dokiWatch – Big Solutions in One Small Device, Keeping Families Connected!

Many parents want to stay in touch with their children safely but feel that it is still too early for them to have mobile phones. All thanks to innovation, dokiWatch could be the answer. Designed for children aged from 6 to 12 years old, the quirky-looking dokiWatch is the world’s most advanced 3G smartwatch.

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 With kids adept with mobile technology, it was a breeze for Small M getting familiar with dokiWatch when it arrives. As parents, we completely prefer smartwatch to smartphone. In this blog, we identify the 5 main practical reasons why you should pick dokiWatch for your child:

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#1 – Easy to Set Up

The user friendly functions of dokiWatch is certainly a plus. When setting up dokiWatch, insert a Nano SIM card, download the Doki app and lastly scan QR code to pair and your child is all ready to go. As simple as that. A fully charged dokiWatch can last up to 24 hours depending on your child’s usage. It is definitely sufficient to last during the school hours. Hey, dokiWatch can also connect to WiFi. You can set up WiFi connection under the Device Settings on dokiWatch.

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Simple and slick design of dokiWatch is what appeals to Small M.

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#2 – Smart Locator

 Does your child have tendency to lose himself/herself in the crowd or wander elsewhere without your knowledge? dokiWatch can allow you to keep track of your child every minute of the day. Whether you are in office or at home, you can have a peace of mind to have precise information as to where they are and what they are doing using a combination of GPS, GSM and WiFi technology.

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#3 – Video / Voice Call & Message

With a built-in camera, dokiWatch is the world’s first smartwatch for kids to include a fully integrated video calling feature. Parents can now see their kids anytime, anywhere! It also allows your child to make and receive calls from a preset list of contacts. As the administrator of your child’s dokiWatch, you will be able to manage and preset your child’s contact list through the Doki App. dokiWatch will only be able to call and receive calls from these preset contacts. Unrecognized numbers will be automatically blocked by dokiWatch. This means that your child will not receive or make any calls to strangers.

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Even if it is not convenient for either party to make phone call, dokiWatch can also send and receive voice messages and one-way text messages. 🙂

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#4 – Alert Area Function

AlertArea is a virtual radius or geo-fence around a specific location, like home, school, or a friend‘s house. Once an AlertArea is set from the Doki app, parents will receive a notification every time their child enters or leaves that area. This cool function gives parents another peace of mind to monitor their child’s location.

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#5 – Fitness Tracking

dokiWatch performs just like Fitbit to motivate your child to stay active and tracking every aspect of his/her health and fitness. dokiPet is a virtual pet that acts as a fitness tracker. dokiPet makes sure your kids stay healthy by encouraging them to keep moving: the more active your kids are, the bigger and stronger dokiPet grows. dokiWatch’s built-in accelerometer tracks steps, distance, and calories burned.

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Not all kids are ready for smartphones yet. With dokiWatch, kids can lead an active childhood while parents can enjoy the security of knowing that they’re safe. dokiWatch currently retails at USD $199 and comes in 4 colors – Dazzle Pink, Mango Yellow, Sonic Blue & Shark Grey.

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Get connected with your child today with dokiWatch!

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Get to know dokiWatch on:

Website: http://www.doki.com/dokiwatch/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dokitec/

Shop for dokiWatch: http://www.doki.com/shop/

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Finland Travelogue – (Part 1): Rovaniemi, Santa Claus Village, Santa Claus Office and Snowman World

The unique charm of Lapland spills over to us. We spoke and dreamt that one day, we would have the chance to step our feet into Finland and explore Rovaniemi, the official hometown of Santa Claus, to experience how the locals celebrate Christmas. We arrived at Helsinki airport early in the morning and switched into another domestic flight to Rovaniemi.

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Stockholm and Iceland were really cold but they paled in comparison to Finland, where the weather was expected to be as low as under 30 degrees celsius!

Well, this travelogue on Scandinavia took longer than usual to publish as we had a hard time sorting out the pictures we took. All but thanks to the harsh weather conditions, we returned to Singapore only to realize that one of the SD cards was spoilt which resulted in almost 30% of the precious pictures we took, literally gone.

Here we were, at Rovaniemi airport. The entire town was coated with snow.

