As Iceland became very popular in the last 5 years, there are lots of people who come to visit the country just because it is a destination that will make your Instagram look nice and fancy. There are plenty of things people might not consider before they book a trip to Iceland.Read More
Houses and cars kept open
This is something that maybe happened some time ago, when the tourism was not so big. Now, most of the people if not all of them are keeping the cars and the houses closed. There were also some incidents not very long ago that made the locals pay more attention to this things.
Men being paid for marring Icelandic women
Actually, this was constantly on social media and in the news. Nobody is paying men to marry their women. In the Icelandic culture, people do not get married very young. They have children and the family itself but nowadays the couples leave this event for later in their lives as it is not a big priority.
Elves and trolls
The elves and the trolls of Iceland became pretty famous few years ago, as authorities tried to protect some areas 'designated to elves'. They acually consider the elves and the trolls the power of nature, which we should never forget about and try to consider everytime we spend time in the nature.
I have experienced both living in the capital area and countryside. Both of the locations have different ups and downs, but I think it depends also on your purpose of being in Iceland more than for your holiday.Read More
Moving to a country at the end of the world could have very good sides, but also some less good ones. Iceland is the perfect country to stay in if you are not a big fan of the warm weather and busy places.Read More
Reykjavik is a pretty small capital and it has a lot of tourists every year. If you want to visit the countryside, where you will find all the beautiful nature, than you can try to stay on a budget in Reykjavik!
Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon is one of the places that are not included in the regular tours in the South of Iceland. The beauty of it and the fact that it is hidden makes it even more interesting to find.Read More
Iceland became a very popular location after the economic crisis in 2008, but it became very attractive to be visited after the eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull in the spring of 2010. Newborn nature, landscapes from the outer space and aparently a good economical example.Read More
Everybody comes to Iceland to see beautiful waterfalls, different landscape and the volcanos. Not so many people look into taking an adventure tour to do something more extreme than taking a relaxing roadtrip. One of the options is to take a buggy tour, which is going to cover just few hours and it is very close to Reykjavik City.
I have to say that I was a little bit worried about the experience that I am going to have with the buggy, but in the end I was very, very surprised to see that it was actually very safe and fun!
You will be picked-up from a bus stop close to the place that you are staying and then they will take you just a little bit out of the city, 30 minutes drive from downtown Reykjavik. Once you are there, you will be given a special costume that is going to protect you from the mud and the water that will most likely come into your car.
When it comes to safety, they do pay a lot of attention upon the knowledge you need to have before you go for the ride, so you will be told what you are allowed and what you are not to do. The advice provided it is very important, especially if you have never done it before.
As soon as the induction is all done, you will start the ride and the first minutes might be a very strange feeling and the adrenaline is going high. I have done this in the month of July, when in Iceland it has been raining for more than two months, so the ride was really interesting.
During the ride you will have one stop when you have the option to change the seats as the buggy has two seats. The ride to the break spot is around 30 minutes, you will stop for 5-10 minutes and after you will come back to the base camp. In case you do not want to change the seat, it is no problem, but they will be very friendly to help you with setting up you seatbelts and show you again the way you need to drive.
I would say that you also need to take a look around, do not stick only to the experience with the buggy. The landscape is amazing and no matter how the weather looks like, you will not find tourist-free areas in Iceland in a regular tour. Take a moment to enjoy the nature!
While I was in this tour, I noticed that they were extremly friendly with everybody and they were paying a lot of attention to everybody's need. On my way back, I chose not to drive very fast, so they stayed with me in the end of the line and they were checking on me to see if everything is ok. If you want to be faster, there is also no problem, as there is one guide in front and one that stays the last. I would go again now, so please look up for them
One of the best experiences I have had in Iceland was visiting the volcanic islands in the South-West of Iceland. I took a tour to go there, but you can also go by car as well. There is a group of 18 islands, some smaller than others, but breath-taking. One more advantage of visiting them, it is because it is less crowded.
You can get there by car and then you will take the ferry for about 30 minutes. A round-trip with the ferry is around 4000 isk, which is 40$/person. Once you get to the small harbour they have, you will not see so many people as you do in other places of Iceland. The streets are small, very colorful and quiet. There are only few shops and cafeterias where you can also eat, but the variety is not great. I truly recommend having a food back-up.
If you go there with a tour, then a guide will wait for you in the harbour and take you to see the island. You will make few stops and the tour is a full day tour.
You will go to the Volcano Museum, called Eldheimar or the house of fire where you can find out more information about the eruption that took place there in 1973 and affected the population of the island, when almost 5000 people needed to evacuate. Now, you can still see the signs of the eruption, but the live show they have in Eldheimar will take you directly into that landscape.