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The iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, surrounded by majestic mountain peaks, Victoria Glacier, and its namesake turquoise lake, is set within Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The stunningly scenic historic property remains as...
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405 Spray Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1J4, Canada
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel was the brainchild of Sir William Cornelius Van Horne, president of the Canadian Pacific Railway. On arrival at Banff, the tourism visionary made the canny observation, "Since we can’t export the scenery, we'll...
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721 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 1W5, Canada
Every book will tell you to have high tea at the Empress in Victoria, and you should. They welcomed our three-generation group, including 2 kids under 6, and had hot chocolate for those who didn't want tea. They also had a full gluten-free option,...
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1038 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B9, Canada
Fairmont Pacific Rim sits on the ocean’s edge, in the heart of Vancouver’s historic port and financial district. Soaring 450 feet high as one of downtown’s largest buildings, it offers unobstructed views of the North Shore...
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The small village of Hesteyri, reachable by a 70-minute boat ride from Ísafjörður, was abandoned between the late 1940s and early 1950s, when its 80 former inhabitants decided to move away. Remnants of the town include an old doctor's house (which...
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Although referred to as one waterfall, Dynjandi—known also as Fjallfoss—is actually comprised of seven different falls that flow together from a cumulative height of 100 meters. Thirty meters wide at the top, the waterfall cascade spreads to...
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Nordurljosavegur 9, 240 Grindavík, Iceland
Iceland’s largest and most famous geothermal spa lies around an hour outside Reykjavik, quite close to Keflavik Airport. With a dramatic setting amidst large black lava boulders, the steam-filled, creamy-blue pool area is a striking and...
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Iceland’s arctic location draws all manner of impressive marine life, including 20 species of whale. Between April and September, the ocean becomes a feeding ground for these enormous mammals, and it’s possible to spot orca, humpback, minke and...
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Vesturgata 2a, Grófartorg, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Fiskfélagið’s Around the World and Around Iceland menus are sure to tantalize the taste buds with their playful and adventurous dishes inspired by the sea. Diners can expect their meals to feature everything from jellies to crumbles to purées.
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Vagnhöfði 12-18, Reykjavík, Iceland

We all recognize Iceland as the country with the world famous Blue Lagoon, but its cities are atop the list of places with top notch air quality. A big factor contributing to the excellent air quality is that Reykjavik is sparsely populated,...

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Deep in the heart of “Mordor,” an area of the glacier named from one of the Icelandic sagas (they came first; Tolkien merely borrowed), my guide, Ingó, finds a suitable ice wall and proceeds to secure a rope for our ice climbing lesson. It seems...
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Rauðhella, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
While driving the ring road around Iceland in May, my wife and I parked on the side of the road (our rented Toyota Yaris couldn't make it to this roughshod parking lot) and walked into Raufarholshellir ice cave to explore. There were literally no...
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Jökulsárlón, Iceland
This lake filled with giant, translucent chunks of iceberg is one of Iceland’s most distinctive and photogenic sights. Featured in high-profile movies, including two of the James Bond series and Batman Begins (as well as many local TV...