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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.…

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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?

 

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.

 

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.