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Santa Claus Village

Rovaniemi is a true land of Christmas, as the town has a fine white Christmas and a magnificent wilderness which is home to Santa’s velvet-nosed, antler-headed reindeer. The main theme of visiting the Lapland is to meet Santa Claus. There is only one Santa Claus, but he can be met in 3 different places in the town, namely the Santa Claus Office, Christmas House and SantaPark.

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Santa Claus’ Main Post Office

The Santa Claus Village was pretty touristy. One of the attractions was Santa Claus’ Main Post Office where you could write postcards and send it to your loved ones.

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Pick a postcard of your choice, head over to pay at the counter and start penning down your Christmas greetings.

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The collections of greeting cards awaiting to be mailed throughout the world.

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We thought this is an inexpensive and must-try experience. Imagine the excitement on our girls when they returned to school after the holidays to hear from their friends about receiving the greeting cards, all the way from Finland.

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Santa Claus Main Post Office

Tähtikuja 1, FI-96930 Napapiiri
Tel. 020 4523 120
Fax. 016 3481 418
joulupukinpaaposti(at)posti.fi
http://kampanja.posti.fi/joulupukinpaaposti

The Santa Claus Village is an amusement park that was opened in 1985. There are accommodations available and open playgrounds for children to indulge in. It did look fun playing in freezing weather but the grounds were pretty slippery due to lack of friction underneath the boots.

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They had fun sliding down the slope.

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We didn’t dwell too long outside as it was freezing cold.

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Santa Claus’ Office

Next, we had the opportunity to get up close and personal with Mr Santa. Each day Santa Claus arrives at his office at the Santa Claus Village on the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi. Here he greets visitors from all over the world, replies to letters and listens to the Christmas wishes of the children he meets.

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It was a surreal experience in Santa Claus’ Office. Visitors were reminded to wait quietly before stepping into Santa Claus’ room. It heightened our awe and excitement of meeting that “special” someone.

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Mr Santa was friendly and warm when we entered the room. He greeted us and carried himself well, sending lovely Christmas greetings and blessings to us. It was a short encounter with Santa but this experience would surely etch in our memories. We guess our only gripe was not able to use our camera to take photos with Santa Claus. As expected, visitors have to pay to get a copy of the photograph.

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 Snowman World

Welcome to the Snowman World! This snow and ice world is situated right next door to Santa Claus in Santa Claus Village. We highly recommend exploring this attraction as you get a once in a lifetime experience to see Ice Restaurant, Ice Bar & Gallery, Igloo Hotel and Snow Fun activities such as ice skating, ice sliding and extreme bag jumping.

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This is the Ice Bar where we can admire the animals and fairy-tale characters in an ice galley atmosphere. Surprisingly it was not as cold inside here as compared to outside.

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Try sipping over a cup of hot chocolate. You can also try their special beverages served from ice glasses!

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Visitors can enjoy the ice restaurant dining experience here. The dinner service includes entrée, main course and dessert.

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It is not a good idea to try this with kids around. For the adventurous, it would be very special to spend a night at the Snowman World Igloo Hotel where  you get to sleep in a room built entirely of snow and ice. You will be given a sleeping bag, designed for extreme conditions to keep your mind and body warm throughout the night.

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Every room has a different theme.

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A constant temperature of just below zero degree Celsius will remain inside the igloo, while outside temperatures may be extreme.

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All igloos are individually themed with ice and snow sculptures, and include a thermal sleeping bag. Shared bathroom facilities and a breakfast room are found in the main building.

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Would you like to try out this unforgettable experience at the Artic Circle?

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Step out of Snowman World and kids get to try out extreme bag jump tubing.

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It was really fun sliding down the hills but the challenging part was pulling the tube back to the hilltop. The kids were exhausted after 3 rounds and we decided to call it a day.

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Snowman World
Joulumaantie 5, 96930 Rovaniemi, Finland

The Santa Claus fairytale is alive everyday at the village on Arctic Circle. It has been a trip of rich learning experiences where we will get to discover more of the spirit of Christmas in Lapland.

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Smart Parenting with JUMPY Plus Kids Smart Watch

The BEST things in life are meant to be shared. We have heard so much about how addictive smart phones pose to children, not to mention allowing them to own such devices.

However, there are times when Big M, being in primary school, needed to contact us and we likewise, wanted to know her whereabouts. We were procrastinating whether to get her a smart phone until we come across a catchy theme from JUMPY Plus smart watch – “Call, locate, and protect your kids anytime, anywhere” that we need to see it for ourselves.

