Iceland

December 1st, 2010


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Since my last travel porn post (which has incidentally had about 370,000 visitors to date, nearly all of who missed my I want to go to there 30 rock reference completely and presumably just thought I had crap grammar) I’ve narrowed my sights to one place: Iceland. I’m obsessed. I’ve been lurking expedia and flickr and wikipedia like a crazy person and I think 2011 might be the year. If you’ve been, tell me about it! Is it as expensive as I’ve heard (flights and hotel don’t seem too bad and coming from London, nothing surprises me anymore)? Is the knitwear really that fantastic? Is spring a good time to go? etc


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(Kevin Cooley)


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(Tomz)


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(johann Smari)


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(Berta)


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(Melissa Maples)


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(The Big Picture)


(Kevin Cooley)


(Bjørn Giesenbauer)


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(The Big Picture)


(Peter Baker)


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(johann Smari)


(andri elfarsson)


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(Peter Nijenhuis)


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131 Comments

  1. Mira says:

    Iceland surely is breathtaking beautiful with the wild landscape and colourful pretty houses but really, those pics might be a tiny bit photoshopped :) I come from Finland but have been living in Iceland for two years now, first in the countryside and now downtown Reykjavík. Iceland is definitely worth seeing and a very special kind of place, but well, maybe I’ve been here a bit “too long” though since I’ve became a bit negative about it(or maybe it’s just because way too often I cannot go to my favourite cafés because they are occupied by German or American tourists talking about how awesome Blue Lagoon was(haven’t been there myself but I’ve heard it’s a waste of money))) BUUUT, yeah, sometimes this oh-magical-Iceland-and-Björk-looks-like-elfgoddess-thing just makes me wanna laugh/cry/shout. Boo.
    HOWEVER. The knitwear is awesome. The wool is not all Icelandic as they proudly advertise it and it’s rather itchy but oh all those Scandinavian style patterns make me wanna sing and dance AND most of all, the range of colours is absolutely brilliant! And furthermore, the yarn is ridiculously cheap here. So that alone is a reason to come for a visit.
    Drop me a message if you go as far as booking the flights, I could recommend you the cosiest cafés and prettiest boutiques, maybe even show around :)

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    kris atomic says,

    December 10th, 2010 @ 10:53 pm

    Haha, I completely understand. Sometimes when tourists talk about London, I want to scream! It’s not them same when you live there!
    I still want to go to magical Iceland though ;) and I don’t mind a bit of Photoshop!
    I’ll definitely ask you for some authentic suggestions if I end up actually going. Thank you! xx

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  2. aXj says:

    I visited Iceland this summer. It was fun and the landscape is beautiful. But I think some of these pictures make it look nicer than it actually is. It is a great place to visit once but I don’t think I’ll be going back any time soon (nothing negative, just lots of other landscapes to experience around the world).

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  3. Sarah says:

    GO! GO, GO, GO!

    Rent a car, drive across and around on this magical island. Me and my family just drove on random sometimes, ending up on little gravel roads filled with baby seagulls and fantastic veiws. I so wish I could go back in near future. It is such an amazing island. And it’s not that expencive, though coming from Norway, which feels around the same as London sometimes, I am used to severely high prices.

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  4. audrey says:

    i have never wanted to go to iceland… until now!! unbelievable pictures!

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  5. Gestur says:

    As a born and raised icelander I can say you are correct, the summers here are pretty much similar to the winters in Australia, at least in south Australia. At least its my experience since I went to Australia 3 years ago.

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  6. Emily says:

    If you haven’t seen it yet watch this video and it’ll make you want to visit even more =)
    http://www.inspiredbyiceland.com/ (middle video)

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    kris atomic says,

    December 10th, 2010 @ 10:49 pm

    I’ve totally seen then, it’s a rally good tourism campaign actually!
    xx

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  7. Mark says:

    Beautiful pictures there!

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  8. Mae Lu says:

    If you are interested in visiting Iceland, you may want to visit my posts from my Honeymoon at Iceland.

    http://thereafterish.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/story-in-pictures-this-is-iceland/
    http://thereafterish.wordpress.com/2010/11/06/this-is-iceland-somewhere-over-the-rainbow-the-long-and-winding-road/

    It IS as amazing as it looks, and more. The shopping and food are amazing.

    Being that you live in Britain… it is actually much cheaper than visiting London for a bit. Hotels are cheaper, food is cheaper, tastier, fresher. The shopping is more expensive, but the quality and design are loads better than what you find in London, because it is more unique.

