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Of course restaurants in Iceland are also cheating you

What kind of fish are you getting at any Iceland restaurant? Take a wild guess. PIC gourmetfoodsteps

What kind of fish are you getting at any Iceland restaurant? Take a wild guess. PIC gourmetfoodsteps

Even if Icelanders have just recently come out from under the rocks as a nation we are quicker than Usain Bolt to embrace all the “lovely” things about getting money for nothing.

 

Three very remarkable buildings in Reykjavik Iceland

The major symbol of Reykjavik city is the Hallgrimskirkja church. PIC Rog01

The major symbol of Reykjavik city is the Hallgrimskirkja church. PIC Rog01

In spite of what many visitors believe the city of Reykjavik is a very young city in all respects. Those “old” buildings you see crammed between modern high rises in the center of the city are very seldom older than a century.

 

In Iceland, overload of Santas could leave you wanting

Traditions from times past and Yule Lads to boost. PIC Árbæjarsafn

Traditions from times past and Yule Lads to boost. PIC Árbæjarsafn

Twenty years ago the thirteen different Santa´s of Iceland only got mentioned in hushed tones as if a secret. After all, why should smelly, dirty, ugly and slightly criminal fellows from the mountains have any chance against the generous, fat and shiny Coca Cola Santa Claus now celebrated worldwide as the one and only?

 

Best campsite in Iceland is undoubtedly in Reykjavik city

Little to worry about for those choosing to camp in Reykjavik city. PIC Reykjavikcampsite

Little to worry about for those choosing to camp in Reykjavik city. PIC Reykjavikcampsite

We understand your concerns completely. Setting up camp in cities of this world can be a daunting thought. Often campsites are far away from everything. Security less than perfect or non-existent and necessary services poor and sometimes lacking altogether.

 

Whopping barhopping walkabout in Reykjavik Iceland

The hippies bars, the weirdest bars and the fun joints as well. All part and parcel of

The hippiest bars, the weirdest bars and the fun joints as well. All part and parcel of the Whopping Barhopping Walkabout tour. PIC lauren

From time immemorial, or at least for the last couple of years, team Total Iceland has never charged a dime if some of our foreign friends and customers asked us to guide them through the nightlife labyrinth in Reykjavik city.

 

Three worthy stops for bird enthusiasts in Iceland

Partly due to climate change a growing number of bird species are showing up in Iceland. PIC Andrea Shaffer

Partly due to climate change a growing number of bird species are showing up in Iceland. PIC Andrea Shaffer

For bird enthusiasts there is no shortage of great bird-watching spots in Iceland. On the contrary, this is a haven for quite a number of migratory birds, although it must be said the numbers of many species are dwindling rather speedily these last few years.

 

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.

 

A couple of practical things while in Iceland

If three´s a crowd then this is simply ridiculous. Jam packed Blue Lagoon. PIC Rene Passet

If three´s a crowd then this is simply ridiculous. Jam packed Blue Lagoon. PIC Rene Passet

We wouldn´t be much of a travel guide if we didn´t include some practical stuff once in awhile. Here are a couple of those which will definitely make your trip to this place a weeny bit easier.

 

Free concert and views to blow you away in Iceland

Yeah, that mountain. PIC Tomi Knutiila

Yeah, that mountain. PIC Tomi Knutiila

Should you find yourself in or around Reykjavik city on Friday the 29th of May 2015 you could do a lot worse than head over to Esja mountain and start climbing.

A local mobile phone company is inviting all that can and will to listen to one of this country´s most popular artist on the top of the mountain in question.…

 

Condé Nast says commercial shit is on par with Iceland nature

Don´t bother with Iceland nature as the things in stores in Reykjavik are just as beautiful folks.

Don´t bother with Iceland nature as the things in stores in Reykjavik are just as beautiful folks.

Sorry folks, but we´re getting really, really tired of superficial foreign “journalists” making sweeping statements about Iceland in spite of just spending a weekend here.

 

A touch of peace and quiet in downtown Reykjavik Iceland

A small oasis smack downtown in Reykjavik. PIC Philippa

A small oasis smack downtown in Reykjavik. PIC Philippa

The central downtown area of the capital of Iceland has changed quite dramatically in the last few years with the sudden burst of tourism. Before it was not too hard to find relative peace and quiet in spite of everything here but that´s getting very much harder.

