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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.

 

The favela of Iceland

The partly rebuilt Saenautasel farm is found in the most harsh and remote place imaginable. PIC Kevin Barnett

The partly rebuilt Saenautasel farm is found in the most harsh and remote place imaginable. PIC Kevin Barnett

You would be forgiven if even after reading all you can about Iceland travel and interesting places to visit in the country you still have no idea about a place called Saenautasel farm.

 

Very possibly the next big thing from Iceland

Is this a fantastic debut song or what! The newest artist from Iceland.

Is this a fantastic debut song or what! The newest artist from Iceland.

Our few but dedicated readers are well aware team Total Iceland will share every good thing about Iceland at any time. There is simply too much bad stuff in the world not to share when something good comes along.

 

Be very, very careful around Solheimajokull glacier in Iceland

This beautiful place is not really very safe these days. But nobody is telling you. PIC Mike Friedman

This beautiful place is not really very safe these days. But nobody is telling you. PIC Mike Friedman

Turns out hundreds of foreign visitors are herded right up to the Solheimajokull glacier in the South of Iceland. Most of those are blissfully unaware some volcanic activity has been recorded underneath the glacier.

 

Funky adventures on Solheimasandur Iceland

Wrecking ball it is not but wrecking plane is much more fun. PIC Pieter Morlion

Wrecking ball it is not but wrecking plane is much more fun. PIC Pieter Morlion

It is fair to say that the majority of visitors to South Iceland are well taken aback, in a nice way, by the seemingly endless black sand coast ruling the view for kilometer after kilometer.

 

But seriously folks

 

Adventurous? Absolutely. Dangerous? Absolutely. PIC Phil Collett

Adventurous? Absolutely. Dangerous? Absolutely. PIC Phil Collett

Perhaps you can blame all those thick and colorful travel brochures about Iceland´s wonders. Perhaps all the sunny pictures fool some people into believing. Perhaps some of you are just not too bright.

 

So where exactly do you find the nicest weather in Iceland?

The sun and the rain. In Iceland you can get a taste of both in the very same minute. PIC Jonathan

The sun and the rain. In Iceland you can get a taste of both in the very same minute. PIC Jonathan

Admittedly this is not information commonly requested by tourists visiting Iceland. Most of you are not visiting this country for the warmth and sunshine.

 

Yet another hit to the clean Iceland myth

The last farms at Hesteyri before the wilderness of Hornstrandir peninsula in Iceland takes over. Turns our the wilderness is still pretty polluted. PIC M

The last farms at Hesteyri before the wilderness of Hornstrandir peninsula in Iceland takes over. Turns out the wilderness is still pretty polluted. PIC M

Without doubt the most unspoiled place in Iceland is the northwestern point of the country known as Hornstrandir area.

 

Next few days in Iceland you might want to spend at Hella

Suddenly a reason to stop  in the otherwise drive-thru village of Hella. PIC Kathryn Aaker

Suddenly a reason to stop in the otherwise drive-thru village of Hella. PIC Kathryn Aaker

Ordinarily the Icelandic village of Hella has little to recommend it. Located midway between Selfoss town and Hvolsvollur village in the South it is more like a drive-thru than an inviting place to stop.

 

An Iceland secret you should know about

Fresh lamb and wonderful organic vegetables to boot in Iceland. Or is it? PIC JamieQ

Fresh lamb and wonderful organic vegetables to boot in Iceland. Or is it? PIC JamieQ

Ohhh. Local Icelandic meat and organic vegetables on the table and you are dying from hunger after a long day sightseeing.

You finish your meal, take a sip of ridiculously expensive but average red wine to celebrate a good day.…

 

One step ahead of law enforcement in Iceland

A leisurely drive around midnight in Iceland. PIC Nate Bolt

A leisurely drive around midnight in Iceland. PIC Nate Bolt

We know the feeling. Sunny day and you are cruising along what constitutes a highway in Iceland. Life is good and the future bright. Then suddenly a flash. Couple of weeks later you face a hefty fine.

 

A small island in Iceland hides a magnificent story

We think the island is quite lovely. The man who called this home for a time before was anything but. PIC Manuel Forget

We think the island of Drangey is quite lovely. The man who called this home for a time before was anything but. PIC Manuel Forget

Looking out to sea while driving the rather lovely Skagafjordur valley in Iceland one would have to be blind not to notice a tiny island smack in the middle of the sea to the North.

 

In Iceland, elves have left the building

No shortage of elf stories in Iceland but it seems the myth is wearing thin. PIC Mellydoll

No shortage of elf stories in Iceland but it seems the myth is wearing thin. PIC Mellydoll

We´d really, really like you to believe all locals in Iceland believe fervently in hidden peoples or elves as they are known abroad. It makes for such a compelling reason to visit doesn´t it?

 

Travelers leaving deep marks on pristine Iceland nature

This majestic area is slowly being carved to pieces by idiotic tour operators and travelers caring nothing about respecting nature. PIC clesanne

This majestic area is slowly being carved to pieces by idiotic tour operators and travelers caring nothing about respecting nature. PIC clesanne

Want to try your hand at some Icelandic? Try saying „Friðland að fjallabaki.“ 

Yeah, not so easy is it.…

 

In case you were wondering about Icelandair

The flag carrier of Iceland has faced problems lately and not surprisingly either. PIC  Doug

The flag carrier of Iceland has faced problems lately and not surprisingly either. PIC Doug

We understand twelve thousand travelers might be left stranded somewhere on Monday the 16th of June if they happen to have a flight ticket booked with Icelandair.

 

Before you use Hekla Travel for your Iceland trip

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One travel agency owned by one of the people responsible for the financial shock in Iceland is Hekla Travel

Would you do business with a travel agency owned by Kenneth Lay of Enron fame after the guy was found guilty of massive corruption and crimes galore?

 

Lots of roll but little rock in a new museum in Iceland

Sorry folks! This museum is simply not good or interesting enough. PIC RUV

Sorry folks! This museum is simply not good or interesting enough. PIC RUV

We hate being the bearers of bad news. Especially so when covering events, places or people that are very fine in most all respects.

We wanted to let you know about a museum opening in the town of Keflavik recently.…

 

Five great hiking areas of Iceland

The impressive Dyrfjoll mountain range in East of Iceland tempt many hikers. PIC Kevin Barnett

The impressive Dyrfjoll mountain range in East of Iceland tempt many hikers. PIC Kevin Barnett

You know, we hate lists. Simply because travel is not shopping for groceries and because lists of all kinds can make us blind for better opportunities on our travels.

 

A hotel in Iceland not exactly telling you the truth

Fairly decent hotel in Kopavogur town Iceland but far from downtown Reykjavik.

Fairly decent hotel in Kopavogur town Iceland but far from downtown Reykjavik.

Unfortunately lies and deception have on occasion become the norm in the Icelandic tourism industry in recent years. Loads of tour operators in Iceland offers „the very best and finest“ of everything it seems, in spite of numerous instances to the contrary.…

 

What´s up with the black churches in Iceland?

One of a number of pitch-black churches of Iceland which are impossible to find in the darkness of the winter months. The black color surprises many people and there are those that find it downright ungodly to paint churches in such a color.