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Vikings attacked England. Posted by on Jun 30, 2016

Iceland has certainly made an impression in the world of football in the past few weeks and especially with the game against England this Monday. To set the mood for Sunday’s game against France I’m going to introduce you to some Icelandic football facts and vocabulary, so here we go! Fótbolti (M) vs. knattspyrna (F)…

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Sons of Iceland. Posted by on Jun 23, 2016

Football fever is at record heights right now, but along has come an interesting side feature: if Icelanders try to watch the games in any other language than Icelandic they immediately get a bit confused listening to the announcers. The foreign announcers don’t call the players by their own names! This is due to the…

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Independently Icelandic. Posted by on Jun 16, 2016

Guess what day tomorrow is? That’s right – Iceland celebrates its independence on the 17th June with Hæ Hó Jibbi Jei, það er kominn sautjándi Júní (= Hi Ho Yippee Yay, it’s come the 17th June), parades, bouncy castles and lots and lots of flags. I’ve already dug out my own 17th June kit well in…

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Nauthólsvík, a little paradise Posted by on Apr 14, 2016

Warm sea and golden sands don’t probably come to mind as the first thing when thinking about Iceland. Yet despite everything, mostly due to the Icelandic spirit of “why not?” we do have both… in one location. Both equally artificial too, since the north Atlantic is not warm by any standard at any time of…

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Five culture shocks of Iceland. Posted by on May 14, 2015

A culture shock will always catch you by surprise no matter how well you thought you had prepared yourself. Here are some that have given people big jumps before. 1. No ice hockey The ice hockey world championship games are in full swing and the whole world is watching, holding its breath. The whole world? No! One…

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The wonderful accident called Blue Lagoon. Posted by on May 27, 2013

Sitting in the middle of an empty desert of lava and moss somewhere between Keflavík and Reykjavík is one of the most interesting sights to see in Iceland. You take a turn off the main road and then another one, and all of a sudden you see a thick column of white smoke rising up…

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Our pools are hotter than yours. Posted by on Sep 25, 2012

“I would like to point out one aspect of our trip which left us (the majority of our party) feeling… well… a bit violated. It is the practice of having your guests strip nude in front of other people in order to swim in the geo-thermal pools. …I am a clean person, who bathes regularly…

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