The curtain falling on outdoor stays in Iceland

Contrary to what many believe the night temperature in Iceland can fall to zero right away in the middle of August. PIC Matthew Benton

Contrary to what many believe the night temperature in Iceland can fall to zero right away in the middle of August. PIC Matthew Benton

There is a time and a place for everything. Including camping and roughing it outside in Iceland.

 

In Iceland, only retards ask for „skeer“

Some heavily diluted Iceland skyr. It matters where you buy the stuff folks... PIC Nick Ison

Some heavily diluted Iceland skyr. It matters where you buy the stuff folks… PIC Nick Ison

Thank God for Total Iceland. Else you´d be the butt of some serious jokes in Iceland after trying to buy some „skeer“ in the nearest local supermarket.

 

A tip if your rental car gets damaged in Iceland

No sand/ash insurance? Then this would be a good time to turn back. PIC David Whelan

No sand/ash insurance? Then this would be a good time to turn back. PIC David Whelan

Ever since local car rental agencies started offering sand/ash damage insurance right after the Eyjafjallajokull volcano blew its top there is much discussion among tourists as to if the extra insurance is worth it or in fact needed.

 

Take a load off in Iceland (before touring)

The throngs of tourists now touring the Golden Circle are too many for locals to keep up. PIC Bruce McAdam

The throngs of tourists now touring the Golden Circle are too many for locals to keep up. PIC Bruce McAdam

Some local pundits in Iceland have now figured out why the famous Golden Circle is called Golden Circle. Everyone is peeing pretty much everywhere.

 

So where exactly do you find the nicest weather in Iceland?

The sun and the rain. In Iceland you can get a taste of both in the very same minute. PIC Jonathan

The sun and the rain. In Iceland you can get a taste of both in the very same minute. PIC Jonathan

Admittedly this is not information commonly requested by tourists visiting Iceland. Most of you are not visiting this country for the warmth and sunshine.

 

A long rant and then some facts about Icelandair

Locals in Iceland

Icelanders celebrating. What we don´t know. Pic Erin

It is truly a privilege to be an Icelander. In spite of our bankers being among the most stupidest in the whole wide world and a number of other folks as well, in spite of the people believing in trolls, elves and fairies and in spite of some of those people being fairies themselves Icelanders are especially welcomed the world over.

 

One step ahead of law enforcement in Iceland

A leisurely drive around midnight in Iceland. PIC Nate Bolt

A leisurely drive around midnight in Iceland. PIC Nate Bolt

We know the feeling. Sunny day and you are cruising along what constitutes a highway in Iceland. Life is good and the future bright. Then suddenly a flash. Couple of weeks later you face a hefty fine.

 

In Iceland, elves have left the building

No shortage of elf stories in Iceland but it seems the myth is wearing thin. PIC Mellydoll

No shortage of elf stories in Iceland but it seems the myth is wearing thin. PIC Mellydoll

We´d really, really like you to believe all locals in Iceland believe fervently in hidden peoples or elves as they are known abroad. It makes for such a compelling reason to visit doesn´t it?

 

Before you use Hekla Travel for your Iceland trip

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One travel agency owned by one of the people responsible for the financial shock in Iceland is Hekla Travel

Would you do business with a travel agency owned by Kenneth Lay of Enron fame after the guy was found guilty of massive corruption and crimes galore?

 

So you want to know why Icelanders are so strong

Iceland

All that sun energy plus a daily dose of rotten shark and freshly caught whale is without a doubt what keeps locals in Iceland stronger than anywhere else…. not. PIC Kris Williams

Ahhhh, the power of the global media. It can make or break anything under the sun and quite easily distort any truth ever spoken.

 

In these places in Iceland spare a thought for mass murder victims

Desolate then and desolate now. The site of the only known mass murder in Iceland. PIC lauraobno.cat

Desolate then and desolate now. The site of the only known mass murder in Iceland. PIC lauraobno.cat

Suppose you live in the remotest of locations. Then suppose one day gale force winds throw large foreign ships upon your shores, break the ships to pieces but 80 people survive.

