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3 aurora viewing tips. Posted by on Sep 29, 2016

Northern lights can be said to be a stable feature here in Iceland. Every year from late autumn to midwinter is the usual top season, but they’ve been seen as early as August at best and as late as March. The only time of the year they’re not really seen is the part of spring…

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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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Golden plovers seen in Iceland! Posted by on Mar 31, 2016

If ravens entering towns is a sign that winter is coming, sightings of a golden plover mean summer is on its way. The golden plover is a migratory bird that only spends the warm season in Iceland so it’s gained itself a reputation of a spring bringer, and each year people eagerly wait for its first…

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What’s Iceland without ice? Posted by on Mar 17, 2016

Iceland, the name alone says something about the country. By now everyone’s probably seen that one meme that compares Iceland to Greenland making fun of the misleading names, but at least one has always been able to point out that at all times you can and will find ice in Iceland, just go visit a…

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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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Hurricane Diddú Posted by on Dec 10, 2015

Earlier this week Iceland experienced hurricane Diddú. It was the worst storm since the one in 1991 and much, much stronger than a typical winter snow storm that I wrote about last week. You know the situation is dire when the Almannavarnadeild, Civil Protection -web page issues a warning for the whole country! On late…

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The great Reykjavík snowcalypse. Posted by on Dec 3, 2015

Snow isn’t a stranger to Reykjavík, much less Iceland in general, but sometimes there’s just way too much of it. I’ve been reminded of this ever since Tuesday when it all began with a massive, day-long snowstorm, and when Iceland has a snowstorm we’re not talking about 10cm with the whole country closed. No, we’re…

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