 

Varying your dinner habits a good idea in Iceland

Tourists far outnumber seats in Reykjavik restaurants which mean long, long cues for a nice dinner this summer. PIC ChrisGoldNY

Tourists far outnumber seats in Reykjavik restaurants which mean long, long cues for a nice dinner this summer. PIC ChrisGoldNY

You may or may not be one of the hundreds of thousands of tourists lining up for a summer trip to Iceland.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Which shopping mall in Iceland

The two shopping malls of greater Reykjavik area are Smaralind and Kringlan.

The two shopping malls of greater Reykjavik area are Smaralind and Kringlan.

Iceland will likely never get on the map of the greatest shopping destinations for tourists. Indeed, shopping here is considered very expensive and remarkably so considering the low wages within the country.

 

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.

 

Everybody loves Raymond and Reykjavik Iceland

Tourists having a snack at one of Reykjavik´s main restaurants. Seems the city is an absolute wonder for most tourists. PIC Helgi Halldorsson

Tourists having a snack at one of Reykjavik´s main restaurants. Seems the city is an absolute wonder for most tourists. PIC Helgi Halldorsson

Tough luck for ole´ Raymond Romano. Turns out his old show is but on par with the city of Reykjavik Iceland in the ratings game.

 

In Reykjavik Iceland, a not-so-famous grassy knoll

A serious competitor to the Dallas grassy knoll has risen in Reykjavik, Iceland. PIC Ruv

A serious competitor to the Dallas grassy knoll has risen in Reykjavik, Iceland. PIC Ruv

It cannot be said there is stiff competition in the grassy knoll category of things. That famous grassy knoll in Dallas, Texas holds top honors and is likely to do so for the foreseeable future.

 

A light stroll among the wealthy in Reykjavik, Iceland

Surrounding the beautiful Hallgrimskirkja church you´ll find the homes of some of the richest folks in Iceland. PIC Finnur Bjarki Tryggvason

Surrounding the beautiful Hallgrimskirkja church you´ll find the homes of some of the richest folks in Iceland. PIC Finnur Bjarki Tryggvason

As in most other western societies there are wealthy people in Iceland in spite of recent economic collapse of the country.

 

Is biking Reykjavik, Iceland a good idea?

Amazingly there is no bike-share program in the green capital of Iceland. PIC jhenryrose

Amazingly there is no bike-share program in the green capital of Iceland. PIC jhenryrose

Without doubt you have come across all those rave reviews and ads about Iceland being the greenest of all green. Then it should come as some surprise there is no bike-share program in the capital city Reykjavik.

 

Sunday morning in Iceland to text home about

Jammin´on top of Esja mountain in Iceland is certainly something to write home about. PIC wuhooo

Jammin´on top of Esja mountain in Iceland is certainly something to write home about. PIC wuhooo

Doing anything special Sunday morning? If not, you could do a whole lot worse than hike to the top of Esja mountain near Reykjavik city.

 

Which bar in Reykjavik Iceland?

So many places, so little time. Bars in Reykjavik are as different as they are many. But which ones should you try?

As elsewhere in most cites barhopping is a pretty popular pastime among locals. In reality this is only possible in Reykjavik and to a lesser extent in Akureyri.

 

So what are the towns of Iceland best known for

One place with a clear connection in the minds of many Icelanders is Faskrudsfjordur. Long known for an important link to France. PIC jbdodane

One place with a clear connection in the minds of many Icelanders is Faskrudsfjordur. Long known for an important link to France. PIC jbdodane

In spite of low population and a limited number of towns and villages one thing many Icelandic places have in their favor is the fact they are managing to differentiate themselves from one another.

 

Next to rows of penises in Iceland more interesting stuff

Phallological Museum in Laugavegur Iceland attracts a number of visitors but take note of the next door place too. PIC Nick Ison

Phallological Museum in Laugavegur Iceland attracts a number of visitors but take note of the next door place too. PIC Nick Ison

A small percentage of visitors to Iceland are not only concerned with the beautiful places on this island or the allnighter weekend drinking habits but are genuinely interested in the language, culture and customs of the locals.