For all of you asking about immigrating to Iceland, here’s a good read. Karen saw an opportunity in Iceland’s need for programmers and is in the process of moving to Iceland. Lots of bureaucratic hindrances on the way, but they simply make her more determined.
Having to return to the US for 2 months due to some bureaucratic nonsense, she feels like a foreigner in her own country.
Regarding your second question, then yes there are people of pretty much all colors in Iceland. However, this is a recent change. To give you an idea, I can tell the story of my cousin who is now in his mid 30s. When he was 6, he saw a black man for the first time while on a trip to Denmark. He was so surprised by this that he began crying.
I’m pretty sure all Icelandic 6 year olds today have seen a black man.
Edit:It worked! The news of the lost camera wound up on most big Icelandic news websites (vísir, dv). Eventually somebody posted it on Reddit. As usually happens on Reddit, several hundred people had something to say on the matter and thereof was one of the couple’s friends. It’s a small world after all.
A girl found a Canon Powershot SD 1000 camera in a black Case Logic case at the domestic airport in Reykjavík last Thursday (3.22.2012). Since Iceland is tiny and word spreads fast, there’s a good chance these two can be reunited with their holiday pictures.
There really is hope. I once found a camera in a crevasse on the Sólheimajökull glacier. The camera didn’t work, but I was able to recover the pictures. Fortunately there was a picture of me in the camera allowing me to track down what day the people had been with me on the glacier and eventually find a phone number. Unfortunately I still haven’t found my own camera which is somewhere inside the Sólheimajökull glacier…
So if you know any of these people, tell them that Ponsa Waage has their camera.
The polar bears are outside a giftshop in downtown Reykjavík, but is that a New York skyline?
what are Iceland's religious demographics, how do Icelanders feel about religion?
Iceland is not as religious as statistics might indicate. 96,8% of Icelanders are registered in in a religion. However most of them 79,1% are members of the Icelandic National Church (Lutheran). Although I don’t have any stats for that, I can tell you that the vast majority of these are not active participants in the church. Like myself, most Icelanders were born into the church and it actually takes a slight effort to unregister.
If you are thinking about how Icelanders think about other religions, then I’d say we are quite acceptive to different religions. That said, I think we have some prejudice towards those who take religion very seriously. And not only the real extremists.
Icelanders. The most luckiest people on the world.
At least according to some statistics Icelanders are the happiest people in the world. But then statistics get a bit odd in the case of tiny countries. Iceland for example has the most Nobel Prize winners per capita in the world. Still we only have one, Halldór Laxness.
Björk has done more on TV than talk about her TV. In 1997 she did interviews with minimalist musicians, including Arvo Pärt, Alasdair Malloy and Mika Vainio.
When Björk says “I think sometimes the role of a person who makes music is to take these everyday noises that are ugly and make them beautiful. And by this they are doing magic.” it reminds me of Björk’s own industrial noise music in Lars von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark.
I will be on my way to Iceland this summer, and I couldn't be more excited!! I haven't figured out how long to stay or where to stay or what all to see. What would do you all suggest? what are the must see's? and the you really should see if you have time? I hope to take some more time to look through your blog more throughly as well, but all advice is greatly appreciated!! I can't wait to see the gorgeous pictures in real life! =] - Lisa
Glad you are coming to Iceland. Your question is a bit hard to answer without a bit more background info.
The rest depends a lot on how long you are staying, whether you’ll be based in Reykjavík or travelling around the country, what you’re budget is and whether you want to go hiking or do more serious nature exploration.
Here’s an interesting blog you might want to check out. At 51, Vicki decided she needed a change in her life and moved from Australia to Iceland and bought an old post office in Sauðarkrókur (E. Sheep’s Hook) in northern Iceland.
Hello, I live in relatively warm part of the United States. I've never needed a heavy winter coat, even in the middle of winter. But i'm wanting to purchase a heavy winter coat, one that i could use if i decided to visit some of the colder places of the world, like Iceland for example. So what companies are the best manufacturers of heavy winter coast? What are the most popular coats among icelanders? I'm looking for something water repellent, with a hood....thanks. oh by the way, You have a very nice tumblr...i'm now a follower!
Hmmm that’s a tough one.
For heavy winter coats anything works pretty much. It’s only if it needs to be light weight that quality really matters.