    You may just want to rent a car (make sure you get a Subaru or a Ford with 4 Wheel Drive), and just drive around the Island and the sleepy little fishing villages. There are some unspeakably beautiful waterfalls, uncountable double rainbows just when you stop by the side of the road. Make sure to venture out of Reykjavik for the full experience.

    Make sure you also stop at Blue Lagoon. It is one of the defining and relaxing aspects of a visit to Iceland.

    I can’t wait to see if you go!

    XX.
    Mae Lu, @ thereafterish.

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    kris atomic says,

    December 10th, 2010 @ 10:48 pm

    Thank you very much for the suggestions and links. Lovely photos!
    We don’t drive which is a total bummer, but I’m sure there are buses or something! xx

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  9. Awesome Collection………..

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  10. Iceland, here I come! Lovely photos!

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  11. I’ve wanted to go for so long and these pictures have reminded me exactly why.

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  12. Nicole says:

    Oh my goodness, I’m sold. Going to Iceland now, brb.

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  14. these are beautiful! my family is from iceland, and even snapshots taken with the most basic camera still look gorgeous because of that enchanting environment.

    i hope you go, i know you’ll take stunning photos!

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  15. Tamara says:

    Oh, yes, Iceland is definitely in my list of “places to visit”, too.
    It looks like such a magical an special country!

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  16. lisa morter says:

    it really is like no other place. hands down best place i’ve ever been.

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  17. kris atomic says:

    Thank you very much for the suggestions Liz! Hope you have a lovely time over the holidays! xx

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  18. kris atomic says:

    I’ve been reading her blog, here photos are beautiful! In fact the one of the moss covered rocks is hers, above.
    Her jumpers are AMAZING. xx

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  19. kris atomic says:

    Lucky you, hope you’re going to post about it on your blog! xx

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  20. kris atomic says:

    I was exactly like that when I went to Norway with my parents when I was like 14. I refused to do anything other than lie down in the back seat of the car and read, oh dear.

    Unfortunately neither me or Andrew drive, so that might throw a spanner in the works… Going to look in to public transport. xx

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  21. kris atomic says:

    Thank you for the suggestions! xx

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  22. kris atomic says:

    Thank you so much for the suggestions!
    I definitely want to do more than just Reykjavík, though sadly we don’t drive so will have to look in to buses or something!
    Can’t wait though! xx

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  23. kris atomic says:

    Oh god, I’m really dreadful at camping, I think it’ll have to be a hotel for me. Glad to hear he had a good time though! xx

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  24. kris atomic says:

    Thanks for the link, great photos! I must say I find this one
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lexiphanic/54004932/in/set-1170958/
    deeply disturbing, it’s like you can just fall off the edge AND DIE, but that might just be me haha!
    xx

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  25. kris atomic says:

    Fantastic, thank you for the suggestions! Especially glad to hear that it’s possible to do by coach, as we don’t drive! x

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  26. kris atomic says:

    My bf and I can’t drive anyway, so that isn’t a problem :D
    Thank you for the suggestions, really appreciate it! xx

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  27. Cassidy says:

    Oh my gosh. I need to visit Iceland. It’s so beautiful I almost want to cry.

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  28. absolutely…..breathtaking…….wow……..!!!!!

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  29. poppy says:

    GO! Amazingly visual land! I was there skiing at the end of April (Iceland’s 1st day of summer) and wore mittens and a down jacket in Reykjavik. Go a little later if you want warmer weather.

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  30. Shawn Lee says:

    Could anybody tell me what the name of waterfall in 14th picture is? I mean, the picture subtled “(Tim Gasperak)” below.
    http://gasperak.com/iceland/4/
    I really want to know the name to find more information of that spot.
    I would really appreciate for any information.
    thanx!

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    Tammy says,

    December 21st, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

    it is Gulfoss, Falls of the Gods. we were stationed there with the US Navy and it was one of our favorite destinations!

