and the second is 22 metres high,

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with the water falling into

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a two-and-a-half kilometre long canyon below.

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It's fed by water that flows

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straight out of Iceland's second largest glacier.

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And I've got to tell you, guys, this is one spectacular sight,

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one you cannot miss.

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In the early 20th century,

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foreign investors wanted to harness the power of the waterfalls

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to produce electricity.

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This plaque here is dedicated to Sigridur Tomasdottir.

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And the story goes that she campaigned heavily

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against plans to build a hydroelectric power plant here.

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And fair play to her,

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because that would have changed this place for ever.

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Nice one!

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Gullfoss is now protected by Icelandic law

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and is a national park.

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All three attractions on the Golden Circle

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are within 100 kilometres of the capital

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and you can take an excursion tour or drive yourself.

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Tony Oakey, from Kilkenny, recommended we check out the Harpa,

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a cultural and social centre at Reykjavik's harbour.

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Since it opened its doors in 2011,

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it has welcomed more than five million visitors

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and is one of the city's most recognisable landmarks.

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The facade of the Harpa is made up of multiple hexagonal glass tubes,

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with coloured and mirrored panes

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designed to reflect and fragment light,

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mimicking basalt crystals which are indigenous to Iceland.

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It's like being inside a man-made iceberg.

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There are three concert halls and two restaurants here,

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so plenty of reason for you to come and visit.

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Me, I'm just happy to sit here, dig the architecture

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and enjoy my coffee.

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Loads of you mentioned how expensive it is to eat out.

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And in fairness, you are right. It really is.

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But tons of you also suggested a visit to what's now become known

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as Reykjavik's most famous hot dog stand.

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It's called Baejarins Beztu,

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and hot dog master Skuli is showing me the ropes, so to speak.

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-Are you ready?

-I'm ready.

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-I do the fried onions first.

-OK.

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The fresh onions.

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-Ketchup.

-Yeah.

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Hot dog. Hot dog.

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Mustard.

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And the mayonnaise-based sauce.

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The only rule is that the mustard and the mayonnaise-based sauce

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has to be on top.

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And is that the secret to why these hot dogs are so popular?

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-Yeah, the ingredients, how fresh everything is.

-Mm-hm.

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Dab hand at this. This is no bother to me at all.

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Mustard...slide...

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..mayonnaise. I mean, come on.

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So good!

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Skuli, tell me why hot dogs are so popular in Reykjavik,

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because you wouldn't think they are a typical food for here.

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The company has been working since 1937.

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People are kind of raised as kids...

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-To go there...

-Dropping by and...

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So they continue and...

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And over the years, have you had any famous customers?

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Yeah. Of course. We had Bill Clinton.

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-I love Bill.

-And just recently,

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-I had the opportunity to meet Kim Kardashian...

-What?!

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-..and her sister Kourtney.

-You met the Kardashians?

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-Kourtney and Kim.

-Did they eat one?

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Yeah, they all had hot dogs.

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-Do you think I could look like Kim when I finish this?

-Yeah.

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-No doubt about it.

-Thanks!

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Great things.

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One of the big attractions in Iceland

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is, of course, the northern lights,

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or aurora borealis,

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a magnificent display

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of bright, colourful, dancing lights in the sky,

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which you can see in the winter months from October to March.

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Unfortunately, we have come in May,

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so we're visiting the Aurora Reykjavik Centre,

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which tells you everything you might want to know about them.

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-MAN:

-..an invisible shield, the Earth's magnetic field.

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Now for the science bit.

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The northern lights are a result

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of electronically charged particles from the sun

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colliding with gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere.

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And they are a regular occurrence in the Icelandic sky.

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If you're looking for a break closer to home,

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then check out Mairead's road trip to Donegal.

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I'm taking a drive around the Inishowen Peninsula.

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And my journey starts with a short ferry crossing.

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Inishowen is just three hours from Dublin

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and a really cool way to get here is drive up the stunning north coast

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and take the Foyle ferry across.

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And that's exactly what I'm doing today.

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The ferry drops you off in Greencastle in County Donegal,

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a small fishing port with an important history

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that's been preserved here at the Maritime Museum & Planetarium.

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It's got a detailed collection of memorabilia

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that covers every aspect of the maritime history of Inishowen.

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Driving around the peninsula

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takes you through some beautiful rugged Donegal scenery.

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And I'm following the route of the Inishowen 100.

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The Inishowen 100 is perfect for people who love a good road trip

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because it is a 100-mile scenic route

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right the way round the peninsula.

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It's really well signposted.

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You could do it in a day, if you like.