However if you want to hike or do anything other than stand pretty much still you would want a lightweight water and windproof jacket that is somewhat breathable. The jacket by itself would not provide any warmth, only shelter from the elements. To insulate yourself you would then wear a sweater made of wool or fleece and under that a synthetic or wool first layer. A nice thin down or primaloft jacket or vest would be a good addition to go under the waterproof jacket when it’s really cold or you are less mobile.
I saw your post about Iceland universities.
I live in the United States as well and I have a question.
I read somewhere that in order to visit Iceland, you have to have some sort of tourist visa. If you want to live there, you have to have a worker's visa. What about if you go to school there? Do you still have to apply for some kind of visa?
Hi there, I saw your post about wild camping in Iceland, but was wondering about camper van camping. Not to drive off into a field, but is it allowed to just park in a parking lot or area for the night? Is that feasable? We're accustomed to leave no trace techniques so we'd be concious of that in the camper van as well. Also, would you happen to know if we're going to find adequate campground accomadations in May (it seems alot of places don't open till June 1st). Thanks for your info. Ian
Yes as I said before, you are allowed to camp in the wild in Iceland. However, there is a clause that says you must camp at an organized campsite if there is one nearby. As I said in the post, nearby can be a bit vague. If you are driving, I’d reckon somewhere up to an hour’s drive could be considered nearby. However if you are walking, a few kilometers would be nearby.
That said, outside of the largest towns, unless you park in somebody’s driveway or right next to a camping site I don’t think anybody will care. There are plenty of small gravel roads that lead to nowhere in Iceland. Follow one of these for a couple of minutes and you’ll probably have the world to yourself.
Not nearly all campgrounds will be open in May, so you’ll actually be forced to find your own places as well. I would think though that you’d be welcome to camp at nearly all campgrounds even if they have not officially opened. Just don’t rely on their facilities. Still I’m sure that at least at the ones run by farmers who are there anyways all year you could access the facilities before the official opening. Just have a chat with the farmers.
The picture shows an Icelandic van which appears to have broken down on top of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier, close to the eruption. Definitely a precarious place to put up camp.
Hi! I was thinking about studying abroad after I graduate high school. One of my top choices is Iceland. However, I'm curious about the food there. I'm open to trying new foods, but what i've found on google are some of the extremes such as fermented shark and sheep intestines! yuck! What are some common foods in Iceland?
No worries, you’ll get used to having a shot of Brennivín (Black Death) and a piece of hákarl for breakfast real fast. It is an acquired taste, but acquires pretty quickly.
No don’t worry, our diet isn’t quite that extreme. Traditionally Icelandic food was something to survive off of, rather than to enjoy. That’s why we ate things like fermented shark and sheep testicle jam. This is also why modern Icelandic cooking is very international. You’ll get a whole lot more tex-mex in Iceland than shark. Our cuisine is very northern European, with extra emphasis on lamb, fish and potatoes. Icelandic lamb is really good. I went to a fancy meat market in Stockholm recently and when the butcher heard I was from Iceland he said he’d been trying to get hold of Icelandic lamb, because it was the best lamb in the world. Oh yeah and we make the best hot dogs in the world.
There are also some traditional Icelandic foods everybody loves. Skyr might be the best example. It is my absolute favorite breakfast.
A couple of months ago I posted the teaser video of a ski expedition in Iceland. Well now the group has finished their trip, finished the editing and launched a series of three great videos showing their journey around the Icelandic mountains.
The team, Felix Hentz from France, Paul Siljama from Finland, Patrik Lindqvist and Max Jedeur Palmgren from Sweden, Pier Smaltini and Michele valle da Rin from Italy, teamed up with a couple of my friends, Atli Páls and Arnar Felix who just started TrekkingTravel in Iceland. Their mission was simply to wander around Iceland searching for good weather, good snow and new mountains to ski. The result was a great adventure and plenty of good footage.
In part one, they meet up with Atli and Arnar Felix and ski some lines close to Reykjavík, including the Skarðsheiði mountain.
In part 2 the team attempts to climb and ski Iceland’s most famous volcano, Hekla. Unfortunately they take the wrong route… They then head up and ski in a seldom visited valley, Kálfafellsdalur, close to Jökulsárlón. It also features the horniest dog I’ve ever met. A dog at the Litla-Hof guesthouse in south Iceland where I used to work.
In part 3 they head up along the snowy east coast. There they enjoy some skiing at one of Iceland’s smallest but best ski area in Oddsskarð. The ski area was open just for them. A few locals then take them up some mountains with the help of snowmobiles. Oh and of course they try some Icelandic shark.