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  32. tina bauer says:

    Iceland is a magical island with a lot of energy. I live there since few month and this country, landscape and people inspired me every time. So, let´s go and dance with the trolls through this fantastic place :)

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  33. Olof says:

    So Im a follower of your blog…love it, very inspiring. And now I come by and see pictures of Iceland. I live here and looking at thouse pictures I was a bit proud to be ;). You should come here. Yes living in Iceland is very expencive now but not for you, for the krona is very low now. And oh yes the knitwear is amazing…I wear it and love it you should look at this one then http://farmersmarket.is/ The landscapes are my inspiration in my art, the food is amazing , people are outgoing and nice, nightlife is like nowhere else ;). I could go on. ;)

    Well hope this helps

    olof

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  34. shannon rae says:

    i went to iceland two years in a row in the october. fantastic, worth every penny. the second year was just as their economy was collapsing, and everything was half the price of the year before. even then, slightly more expensive than the UK but a relief after spending all my money in norway. i’m sure everything has increased again since 2008.

    i don’t know if there are many buses as you mentioned above. my friends and i rented a car from reykjavík and drove into the beyond. we were often the only vehicle on the road. also we had to fight the urge to pull over to take photos every 100 meters. we went for the iceland airwaves music festival so we drove as far as we could get in one direction, coming back to the city at night for the festival. if you are ambitious you can get as far as jökulsáurlón (iceberg photo you posted above the mailbox) about 1/3 the way around the island and return to the city in one day. if you are thinking about going in the spring there’s time to learn to drive, right? :) i would love to spend more time to go all the way around the island. seems like camping might be the best way to do it.

    i didn’t do much shopping there, but i did see some good deals on knits at the flea market in reykjavík. also i don’t know if it is still there, but there was an ongoing communal knitting piece at the main library. see page three of my photos linked above.

    also!! if you fly iceland air you can stop over on the island for up to a week at no additional price. so if you’re planning a trip to new york, and can tack on a few days this might be a good option. hope you get there soon!

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  35. wow!!
    I knew about this country but
    but did not even thought how much it is amazing

    thank you very much

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  36. Heidi says:

    My partner and I went this last September, just missed some big events in Reykjavik. Rainy pre winter season was just getting underway. But it was so nice, and I really enjoyed that there weren’t a lot of people. Reykavik and Akureyri have some neat little design stores, and the museum, and art gallery were interesting too. We rented a car and drove around the island. So beautiful and truly amazing. For knitwear the town of Vik is where a lot of the knit wear is manufactured.
    So beautiful there!

    http://www.vikprjonsdottir.com/products
    http://vimeo.com/9103771

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  37. Sandra says:

    “I want to go to there” was my exact thought when I saw the first photo before i read the introductory paragraph. HA!

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  38. valborg says:

    Yay this post made me happy! I’m from Iceland and you can even see my parents house on the colorful house pictures (the yellow with the blue roof!). Of course I can’t really be objective but I think Iceland is a must if you want to experience a holiday that is a bit different.. I had my Australian friend over this summer and she’s coming back in winter after her stay in France because she loved it so much!
    But it is definitely quite expensive and not super easy to get around (probably best to rent a car) but I think you’d love it (and take great photos)! Feel free to contact me if you need any insider tips… ;)

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  39. valborg says:

    Oh I just saw that you don’t drive.. but yes there are buses ;)

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  40. Aurelie says:

    Lovely, beautiful, simple, quiet, colourful…i wish I could go there…

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  41. Jessica says:

    completely amazing pictures!!

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  42. julie says:

    Incredible photos! thanks for sharing

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  43. florence says:

    all these pictures are absolutely amazing!! I would love to visit Iceland!!

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  44. Genevieve says:

    Hey! Yes the knitwear is rad, though I’m not sure if it’s because it has mystical knobbly properties or if it just looks cooler than usual on the beyond-beautiful Icelandic population. I was there about 3 months ago and definitely recommend a trip. It is like another planet.
    I found the food to be really expensive – I paid $15 for a burger meal- but there are ways around it, like getting a hotel that includes breakfast. Make sure you try the local cuisine- we tried both reindeer and minke whale at the restaurant overlooking the blue lagoon. Awesome.
    We booked through hotels.com and a standard hotel room in the centre of Reykjavik (inc breakfast) was very reasonably priced. If we had the time we would have stayed in any one of the dreamy farmhouse B&Bs that will come up if you search ’boutique accommodation Iceland’.

    I wrote about a minor hiccup here http://wishboneenterprises.wordpress.com/2010/12/16/what-to-avoid-in-iceland-shoplifting/
    and posted a handful of pictures here http://wishboneenterprises.wordpress.com/2010/11/11/ice-planet/

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  45. Samantha says:

    Oh wow. Iceland seems magical. These pictures are absolutely beautiful. What a landscape.

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