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Achoo! Posted by on Oct 20, 2016

Autumn is here, which means the flu season is here as well. Now’s the time when students going to class will find their classes abruptly canceled with only a note “Tíminn fellur niður vegna veikinda” (= the class is canceled due to illness) stuck to the door.   The lucky ones may have seen an…

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Basic survival in Iceland: pizza Posted by on Aug 25, 2016

So you want to visit Iceland? Then it’s absolutely vital that you’ll know how to order flatbaka, “a flatbake”, of your preference in Icelandic. This food item is also known as a pizza. Basics Sósa, tómatsósa, pizzasósa (= sauce, ketchup, pizza sauce) Tómatar (= tomatoes) Ostur (= cheese) Hvítlaukur (= garlic, lit. transl. “white onion”) Oregano (=…

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Top ten Icelandic posts! Posted by on Dec 17, 2015

The year is drawing to an end and Christmas is nearing, so now is the best time to look back a bit and see which posts of this blog have proved most popular! 1) Staving off a Disaster – Magical Tattoos Remember when it was really popular to have tattoos done in kanji with very…

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Angry, angry Icelanders. Posted by on Nov 30, 2014

After a whole month of talking about fighting in the Medieval era I felt it’s time to see if anything’s changed in one thousand years. Are Icelanders still solving their problems by hacking parts off of their enemies? Should you carry an axe around just in case when visiting the country? Perhaps not, because one…

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Beyond the Wall Posted by on Jan 30, 2014

The unique nature of the country may be what comes to mind first when people think of Iceland, and this is certainly the case with film makers searching for beautiful, yet easy to access backgrounds. It’s quite well known that the recent Thor: The Dark World movie had parts that were filmed here, especially since…

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Ice Cream Iceland! Posted by on Oct 16, 2013

“It’s too cold for ice cream” – said no Icelandic person ever. I have no explanation to how a country that has a cold climate, has its capital city located 66°north and is even called Iceland is able to develop such a fierce passion for ice cream as the Icelanders have. They’re more than willing…

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Feeling under the weather? Posted by on Sep 15, 2013

A certain sign of autumn has now arrived to Iceland: the storms. It’s good to remember that Icelanders call some kinds of storms drizzle, a bit breezy etc., so always be prepared to almost get your window blown in if the weather forecast states there’ll be light rain and some wind. Rubber boots and a…

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