Icelandic Tourist Board revamps Web site

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NEW YORK -- The Icelandic Tourist Board's Web site, at www.icelandtouristboard.com, was recently revamped.

A new feature of the site, Tour & Packages, provides a list of operators that sell Iceland.

More than one dozen companies are listed under independent and group/escorted categories.

Other companies are listed under their specialties, which range from alternative lifestyles to bird-watching.

Seventeen categories of travel companies are listed under a U.S. heading; there are six categories under a Canada section.

Under its Events feature, the Web site lists annual events, such as holiday activities and, peculiar to Iceland, the midwinter Thorrablot feast in February.

During the feast, restaurants put out menus with traditional Viking foods -- such as slatur, which is sheep's blood pudding rolled in lard and sewn up in the animal's stomach -- that would make most people squirm.

Summer events listed include the Arctic Open International Golf Tournament at the Akureyri Golf Club June 20 to 23. Due to the "midnight sun," which provides Iceland with 24 hours of light during that time of year, the tournament will kick off in the evening and play out through the night.

A seasonal calendar is provided under the Events section to let travelers know which months activities are available.

For example, glacier safaris run from March through September and horse and sheep roundups are featured in September and October.

A link is provided from the Web site to an event database hosted by the Icelandic Tourist Board in Iceland, listing exhibits, festivals, concerts and sporting events. Among this year's exhibits is a retrospective of the works of Icelandic sculptor Asmundur Sveinsson at the Reykjavik Art Museum, May 12 through Oct. 13.

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