It was love at first sight and we simply fell in love with JUMPY Plus smart watch! From a parent’s personal view, these are the 5 reasons why you should get one for your child:

#1 – JUMPY Plus is Trendy & Cool

Children have different personalities and preferences. JUMPY Plus knows it very well. With four distinctive colours (Blue, Red, Yellow & Green) to choose from, your kid is going to be spoiled for choices!

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JUMPY Plus comes with over 10 different watch themes so the watch can be personalised to suit one’s mood. The user can also record his or her own alarm notification like “I love mommy.”

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We can imagine how excited Big M is when she finally become a proud owner of JUMPY Plus smart watch.

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#2 – JUMPY Plus Connects You and Your Child

A smart watch is nothing if it can’t connect you with your child. Designed for children aged between 4 and 12, the JUMPY Plus smart watch is a mobile phone, GPS tracker, activity helper, fitness companion and more.

To activate JUMPY Plus, all it takes is to insert a nano SIM card, sync it up with a smart phone (compatible with both Android & iPhone) and you are ready to go 🙂

Users can make and receive quality calls to and from a preset contact list of authorised persons, with a call log of up to 1 week.  Hey, parents can also record a voice message and send it to the child’s JUMPY Plus and receive one in return. The JUMPY Plus also allows for text messaging, emojis and drawings.

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#3 – JUMPY Plus Safety Features

JUMPY Plus allows you to preset up to 5 numbers for your child to make or receive calls. This thoughtful idea means that any communication that your child has will only be limited to these preset numbers. Yup, your child will not receive any nuisance or unknown calls. No strangers can get to call through either.

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In an emergency, your kid can easily press a button and send SOS messages to you and other contacts on the emergency list immediately.

You can also listen to what your kid is up to without disturbing them. In an emergency, if your child does not pick up your phone call, it is possible to activate remote listening to what is happening around them without triggering the smart watch.

Fear that your child is lost in shopping centres or crowded places? JUMPY Plus allows you to trigger an alarm on the watch via Bluetooth to notify the child that his parents are looking for him.

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With such a cool JUMPY Plus smart watch around, we are concerned that Big M will be distracted during lessons. But all thanks to JUMPY Plus, we can remotely switch and lock the watch to “School Mode” using our phones. So Big M can only be able to tell time and make emergency calls during her classes.

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#4 – JUMPY Plus Smarter Locator

Do you wish to know where your child is when he/she is not around with you?

With JUMPY Plus’ more advanced GPS/GSM/WiFi/G-Sensor technology, you can locate your child in REAL-TIME.

(Safe Zone) : We want Big M to dwell only at permissible places. Imagine how worried we will get if she were to venture elsewhere. With JUMPY Plus, we can set up alert areas for places such as home or school. Whenever your kid enters or leaves the proximity, you will be notified on your phone.

(Historical Track) : How cool is that? Not only do you know where your kid is in real time, you can even check the entire path your kid has travelled for the past week.

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#5 – JUMPY Plus is Interactive

A smart calendar can be used to set daily schedules, and voice reminders can be recorded to help kids develop good habits (such as drinking enough water). Parents can also track their children’s daily/weekly/monthly usage of JUMPY Plus to know and help adjust their routine.

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An adorable virtual JUMPY Pet encourages the user to get off the sofa and stay active so as to feed the pet and dress it up with cool-looking outfits. A built-in pedometer helps parents monitor their child’s daily exercise record. A variety of games also guide kids to jump, squat and crawl.

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Children will be entertained by short stories with JUMPY Plus, which is constantly updated with new tales. Along with a myriad of energetic games, the device can also control next-generation smart toys.

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The neat features of this smart watch have practically fulfilled our basic wish list. We can have a peace of mind – to be connected with our child and let her grow and learn, in the safest way possible.

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This is what smart parenting is all about. If you are spending on your child, ensure you spend it for a good use. With the special permission of JUMPY Plus, our readers can get to enjoy the below promotion:

  • Special 10% discount by using this unique promotional code ( KKids10 ) when you make purchase online via here only.
  • This promotional code ends on 27 May 2017.
  • JUMPY Plus currently retails at $278.

