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Three very remarkable buildings in Reykjavik Iceland

The major symbol of Reykjavik city is the Hallgrimskirkja church. PIC Rog01

The major symbol of Reykjavik city is the Hallgrimskirkja church. PIC Rog01

In spite of what many visitors believe the city of Reykjavik is a very young city in all respects. Those “old” buildings you see crammed between modern high rises in the center of the city are very seldom older than a century.

 

Few interesting facts about Iceland part deux

Oh yes, trolls almost outnumber humans on this Atlantic island of ours.

Oh yes, trolls almost outnumber humans on this Atlantic island of ours.

It´s always good sport to poke fun at other nations for their weird beliefs or customs. At least it has been towards Iceland and Icelanders throughout and for good reasons too.

 

So what is the camping season in Iceland?

Marvelous when the sun in shining but this can quickly change for the worse. PIC jbdodane

Marvelous when the sun in shining but this can quickly change for the worse. PIC jbdodane

Contrary to what tourism officials and tour operators want there are quite a lot of folks out there interested in visiting Iceland that do not have bank vaults full of cash lying around.

 

In Iceland, possibly the most memorable round of golf ever

Even for seasoned golfers it´s easy to get thrilled playing under the midnight sun. PIC Arctic Open

Even for seasoned golfers it´s easy to get thrilled playing under the midnight sun. PIC Arctic Open

We know! Iceland is not the first country to come to mind when thinking of golfing in some exotic locale. Hell, it´s probably near the bottom of the list alongside North Korea.

 

Three fab restaurants in Akureyri Iceland

For a town its size it´s quite amazing the varied things one can do in Akureyri. PIC Tom Olliver

For a town its size it´s quite amazing the varied things one can do in Akureyri. PIC Tom Olliver

At the beginning of the century any connoisseur traveling around Iceland would have cut the trip short halfway and hurried home with horrible stomach aches.

 

In Iceland, overload of Santas could leave you wanting

Traditions from times past and Yule Lads to boost. PIC Árbæjarsafn

Traditions from times past and Yule Lads to boost. PIC Árbæjarsafn

Twenty years ago the thirteen different Santa´s of Iceland only got mentioned in hushed tones as if a secret. After all, why should smelly, dirty, ugly and slightly criminal fellows from the mountains have any chance against the generous, fat and shiny Coca Cola Santa Claus now celebrated worldwide as the one and only?

 

In Iceland, the rather amazing story of a beautiful cave

The tiniest of buildings before an opening into the rock. The cave of Rutur has quite the history. PIC Chris Johnson

The tiniest of turf building before an opening into the rock. The cave of Rutur has quite the history. PIC Chris Johnson

It is no wonder that travelers driving by the rock cliff called Cave of Rutur in the South of Iceland are taken aback for a second.

 

In other news from Iceland: how about them necropants

No the pic is not really grainy. The pants are just this awful.

No the pic is not really grainy. The pants are just this awful.

It sounds somewhat like a news story from Germany: “Helmut Göhrenringer was today found guilty of dining the upper part of his good friend Wilhelm Fröblestatter and using the lower part to make himself some trousers for the cold winter.

 

Here´s one ferry company to avoid in Iceland

A company recklessly taking tourists to disturb the handful of eagles found in Iceland. Avoid at all costs.

A company recklessly taking tourists to disturb the handful of eagles found in Iceland. Avoid at all costs.

You know how simple folks get blinded by greenbacks in five minutes flat and afterwards care not one iota about anything else? Enron anyone?

 

Whopping barhopping walkabout in Reykjavik Iceland

The hippies bars, the weirdest bars and the fun joints as well. All part and parcel of

The hippiest bars, the weirdest bars and the fun joints as well. All part and parcel of the Whopping Barhopping Walkabout tour. PIC lauren

From time immemorial, or at least for the last couple of years, team Total Iceland has never charged a dime if some of our foreign friends and customers asked us to guide them through the nightlife labyrinth in Reykjavik city.

 

Why this little known fjord in Iceland should be on your bucket list

One truly awesome place on the lists of no one is Mjóifjordur with its majestic Klifbrekkufossa waterfall at its entrance. PIC east.is

One truly awesome place on the list of no one is Mjóifjordur fjord with its majestic Klifbrekkufossar waterfall at its entrance. PIC east.is

Seeing as approximately 95 percent of visitors to Iceland only stick to the true and tried popular spots in the country it goes without saying those tourists miss out a lot.