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Or you could do what I'm doing - take your time and do it over two.

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There are some surprising stop-offs in the Inishowen 100.

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Like here, just outside Buncrana,

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where there's a park dedicated to John Newton,

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the wretched sailor whose slave ship was washed ashore here

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and who has gone down in history

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as the composer of the hymn Amazing Grace.

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One of the highest points on the Inishowen 100 route

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is the Mamore Gap,

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which reveals some spectacular views of the Atlantic

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on the way to Malin Head, the northernmost point in Ireland.

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But before I get there,

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I'm stopping off to learn a bit about the local history.

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During the Irish famine,

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the population of Inishowen and Donegal was decimated.

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And the famine village is the brainchild of Pat Doherty,

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who converted his family home into a museum

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that describes the history of the famine

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and the tradition of the Irish wake.

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One of the questions people ask is,

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"Why would you sit beside a dead person for two nights?"

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So we explain to them how it began.

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A fear went across the world, the fear of being buried alive.

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They sat beside the person in the hope the person would wake up.

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And that's why it's called a wake in Ireland,

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-sitting round, hoping for the person to wake up.

-OK.

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For the final leg of my journey, I'm going to the top of Ireland

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and I'm staying the night at the country's most northerly hotel,

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the Seaview Tavern in Malin.

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It has only three rooms but, as the name suggests,

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they all have a view of the sea.

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-RADIO:

-The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office

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on behalf of the Maritime And Coastguard Agency...

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Malin is a name that most people recognise

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from the shipping forecast.

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-RADIO:

-Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey...

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And this is why.

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These are the instruments that gather the weather data

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for the coastal area of Malin.

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So when you hear the shipping forecast from Malin,

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it's right here that all the information is gathered.

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So, here I am, the most northerly tip of Ireland, Malin Head.

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Malin Head is known as Banba's Crown,

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named after the mythical Irish goddess Banba.

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These markings were put on the headland during the Second World War

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to identify it as Irish territory to the aircraft flying overhead.

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But more recently, this spectacular setting was used

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as the location for the latest Star Wars film,

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so the man who runs the local coffee van must have some stories to tell.

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Or has he been sworn to secrecy?

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Now, I was told I can get a really good coffee in Malin Head.

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I didn't believe it, Dominic, but it's true!

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You have to come to the top of the world

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-to get the best coffee in Ireland.

-Oh, it's true, it's lovely!

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And I believe there was a pretty big movie shot somewhere around here.

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Was there?

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-Yeah!

-I couldn't possibly say.

-Really?

-Really.

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-You didn't hear anything about that?

-I didn't hear a thing.

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Right. You must have been living under the rocks, then.

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Hm...

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Hm...

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We're on a getaway in Iceland,

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taking advantage of direct flights from Ireland.

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So far, we've explored the wonders of the Golden Circle.

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From tectonic plates...

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..to shooting geysers...

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and gushing waterfalls.

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Bathing in volcanically heated hot springs

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dates right back to Viking times in Iceland.

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Outdoor pools can be found across the island,

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used by locals and visitors alike.

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But we were inundated with recommendations

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for one in particular.

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Well, feast your eyes on this.

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The Blue Lagoon, a man-made oasis in the centre of a black lava field.

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It uses water from a local geothermal plant,

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and National Geographic named it as one of the 25 wonders of the world.

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And lucky me, I'm about to get in.

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The Blue Lagoon is made up of six million litres

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of geothermal seawater,

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which has been pushed up from 2,000 metres beneath the Earth's surface.

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Some of this water is used by the plant

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to generate electricity and hot water for nearby households.

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So no immersions in Iceland.

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The water is then fed into the lagoon

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and it's rich in minerals like silica and sulphur.

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These minerals are thought to help

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with skin disorders such as psoriasis.

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But it's worth mentioning that they also play havoc with your hair,

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so you will need a lot of conditioner afterwards.

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You may have seen my teeth chattering earlier on

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because it's five degrees outside.

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But in here, it is 38 degrees

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and pure bliss.

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Also on site is a cafe, indoor and outdoor loungers,

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and a swim-up bar so you can enjoy the experience all day.

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You may have noticed some pasty white faces

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bobbing up and down in the lagoon there.

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It's not sunscreen that they're wearing.

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It is this silica mud mask.

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They say it rejuvenates the skin

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and gives it lots of vitamins and minerals again.

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And I'm a sucker for anything that's going to make me look 20 again.

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The Blue Lagoon is open every day all year, even Christmas Day,

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and you can come here on an organised tour,

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or if you have a hire car,

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it's under an hour's drive from Reykjavik.