Discover JUMPY Plus on:

Website: www.jumpyplus.sg
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jumpy.sg/

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Travel to Taipei Main Station by Taoyuan Airport MRT!

Planning a getaway trip to Taipei has never been easier! After 11 years of construction, Taiwan’s Taoyuan Airport MRT will officially open to the public on 2 March 2017. Travellers can look forward to see their travelling time to Taipei City in just 35 minutes.

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What You Need to Know

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Opening Hours (not 24/7)

From now till March 1: 8am to 4pm

From Mar 2: 6am to 11pm

What you get on board

– Free Wi-Fi

– Free wireless charging services

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How Much it Cost?

– From now till March 1: Free but commuters must queue for numbered tags handed out at 7:40am, 9:40am, 11:40am, 1:40pm

– From March 2 till April 1: 50% off on all trips

– From April: 40% off on all trips if commuters buy a 3-month pass

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The direct train ride to Taipei Main Station on the Taoyuan Airport MRT costs NT$160 (S$7.40).  Alternative transport is still available but prepared to pay at least NT$1,000 if you intend to travel by cab or longer travelling time if you go by coach. For more information on Taoyuan Metro, click here.

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With the opening of Taoyuan Airport MRT, that gives you another reason to visit beautiful land of Taiwan!

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Stockholm Travelogue – (Part 1): Finnair Airbus A350, The Old Town Christmas Market and Ice Skating in Kungstradgarden

This is our first trip traveling all the way to Sweden and Stockholm, being near to Helsinki (Finland) by just an hour flight, became a part of our itinerary during the school holidays.

It is no secret that Sweden is famously known for being the “Land of Ikea”. However, we know in our hearts that Stockholm has so much more for us to discover. We were first whisked off from Changi Airport to Helsinki (Finland) in a 12-hour flight.

Thanks to the new spacious, calming and eco-smart Airbus A350 aircraft by Finnair, our journey was made very much smoother and enjoyable.

Needless to say, on-board entertainment is sure to bring smiles to the kids.

We were surprised that Big and Small M did not complain on the long journey. After landing at Helsinki Airport, we hopped onto Norwegian in a flight to Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

All in all, after counting the total flight hours and waiting for transit, it took us about 17-hours to reach Stockholm, finally!

Stockholm Arlanda Airport

It was -7 degrees when we reached and freezing cold. What to do in Stockholm? At the Stockholm Arlanda Airport, feel free to pick up travel guides, brochures and maps. They will come in handy in any last-minute itinerary planning. Hey, not to forget buying a SIM card at the convenience store before leaving the airport. It cost $95 Krona (SGD $15) for our SIM card.

You have few options to travel to Stockholm city – either by bus, train or taxi.

Stockholm-Arlanda Airport is located 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Stockholm City.

The Arlanda express train takes you from Arlanda Airport to the city center. The platform is easily accessible, underneath the arrival terminals. Departure: every 15 minutes (for most of the day). Travel time: 20 minutes.

Flygbussarna Airport Coaches departs every 10-15 minutes between Arlanda Airport and the City Terminal (located next to the Central Station). Travel time to Arlanda: 35-45 minutes. Buses also run to Liljeholmen via Karolinska, Fridhemsplan and Södermalm (50 min). To Bromma airport via Kista and Sundbyberg. (54 min).

We eventually settled on taking a taxi which cost $450 Krona (SGD $76). It is actually more expensive to travel by train after factoring the 4 of us. Before hopping onto the taxi, do ask the driver on the fare. Stockholm is quite a cashless society. Everywhere you go, credit card is widely accepted for purchase.

Our accommodation was at Freys Hotel, which was a short walking distance from City Terminale. The hotel rate were rather pricey which was a big thumbs down. A maximum of 2 adults are allowed for a normal room booking. If you are travelling with kids, the hotel would need to impose additional charges and upgrade you to a bigger room.

In our hotel room’s balcony.

The Old Town Christmas Market

Merry Christmas! How can we not explore Christmas Markets on a trip to Europe? We dropped our luggages and headed straight for the market. Along our way, we met a kind Swedish who walked with us over a kilometre to the market.

At the Old Town Christmas Market, you will find a lot of Swedish Christmas and other specialities such as Swedish Christmas sweets, smoked sausages, smoked reindeer, elk meat, handmade knitted caps, candy floss, glögg (mulled wine), a range of Swedish handicrafts and decorative arts of workmanship and much much more.

