Iceland with Alexander Armstrong see the Pointless host, actor, and comedian exploring Land of Fire and Ice for his new Channel 5 travel journal. The three-part series was an unforgettable experience for Alexander as he followed him on a 1,000-mile tour of the group of islands in the North Atlantic, famous for their erupting volcanoes and astonishingly beautiful glaciers.
Here Alexander Armstrong offers his guide to the series: how he hunted for elves, risked his life spotting volcanoes, and enjoyed partying in Iceland’s capital Reykjavik …
Release date of ‘Alexander Armstrong in Iceland’
Alexander Armstrong in Iceland launches on Channel 5 starting Wednesday, October 6 at 9 pm. It will also appear on the My5 streaming service after each episode airs. If the documentary series comes later to BritBox, we’ll make sure to update it with the Alexander Armstrong release date in Iceland.
Alexander Armstrong what inspired him to have this adventure in Iceland
Alexander says: “I knew very little about it, other than that it is home to volcanoes, Norse gods and some of the most expensive beers in the world. But it is quite a different place than anywhere else I have been. It’s beautiful and dramatic, and it also feels otherworldly. I loved!”
Alexander seeing an erupting volcano …
Alexander says: “Iceland is always in the midst of some geological collapse – there are around 130 volcanoes in a country less than half the size of the UK – and I arrived during its latest outburst of anger. Talk about landing with a bang! The Fagradals Mountain volcano had been dormant for the previous 6,000 years, but it came to life in March, and it was extraordinary – the lava splashes looked like animation or CGI! Funny how the deadliest things attract us. I mean the volcano was not only bubbling furiously with molten rock, it was also gushing out sulfur dioxide. If the wind had changed at any moment we would all have had to jump to get our gas masks. Do not play with that. It was undeniably powerful, but it was still the strangest and most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. “
Alexander on visiting geothermal lagoons and geysers …
Alexander says: “Bathing in a geothermal lagoon was wonderful. It’s a bit like a pub in a bathroom! Much of Iceland is powered by geothermal springs. Instead of cowering from Mother Nature, Icelanders use what she has to offer and the whole place runs on heat that comes from the core of the Earth. The Great Geysir of Iceland was also something he had always wanted to see. After Reykjavik, it is the most visited tourist attraction in the entire country. I mean, who needs palaces, cathedrals, and museums? It is quite extraordinary. It spurts up to a height of 90 feet every seven minutes. I will remember it forever. “
Alexander on meeting a woman who says she can talk to elves …
Alexander says: “Yes, she says that she can even see elves and is a conduit between two worlds, the visible and the invisible. It’s extraordinary. Icelanders have some wonderfully strange belief systems. A survey found that 55 percent of Icelanders believe in elves and fairies, the so-called hidden people. In fact, he was totally persuaded by what he said! And I’m thinking that Iceland would be all volcanoes and geysers! “
What other memories stand out from Alexander’s trip?
Alexander says: “Icelanders love their music. They are obsessed with Eurovision and I met the Icelandic actor from Eurovision 2019, Hatari. They’re not exactly Bucks Fizz, but they were actually really nice guys! In Reykjavik, I rounded things off by letting go of my hair. But what was completely new to me was the theme of daylight. It was so light outside at midnight that it seemed more like midafternoon. Reykjavik is the city that never sleeps mainly because it never gets dark! “
Iceland with Alexander Armstrong – episode guide
Iceland with Alexander Armstrong: Episode 1 – Wednesday, October 6, Channel 5, 9:00 p.m.
Alexander begins his epic Icelandic adventure in a helicopter, hovering just a few feet above the rim of an erupting volcano gushing 1200-degree lava, before visiting the Great Geysir and eating a unique lunch of hard-boiled eggs and baked bread cooked in the water. volcanic from a nearby lake. After meeting a lady who can see and talk to elves, Alexander heads to Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, where he meets Eurovision 2019 contestants Hatari and gets a taste of the nightlife.
Iceland with Alexander Armstrong: Episode 2 – Wednesday October 13, Channel 5, 9 pm
There is a rotten shark on the menu as Alexander travels to the north port of Husavik. Icelanders consider it a delicacy, although it is regularly cited as one of the most disgusting dishes in the world. After washing off the food with a drink of local fire water (appropriately named Black Death), Alexander enjoys various traditional activities, including whale watching, playing golf all night, riding a purebred Icelandic horse like a Viking. and relax in a steaming beer-filled bath.
Iceland with Alexander Armstrong: Episode 3 – Wednesday October 20, Channel 5, 9 pm
Alexander leaves the boiling mud and lava flows of the north behind and travels to the gentler south for some snowmobile lessons and lobster lunch atop Europe’s largest glacier. He also travels to Heimaey Island, Iceland’s answer to Pompeii, which was nearly destroyed by a volcano in 1973. Many houses were buried, but all 5,000 residents managed to escape in a miraculous evacuation. In the meantime, there are a few more local delicacies to try, including bird eggs and sheep’s eyes, and a visit to a stunning but notoriously dangerous beach that sits right in the shadow of the giant Katla volcano, which will erupt any day….