Of course restaurants in Iceland are also cheating you

What kind of fish are you getting at any Iceland restaurant? Take a wild guess. PIC gourmetfoodsteps

What kind of fish are you getting at any Iceland restaurant? Take a wild guess. PIC gourmetfoodsteps

Even if Icelanders have just recently come out from under the rocks as a nation we are quicker than Usain Bolt to embrace all the “lovely” things about getting money for nothing.

 

For emergencies in Iceland you fork out time and money

Pray you need not use the emergency services in Iceland. PIC doctorhandshake

Pray you need not use the emergency services in Iceland. PIC doctorhandshake

Taking care is easier said than done. Especially when doing all those unique Iceland activities like climbing a glacier, hiking the highland or shopping in Reykjavik. Should you at any point need to visit the emergency room at the nearest hospital you better have some serious loose change in your pocket.

 

Johan is pissed and regretting visiting Iceland in wintertime

We warned you time and time again...

We warned you time and time again…

Poor old Johan Stone from the Netherlands. All happy and shit about visiting Iceland in February only to get seriously mad and pissed about getting stuck in snowstorms and getting nowhere fast on local roads.

 

So what is this “sheep-roundup” thing they have in Iceland?

The sheep-roundup or Réttir as its called in the local language. PIC Gudrun Osk Arsaelsdottir

The sheep-roundup or Réttir as its called in the local language. PIC Gudrun Osk Arsaelsdottir

If driving around Iceland in September or October you may have noticed, or perhaps actually been delayed, by herds and herds of sheep being chased by farmers on foot, horses or in vehicles.

 

The Iceland key to happiness

Happy as happy can be. Icelanders mostly find happiness in pill form. PIC billygraham.org

Happy as happy can be. Icelanders mostly find happiness in pill form. PIC billygraham.org

Today´s media leaves much to be desired. We are bombarded with all kinds of quack information purporting quick fixes to make our lives better, healthier and richer too.

 

Where to shop if on a budget in Iceland

Not many tricks to make a trip in Iceland cheaper but this could help. PIC Globesurfer.de

Not many tricks to make a trip in Iceland cheaper but this could help. PIC Globesurfer.de

It is getting infinitely harder for backpackers and those on tight budget to visit Iceland. This place was always expensive but now demand is way more than supply regarding hotels, guesthouses and even restaurants, making any budget trip here next to impossible.

 

In Iceland, no such thing as Black Death spirit

A party of forgotten alcohol brands.

A party of “mostly” forgotten alcohol brands.

If we had a dime for every time we´ve come across some local tour enterprise offering foreigners the chance to sample the infamous rotten shark and to kill the taste with a drink of the even more infamous Black Death spirit, we´d be right up there in Silicon Valley doing some Jeff Bezos shit.

 

Best campsite in Iceland is undoubtedly in Reykjavik city

Little to worry about for those choosing to camp in Reykjavik city. PIC Reykjavikcampsite

Little to worry about for those choosing to camp in Reykjavik city. PIC Reykjavikcampsite

We understand your concerns completely. Setting up camp in cities of this world can be a daunting thought. Often campsites are far away from everything. Security less than perfect or non-existent and necessary services poor and sometimes lacking altogether.

 

What is Ásbyrgi in Iceland and why you should know about it

Even if a picture says a thousand words it can do no justice to Ásbyrgi national park in northeast Iceland. Lush green canyon sheltered by awe inspiring cliffs is a must see place.PIC livingbroadly

Some locals refer to Asbyrgi national park as the capital of elves in Iceland.

 

All the little practical things you need to know about Iceland

Is tipping allowed? Cheapest supermarket? Bad neighborhoods? All is answered. PIC Vera & Jean Christophe

Is tipping allowed? Cheapest supermarket? Bad neighborhoods? All is answered. PIC Vera & Jean Christophe

You´ve been here before. No travel to anywhere is much fun if you completely dismiss the boring practical stuff. But fear not. Here´s all you need to know about travel to Iceland in three minutes flat.

 

Staying safe on the black beaches and glaciers of Iceland

Inviting isn´t it? But here, as elsewhere, looks can be deceiving. PIC Matt Malone

Inviting isn´t it? But here, as elsewhere, looks can be deceiving. PIC Matt Malone

Ahhhh. Those awesome and tantalizing black beaches of Iceland. Practically the whole South coast of the country is one long black beach. But although enticing to most foreigners, caution should be used.

 

If you REALLY feel sorry about the bankers of Iceland…

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Hreidar Mar Sigurdsson was convicted of massive fraud as the head of the former Kaupthing bank of Iceland. Now you might be filling his coffers by staying in his hotels.

