Góðan dag! My dream is to get to Iceland one day. I thought about getting Icelandic pen-pals, I registered on a site, but I haven't got any replies. Do you know how to make connections from this way? Or is there a site where you can get to know Icelandic people, talk to them, making friends?
When I was a kid you’d put an ad in the kids’ section of the newspaper. Unless you are looking for 9 year old pen-pals that might not be appropriate.
I see a lot of people telling you they are planning on moving to Iceland, but none say how they are planning to get Visa's, which is extremely difficult. Do you think they even know it's nearly impossible to gain residency in EU countries?
I’ve been surprised at how many people here want to move to Iceland. It would definitely surprise most Icelanders. There is a way for nearly anybody to move to Iceland, but how difficult it is in practice I’m not sure. Iceland is actually not part of the EU. But we are part of the European Economic Area and the Schengen zone, which makes moving here somewhat similar to an EU country. At least it is a lot easier if you come from the EU. It is easiest for people coming from any of the other Nordic countries. The Nordic countries allow their citizens to share nearly all rights.
Coming here for studies is pretty easy for everybody and I think if you find an employer, getting a work permit is easy. But don’t take my word for anything. You can read all about it at the Immigration Directorate.
I really want to move to Iceland after I graduate but I was researching a bit and saw that you are right on top of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and it freaked me out a little. Is it dangerous? Will I die if I move to Iceland?
Will you die? Well it mainly depends on how long you live there. Personally I plan to die there one day in the far future. As long as you remember the basic eating, breathing and drinking. You will live a long life in Iceland. Might even be a really long life. Iceland has the highest life expectancy in the world for men at 80.2 and second highest in the world for women at 85.3.
True, Iceland is the child left behind by the breakup of the North Atlantic and Eurasian continental plates. The plates are drifting apart leaving a void that needs to be filled. That void is filled up by lava and that’s how Iceland has formed. It’s just a bunch of lava that has flowed to the surface. The lava still flows to the surface and Iceland is growing (1 cm each direction per year). If you look back the past few million years you’d see that there have been eruptions on average every five years. Most however come in cycles.
I’m not gonna lie to you, we have a wide variety of natural disasters in Iceland. Earthquakes, eruptions, glacier flash floods, avalanches and some pretty damn gnarly weather.
However, we’re pretty used to this stuff. We have a few dozen earthquakes around the country every day. Every few years we get big ones, but since our plates are drifting apart, not crashing together, we don’t get anything like in Japan. Our houses easily withstand these things. Eruptions are mostly predictable. That is almost all eruptions come from volcanoes that we know and don’t live to close to. We just get bothered by the ash a couple of times per century. Ash is almost never dangerous, just annoying. We did however have an eruption in downtown Vestmannaeyjar in 1973. It destroyed many homes, but nobody died. The glacier floods always go down the same paths, so nobody lives there. Avalanches are as dangerous as everywhere else. In 1995, Iceland’s worst natural disaster for centuries, occurred when two villages in the Westfjords were hit by avalanches. Several people died. The result however is that avalanches are now well researched and possible avalanche paths mapped out. Barriers have been built to protect these villages today.
All in all you’ll probably live a long calm life in Iceland, cause it’s a niceland. I wouldn’t want to be without our nature that keeps throwing surprises at us.
Iceland - Lonely Planet Travel Location of the Year 2012!
It seems that Lonely Planet readers have been following my blog. Lonely Planet just announced that it’s readers had voted Iceland the top travel destination in the world for 2012. Coincidentally, they also voted Reykjavík the top city destination. This isn’t the first time Lonely Planet takes notice of us. Last year Iceland was high on a list of top travel locations for 2010.
Iceland and Reykjavík won by a pretty astounding margin as you can see in the graphs. They count up several reasons 2012 is a good year for visiting Iceland. Two of them are natural phenomena. Solar eruptions go in roughly decade long cycles and this winter should be the peak in this cycle. What does that mean? Amazing aurora borealis all winter. The other phenomena is volcanic activity. You may have noticed the famous Eyjafjallajökull eruption and the smaller neighbouring eruption on Fimmvörðuháls in the spring of 2010. Then there was the Grímsvötn eruption last spring. Now both Hekla and Katla are due and showing some indications. So it seems that Iceland is going through a period of increased volcanic activity. If you look back in time, you’ll see that over the past centuries most eruptions can be clustered into a period of a couple of decades. Seems like we are beginning such a period. Don’t mess with Iceland on its periods.
Rumor has it that Easy Jet is planning on flying to Iceland next summer, at least from London. For the past few years, the only airlines flying regularly to Iceland have been Icelandair and Iceland Express. Yesterday I mentioned WOW Air, a new Icelandic airline about to begin operations. All this new competition should mean that you can fly cheaper to Iceland.
The Icelandic Embassy along with the embassies of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden are celebrating the Nordic Food Day (October 26th) by giving 45 thousand Washington DC school children a healthy Nordic lunch.
The aim is to introduce wholesome Nordic food and Nordic culture to the kids. Common dishes such as Swedish meatballs, Icelandic fish, Icelandic skyr, Swedish knäkkebröd and Danish smörrebröd will be on the menu.
I love your country. It is immensely beautiful! I went very briefly this past summer but I enjoyed every second of that stay that it felt like weeks to me. I would love to live there. But I'm not going to lie I would miss my tortillas and frijoles very much.
Well I can tell you that we in Iceland eat a lot more tortillas than fermented shark nowadays.
Hi! I was wondering what you could tell me about the Iceland Airwaves music festival? :D Thank you! :D
I’ve actually never been, sadly to say, so I’m no specialist. But it is an event started by Icelandair, Reykjavík City and some musicians in 1999. Since then it has grown exponentially, beyond everybody’s imagination. It is not centered around any single place, but instead there are countless events in bars, museums and even in the Blue Lagoon. To get in you need the iconic Iceland Airwaves bracelet, but there are also countless off venue events occurring all over the city open for all. Rolling Stones Magazine called it: ”The hippest long weekend on the annual music-festival calendar.” In the words of Iceland Airways on its history:
It’s 4 a.m. You’ve been to five cool clubs, seen ten great bands, made fifteen new friends and fallen in love twenty times. You’re tired. You’re wired. You’re ready to find a bed. You’re ready to find the after-party. You can’t believe you’re here. You’re already making plans to come back next year. And guess what? It’s still Day One.
Maybe I’ll see you there next year. About time I check it out.
Hey there! Big fan of your tumblr. I've spent a lot of time in Iceland, my favorite place on earth. I actually though wanted to ask you what customizations you've made to your theme (if any) to get such a cool photo interface. I would LOVE to be able to do this on my tumblr and not have to switch to another blogging platform! Thanks so much for your advice! Best, -Pablo
Thank you for the compliments.
My tumblr is almost bone stock. It is simply the Minimal Theme, one of the standard tumblr themes. There are a few minor tweaks that I’ve done to it. I lengthened the “Stuff I Like” list and displayed more posts on each page. I added the facebook box and like buttons. I also added the Disqus comment thing on each subpage. I also installed some google analytics code.
Apart from that, as far as I can remember it’s all stock. I have considered switching themes, your’s is actually pretty good. Your’s would actually be great if it added posts automatically as you scrolled down instead of clicking through pages.
The reason I originally chose tumblr was that I loved the archive view. I’ve also gotten to like the community, but there are a few drawbacks. I wish there was a built in comment system, the disqus add on is not optimal. I also wish that all of the post types had a heading.