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Archive for March, 2015

10 steps to becoming an Icelander. Posted by on Mar 26, 2015

Thinking of moving to Iceland? Here’s what you need to know. 1. Forget about punctuality Meeting your deadlines is appreciated but not actually expected. At least no one will meet any that you set, and they’ll act offended if you show any displeasure for the tardiness. As long as things get done that’s close enough is…

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Choirs, choirs everywhere! Posted by on Mar 19, 2015

Icelandic is nightmarish to learn to pronounce, so wouldn’t it be awesome if there was a shortcut that allowed you to easily remember how certain letters are pronounced, and maybe even help you out with learning them in the first place? Well, there is! Like I often like to say, singing is the way to…

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Iceland – deadly for the careless. Posted by on Mar 12, 2015

It began and ended as these things usually do: Icelanders warning tourists who decide to ignore the warning and then almost die as a result. Three Finnish cross-country skiers on Vatnajökull met with Björgunarsveitinn, the voluntary rescue units, when one of them fell ill, and knowing there was a huge storm on its way the…

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The coat of arms of Iceland – monsters ahoy! Posted by on Mar 5, 2015

In Medieval times Icelandic noblemen had their own coat of arms assigned to them by the ruler of the time, King of Norway, but today no Icelander is allowed to carry a personal heraldic symbol. No, not even if they can prove a family connection to the early nobles of Iceland (which, considering how small the gene pool of…

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