The Old Town Christmas Market is the oldest Christmas market in Stockholm and Sweden. With the exception of the years 1907 – 1914, it has been a ongoing tradition until present time.

Crowds, from the young to the old, gather at Old Town Christmas Market during this season to soak into the Christmas atmosphere.

We did not really shop here but indulging in the food is a definite must for us.

Sipping over a cup of hot chocolate was heavenly in such a freezing weather 🙂

Exploring Christmas Market is a bonus when you visit Stockholm. You can check out which Christmas Markets will be opened over here.

Exploring Stockholm

We do not think it is a must to hit every attractions during our travel. Sometimes, even by leisure walking is very much a part of our itinerary. And it does bring great family bonding as well.

Ice skating in Kungsträdgården

It is common to ice skating indoors but it was our first time experiencing ice-skating rink in the middle of the city and to top it all – at outdoor. This is a surreal moment for winter visitors to Stockholm.

For once, we were a tad surprise that it only cost $60 Krona ($10) for 2 kids to skate including the skating gears. We were kindly advised by the ice skating staff to watch out of our belongings.

She is very happy!

The skating rink is self-maintained since this is winter season.

Kids had so much fun over here and never mind about falling down, they got up and continue to glide round the rink.

What a treat for everyone! Children gathered and sing christmas carols. We really felt like experiencing the true spirit of Christmas. Night comes early during the winter season. By 3:30pm, night beckons. We are dreaming of a white Christmas. Our first trip to Stockholm; a dreamy Christmas 🙂

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Lost in Iceland Travelogue – (Part 5): Aurora Bubble Hotel in Iceland – The 5 Million Star Hotel

Our one and only accommodation in Iceland has been our campervan. Yup, no hotel accommodation booked. We did, however, tried to book a hotel before coming to Iceland. Iceland’s “Bubble Hotel” –  The 5 Million Star Hotel, is an unique lodging concept that has taken travel to another level.

Opened early this year, the Bubble Hotel is so popular that it is fully booked and many travelers who wanted to catch this experience have to be put on waiting list. Needless to say, we were not able to book it and experience sleeping in the nature. It was only by chance, at the eleventh hour, that a booking was opened that we managed to book it!

The Dream Bubble

An interesting part of booking The Bubble Hotel is that the exact location will only be given upon booking confirmation. A clue is that is located at The Golden Circle route, and of course, in a forest. The Bubble is a dome-like structure made from transparent plastic into which warm air is pumped at a steady rate, keeping it inflated, and warm.

For the adventurous travelers, you can get to experience sleeping under the stars or watching the aurora borealis dance when it appears to fulfill one of your lifelong dreams. There is no guarantee of seeing the lights but rest assured, you will have a magical night when they appear.

As there are not a lot of trees in Iceland, creating a “bubble” lodging in the forest, sheltered by the trees, is probably the best answer to satisfy a desire to sleep and relax safely in the woods.

Inside the Bubble

The bubble has a heating system with thermostat so the bubble stays warm all winter. It offers a no-frills lodging for us who just want to experience the most of the nature. We stayed in Bubble Asta which has double bed. There are four of us. After including the kids, we paid about ISK $44,350 and it was shown as SGD $587 in the credit card statement for one day stay.

After checking in, Big and Small M fell asleep almost immediately.

Just earlier on, we had a misadventure when our campervan fell onto a slope. All thanks to the kind samaritans, they managed to pull our campervan back to safety.

Rescue in operation. Thank you so much!

Views of our Bubble from the outside. The Bubble stays inflated with a noiseless ventilation system that continuously refreshes the air to prevent humidity and adjust the temperature based on thermostat settings.

On Site Facilities

Just a stone’s throw from our Bubble is a shared service house with two toilets and showers and a self-service kitchen. Free coffee is given 🙂

Live Your Childhood Dream

Coming to one of the most beautiful countries on earth, Iceland, is already a dream experience. To top it up with a stay at The Bubble Hotel makes the whole trip even more sweet. Come and experience a magical stay at The Bubble Hotel and hey, book early!

