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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.

 

Next few years won´t be too relaxing at the Blue lagoon in Iceland

The blue lagoon of today. The pic is taken approximately from the spot where a modern hotel will rise in 2015. Pic Chris Yiu

The blue lagoon of today. The pic is taken approximately from the spot where a modern hotel will rise in 2015. Pic Chris Yiu

All you folks out there planning your Iceland trip in 2015 blissfully unaware that the famous Blue lagoon will not be a particularly relaxing place in 2015.

 

In Iceland, whale watching without the cold and the puke

Replicas of all whales found in Icelandic waters can be viewed at a new museum in Reykjavik.

Replicas of all whales found in Icelandic waters can be viewed at a new museum in Reykjavik.

Whale museum number two in Iceland has just opened its doors in the Grandi harbor area of Reykjavik city. This means you can get up close and personal with those large beasts of the ocean without actually bracing the cold of a real whale watching trip.

 

The colors of Iceland

PIC Eric Monfort

Even vast desolate areas here are filled with contrasts in between. PIC Eric Monfort

From darkest wintertime when you cannot tell the difference between snowy grounds and a glacier to brightest days of summer when contrasts in nature get so vivid and real you sometimes feel you are stuck in a surrealist painting.

 

Fifteen great places in Iceland in just one day

Gulfoss waterfall in its summer dress. Pic O Palsson

Gulfoss waterfall in its summer dress. Pic O Palsson

We know many of you visiting Iceland only give yourself a few days here at best and then a number of you do not venture very far from Reykjavik city. Problem is, this place is chock-full of amazing spots and anyone just spending a long weekend or even a week will leave wanting for more.

 

Six amazing Iceland videos

Fascinating grab of a typical Icelandic fjord. PIC Dylan Toh/Everlook

Fascinating grab of a typical Icelandic fjord. PIC Dylan Toh/Everlook

Nowadays anyone with a smartphone can make a very decent video. To say nothing of folks still bringing serious equipment to countries far away. Iceland has been fortunate enough to entice some masters of video-making to spend time here taking it all in.

 

Five islands in Iceland you should make every effort to see

Any traveler looking for out-of-the-box experience in Iceland should take time out on these islands. PIC Chris Zielecki

Any traveler looking for out-of-the-box experience in Iceland should take time out on these islands. PIC Chris Zielecki

As has often been mentioned here it is terribly sad how many of tourists visiting Iceland stay only long enough to visit the well publicized places and then leave none the wiser.

 

So you wanna do the Interstellar thingy in Iceland

The setting of some scenes of the movie Interstellar. PIC Winston McLeod

The setting of some scenes of the movie Interstellar. PIC Winston McLeod

Seems some people out there care about little more than imitating their favorite superstars in all and everything. Which is why we´re showing you where exactly some scenes from the movie Interstellar were taken in Iceland.

 

Is the Blue lagoon totally safe?

The only victim of a soak in the Blue lagoon will be your hair. PIC The Crew

The only victim of a soak in the Blue lagoon will be your hair. PIC The Crew

It horrifies some people to know that the water in the famous Blue lagoon in Iceland is actually waste water from a nearby power plant.

 

So why is the Blue lagoon blue?

Fancy blue but the beautiful color does seem to be unnatural. PIC Jonathan Percy

Fancy blue but the beautiful color does seem to be unnatural. PIC Jonathan Percy

A key part of the attractiveness of the Blue lagoon and Myvatn Nature Baths in Iceland is the tremendously attractive but rather unnatural blue color of the water in both lagoons.

 

The most unforgettable shower you´ll ever take in Iceland

Team Total Iceland gets this a lot: where to find a hot spring where possible to get some privacy or at the very least without sharing with busloads of other tourists.

 

Freezing winds descending on Iceland

Perhaps not what you expected in Iceland...  PIC Ruv

Perhaps not what you expected in Iceland… PIC Ruv

If your idea of a fabulous time abroad is facing biting Arctic winds, traveling on roads thick with ice and snow and the very real possibility of not enjoying an iota of nature then this would be a grand time to visit Iceland.

 

The stuff of horror movies a reality in Iceland

Abandoned farm in Iceland. Ever wondered why there are so many of those? PIC Richard Gould

Abandoned farm in Iceland. Ever wondered why there are so many of those? PIC Richard Gould

From afar the place looks quite worn down and unappealing. Come closer and it gets no better. Perhaps for a good reason too. You see, this old farm made of stone hides a rather excellent secret.

 

What is Fjadrargljufur in Iceland and why you should make a stop

The „entrance“ into Fjadrara canyon. Very inviting and very impressive. PIC Andrea de Podo

The „entrance“ into Fjadrara canyon. Very inviting and very impressive. PIC Andrea de Podo

There is no shortage of canyons in the beautiful country of Iceland. The country practically carved through and through with mountains, valleys and canyons of amazing variety.

 

In Iceland the viking ship that is not a viking ship

Pretty great art if you ask us. The Sun voyager sculpture near to downtown Reykjavik in Iceland. PIC Wandering Tripod

Pretty great art if you ask us. The Sun voyager sculpture near to downtown Reykjavik in Iceland. PIC Wandering Tripod

Apart from a couple of sculpture gardens or so the capital of Iceland is mostly void of eye-pleasing fancy artwork or iconic sculptures for all to enjoy.

 

In Iceland, raw beauty hides the most horrific devastation

Kilometers after kilometers of volcanic craters in almost a direct line. PIC outsidecontext2008

Kilometers after kilometers of volcanic craters in almost a direct line. PIC outsidecontext2008

For some, this place is what Iceland is all about. Raw and rugged beauty for miles around and no matter how hard you imagine, there is simply no way this amazing spot could have been blown to smithereens and back for months on end over two hundred years ago.

 

On New Years Eve Hallgrimskirkja square the place to be in Iceland

Stunning views from a stunning tower but sadly closed over New Years Eve. PIC IceNineJon

Stunning views from a stunning tower but sadly closed over New Years Eve. PIC IceNineJon

The absolute best viewing platform in Reykjavik city on New Years Eve without going out of your way is without any doubt the square in front of the iconic Hallgrimskirkja church on Skolavordustigur road.

 

Disturbing Bobby Fischer in Iceland

The former World Champion chess player Bobby Fischer is buried in a small remote Icelandic cemetery

Poor old Bobby Fischer! Finally in his resting place away from seemingly endless controversies and troubles all his life only to become a tourist attraction after death.

 

Three mystic places in Iceland

Healers and those spiritual minded have come together near the Snaefellsjokull glacier for decades. PIC Modes Rodriguez

Healers and those spiritual minded have come together near the Snaefellsjokull glacier for decades. PIC Modes Rodriguez

For years music critics the world over have wondered where Icelandic musicians get the energy and ideas to take the world by storm time and time again as has been the case with performers such as Björk, Sigurros and lately Of Monsters and Men.

 

Seals at the end of the world in Iceland

Seal this! In the farm turned hostel Husey you can ride Icelandic ponys along coasts filled with wild seals. PIC milopeng

Team Total Iceland believes there are not many places in this world where you can, almost easily, get close to wild and playful seals riding on an Icelandic pony.