I have an uncommon questin. Because i can't afford to visit Iceland, i thought maybe Iceland could visit me. Is there any webshop where i can order small Icelandic rocks?
Takk og blessbless
What an odd question and what an odd coincidence that it comes right after I read about an Icelandic rock collection that was sent to Gimli in Manitoba. As you can read in the article a 500kg rock collection was given by Snjólaug María Dagsdóttir and Þorsteinn Þorleifsson to the New Iceland Heritage Museum in Gimli, Manitoba.
Gimli is a Canadian town, with a large number of inhabitants which immigrated to there from Iceland in the late 1800s. The Icelandic descendants will now be able to touch Icelandic rock for the first time.
Regarding building your own rock collection, I don’t know. You could check out Rammagerðin and The Nordic Store. They have some rock jewelry and stuff.
First, I love your blog and the many little details you share about your country. :)
Then I have a question. I'm going to visit Reykjavík for two weeks in late September, and will be spending some time on my own. Do you have any recommendations for where to go? Museums, shops, places, anything?
Thanks in advance! :)
It would help if you mentioned what kind of stuff you like. My recommendation with Reykjavík is usually, not to spend too much time in Reykjavík. The good stuff is outside Reykjavík. However there must be something about Reykjavík. I recently met a guy in his thirties who had never gone further away from Reykjavík, than Hveragerði. Hveragerði is only 20 minutes away…
Must dos in Reykjavík:
Go for a swim. The public swimming pools in Reykjavík are excellent. There is one in every neighborhood and each one is unique. And don’t worry, people don’t do a lot of swimming, it’s all about relaxing in the hotpots. This is also the best place to meet Icelanders.
Check out the nightlife. Go downtown on a Thursday evening and get a quick scan of some of the spots. Then go again on a Friday or Saturday after midnight and find the action.
Walk around town and go to the top of Hallgrímskirkja church. Walking around downtown is always fun in any new city. To get oriented, start by taking the lift to the top of the Hallgrímskirkja church. There you get the best view over Reykjavík. Don’t forget to see the harbor.
I would just like to compliment that ICELAND is very Beautiful! ^^ my dream is to go there! hopefully :D I wish you could shot every place of it! weeeeeeeee! :D
Iceland sure is beautiful and constantly changing. Yesterday evening I was driving through the southern lowlands as I’ve done countless times. In my opinion this is usually the most boring part of Iceland. However it was amazingly beautiful in the never ending sunset along with a very low white fog that flowed over all of the farmfields. Farms appeared to float on a white, pinkish, cloud and the heads of sheep and horses stood out of the low lying fog. Wish I’d had a camera.
“There is no more sagacious animal than the Icelandic horse. He is stopped by neither snow, nor storm, nor impassable roads, nor rocks, glaciers, or anything. He is courageous, sober, and surefooted. He never makes a false step, never shies. If there is a river or fjord to cross (and we shall meet with many) you will see him plunge in at once, just as if he were amphibious, and gain the opposite bank.”—‘A Journey to the Centre of the Earth’, Jules Verne (via nicelandic)
“I grew up with all these hippies. Ten of them and one of me. None of them wanted to work and spent all their time talking and dreaming and fooling around. 90% of that hippie stuff is just bullshit but the ideals of that generation were very beautiful and powerful and rebellious. I had to dress and feed myself from the time I was six, which meant I became a very organised person. But there came a point when I was about seven or eight, when I saw the absurdity of living in a commune and I said to them, ‘Why don’t you just DO SOMETHING!?’”—Björk (via fuckyeah-bjork)
Hey, this is a really specific question - I don't know if you've hitch-hiked around Iceland before, but I was wondering if it was possible to hitch between Reykjavik and Hofn in a single day? Is this being unrealistic?
Sorry if this is too random an ask for you to answer.
I have not hitchhiked around Iceland before, but I have picked up dozens of hitchhikers in Iceland. There are 458km between Höfn í Hornafirði and Reykjavík. I would not count on being able to hitchhike all that distance in one day. Very few cars will be going the whole distance in one go, so you would probably need multiple rides. Much of the traffic will be travel related and they are probably going to stop over in Vík, Kirkjubæjarklaustur or Skaftafell.
However if you start at Höfn and aim for Reykjavík i recon you would have greater luck. It’s still a stretch, but finding people, locals or tourists in Höfn going to Reykjavík should be a lot easier than the other way around.
Hi! I just wanted to say that I like your blog a lot. I've never been to Iceland, but I've always been fascinating by your country. And I have a question: what music shops would you recommend to visit in Reykjavík? You know, the small ones, full of old LPs. Do you have something like that? Thank you! :) Irene
I don’t frequent them much, but Smekkleysa (Bad Taste) is a classic. Smekkleysa is both a record label and a store on Laugavegur, downtown Reykjavík. They were founded around the Sugarcubes and have stayed involved with Björk ever since as well as taking part in the early days of Sigur Rós.
There are some more stores, which are newer and come and go. However you will all find them in the same area of downtown Reykjavík.
what is the weather in iceland like during the summer? also what are the months where it stays light out all day? thanks :)
The weather in Iceland is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are gonna get.