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Click here to read blog post on Lost in Iceland Travelogue – (Part 4): Svinafellsjokull, Icelandic Horses and Strokkur Geysir

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Lost in Iceland Travelogue – (Part 4): Svinafellsjokull, Icelandic Horses and Strokkur Geysir

Iceland had always been one of our dream vacations. Exploring Iceland’s untouched and beautiful landscape has become an educational journey for us. The country is popularly visited during summer due to the mid-night sun effect where it never gets fully dark between mid-May and early August. Come winter, a muted light shines over the island for a few short hours each day. There are lesser visitors and the entire experience was just us and nature.

Svínafellsjökull

On our way to Golden Circle, we passed by beautiful Svínafellsjökull which is a breathtaking outlet glacier of the Vatnajökull glacier and the scenery and views are simply stunning. There are glacier tours available where you get to walk through a wonderland of glacial ice sculptures, meandering through ice ridges and the deep crevasses of the glacier.

There aren’t a lot of trees in Iceland (we only realized after our trip!). Iceland is a volcanic land and it is filled with many glaciers and countless other natural wonders.

The Icelandic Horse

One of the purest breed on earth, the Icelandic horse is a unique breed of smallish horses that came to Iceland with the first settlers from Norway 1100 years ago. Archeological digs in Europe have revealed that it is descendent from an ancient breed of horses that is now extinct outside of Iceland, where it has been preserved in isolation.

Do you know that once an Icelandic horse leaves Iceland it is not allowed to enter back into the country? All around the country, nearly every field seems to be filled with them, slowing grazing or play-fighting with each other. They are cute in their little own ways.

Icelandic horses have heavy double layer coats to help protect them from the harsh Icelandic climate. They come in many colors and can even appear in up to 42 different color combinations! Some types of Icelandic horses coats even change color by seasons. Best of all, Icelandic horses are super friendly. They will walk towards you readily and allow you to cuddle them. A road trip in Iceland is never completed without experiencing the therapeutic effect of Icelandic horses.

Strokkur Geysir

Strokkur (the churn) is currently the most energetic spouting spring in Iceland. It is a much-visited geothermal geyser that erupts every 8–10 minutes and reaches heights of 20 meters. According to history, it was set off during an earthquake in 1789, having then been quiescent for some time.

Big M was too comfortable resting in the campervan while we were on long road trip. The first thing she did when alighting from the campervan was to take a deep breath and inhale the wonderful and pure Icelandic air.

The Geysir is a popular tourist spot and one of the main attractions in Golden Circle. It was no surprise to see many visitors here.

Take a walk around the area and the smell of sulphur permeates the air. We remembered the time we were in Taiwan at 小油坑 Xiao You Keng experiencing sight of bubbling water and smouldering fumaroles on Yangmingshan which you can read in our blog here.

A bit of geography lesson.

The Strokkur Geysir erupts every few minutes so this is going to be a rewarding trip as we can get to see it erupting many times.

Waiting and waiting…

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Up and away to the heavens!

We waited and we filmed the action 🙂

It is worthwhile to note that most visitors focus on witnessing Strokkur erupting but may have missed out on other geothermal features such as mud pools, fumaroles and other geysers which are located around it. As the sun sets on the horizon, it created a dreamy effect on the landscape.

Geysir Center

Just across Strokkur Geysir is the Geysir Center. It was getting dark and this was probably the only place for us to explore.

A place to shop for souvenirs and clothings.

While we have our brands of winter clothing back in Singapore, we thought Iceland has its own high quality winter wear by 66°NORTH.

Fresh Icelandic Mountain Air on sale!

We had our dinner at the food court in Geysir Center. It looks pretty similar to Ikea’s dining concept.

The menu is special to us as it is uniquely Icelandic.

Traditional Icelandic lambmeat soup.

An idea of what we ordered. So many Icelandic dishes to try but our stomach are limited.

Fish of the Day

Chicken Nuggets.

Delicious chicken wings.

We just love traditional Icelandic lambmeat soup.

Dessert time! How about trying some Icelandic ice cream?

We felt Icelandic dishes are really delicious and what a perfect way to pamper our tastebuds on this road trip. It’s no secret that visiting Iceland could be pricey so be prepared to spend for a trip here. For example, the Fish of the Day cost about SGD $23, chicken wings/nuggets SGD $16 and Icelandic lambmeat soup about SGD $32 (assuming SGD $1 = ISK $56 from the rate at the airport).

There are many reasons to love this small Nordic country and discover why you should visit Iceland once in your lifetime. We found our reason and probably hope that we can be here again.

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