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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.

 

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.…

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Flying to Iceland – Icelandair vs. Wow Air

You may or may not know the two Icelandic airlines. But what is the difference between them?

You may or may not know the two Icelandic airlines. But what is the difference between them?

There are only so many ways of hauling your ass to Iceland although this island has been tempting more and more parties these last few years.

 

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 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.

 

And now for some serious savings in Iceland

A January view from Perlan viewing platform in Reykjavik city. PIC Adam Horne

A January view from Perlan viewing platform in Reykjavik city. PIC Adam Horne

Team Total Iceland is not much for shouting out or blowing horns to get noticed. We have never, ever advertised; never, ever compromised and never, ever given a bad advice.

 

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.

 

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.

 

In Iceland, a real Candy Krush every Saturday

Got a sweet tooth? Then a visit to a local supermarket on Saturdays is a must. PIC meriav

Got a sweet tooth? Then a visit to a local supermarket on Saturdays is a must. PIC meriav

There are folks out there that call this the “best kept secret” in whole of Iceland. The “secret” in this case the fact that all Saturdays all year round supermarkets in the country slash 50% off all candies and chocolates in self-serving bars.

 

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.

 

Soon Iceland getting even more expensive

From autumn 2015 you´ll have to buy a special card to see anything at all in Iceland. PIC eirasi

From autumn 2015 you´ll have to buy a special card to see anything at all in Iceland. PIC eirasi

Visiting Iceland is not cheap in any sense of the word. But starting autumn 2015 it will become even more expensive but only if you want to see anything natural.

 

Couple of things about Iceland airwaves festival

Bands going wild in Reykjavik Iceland. But not all are making a buck. PIC Charlyn Wee

Bands going wild in Reykjavik Iceland. But not all are making a buck. PIC Charlyn Wee

You may or may not have heard about the Iceland Airwaves music festival. It is probably the biggest music festival in Iceland or Reykjavik to be exact.

 

Rolling stone marks the Arctic Circle in Iceland

Arctic Ball ladies and gentlemen. The future monument on Grimsey island. PIC screenshot Vikudagur

Arctic Ball ladies and gentlemen. The future monument on Grimsey island. PIC screenshot Vikudagur

Only one place in Iceland can boast of lying right on the Arctic Circle and this is something many foreigners find quite attractive. The locals now want to make this abundantly clear with a genuine marker and hope to draw in even bigger crowds of visitors.

 

On top of Esja mountain in Iceland you can see forever

Esja mountain seen from Reykjavik city. From the top the views are fantastic and the climb is popular for adventure tourists

Esja mountain seen from Reykjavik city. From the top the views are fantastic and the climb is popular for adventure tourists

Half an hour away from the capital of Iceland is the mountain range Esja. Should you wish to view the capital, surrounding towns and way out to the sea in the absolutely best way this is the place to climb on a clear day.