 

A Northern Lights night to remember in Iceland

Contrary to belief

Contrary to belief the Northern Lights are not always green and not always flickering horizontally. They come in some amazingly different forms. PIC greenzowie

Unless non-stop chilliness and cold and almost non-stop darkness 24/7 is your idea of a great day there is not too much to recommend the Icelandic winter.

 

Quite possibly the most beautiful place in beautiful Iceland

Langisjor lake and Fogrufjoll reach all the way to the massive Vatnajokull glacier. PIC  Vatnajokulsþjóðgarður

Langisjor lake and Fogrufjoll mountains reach all the way to the massive Vatnajokull glacier. PIC Vatnajokulsþjóðgarður

Any travel guide praising one place in Iceland above another is really going out on a limb. This is a place that is so chock-full of intensely beautiful spots there better be some seriously great arguments to support the statement.

 

For a safe journey in Iceland stop here and make a cairn

All of a sudden this little spot filled with stone cairns all over appears by the Ring Road in Iceland. PIC South.is

All of a sudden this little spot filled with stone cairns all over appears by the Ring Road in Iceland. PIC South.is

You know how after you have been driving in similar and unchanging landscape for a good while you tend to lose focus?

 

The tiny piece of Reykjavik Iceland called Rock Village

One of a couple or so streets belonging to the oldest part of Reykjavik Iceland.

One of a couple or so streets belonging to the oldest part of Reykjavik Iceland.

The city of Reykjavik in Iceland is but a crying baby in terms of its age compared to all other cities in Europe. But that does not mean it has no old lovely quarter.

 

Turning a volcanic crater into majestic cliffs in Iceland

Pretty in black and white. Londrangar cliffs in Snaefellsnes. PIC Greame Tozer

Pretty in black and white. Londrangar cliffs in Snaefellsnes. PIC Greame Tozer

You gotta love nature. Give it time enough and things never stay the same for too long. Perhaps something a few of us humans should take to heart.

You probably know about all the volcanic activity on this island of ours.…

 

Around Iceland without missing a beat (or a sight)

99% of foreign visitors think there is only one glacier lagoon in Iceland. Boy, are those folks wrong. Pic Oscar Martinez

99% of foreign visitors think there is only one glacier lagoon in Iceland. Boy, are those folks wrong. Pic Oscar Martinez

“Driving in Iceland takes years longer than anticipated and mostly because you are stopping every five minutes stunned by some sight or another.

 

Cutting it short in Iceland

A long and winding road in Iceland. But what views. PIC Land Rover

A long and winding road in Iceland. But what views. PIC Land Rover

The number of tourists making the effort of driving all around the country of Iceland is not particularly high. The infamous Ring Road or highway number one, as it is also known, entices mostly only hardcore Iceland lovers.

 

Mounting Grey Pants recommended in Iceland

A hiker´s dream it is not. But a walk up the small Grabrok mound is recommended regardless. PIC Carsten Frenzl

A hiker´s dream it is not. But a walk up the small Grabrok mound is recommended regardless. PIC Carsten Frenzl

According to local tourism brochures the Grábrók hill or Grábrók mound in Iceland, depending on your height, is „the dream of every hiker.“ Except its not.

 

A touch of peace and quiet in downtown Reykjavik Iceland

A small oasis smack downtown in Reykjavik. PIC Philippa

A small oasis smack downtown in Reykjavik. PIC Philippa

The central downtown area of the capital of Iceland has changed quite dramatically in the last few years with the sudden burst of tourism. Before it was not too hard to find relative peace and quiet in spite of everything here but that´s getting very much harder.

 

A wicked place in a friendly village in Iceland

The welcoming committee at the Ghost Centre at Stokkseyri. PIC shadowgate

The welcoming committee at the Ghost Centre at Stokkseyri. PIC shadowgate

The small village of Stokkseyri in the Southwest of Iceland is not much on the must-see agendas in the country. While not without its charms the landscape here is rugged and flat and winds from the sea howling more often than not.

 

In Iceland, a real blast from the past

A remarkable number of old turf houses remain in Iceland. PIC Flickriver

A remarkable number of old turf houses remain in Iceland. PIC Flickriver

A beginner in the Icelandic language might have a hearty laugh when coming upon a place marked Grenjastadur or Grenjastaður in the North of Iceland. The name could well be translated as the Crying Place.