The average temperature in Reykjavík is roughly between 0-10°C. During the coldest months, December and January, the average is just below freezing, while the warmest months, July and August average just over 10°C. The hottest summer days we get are somewhere between 20-25°C. Today is an excellent summer day with 17°C, minimal wind and lots of sunshine. That said anything can happen. This year it snowed in both May and June in Reykjavík. It gets very windy and you can expect plenty of wind driven rain. If you plan to do some proper outdoor stuff (what Iceland is all about), then be prepared for everything.
It is more or less light outside all night all summer. The 21. of June is the longest day of the year and then you’ll see no difference between day and night. About a month before and a month after you’ll experience short periods of half dark which increases as you move further away from the 21. of June. The opposite occurs on the 21. of December with 24 hours of darkness.
Since the weather today is so great, I’m out of here and going skydiving.
Hi, my last post about communicating with Icelanders might interest you! If you want to check it, it is my last entry. I really feel lost in Iceland right now and my icelandic friends suggest me to party and get drunk. What do you do if you're more interested in hearing about other people's lives and talk philosophy, where the world is going, the meaning of life, the importance of art and such un-beer related topics?
Interesting post. From my Icelandic point of view, those are precisely the most beer related topics. Icelanders are kind of shy and don’t want to impose on anyone. Even if two Icelanders have lived next to each other for decades, know each other’s names and of their entire families, they may not greet each other when meeting coincidentally downtown. They’ll rather both pretend not to notice the other because it would be really awkward if by some crazy coincidence the other wouldn’t recognize the one who greets first.
The best occasions to break through these shells generally involve alcohol. Parties or campsite bonfires are prime examples. Without alcohol, the swimming pools are the best choice. The public swimming pools are like a sacred place where anybody can join in on any conversation.
I'm in luuurve with an awesome Icelandic guy. We both live in the same country, which is not our homeland. Any tips on how to conquer and KEEP him?
First of all you’ll need to discover which type of guy he is, and then you can act.
Is he the kind of guy who has colored his hair and loves fast cars? Then you’ll have to spend a week in a tanning salon, color your hair blond and say that you would love to get to know the town of Selfoss.
Is he from a farm? Show him how good you are at baking, get to know his mother, ask her how to make slátur and have him show you how to sheer a sheep. Find out which is his favorite brand of tractor and agree with him.
Is he the outdoors type? Wear outdoorsy clothes and have him guide you around Iceland. Tell him you’d really want to bathe in a remote hot spring one day.
Fisherman? Acquire a taste for hákarl (if he really is worth it).
Hope he fits into one of those descriptions. Also keep in mind that nearly all Icelanders living abroad eventually end up back in Iceland. You’ll be able to keep him abroad for a while but sooner or later Iceland calls home.
I will be going to Reyklavik the last week of August and am TOTALLY STOKED. Can you recommend some awesome restaurants and shopping around the city (yes, shopping!!)?
Also, I rented a car and have every intention on getting lost-where should I drive to get "lost"? Obviously looking for somewhere to take awesome photos.
Much Thanks \^_^/
Shopping trip to Iceland? That’s out of the ordinary. But ok. Reykjavík has two malls, Smáralind and Kringlan. Smáralind is the newer and larger one, but Kringlan is closer to downtown and almost as large. However the malls are malls and don’t have very much that is unique to Iceland. The downtown shopping along the Laugavegur and adjacent street, Skólavörðustígur is much more interesting. They have loads of small stores selling their own clothing designs, art or whatever. Also check out Kolaportið, down by the harbor. It’s a big indoor streetmarket that sells all sorts of used things and useless stuff. Lot’s of fun, plus it’s a great place to buy cheap “harðfiskur” (E. dried fish).
Travelling by rental car is an excellent choice in Iceland and affords you lots of freedom to get lost. Anywhere along the ring road, highway 1, is interesting. You’ll see loads of stuff and driving around with plenty of time to make stops is lots of fun. Going off the ring road, I would recommend getting lost on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. That’s the long pointy peninsula that sticks out of the west coast of Iceland. Pretty difficult to get lost on it, since the road simply follows the coast, but you can try. There are lots of interesting things there, the Snæfellsjökull glacier being the crown jewel. That’s the place where Jules Verne began his journey to the center of the earth. Stop by in Stykkishólmur, a beautiful little town, and take one of the boat rides that they offer out into the Breiðafjörður fjord. Also close to Stykkishólmur, check out the farm of Bjarnarhöfn where you can meet the shark guy. To take some awesome photos you might stop near the town of Grundarfjörður and try capture a photo of the very picturesque mountain Kirkjufell.
On 24 June I was driving north on Hwy 1 from Reykjavik to Húsavik. I saw a lamb painted all green! It was somewhere between Borgarnes & Blönduós. Probably about 1/3 to midway. What's the story? I continued around the island and never saw another green sheep. If I had I would have pulled over to take a photo.
We camouflage sheep so they don’t get eaten by polar bears.
No actually I’ve never seen a green sheep. But my best guess is that it was for similar reasons as the blue painted sheep I posted recently.