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Poor coffee, depressed chefs and the long dark days of Iceland

Typical day in rural Iceland in December. Dark, cold, snowy. PIC jacrot christoph

Typical day in rural Iceland in December. Dark, cold, snowy. PIC jacrot christoph

Poor coffee, depressed chefs, bruised vegetables, long dark nights and even longer dark days too! Seems the New Statesman is not too fond of visiting Iceland in the dead of winter.

Suffice it to say this article is one of only a handful of articles about visiting Iceland where everything is NOT cherry pie in all and everything. Perhaps because the trip was not fully paid for by local tourism authorities as is most often the case with visiting journalists.

Needless to say, the article pretty much sums up what team Total Iceland, born and inbred locally, has been saying for years. We loved it and we did so because it is true. Dead of winter in Iceland is 24 hour darkness. Just different shades of darkness.

Also true, the quality of fruits and vegetables in local supermarkets here is well below standards. That is partly understandable as this place is far and away from everything and the market too small to offer superior products. Alas, that does not change the fact you pay superior prices for your bruised vegetables nevertheless. The coffee is a bit better though.

Bottom line is to take everything with a grain (or tons) of salt.

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