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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.…

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Winter travel in Iceland? A couple of horror stories to contemplate

A typical winter road in Iceland on a great day is just icy and slippery. A little snowdrift and a little wind will make this a really scary place. PIC Jacrot Christoph

A typical winter road in Iceland on a great day is just icy and slippery. A little snowdrift and a little wind will make this a really scary place. PIC Jacrot Christoph

In spite of fancy rhetoric from authorities and politicians, world history shows repeatedly that for things to change for the better some folks will have to have horrible accidents or be killed before anyone does anything.

 

Best way to capture the Northern lights in Iceland on camera

Northern Lights dances are hard to capture on film unless you know some basic tips

One of the most magnificent things to see with your own eyes in nature is undoubtedly the dance of the Northern lights in Iceland. Even better to capture their magnetic dances on film.

 

One less glacier in Iceland

Annual snowfall is not enough. All glaciers in Iceland are shrinking fast. PIC jeezzer-hozzer

Annual snowfall is no longer enough to combat higher temperatures. All glaciers in Iceland are shrinking fast. PIC jeezzer-hozzer

It´s official! There is now one less glacier in Iceland than before. Another reminder to haul your ass over here before it is too late.

 

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.

 

The best of East of Iceland coming up in Iceland

The East of Iceland is the one place which is not overrun with tourists....yet. PIC hilmartj

The East of Iceland is the one place which is not overrun with tourists….yet. PIC hilmartj

Team Total Iceland believes in preparing and then preparing before final preparing when it comes to organized tours. Why, you may ask and the answer is that we don´t do ordinary and that means we make the extra effort most companies do not.

 

The heck is “lopapeysa” and are they really made in Iceland

Warm in spite of cold. A visitor wearing the traditional Iceland "lopapeysa" sweater. PIC Ben Husmann

Warm in spite of cold. A visitor wearing the traditional Iceland “lopapeysa” sweater. PIC Ben Husmann

Chances are you´ll not walk far after landing in Iceland without coming across souvenir shops advertising the Icelandic “Lopapeysa” which is simply the traditional Icelandic wool sweater.

 

Here´s one way to travel Iceland without paying an arm and a leg

Camping and caravansite Systragil in the North of Iceland is rather typical of the quite wonderful places to enjoy in between trips. PIC Systragil

Camping and caravansite Systragil in the North of Iceland is rather typical of the quite wonderful places to enjoy in between trips. PIC Systragil

As team Total Iceland has made clear in numerous articles visiting Iceland is, contrary to belief, much more expensive nowadays than it was a few years back when the place was mostly off limits due to high costs.

 

Possibly the most expensive hostel in the world is found in Iceland

Possibly the most expensive night in a hostel anywhere in the world. Welcome to Iceland.

Possibly the most expensive night in a hostel anywhere in the world. Welcome to Iceland. All prices in ISK kronas.

It is by no means a scientific survey but team Total Iceland was unable to find another night in a dorm bed with 16 other strangers in a hostel for well over THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS.

 

Missing out on nature in deep winter Iceland

Just one of thousands of beautiful spots off limits in wintertime Iceland. PIC eirasi

Just one of thousands of beautiful spots off limits in wintertime Iceland. PIC eirasi

There is a famous old Viking saying that roughly translated means that a good poem is never too often told. Which is why we want yet again to tell you about things you miss out on here when visiting in deep winter.

 

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.

 

So you think nothing has happened since Björk in Iceland

A burst of energy is once again flowing through music artists in Iceland. PIC Oliver.Wolf

A burst of energy is once again flowing through music artists in Iceland. PIC Oliver.Wolf

The foreign music press has more often than once written about the tremendous energy coming from the tiny island of Iceland in the form of good music.