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Not everyone is welcome to Iceland

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Suppose you live on an rather secluded island not far from the Arctic. Once in a white hillbilly moon an iceberg brings along a polar bear. After weeks and even months sailing around the ocean with nothing for company but ice it would be rather nice of you to welcome the bear with some means.

 

What we´ve been saying for years about the Blue lagoon in Iceland is now front page material

Nat Geo designated this pool of industrial water a World Wonder a few years back. They were wrong. PIC Dan Ngueyn

Nat Geo designated this pool of industrial water a World Wonder a few years back. They were wrong. PIC Dan Ngueyn

Talk about ignoring the locals! What team Total Iceland has been saying about the famed Blue lagoon for years is now front page material for all the large news sites in Iceland due to a couple of unknown foreign bloggers giving the place a big thumbs down.

 

An Iceland tale of stupidities

This looks safe enough. But it´s not. PIC eirasi

This looks safe enough. But it´s not. PIC eirasi

Common stupidity is a growing phenomenon in this world it seems. If in doubt, consider these two brand-new examples from Iceland.

There is one less Chinese in the world after a Chinese tourist was swept out to sea in the popular Reynisfjara beach in Iceland.…

 

In Iceland, a preview of your life in a care home

 

Life before death. Now you can rent a room in government run care homes in Iceland

Life before death. Now you can rent a room in government run care homes in Iceland

Now you can get a preview of how life will be like when you´re 89, sick as hell and nobody gives a damn. Just such a service will soon be available in Iceland.

 

Iceland prices – 2016 version

The local currency. Now you need considerable more to buy less.

The local currency. Now you need considerable more to buy less.

Here we are again. Slightly older and a little wiser and still dreaming about that Iceland trip like we did last year and the year before and the year before that etc.

 

Death toll at famous Iceland dive site continues to mount

The only place in the world where you literally dive between continents. But deaths are occurring with alarming regularity. PIC Jerrold Bennett

The only place in the world where you literally dive between continents. But deaths are occurring with alarming regularity. PIC Jerrold Bennett

You may or may not have heard about Silfra pond at the famed Thingvellir National Park in Iceland. Massively popular for divers since it affords the chance to literally dive between continents.

 

Conde Nast finally agreeing with Total Iceland

From 300 thousand tourists a year to well over a million in a couple of years will mean gigantic problems in a tiny country. And so it came to pass... PIC George Atanassov

From 300 thousand tourists a year to well over a million in a couple of years will mean gigantic problems in a tiny country. And so it came to pass… PIC George Atanassov

About time some foreign journalist saw the light.

 

Treating animals like trash – a tale of Iceland farmers

Before you order some fancy schmanzy bacon or other pig products in Iceland you should know how the poor animals are treated. PIC RUV

Before you order some fancy schmanzy bacon or other pig products in Iceland you should know how the poor animals are treated. PIC RUV

We don´t know about you but team Total Iceland believes we should treat animals as fairly and squarely as possible.

 

Indian music and Iceland landscape seem a perfect match

Stunning scenes from a forthcoming Indian movie taken partly in Iceland. Screengrab

Stunning scenes from a forthcoming Indian movie taken partly in Iceland. Screengrab

One has to wonder. Today not a human with a camera has not made or is not making a trip to Iceland to capture the beauty of this fair land of ours and brag about back home.

 

The Arctic fox in Iceland under threat from tourism

The only native mammal in all of Iceland is the beautiful Arctic fox. Now under threat. PIC Jean van der Slujis

The only native mammal in all of Iceland is the beautiful Arctic fox. Now under threat. PIC Jean van der Slujis

The more, the merrier goes the saying. Except in the case of vastly growing numbers of foreign visitors to Hornstrandir Nature Reserve in Iceland.

 

Radioactive pollution found in Reykjanes Geopark in Iceland

The famous Blue lagoon and in the background the energy company supplying the lagoon with its warm water. PIC laurent gauthier

The famous Blue lagoon and in the background the energy company supplying the lagoon with its warm water. Radioactive pollution has been found in boreholes close by. PIC laurent gauthier

If ever the large claims of politicians and corporate titans about the pureness and cleanliness of Iceland were correct, it is now time to bury those claims once and for all.