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But a word of warning...

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You'll need to book your tickets online in advance

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or you just might not get in.

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For my visit to Iceland, I don't think I was fully prepared

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for some of the weird but wonderful, attractions here.

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Take the Perlan, for example.

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It has a cafe and a restaurant,

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all that you'd expect from a visitors centre.

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But what really intrigues me about it

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is it sits right on top of the city's reservoir.

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This landmark building combines modern architecture

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with practicality.

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These shiny, curved walls are in fact storage tanks,

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each with a capacity to hold over four million litres

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of hot geothermal water.

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The mirrored dome, which sits on top of the tanks,

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is designed to reflect the sun's rays,

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making it stand out on the landscape.

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The building itself is absolutely ingenious, with the added bonus

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of having this viewing platform on the fourth floor

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where you can take in the entire city.

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And it's absolutely breathtaking.

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And there's another draw here for tourists.

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On the top floor of the Perlan, you will find the restaurant.

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It is fine dining and the prices reflect that.

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But you're on your holidays. Treat yourself!

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I don't know if you've noticed this, but the restaurant rotates,

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so you get to take in the entire vista.

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It takes about two hours.

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Plenty of time for a couple of rounds, at least.

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Iceland's not all about fine dining, Joe.

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I think it's time you tried some traditional Icelandic food.

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Brace yourself!

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-OK, hello, folks.

-Hello.

-Hi.

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-Here...Icelandic food.

-There we go.

-OK.

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Look at that!

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Thank you.

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We bake rye bread every night.

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-It takes 10 or 11 hours to bake the bread.

-11-hour bread?

-Yes.

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-This better be good, then!

-It is, try it!

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And here is mashed fish.

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We call it plokkfiskur.

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It is very Icelandic.

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-And this is the shark.

-Shark?

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Don't smell it, just taste.

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Brennivin is very good with it. The Black Death, you know?

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Hang on, you're recommending food that goes well

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-with a drink called Black Death?

-Yes.

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-Black Death with the shark.

-OK.

-OK.

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-Enjoy.

-Thank you.

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-Thank you.

-Thank you.

-OK.

-OK...

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She's right, you don't smell it.

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You see, now I want to.

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Would you recommend it, Joe?

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No!

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It's the only thing I don't like about this place.

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It's not bad.

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Some people like it a lot.

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-Can I just take a drink of the Black Death?

-Yes.

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All right, OK. Skol!

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With tourism booming in Iceland,

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new hotels are popping up all over Reykjavik.

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We stayed at the CenterHotel Midgardur,

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part of a small family-run chain.

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It's a mid-range hotel with only 43 bedrooms,

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which are compact but bright and modern.

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A three-night break here costs from £502 per person sharing,

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including flights.

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Or you could stay at Iceland's largest hotel,

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the recently opened four-star Fosshotel, Reykjavik.

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It's close to the city centre and it has a good restaurant.

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Three nights' bed-and-breakfast at the Fosshotel, Reykjavik

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costs from £648 per person sharing.

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Another tour that rated really high with you guys

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is a trip out to sea for a spot of whale watching.

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There are several companies who offer tours in Reykjavik,

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which depart from the Old Harbour.

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It's a suitable adventure for all the family,

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with regular sightings of humpback, minke and fin whales.

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Hopefully, we'll get lucky today.

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I've grabbed tour guide Marcus to find out

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what our chances of a sighting are.

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Our summer success is very high.

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We have 98%, almost close to 100%.

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OK, so from May onwards we have a pretty good chance?

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We have a good chance to see dolphins or whales, yes.

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Well, we should also tell people that you are not guaranteed,

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because this is their natural habitat,

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so you're not guaranteed to see anything, either.

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We always mention that, that this is wildlife.

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We are here on their terms, in their territory.

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They are not here to entertain us. They are here on their own terms.

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-And we can't argue with that.

-No, exactly.

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With that word of advice firmly planted in my mind,

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I find my place at the railings alongside all the other passengers,

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in search of some wildlife action.

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There was great excitement there just a minute ago,

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sightings of a minke whale just over there to my left.

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But with the choppy waters, we've lost him.

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There's still time, though. There's still time.

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We've got one more hour to go, so fingers crossed.

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Whale watching tours generally last about two to three hours.

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They are bit pricey, so you'll need to budget for this.

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If you come whale watching between the months of May and October,

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there is a 98% chance that you will see some whales.

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Unfortunately, for me,

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I have fallen into the 2% that have seen nothing today.

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But it's worth mentioning that the tour operator

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has given everybody on board a complimentary ticket,

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which lasts for two years, so...

