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Jæja. Posted by on Sep 15, 2016

There’s an Icelandic word that can be used to react to almost any situation: jæja. It can probably best be translated as “really now” or “well then”, just a declaration of whatever emotion you’re currently feeling that you can’t or don’t want to put in exact words. The recipient will immediately know what you’re thinking about…

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Gotta catch them all! Posted by on Jul 21, 2016

“I caught it! I caught it!” screamed a boy of maybe 10 year old outside my workplace today. I quickly stuck my head out of the door to congratulate him because his joy was just too sincere to ignore. We had a quick chat about his catch and then he went on his way to…

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Lost in Reykjavík Posted by on Jul 14, 2016

The tourist season is at its highest peak while July is here and will probably continue to be so to the end of August. Already we see the results at the place I work at, although we’re not in the tourist business by any stretch. Having a business on the ground floor in an area…

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4 dangers of driving in Iceland. Posted by on May 5, 2016

Summer is on its way and along with it lots of people who plan to travel to Iceland. Some stay in Reykjavík and its close surroundings while others may want to explore the country further. Renting a car is the easiest and the most convenient way of traveling around and getting the know Iceland better…

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6 things Iceland doesn’t have. Posted by on Apr 28, 2016

Even though Iceland has many awesome things to offer, some things you might take for granted it just doesn’t have. This might come as a surprise on many occasions so be prepared in advance because occasionally our lack of something may have a huge effect on your stay. Iceland does compensate for what it doesn’t have with what…

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Iceland-compass. Posted by on Mar 10, 2016

Compass, what a wonderful, helpful tool… or so you would think until you come to Iceland and realize that the Icelandic idea of what’s in which direction and what it should be called differ somewhat from the rest of the world’s idea of directions. For example, West Iceland. That would be from Westfjords to Reykjanes…

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5 points to reading Icelanders right. Posted by on Feb 25, 2016

As more and more tourists pour in run-ins with the local habits and culture are inevitable. One of the big issues I’ve seen foreigners take with Iceland is rudeness, or what’s perceived as rude. I say “perceived” because in many occasions I find the real problem is a culture shock rather than any real…

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