 

Why you should take ads about Iceland with loads of salt

Pretty nice huh? Except this place does not exist in reality. Advert from Icelandair

Pretty nice huh? Except this place does not exist in reality. Advert from Icelandair

You know how all the Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci models are out of this world beautiful in all the fancy ads. Well, same fancy photo editing is applied to try to entice you to visit Iceland.

 

Street art par excellence in Iceland

For lovers of La Linea this is a marvel. PIC Jerome Vadon

For lovers of La Linea this is a marvel. PIC Jerome Vadon

We regularly get questions about the Icelandic sense of humor? Why we don´t know. Perhaps there is some major dialogue among foreigners about the unique sense of humor of the folks calling this home.

 

In Iceland, the very best music video made inside a volcano

It does not look like much but inside is a wonderworld

It does not look like much but inside is a wonderworld

If interested in Iceland at all you know damn well we make fabulous music on the same scale other nations make hay.

One band doing great things these last few years has been a band called Kaleo.…

 

For well hung men in Iceland, Westfjords the place

Music festival in the major town in the Westfjord area of Iceland. PIC Bernard McManus

Music festival in the major town in the Westfjord area of Iceland. PIC Bernard McManus

Here´s one ad you´re not likely to see anytime soon: The best “hung” men in Iceland are scattered about in the secluded Westfjords part of the country.

 

Sure you are ready for summertime in the highland of Iceland?

The scene at mountain cabins near Askja in the highland of Iceland on the 19th of July. Be prepared for anything over here. PIC Haukur Bjornsson/Ferdafelag Akureyrar

The scene at mountain cabins near Askja in the highland of Iceland on the 19th of July. Be prepared for anything over here. PIC Haukur Bjornsson/Ferdafelag Akureyrar

We know you packed lots of extra warm clothes for your July trip to Iceland.

 

Trending in Iceland: crapping all over the place

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Doing your things all over the place is not very nice and signs like this might soon be found all over Iceland

It was bound to happen. When you encourage millions of tourists to come join the party over here with no oversight or planning whatsoever you will get what you sow.

 

Why all the hush hush about the Blue lagoon in Iceland?

Ahhh what loveliness. But public information about its water and possible contamination are off limits. PIC Coleccionista de Instantes

Ahhh what loveliness. But public information about its water and possible contamination are off limits. PIC Coleccionista de Instantes

Ask any staff at the Blue lagoon about the Blue lagoon and you´ll get a speech about the absolutely the most wonderfully wonderful bathwater in the whole wide world.

 

The curious case of the cheapskate German tax consultant in Iceland

Some folks should not be allowed to travel. One German tax consultant included. PIC Chris Goldberg

Some folks should not be allowed to travel. One German tax consultant included. PIC Chris Goldberg

Every hotel owner the world over knows that on average German tourists are as cheap as they come. Ditto that in Iceland where busloads of Germans arrive here weekly by ferry from Europe on modern buses with holds chock full of bratwurst, sauerkraut and Lowenbrau.

 

In Breiddalsvik Iceland, human remains all over the place

The village itself is mostly unremarkable but surrounding nature is certainly beautiful. PIC Jason Eppink

The village itself is mostly unremarkable but surrounding nature is certainly beautiful. PIC Jason Eppink

Not too many folks spend time in the rather secluded village of Breiddalsvik in the East of Iceland. Its main attractions are few and far between but now there might possibly be a new reason to stay here awhile.

 

The coolest way to keep the party going in Iceland

Rave in a cave. This place is the site of a late-night party in June.

Rave in a cave. This place is the site of a late-night party in June.

If late wild raves in unusual places are your kind of thing you should head right away to the website of the Secret Solstice music festival in Reykjavik and book a ticket to the amazing after party on offer.

 

Free concert and views to blow you away in Iceland

Yeah, that mountain. PIC Tomi Knutiila

Yeah, that mountain. PIC Tomi Knutiila

Should you find yourself in or around Reykjavik city on Friday the 29th of May 2015 you could do a lot worse than head over to Esja mountain and start climbing.

A local mobile phone company is inviting all that can and will to listen to one of this country´s most popular artist on the top of the mountain in question.…