 

In Iceland the viking ship that is not a viking ship

Pretty great art if you ask us. The Sun voyager sculpture near to downtown Reykjavik in Iceland. PIC Wandering Tripod

Pretty great art if you ask us. The Sun voyager sculpture near to downtown Reykjavik in Iceland. PIC Wandering Tripod

Apart from a couple of sculpture gardens or so the capital of Iceland is mostly void of eye-pleasing fancy artwork or iconic sculptures for all to enjoy.

 

Thunderous Dynjandi waterfall beckons from far away in Iceland

The waterfall of Dynjandi is in fact the name used for a lot of falls. PIC david.blaisonneau

The waterfall of Dynjandi is in fact the name used for a lot of falls. PIC david.blaisonneau

Its name is Dynjandi and if you are extremely lucky you might hear it break the silence of the Westfjords of Iceland ages before you finally gaze upon it.

 

In Iceland, a great stop for Cold War aficionados

Nice building indeed but nothing to write home about. PIC travphotos

Nice building indeed but nothing to write home about. PIC travphotos

Among locals the Borgartun street is jokingly called Wall Street as an unusual number of local financial companies are located here. The same companies going bust en-masse in 2008. But it is not those that stand out should you wander by.

 

Before you jump into the nearest hot spring in Iceland

Turns out even the famous hot springs are taking a hit from huge numbers of tourists. PIC globetrotter_rodrigo

Turns out even the famous hot springs are taking a hit from huge numbers of tourists. PIC globetrotter_rodrigo

There is a good reason why swimming pools the world over are regularly treated in some ways to combat bacteria and such unwelcome guests.

 

Yet another reason not to trust foreign guides about Iceland travel

Beware the ferry to Heimaey island seldom leaves from Thorlakshofn anymore as used to be the case. PIC Julien Carnot

Beware the ferry to Heimaey island seldom leaves from Thorlakshofn anymore as used to be the case. PIC Julien Carnot

We just got a letter from an Australian couple confused about how to get to Heimaey island by ferry. The only reason such a simple matter will cause problems is when folks rely on foreign guidebooks.

 

Should you be worried about sandstorms in Iceland?

The danger of sandstorms is certainly existent in Iceland but really nothing to worry about. PIC Patrick Gensel

The danger of sandstorms is certainly existent in Iceland but really nothing to worry about. PIC Patrick Gensel

Team Total Iceland keeps getting inquiries about possible hardships and dangers of driving in the South of Iceland. Seems sandstorms and horrible car rental fines are holding someone back.

 

Whale watching from the coast of Iceland

Seeing whales or dophins from the shores of Iceland is possible but far-fetched and not worth the wait. PIC DGJones

Seeing whales or dophins from the shores of Iceland is possible but far-fetched and not worth the wait. PIC DGJones

„According to this brochure whales can often be seen from the coast of Snaefellsnes and I find this hard to believe.

 

In Iceland, the guy who discovered America and forgot all about it

The rather remote birth place of the first European to sail to America in Iceland. PIC aleph78

The rather remote birth place of the first European to sail to America in Iceland. PIC aleph78

According to surveys in the United States the vast majority of peoples still believe its was the Italian Cristoforo Colombo, Christopher Columbus, that „discovered“ America.

 

In Iceland a champion hot spring keeps a low profile

The most powerful hot spring in Iceland keeps quite a low profile. PIC flickrde Chato

The most powerful hot spring in Iceland keeps quite a low profile. PIC flickrde Chato

You would be forgiven for not knowing diddly squat about the most powerful hot spring in the whole of Iceland. Uh, strike that. The most powerful in Europe.

 

Getting around in Iceland

Time wasted in Iceland by hitchhiking. PIC Patrick Rosenberg

Time wasted in Iceland by hitchhiking. PIC Patrick Rosenberg

One major hurdle about traveling cheaply within Iceland is the lack of decent infrastructure. What this entails for you is that you will find it very difficult to visit anything else than the tour companies offer unless you book a rental car, taxi or simply hitchhike and hope for the best.

 

Why is there a waterfall named Children´s falls in Iceland

Not big or huge in any sense but impressive nevertheless. Barnafossar waterfalls in Iceland. PIC Paul Hutchinson

Not big or huge in any sense but impressive nevertheless. Barnafossar waterfalls in Iceland. PIC Paul Hutchinson

You know sometimes the small things can somehow be more impressive than big things? You might well keep this in mind when you arrive at the site of Barnafossar in Borgarfjordur in Iceland.