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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.

 

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 horrible truth about that epic Iceland drone video

A number of the mighty waterfalls seen in a popular video will soon be history. Screengrab

A number of the mighty waterfalls seen in a popular video will soon be history. Screengrab

You may or may not know about a very popular recent video taken in Iceland that has been making waves on social media for the last few days.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Killing the polar bears in Iceland

Once in awhile a polar bear floats all the way to Iceland. That is a death sentence. PIC Valerie

Once in awhile a polar bear float all the way to Iceland. That is a death sentence. PIC Valerie

Things are tough all over for the polar bear. Its hunting grounds melting faster than a snowball in hell and like many other species their numbers dwindling fast.

 

Gambling in Iceland? You´re out of luck

Except for playing slot machines gambling of an kind is forbidden in Iceland. PIC Ian Murphy

Except for playing slot machines gambling of an kind is forbidden in Iceland. PIC Ian Murphy

As evidenced by growing numbers of casinos worldwide and massive profits of most of those it should follow that enterprising individuals should seize the opportunity to open one wherever there is none.

 

How scared should you be about Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland?

A number of folks believe the ongoing eruption at Holuhraun is Bardarbunga volcano. It is not. Simple a small rift. PIC peterhartree

A number of folks believe the ongoing eruption at Holuhraun is Bardarbunga volcano. It is not. That´s simply a small rift. PIC peterhartree

You´ve finally put the finishing touches on your travel plan around Iceland next summer after much thought and contemplation.

 

Why your shades will come in handy in dark and wintry Iceland

Sounds ludicrous to bring sunglasses to a place with only few hours daylight in winter. PIC Javier Medina

Sounds ludicrous to bring sunglasses to a place with only few hours daylight in winter. But it is not. PIC Javier Medina

What on earth should you pack for a winter holiday to Iceland? That´s always a popular question on travel forums and more so now that most airlines charge an arm and a leg for any baggage.

 

One pristine wilderness of Iceland soon going extinct

A typical sight from the gravel track known as Sprengisand way over the highland of Iceland. PIC Jesus Rodriguez Fernandes

A typical sight from the gravel track known as Sprengisand way over the highland of Iceland. PIC Jesus Rodriguez Fernandes

For centuries the name Sprengisandur has sent shivers down the spines of local folk in Iceland. Reason being this has long been the shortest but most dangerous and desolate highland route between the North and the South of the country.

 

On inhospitable remote mountaintop in Iceland a fascinating sight

Remote, windy and scary as well. Yet, a network of abandoned buildings adorn the top. PIC Ruv

Remote, windy and scary as well. Yet, a network of abandoned buildings adorn the top. PIC Ruv

The chances of anyone stumbling across the fascinating ruined buildings on top of Straumnesfjall mountain in the Westfjords area of Iceland are practically non-existent.

 

So how does the Black Forest of Iceland measure up?

Once in awhile the Black Forest comes alive with music and everyone´s invited. PIC svartiskogur

Once in awhile the Black Forest comes alive with music and everyone´s invited. PIC svartiskogur

Well traveled individuals know the drill. More often than not the very best places to lay one´s hat for a night are found by pure accident and not through some fancy colorful brochures or websites.

 

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.

 

Possibly the very best hiking area in Iceland

One of many awesome bays of eastern Iceland. PIC she_who_must

One of many awesome bays of eastern Iceland. PIC she_who_must

A major problem of writing any serious guide to Iceland is the fact that as soon as one wants to specifically recommend one place for your enjoyment the writer gets into trouble.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Quick, massive and devastating. What happens if Bardarbunga in Iceland blows

The ongoing Holuhraun rift volcano if pretty mighty and impressive but utterly harmless compared to a volcano in nearby Bardarbunga. PIC Global Panorama

The ongoing Holuhraun rift volcano is pretty mighty but utterly inconsequential compared to a volcano in nearby Bardarbunga. PIC Global Panorama

Scientists in Iceland are well aware of the potential force that could be unleashed if and when Bardarbunga volcano underneath Vatnajokull ice cap does blow.

 

Holuhraun volcano in Iceland best viewed from afar

Holuhraun volcano in Iceland is till going strong and could do so for years on end. PIC Sparkle Motion

Holuhraun volcano in Iceland is till going strong and could do so for years on end. PIC Sparkle Motion

Perhaps it is human nature to seek out all those things banned for one reason or another. Very understandable in most cases but less so if the thing in question could end your life in a jiffy.

 

Stunning lava field in Iceland holds many secrets

Bad weather or not. This place is always stunning. Eldhraun lava field. PIC Simon Tong

Bad weather or not. This place is always stunning. Eldhraun lava field. PIC Simon Tong

One of the more interesting things while traveling in the South of Iceland is the amazingly sharp contrast found on the way between the villages of Klaustur and Vik.

 

Making love under the Northern lights in Iceland

Is this what´s it all about? Will sex under the Aurora Borealis make our babies happy and healthy? Some like to think so. PIC NASA

Is this what´s it all about? Will sex under the Aurora Borealis make our babies happy and healthy? Some like to think so. PIC NASA

„I could not believe it. They demanded we stop and loudly so and when the driver finally did and opened the door they jumped right out into the icy snow and started making out like it was the most natural thing in the world.

 

So how expensive is Iceland really?

Austurstraeti in central Reykjavik. High prices in shops here surprise many. PIC Jonathan

Austurstraeti in central Reykjavik. High prices in shops here surprise many. PIC Jonathan

Don´t say we didn´t warn you guys because we did. Again and again and the only guide to Iceland honest about how friggin´ expensive things are here. Trust us, shopping here is so expensive it will turn you off shopping.