Iceland! It´s all the rage. Seems not a living thing you know has not been talking about the place recently.

 

Three worthy stops for bird enthusiasts in Iceland

Partly due to climate change a growing number of bird species are showing up in Iceland. PIC Andrea Shaffer

Partly due to climate change a growing number of bird species are showing up in Iceland. PIC Andrea Shaffer

For bird enthusiasts there is no shortage of great bird-watching spots in Iceland. On the contrary, this is a haven for quite a number of migratory birds, although it must be said the numbers of many species are dwindling rather speedily these last few years.

 

How long can you enjoy the Midnight sun in Iceland?

Here comes the sun and doesn´t leave. Midnight sun in Iceland in June. PIC Gudny Olafsdottir

Here comes the sun and doesn´t leave. Midnight sun in Iceland in June. PIC Gudny Olafsdottir

As usual we´ll be honest. We have no idea how many of you out there target your travel around this place around the time of the Midnight sun.

 

A couple of practical things while in Iceland

If three´s a crowd then this is simply ridiculous. Jam packed Blue Lagoon. PIC Rene Passet

If three´s a crowd then this is simply ridiculous. Jam packed Blue Lagoon. PIC Rene Passet

We wouldn´t be much of a travel guide if we didn´t include some practical stuff once in awhile. Here are a couple of those which will definitely make your trip to this place a weeny bit easier.

 

The least exciting part of Iceland

A tranquil valley in Hunavatnssyslu Iceland. Certainly nice and even beautiful but  on the scale of other things around here not very remarkable at all. PIC Jonathan

A tranquil valley in Hunavatnssyslu Iceland. Certainly nice and even beautiful but on the scale of other things around here not very remarkable at all. PIC Jonathan

Hundreds and hundreds of tour sites and travel sites about Iceland out there but none is telling you stuff like this: What is the least exciting part of the country to visit?

 

One thing about that rotten shark thing in Iceland

To rid shark meat of poisonous substances it has to hang dry for months on end like seen here. PIC Chris Wonski

To rid shark meat of poisonous substances it has to hang dry for months on end like seen here. PIC Chris Wonski

It is one of the more surreal things about Iceland. The fact we regularly down old rotten shark and even make a toast of it too.

 

For culture, Iceland is a poor choice

Natural phenomenon or man-made culture? Because we don´t have both. PIC Moyan Brenn

Natural phenomenon or man-made culture? Because we don´t have both. PIC Moyan Brenn

Seems a recent survey by the World Economic Forum rates Iceland horribly low regarding any kind of cultural and entertainment resources. That was a waste of time and money.

 

The secret pool of Iceland that is not a secret at all

Oldest swimming pool in Iceland is now suddenly called the Secret Lagoon.

Oldest swimming pool in Iceland is now suddenly called the Secret Lagoon.

Few things in this world are as horrible as marketers. Those folks whose sole job is to lie, exaggerate and put an overall positive spin on anything beneficial to particular companies or governments.

 

One thing about those awesome glacier caves in Iceland

Loads of magnificent glacier caves all over the place. PIC Alison Tomlin

Loads of magnificent glacier caves all over the place. PIC Alison Tomlin

Seems quite a lot of folks out there in the whole wide world believe not in the power of basic thinking. So we´re here to set the record straight once again.

 

Raging romance links to a hidden cave in Iceland

Move along folks, nothing to see here. But look a little closer. PIC Rangarþing

Move along folks, nothing to see here. But look a little closer. PIC Rangarþing

Icelanders, like most Nordic peoples, are hard folks that seldom show much emotions or feelings publicly. You can spend years combing through literature from this place without so much as a whiff of romance or love. 

 

The colors of Iceland

PIC Eric Monfort

Even vast desolate areas here are filled with contrasts in between. PIC Eric Monfort

From darkest wintertime when you cannot tell the difference between snowy grounds and a glacier to brightest days of summer when contrasts in nature get so vivid and real you sometimes feel you are stuck in a surrealist painting.

 

The nude watchers of Iceland

Yes, even here in the Blue lagoon you will have to get naked in front of others. PIC Ebent2

Yes, even here in the Blue lagoon you will have to get naked in front of others. PIC Ebent2

You guys have weight watchers. We make do with nude watchers. No, don´t panic, those are not spying on you. Rather making sure you will be safe and sound.

 

In Iceland, a cairn marking a royal bladder

Driving Holtavorduheidi moor in wintertime is not so simple. PIC Screengrab

Driving Holtavorduheidi moor in wintertime is not so simple. PIC Screengrab

Millions of people out there love everything about royalty and find monarchies to be the best thing ever. Even for those there is stuff to see and explore in royal-less Iceland.