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I'm just going to have to come back. Happy days!

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Reykjavik is renowned for its wild party nightlife.

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Here, that basically means going out on the absolute rip.

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And on our social media, an overwhelming amount of you,

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including Deirdre from Limerick and Stephen from Belfast,

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said there's only one bar in Reykjavik to go to.

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The Lebowski Bar.

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-And, of course, we shall abide.

-Absolutely.

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The retro American bar pays homage to the famous Coen brothers'

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1998 cult film starring Jeff Bridges

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as the White Russian-drinking, avid bowler Dude.

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This is quite possibly one of the greatest bars I've ever been in,

0:23:430:23:46

-being a massive fan of the movie.

-Thanks, mate.

0:23:460:23:48

How did the Lebowski Bar happen?

0:23:480:23:51

Well, I just love the film

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and wanted to do something about this theme.

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I wanted to do some American-theme bar also.

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I just decided to combine this together and make the Lebowski Bar.

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White Russians are kind of the big thing within the movie

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and you have a wide variety of White Russians,

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all the beers named after characters.

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-You've really put the detail in.

-Yes, I have.

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We decided, you know, if we're going to do this,

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we're going to go all the way and have a lot of little things that,

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you know, really, Lebowski fans... "Hey, this is from the movie!"

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AS THE DUDE: I like your style, dude!

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Now, it's fair to say Iceland is not famous as a shopping destination,

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but you did have some suggestions.

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Recommended to us by Hugh Yeamen in Bangor, County Down, is this,

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the flea market, or as it is known, Kolaportid.

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It takes place every weekend right down by the harbour.

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How good does that look?

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How much is this one?

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You're not going to be troubling Antiques Roadshow any time soon,

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but what you will find is a great array of books, clothing, records,

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general bric-a-brac

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and it has that feeling of being a neighbourhood market.

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A jumper with a cat on it.

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I really want a jumper with a cat on it.

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You also suggested we visit

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one of the most famous record shops in Iceland.

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Your wish is my command.

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I'm going to have a look around your store.

0:25:370:25:39

So you may as well just take my wallet now.

0:25:390:25:41

-Yes.

-Just, you know...

-How much money do you have?

0:25:410:25:44

Just, you know, until the bank call you.

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-OK.

-I'll just...

-Yeah, yeah, I'm used to that!

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The 12 Tonar shop is not only a record shop

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but it's also a local record label,

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reflecting the passion of the Icelandic music scene.

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What is it about this record store particularly you think

0:26:020:26:05

that gives you that great reputation?

0:26:050:26:07

I think it's quite an old-fashioned store

0:26:070:26:10

and we're just in it for music, you know?

0:26:100:26:12

We are just...

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Everybody who works here is involved in the music and that's what we...

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I mean, it's not our job, you know? It's more than that. It's our life.

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I think music is very important for Icelanders.

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Whenever they come together, they start singing.

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You know, that's just part of being Icelandic.

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A trip to Iceland will inevitably involve taking in nature,

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and the landscape here is beautiful and it's dramatic.

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So... what better way to appreciate it

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than to drive around it in a high-speed, reckless manner?

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Take your protein pills and put your helmet on.

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Buggy Adventures offers off-road,

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off-the-beaten-track tours of Iceland

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and the rugged landscape here lends itself perfectly to thrill-seekers.

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They suit you up in overalls and a helmet and, believe me,

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you need the kit, as these buggies are all about driving through dykes,

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ditches and dirt tracks.

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All you need is a valid driving licence

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to take control of these cages.

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Or, like me, you can offer some thrills as a passenger.

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Congratulations on passing your test

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and good luck to you in your future career as a school bus driver!

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So, Mairead, how was Iceland for you?

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I loved so many things about it, Joe.

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But my highlight was probably the Blue Lagoon.

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In my current pregnant state, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it

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and I even bought the silicon mud mask on the way out.

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-It's why you look so young!

-Thank you!

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I have to say I love pretty much everything about Iceland.

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It's one of the most beautiful, fascinating,

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idiosyncratic countries I've ever visited.

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-Do I have to give it marks out of ten?

-Yeah.

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I'm going to go nine out of ten.

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Iceland, you lose a point for the fermented shark.

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-You need to get over the whole shark thing.

-Never.

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It's still repeating on me. See you next time on Getaways.

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Mairead Ronan and Joe Lindsay travel north to the land of fire and ice - Iceland. They tour the golden circle, take a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, explore the architecture of Reykjavik and take to the seas in search of humpback and minke whales. And in our short Getaway, Mairead takes a road trip around the Inishowen peninsula in Co Donegal.


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