zivjeti asked: So i'm going to Iceland at the end of this year, and i'm wondering what the chances of me seeing Aurora borealis over new years are? also like average temperature on new years?
#1 Chances of seeing the Northern Lights = Very Good
#2 Average temperature in Reykjavík in Dec/Jan = 0°C
jorgenenen asked: i would love to get my master's degree at the university of iceland. just wondering what the cost of tuition would be for a foreign student?
Just a registration fee which is something like 50.000 ISK per year (or was it semester?).
Anonymous asked: Couple of quick questions for you! #1) Who/where is the best place to go to for riding the Icelandic horses. I know the restrictions on the gear being brought in (have to sterilize, etc) but is there a particular company/place to go that you recommend? #2) Despite the fact that most people speak English, will knowledge of Norwegian help me at all and will people be able to understand me if I say something in Norwegian to them? Thanks!
#1. I’m no specialist on riding tours, but if you are aiming for some long tour (multi-day) check out something like Íshestar and their tour around Hópið. I’ve heard good things about that. For short day tours I would absolutely recommend some small local company out in the country. If you are travelling around the country you’ll find plenty of farms offering riding tours.
#2. Knowing Norwegian, with a little effort, positive thinking and some practice you should be able to read some Icelandic. That can always help. Yes, people can also understand you somewhat if you speak Norwegian although I bet it’ll be easier to communicate in English. Might be more fun in Norwegian though.
middlefingerback asked: Hi Iceland, I'm a little upset. I try to keep up on the Icelandic news and I've been hearing about all they're bars and music venues being torn down:( I just heard about the Faktory closing down and visiting that place is on my bucketlist. Why is this happening? Even though I'm upset I'm still going to live on you one day:)
Most people come to Iceland for Iceland’s nature and for them Reykjavík is just a stepping stone. But somehow, Reykjavík has also bred a particularly active cultural life in recent years and this in itself is becoming an attraction. In any case, more visitors require more hotels and there definitely is a risk that the hotels will squash the culture that people are coming to see.
The Reykjavík Grapevine has put a special focus on this issue. You should check out their “Come see our new hotels!" editorial and the detailed feature inside the paper (p. 24).
johnnys-net asked: So University of Iceland doesn't have a BS in Geology taught in English. Do you think it is possible for a person without knowledge in the Icelandic Language to be able to take BS in Geology or should I just take my BS here in the US and take my Masters and PhD there? Thanks
That would be an achievement. Or maybe more of a miracle.
Still if you are something like Jordan Chark then miracles could happen.
Anonymous asked: Hello! :) I wanted to ask you if you please could translate this quote to Icelandic. 'You say that you love rain, but you open your umbrella when it rains. You say that you love the sun but you find a shadow spot when the sun shines. You say that you love the wind, but you close your window when wind blows. This is why I am afraid, you say that you love me too.' I know it would require a big effort and much time as well, but it would mean so much to me! Thank you in advance!
Þú segist elska regnið, en þú notar regnhlíf. Þú segist elska sólina, en leitar í skugga þegar sólin skín. Þú segist elska vindinn, en lokar þó glugganum þegar Kári blæs. Þess vegna fyllist ég ótta þegar þú segist elska mig.
Anonymous asked: What can you tell me about the University of Iceland? I was planning on attending, it seems like a nice place, is it true or would you recommend another Uni?
I did my bachelor’s degree at the University of Iceland. I reckon that its strengths and weakness is that it has to cover a large range of subjects with a limited number of students. The only subject it has a true advantage in is geology. Thanks to Iceland’s volcanic landscape it is the ideal location for geology.
ovv-ls asked: I'm from New Zealand and it's my last few weeks of school here :) I'm planning to come to Iceland next year but I need to know when would the best time to visit would be, i want to see the northern lights, but i want to experience midnight sun as well. im planning to be there for a few weeks at least staying with my best friend from school. Advice?
Fitting both the midnight sun and northern lights into a few weeks would require some sort of alternate universe. The midnight sun is in the summer, from mid-June to early August. The northern lights on the other hand are impossible to see when it is bright out. The best time to see the Northern lights is December through early March. Still there is a chance of seeing them any time it gets dark. I already saw some really good northern lights just a few days ago.
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