30 Monday, 20 July 2009 London Lite 3 Icelandic excursions Icelandshotinsummer Reykjaviksfestivalmixesart,danceandmusicwithgeothermalwonders BY OLIVIA WALMSLEY Cool: Reykjavik Culture Night and, inset, mud masks at the Blue Lagoon 1The Geysir geothermal area --watch the superheated jetserupt, but try not to get wet. 2The Gullfoss waterfall --impressive falls againstbarren, lunar landscape. 3Myvatn Nature Baths -- notrip to the north of Icelandwould be complete without a dipin the Blue Lagoon Of The North. WHATS GOING ON? TAKE advantage of northern Europes long, bright days and head to Iceland this summer. And make sure your trip coincides with the biggest event in the Icelandic calendar, Reykjavik Culture Night. The countrys biggest draw, which attracts 100,000 visitors, will be held on 23 August this year. The streets are filled with art exhibitions, concerts, fireworks, dance performances and fairs, while the citys pubs and restaurants stay open late. BED DOWN H O T E L B O R G i s a g o o d bet, at 452 for a two-night break including breakfast, flights a n d t r a n s f e r s . S e e iceland2go.com. HIT THE TOWN C h e c k o u t c o o l b a r Kaffibarinn (kaffibarinn. is), once part-owned by Blur frontman Damon Albarn. If you fancy doing a bit of per- forming yourself, head to Caf Oliver (cafeo- liver.is) for its troubadour karaoke -- you, a mic and a man with a guitar. REFUEL SAMPLE traditional Icelandic cuisine at Lkjarbrekka res- taurant (Bankastrti 2, 00 354 551 4430, 30 a head for a three-course meal). Anyone for some puffin meat? CULTURE VULTURE THE Blue Lagoon geothermal lake (22, icelandexcursions.is) is unmissable -- smother yourself in natural mud and wash it off in the milky blue water. DONT MISS VISIT the area where US astronauts trained before the moon landings on the Askja Lunar Tour, through the surreal landscapes of Vatnajkull National Park. The 11-hour tour costs 74 per adult. See askjatours.is HOW TO GET THERE ICELAND Express (icelandexpress. com) flies from Gatwick to Reykjavik and prices start from 69 one-way. MORE DETAILS visiticeland.com 30 Monday, 20 July 2009 London Lite We tell you where to go and when... Reykjavik index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html