do you know of a place to ride horses for a few days ?
Iceland is famous for the Icelandic horses and an Icelandic horse is a great way to discover Iceland’s nature.
Around Reykjavík there are a bunch of companies offering horse riding tours. These are generally short day tours and I’ve met plenty of people who unfortunately are not totally content, especially people with some riding experience. However, the further you go from Reykjavík the more “original” the horse tours. So if you are looking for single day horse tours and you are travelling around Iceland, try and stop by at some local farm that offers tours on a small scale.
For longer tours I have to admit I don’t have much experience. I have however heard a very convincing story from an agent of Íshestar about their tour around Hópið. It is a five day tour in Húnafjörður in northern Iceland. It involves plenty of black sand beaches, swimming and wading. Apparently the most awesome part is sprinting across flat black sands, covered with a thin flat layer of water. It appears as if one is galloping (or if you are good you can do skeið) across a black marble surface.
Snæfellsjökull is a glacier out on the Snæfellsnes peninsula on the west coast of Iceland. It is a much loved mountain in Iceland due to its beautiful volcanic cone lines. It is well visible from Reykjavík from where it appears to float on the ocean.
Is it expensive to live in Iceland? How much it costs to rent or buy an apartment, a detached house?
Iceland is expensive relative to much of the world. A few years ago Reykjavik was one of the most expensive cities in the world. After the financial crisis however, much has changed. Prices in general are comparable or lower than those of our Scandinavian neighbors.
Housing prices are actually much lower than in the other Nordic countries. At least if you compare with the larger cities. What is different though is that most people own their homes (loans) and the rental market is therefor quite small. You can check out a question I answered about finding housing in Reykjavik. You might also want to look at a bunch of posts about moving to Iceland.
Regarding costs. The cheapest apartments you’ll find in Reykjavík cost around 10-15 million ISK. You have plenty of choices for 20. Outside Reykjavík prices are considerably lower. For the price of a super cheap Reykjavík apartment you could get a nice house in a more remote area. I don’t know the rental market as well (it’s small as I said) but I guess between 100-150 thousand ISK per month you have a lot of nice options. The absolute bottom might be at around 75.
dmoreira submitted: I supose the trees on this photo are to prevent the falling rocks
IcelandinPictures: Yes that’s right, the trees are intended to protect the farm from rockfall and perhaps small avalanches. This farm is only a few kilometers away from the other farm. The rockslide I mentioned is right in between the two farms.
You might actually be able to get the best answer by asking at the forum on ljosmyndakeppni.is. Just use google translate to register and then ask your question in English. I’m sure you’ll get lots of helpful responses. It is the most active photography forum in Iceland.
Do you know any website where I can start reading about Icelandic phonology and grammar? I'd love to learn the language -at least a bit of it as I've read it's quite difficult actually. Btw, lovely blog!
I've been to Iceland five times, driven the ring road and fallen in love with the countryside and can't pick a favourite bit. I'm passing through in November with some friends and we'll have one day to do one trip so I can show them the best of the best. Help me make up my mind - golden circle, south coast tour, or an insanely long day combo of both?!
Have you been on top of a glacier?
I used to work as a glacier guide on the Sólheimajökull glacier and even though I’ve been up there hundreds of times I always have a good time and so do the clients. You can either book a tour like my favorite Ice and Fire (doesn’t run every day) with a hot spring bath and a hike on the glacier or drive on your own. If you drive on your own you can visit whatever you like on the south coast and drop by at Sólheimajökull. In November there is a daily tour at noon. Then your plan could be: Leave Reykjavik at 8:00, stop by at Seljalandsfoss and maybe Skógafoss, be at Sólheimajökull at 11:30 (160km 2-2.5hours from RVK). The tour is over at around 3ish so you can drive directly to Vík (45min) for an afternoon meal at Halldórskaffi. Take a look at Reynisdrangar and head home. If you’re still feeling energetic, drive to the top of Dyrhólaey and see the waves crushing the cliffs (the worse the weather the better). If you have a 4x4 and there is no snow, ice or heavy rain (and you are not afraid of heights) you can also go to the top of Reynisfjall for a rare view.
BTW, I’m heavily biased, but I used to guide these tours and really know they are great. I love glaciers and love showing them to people. For most people walking on a glacier is as out of this world as going to the moon, just a lot easier and cheaper :)
Hi ♥ First of all your blog is amazing; the pictures are beautiful and you're so kind answering to everyone! Also, you're the only "active" source that I found about Iceland. I was thinking to make an Erasmus experience and Iceland is my top choice but it is also the most "extreme" ( the other ones are German, France etc ) so I'm doing some research but mostly I'm afraid that people could not "like" us (we are italians)! I've thought to ask you for advices :3
I met a few Italian Erasmus students when I was at university. I don’t recall anything other than they were content in Iceland. I do remember however that they were always inappropriately dressed for the weather. Icelandic weather is pretty extreme.
I don’t see any reason why Icelanders should not like Italians. Still there is a considerable culture difference you might encounter. This may make you think that we don’t like you. Icelanders tend to be a shy group of people, quite the opposite of the Italians I’ve met. When we meet open and friendly people we get skeptic. But just give us a little time and perhaps get us a little drunk. Then we’ll open up. Perhaps you can contact some former Italian Erasmus students that have been to Iceland for some tips.
No that is not keysmash, that is a real word in Icelandic. Well kind of… In Icelandic you can create very long conjunctions of words. A simple example would be “apple tree”. In Icelandic you would say “eplatré” which is a conjunction of “epli” and “tré”. Conjunctions like these can generally be made longer. Let’s say you have a specific ladder only used to climb apple trees. This “apple tree ladder” could be called “eplatrésstigi” and if it were made of wood it you call it a “eplatréstréstigi”. I’m pretty sure nobody has ever said that word before, but it is a valid word.
That’s how what is often referred to as the longest word in Icelandic came about: "Vaðlaheiðarvegavinnuverkfærageymsluskúraútidyralyklakippuhringur". The meaning of the word is: "Key ring of the key chain of the outer door to the storage tool shed of the road workers on the Vaðlaheiði plateau". You could easily lengthen the word by being even more specific.