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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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You say meow, I say mjá. Posted by on Jun 2, 2016

I had been listening to the strange jingling sound coming from our bedroom for a while before I realized what was actually causing it – a neighborhood cat come to visit once again through a window left open. She has grown somewhat of a habit of this over the years although usually she stays outside…

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Four kinds of dreaming. Posted by on May 26, 2016

In Icelandic fairy tale tradition dreams are given an especially important part in how they affect and shape people’s lives. In old stories and legends gods and elves visit people in the dreaming, explaining dreams has been a valued skill all the way from the settlement era and people have for a long time believed…

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Icelandic national dress. Posted by on May 19, 2016

Icelandic national dress, þjóðbúningur, has a long, long history and each of them is a work of art. Made of wool, richly embroidered and decorated with a great amount of jewellery the dresses are often family treasures, given to the next generation or borrowed for a relative for important occasions such as graduation or the Independence…

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Many colours of Icelandic horse. Posted by on May 12, 2016

Nothing says summer like an Icelandic horse that no longer looks like a shaggy plush toy! Icelandic horses are a hardy breed and can survive outdoors through the year because they grow long winter fur, which they then shed when the days grow longer and the weather gets warmer. The Icelandic horses come in hundreds of…

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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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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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