Category Archives: Iceland

168 Hours of Daylight – Camping in Iceland part 2

As promised in part 1, here are my top tips for a great camping experience. Get to your site early – at every place we stopped I was amazed by the number of people arriving after 8, 9, even 10 at … Continue reading

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168 Hours of Daylight – Camping in Iceland part 1

There’s no getting away from it, accommodation in Iceland is expensive.  Be it a hotel, guesthouse or even AirBnB, you will pay more for it there than most other European destinations.  With this in mind we chose to camp and, … Continue reading

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5 things to do for free in Iceland – #5 Reykjavik wanderings

Reykjavik is certainly not one of the cheapest cities but there are still plenty of things to do for free. The centre is relatively compact and so an ideal way to spend a day is to take a wander amongst … Continue reading

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5 things to do for free in Iceland – #4 Skógafoss waterfall

I have written about the wonderful waterfalls of Iceland before and I cannot recommend a visit to them highly enough.  As well as Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss and Gljúfrabúi we also stopped at Skógafoss on the south coast. Here it is possible … Continue reading

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5 things to do for free in Iceland – #3 Sólheimajökull Glacier

Over 11% of Iceland is permanently covered by glacier.  The largest is Vatnajökull in the south-east which feeds Jökulsárlón ice lagoon and can be accessed by guided tour from various locations between Vik and Höfn.  For those who do not … Continue reading

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5 things to do for free in Iceland – #2 Reynisdrangar black beach

Whoever designed the scenery for the animation ‘How to train your Dragon’ must have been to Iceland.  I remember watching the film and thinking how spectacular but exaggerated the landscape was.  There is nowhere in the real world that looks … Continue reading

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5 things to do for free in Iceland #1 – Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon

Nothing prepares you for Jökulsárlón.  Our capacity for appreciating the spectacular has been evolutionarily dampened to prevent our poor monkey brains from exploding with sensory overload, and so, standing at the shore of the lagoon, hulking, wind and water hewn … Continue reading

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Serendipitous Saturday – Fishermen’s Day in Höfn, Iceland

We were a day ahead in our schedule and had pushed on to Höfn, a fishing town on the south east corner of Iceland, with a welcoming vibe. It just so happened that we were there for the first Saturday … Continue reading

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Falling in love – Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Iceland

A 1998 survey found that 54.4% of Icelandic people, when questioned, say that they believe in hidden people, in fairies, in trolls, in nature spirits.  As recently as 2013 a major road construction project was stopped after protests that it … Continue reading

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Hot Pot Luck – Geothermal fun in Iceland

I love to plan and, when we finally decided on Iceland as our next travel destination, I began researching things to do.  High on the list, from both guidebooks and traveller recommendations, was the Blue Lagoon, situated on the main … Continue reading

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