“I’ve walked a lot in the mountains in Iceland. And as you come to a new valley, as you come to a new landscape, you have a certain view. If you stand still, the landscape doesn’t necessarily tell you how big it is. It doesn’t really tell you what you’re looking at. The moment you start to move the mountain starts to move.”
~Olafur Eliasson”—(via filenotf0und)
I have two questions. 1- What languages did you study in school? I've heard that you're required to study Danish, if so, how well do you speak it? I speak Danish, and I was curious if Danish and English (and as many Icelandic phrases as I can remember) will be enough to get me around Iceland? 2- Who are some of your favorite Icelandic singers/bands? Particularly ones that sing in Icelandic, many of the ones I like sing only in English! Takk fyrir :]
All school children in Iceland study Icelandic of course along with English and Danish. In high-school, German, French or Spanish usually gets added into the mix. The only second language most learn properly is English. I think it is safe to say that most Icelanders can easily read Danish along with the very Nordic languages, Norwegian and Swedish. But few will be fluent. However this does give us a great headstart if we move to another Scandinavian country later in life for studies or work.
English alone will be plenty to get you around Iceland. You will have a very hard time finding an Icelander who is not moderately fluent in English.
One of my favorite Icelandic singers, with an emphasis on Icelandic, since his texts are wonderful Icelandic is Megas.
Just got sucked into your blog for at least 30 minutes. Thanks for sharing such beautiful photos and information. Every time I come home from Iceland I feel like I leave more and more of my heart behind. Icelanders (in true Icelandic fashion) downplay the magic of their land, but let me tell you - something special is happening on that little island, I just know it.
Thank you. Maybe it’s something in the water. Or on second thought it might be the lack of something in the water, since we have some of the purest water in the world.
Hallo, love your blog, i've been using it to help build myself a to-do list for my trip there in mid October. I was browsing pictures on Flickr earlier today and came upon a foss called "Þernufoss" and the photographer claims its in the south but no exact location was given and I'd love to see it. I'd post the direct link to it but Tumblr doesn't want to let my put links within these messages. If you do either a Flickr or Google search it will come up. Any help would be appreciated. Takk.
No wonder you’re having a hard time finding Þernufoss. Þernufoss does not exist. Would be a sensible name for a waterfall though, since it means “Maid’s Falls”. However the photographer has misnamed the falls since its real name is Kvernufoss. Kvernufoss is very close to the much more famous Skógafoss. When you turn off of the highway and drive towards Skógafoss you may notice a gorge on the right (east), behind and east of the Skógar Museum (Great museum by the way). You can walk from directly from the museum to the falls and back in about an hour. The waterfall is about 30 meters high.
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I like your blog and all the Icelandic details you share. I love your sentence: "Lived most of my life in Iceland but spent enough time abroad to truly appreciate Iceland's uniqueness"!
I spent only a couple of days in Iceland, enough to deeply fall in love with this so beautiful country!!!
Thank you! Hope you’ll have the opportunity to spend several more days in Iceland in the near future. Jökulsárlón seems to be your main place of interest. You can look forward to many similar lagoons forming in the future. Global warming will help with that.
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.