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An idea if pressed for time in Iceland

Tryggvagata road in Reykjavik. The Expo exhibition in the building in the centre. PIC Pet_r

Tryggvagata road in Reykjavik. The Expo exhibition in the building in the centre. PIC Pet_r

„I wish I had more time here,“ „We should have stayed for longer,“ „We´ll be sure to return.“

The number one complaint we hear from tourists in Iceland is a rather remarkable one. It has nothing to do with high prices, bad service, crime or annoying animals or insects as is often the case when traveling. No, the main complaint is how people think a long weekend, a week or even two weeks is quite enough to take in all the wonders of this country. This becomes clear to everyone once here.

Now, this is understandable up to a point. People have limited time off from work and even those well traveled know that even the most exciting destinations tend to lose its gloss after a week or two. 

„time for stopping, staring and sharing is next to none“

Not so with Iceland though. A long weekend will only make you dread leaving without seeing anything but the most famous sites close to the capital and two or three days is not enough time to take in much else but the shortest tours. A week will give you time enough to enjoy one part of the country well but not to do the Ring Road. Well, naturally you could do the Ring Road but time for stopping, staring and sharing is next to none. And a hectic and pressing journey is probably not the reason most folks come here nor should anyone in their right mind travel in such a way anywhere.

However, if you area already here and shaking with high blood pressure after coming to this realization there is a tiny thing you could do in Reykjavik to put your mind at a little bit of ease. Go see the Icelandic exhibition from the Shanghai World Expo in 2010. This is in effect just a tourist video blown out of all proportion with a dash of IMAX thrown in for good measure.

This show is a celebration of Iceland and incorporates quite a number of fantastic natural locations. Locations of many a places you will probably not have time to see in person while here. Made with a new technology the show is quite moving.

This showroom is located at Tryggvagata in Reykjavik right by the harbor area and you should not miss its giant billboard. Mind you, we recommend taking real time out and seeing all the wonders of Iceland in person but this is an option if you neither have the will, time or the money.

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