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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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?

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.