Something To Declare: Restless earth in Iceland; free travel on Irish trains; passports in Israel; The Outdoors Show
Saturday 27 March 2010
Destination of the week : Restless earth in Iceland
A volcanic eruption that began last weekend could enthral tourists to Iceland in the next few weeks. The previously dormant volcano of Eyjafjallajökull is located in the south of the island, about 80 miles south-east of the capital, Reykjavik, and 100 miles from the main airport at Keflavik. It is close to the highway that encircles Iceland. Fares are high for anyone who wants to leave imminently. Icelandair is quoting £342 from Heathrow next Wednesday, returning 4 April, or £404 from Glasgow. On Iceland Express, flights from Gatwick on the same dates cost £285 return.
Discover the World (01737 218 810; discover-the-world.co.uk ) has a "Volcano Eruption Special" tour for £471, excl flights.
Bargain of the week: Over 66? take your pick of Irish trains
Do you have the good fortune to have been born on or before 27 March 1944? If so, you qualify for unlimited free travel aboard any train in the Republic of Ireland. In a move designed to boost visitor numbers, Tourism Ireland is offering any foreign visitor aged 66 or over a four-day "Golden Trekker" pass valid throughout the Iarnrod Eireann network. Simply download a voucher from discoverireland.com and produce it together with your passport on board the trains of your choice.
Warning of the week: Passports in Israel
"Only hand your passport over to third parties, including Israeli officials, when absolutely necessary," says the Foreign Office, which has updated its travel warning following the murder of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January. The perpetrators are believed to have used forged British passports using the personal data of real travellers whose passports do not have biometric security features. "Your passport details could be captured for improper uses while your passport is out of your control," warns the official advice – which also cautions that "the theft of passports, credit cards, and valuables from public beaches, is commonplace".
Tip of the week: The Outdoors Show
The UK's largest outdoors show takes place today and tomorrow at the NEC in Birmingham. You can try your hand at ice-climbing, surfing or a cycle simulator where you can test your speed and stamina against the clock. For tickets, call 0115 993 4439 or see outdoorsshowextra.co.uk .
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