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Turning a volcanic crater into majestic cliffs in Iceland

Pretty in black and white. Londrangar cliffs in Snaefellsnes. PIC Greame Tozer

Pretty in black and white. Londrangar cliffs in Snaefellsnes. PIC Greame Tozer

You gotta love nature. Give it time enough and things never stay the same for too long. Perhaps something a few of us humans should take to heart.

You probably know about all the volcanic activity on this island of ours.…

 

Why all the hush hush about the Blue lagoon in Iceland?

Ahhh what loveliness. But public information about its water and possible contamination are off limits. PIC Coleccionista de Instantes

Ahhh what loveliness. But public information about its water and possible contamination are off limits. PIC Coleccionista de Instantes

Ask any staff at the Blue lagoon about the Blue lagoon and you´ll get a speech about the absolutely the most wonderfully wonderful bathwater in the whole wide world.

 

Around Iceland without missing a beat (or a sight)

99% of foreign visitors think there is only one glacier lagoon in Iceland. Boy, are those folks wrong. Pic Oscar Martinez

99% of foreign visitors think there is only one glacier lagoon in Iceland. Boy, are those folks wrong. Pic Oscar Martinez

“Driving in Iceland takes years longer than anticipated and mostly because you are stopping every five minutes stunned by some sight or another.

 

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.

 

Cutting it short in Iceland

A long and winding road in Iceland. But what views. PIC Land Rover

A long and winding road in Iceland. But what views. PIC Land Rover

The number of tourists making the effort of driving all around the country of Iceland is not particularly high. The infamous Ring Road or highway number one, as it is also known, entices mostly only hardcore Iceland lovers.

 

The curious case of the cheapskate German tax consultant in Iceland

Some folks should not be allowed to travel. One German tax consultant included. PIC Chris Goldberg

Some folks should not be allowed to travel. One German tax consultant included. PIC Chris Goldberg

Every hotel owner the world over knows that on average German tourists are as cheap as they come. Ditto that in Iceland where busloads of Germans arrive here weekly by ferry from Europe on modern buses with holds chock full of bratwurst, sauerkraut and Lowenbrau.

 

In Breiddalsvik Iceland, human remains all over the place

The village itself is mostly unremarkable but surrounding nature is certainly beautiful. PIC Jason Eppink

The village itself is mostly unremarkable but surrounding nature is certainly beautiful. PIC Jason Eppink

Not too many folks spend time in the rather secluded village of Breiddalsvik in the East of Iceland. Its main attractions are few and far between but now there might possibly be a new reason to stay here awhile.

 

The coolest way to keep the party going in Iceland

Rave in a cave. This place is the site of a late-night party in June.

Rave in a cave. This place is the site of a late-night party in June.

If late wild raves in unusual places are your kind of thing you should head right away to the website of the Secret Solstice music festival in Reykjavik and book a ticket to the amazing after party on offer.

 

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.…

 

The least exciting part of Iceland

A tranquil valley in Hunavatnssyslu Iceland. Certainly nice and even beautiful but  on the scale of other things around here not very remarkable at all. PIC Jonathan

A tranquil valley in Hunavatnssyslu Iceland. Certainly nice and even beautiful but on the scale of other things around here not very remarkable at all. PIC Jonathan

Hundreds and hundreds of tour sites and travel sites about Iceland out there but none is telling you stuff like this: What is the least exciting part of the country to visit?

 

Iceland low-cost airline is way more expensive

The local low-cost airline Wow Air hardly stands up to its name. PIC Aero Icarus

The local low-cost airline Wow Air hardly stands up to its name. PIC Aero Icarus

The name Wow Air has been making the rounds in media and social media lately. This Icelandic low-cost airline is aiming to show trans-Atlantic low cost flights are possible without going off a cliff as some airlines have done in the past.

 

One thing about that rotten shark thing in Iceland

To rid shark meat of poisonous substances it has to hang dry for months on end like seen here. PIC Chris Wonski

To rid shark meat of poisonous substances it has to hang dry for months on end like seen here. PIC Chris Wonski

It is one of the more surreal things about Iceland. The fact we regularly down old rotten shark and even make a toast of it too.

 

The most horrible thing on Iceland roads

Such incidents are sad for all involved. PIC Erna Osk Gudnadottir

Such incidents are sad for all involved. PIC Erna Osk Gudnadottir

We have written about this before but important things bear repeating. Take serious care on roads in Iceland as spring is the time when sheeps, more numerous than people here, are let out to play and enjoy nature for the summer with their newborn lambs.

 

Nothing natural about Iceland Naturally

Impressive stuff. Or is it?

Impressive stuff. Or is it?

One of the largest “tourism” sites about Iceland, Iceland Naturally, is a site run by ten some local corporations aiming for your tourist dollars. A place where you´ll not get anything but positive stuff about everything here.

 

A unique row of fantastic craters under the hammer in Iceland

One of many perfectly aligned craters called Eldvorp. Soon those will be history. PIC visitreykjanes

One of many perfectly aligned craters called Eldvorp. Soon those will be history. PIC visitreykjanes

Here´s something the “official” tourist sites won´t tell you. One amazing and unique volcanic crater area on Reykjanes peninsula, not far from Keflavik international airport, is being run over.

 

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.

 

So perhaps Wow Air is not all that

Price not horrible but experience could be a lot better flying Wow Air according to Boston Globe. PIC wowair

Price not horrible but experience could be a lot better flying Wow Air according to Boston Globe. PIC wowair

Boston Globe just had a turn with the Icelandic “low-cost” airline Wow Air and the experience, as seen here, was not really up to scratch.

 

Mounting Grey Pants recommended in Iceland

A hiker´s dream it is not. But a walk up the small Grabrok mound is recommended regardless. PIC Carsten Frenzl

A hiker´s dream it is not. But a walk up the small Grabrok mound is recommended regardless. PIC Carsten Frenzl

According to local tourism brochures the Grábrók hill or Grábrók mound in Iceland, depending on your height, is „the dream of every hiker.“ Except its not.

 

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.

 

For culture, Iceland is a poor choice

Natural phenomenon or man-made culture? Because we don´t have both. PIC Moyan Brenn

Natural phenomenon or man-made culture? Because we don´t have both. PIC Moyan Brenn

Seems a recent survey by the World Economic Forum rates Iceland horribly low regarding any kind of cultural and entertainment resources. That was a waste of time and money.

 

A wicked place in a friendly village in Iceland

The welcoming committee at the Ghost Centre at Stokkseyri. PIC shadowgate

The welcoming committee at the Ghost Centre at Stokkseyri. PIC shadowgate

The small village of Stokkseyri in the Southwest of Iceland is not much on the must-see agendas in the country. While not without its charms the landscape here is rugged and flat and winds from the sea howling more often than not.

 

Strikes in Iceland could well dent your trip

You may have to wait a little longer than expected for your flight from Iceland in June. PIC Colin Campbell

You may have to wait a little longer than expected for your flight from Iceland in June. PIC Colin Campbell

As we reported a few days ago strikes are happening in specific industries in Iceland these days and will continue to do so.