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Archive for June, 2014

Hiding in plain sight: Snæfellsnes. Posted by on Jun 30, 2014

On a clear day you can see Snæfellsnes all the way to Reykjavík. This is not because the clean Icelandic air or the brightness of the midnight sun allowing you to see forever, it’s just really close to the capital city! I’m not even joking here, one day is all you need to drive to Snæfellsnes, go all…

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A Love Letter to the Icelandic disregard of time. Posted by on Jun 24, 2014

Dear Iceland, When I first moved here four years ago I almost didn’t have a culture shock. Iceland and Finland seemed so similar, though one had trees and lakes and the other one mountains, volcanoes, waterfalls and glaciers, I very nearly felt at home right away. Except. Whenever I arranged to meet with my local…

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Hiding in plain sight: Hvalfjörður. Posted by on Jun 16, 2014

When you hear of Hvalfjörður from the locals it’s often spoken of as how to avoid it. This time you should not listen to the advice: there’s clear logic behind wanting to avoid going there but it’s definitely not because the place wasn’t worth a visit! No, what Icelanders usually think of when Hvalfjörður is…

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Come all you sailors (and others as well)! Posted by on Jun 6, 2014

It gives life, it takes life, the Icelandic attitude towards the sea is divided in two. On one hand the local artists will adore it in their works and declare it the height of all things mysterious and wonderful, on another are the people who put their lives at risk on it. The difference is…

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