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5 reasons: visit Iceland in winter Posted by on Nov 26, 2015

What, visit Iceland in the winter? But everyone knows it’s really cold! Even this blog’s writer always recommends summer as the best season to visit, why is she changing her mind now? To be honest I’m not entirely changing my mind about what’s the best season for visiting. Iceland in the summer offers easiest road…

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Iceland emoticons? Posted by on Nov 12, 2015

In the recent news the foreign ministry of Finland is releasing Finland-specific emoticons as a Christmas calendar. These include scenes and things so Finnish that the current emoticon lists don’t have anything even remotely similar on them such as a Nokia phone and people having sauna. Naturally it struck me that it’s unfair to let…

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Leifur’s Icelandic, thanks Obama. Posted by on Nov 5, 2015

The president of the United States has recently insulted the whole nation of Iceland, at least if going by the public outcry. His offence? He recently referred to Leifur Eiríksson, also known as Leif Eriksson in the English-speaking world, as a Norwegian. Leifur was born to an Icelandic mother in Iceland and grew up here…

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Destroying Iceland for charity? Posted by on Aug 20, 2015

This week arrived with troubling news: the police were investigating two Scottish men who had apparently driven quite a long way off-road in Iceland, which is illegal. Let’s repeat, it’s illegal to drive off-road in Iceland, everywhere, no exceptions. Why the general ban? It’s because Iceland’s highlands are moss and lichen -covered, and the damage done…

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Laugadalur – hot spring valley Posted by on Aug 13, 2015

Near downtown Reykjavík is a historical site that’s almost hidden by all the other activities around it, though the whole area takes its name from this place: Laugadalur, the valley of hot springs, is now better known for the Botanical Garden, one of the best swimming pools of Reykjavík, an ice skating rink and a…

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Iceland in deep poop – literally. Posted by on Jul 9, 2015

Since the boom in tourism began Iceland is now facing a new, growing problem – tourists littering, and worse. I have addressed the problems before in The Iceaboo but let’s repeat: the cleanness of the Icelandic nature is due to people not throwing trash around. There are no cleaning ladies sweeping through the scenery every morning…

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Elliðarárdalur, Reykjavík’s Central Park Posted by on Apr 30, 2015

A secret oasis of Reykjavík, Elliðarárdalur, can be found only a short bus drive away from downtown. Well, when I say secret it actually means something more like “this is a place the locals certainly know of but visitors barely ever visit and that’s a shame”. It’s a popular place for walking, jogging, biking, horse…

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