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Iceland: Music Festival Under The Midnight Sun

Iceland: Music Festival Under The Midnight Sun

I’m super excited to tell you guys about the Secret Solstice festival held in Reykjavik, Iceland from June 15-18th. It’s a unique festival due to it's timing, the summer solstice weekend and this is the fourth time it's being held. 

Iceland is known for being a land full of inspiring musicians and artists so bringing them together plus other international major bands and DJ’s will be one epic weekend. Are you joining ME? :) 

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Westfjords, Iceland Road Trip with Sixt Iceland

Westfjords, Iceland Road Trip with Sixt Iceland

If you’ve been following Tiny Iceland from the beginning you might have seen and/or read about my epic "Iceland Challenge 2013" and "Iceland Stopover 2014" trips. I was focusing on introducing Icelandair’s stopover program which is a great way for travelers flying a transatlantic flight that want to have the opportunity to visit Iceland with no extra fligt cost. This week, from June 20th-25th I'm doing a road trip around the Westfjords of Iceland with Sixt rent a car Iceland and joining me is my good friend Trish, from Los Angeles, California. In this post I'm sharing my Westfjords itinerary list. Cheers, Inga, founder of Tiny Iceland.

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Road trip around Snæfellsnes Peninsula, West Iceland

Road trip around Snæfellsnes Peninsula, West Iceland

[Guest Blog] What I’m about to describe should not be attempted ever again: The Snæfellsnes Peninsula in a day. It deserves a week at least, perhaps a year, probably a lifetime. To do it in a day is ridiculous but that’s all we allowed ourselves in our dash around Iceland. Karina and I woke in total darkness at 8am, carb-loaded at the breakfast buffet, and then put on our essential Icelandic winter-gear – our swimsuits – under multiple warmer layers. We imagined ourselves stopping at hot springs around the way but when we cross referenced our research with the local knowledge of our host, it seemed we were out of luck. By Patches McGee, aka Naomi Doyle. (Nov 10th, 2015)

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Tips for safe traveling in Iceland

Tips for safe traveling in Iceland

Before you travel to an unknown country there are a few things to keep in mind. In this post you will find helpful information and links about Iceland. Good links to have in hand when traveling in Iceland so make sure to bookmark this post. As you might have heard before the weather can easily change in Iceland and you might even experience all seasons in one day. If you are visiting Iceland during autumn, winter or spring you should always check the weather and road conditions. Don’t forget to follow Tiny Iceland via social media for frequent updates.

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Travel in Iceland with a Stopover Buddy #MyStopover

Travel in Iceland with a Stopover Buddy #MyStopover

If you didn't already know about the Icelandair Stopover program then I want to share with you a great way to explore Iceland when flying a transatlantic flight! An Icelandair stopover is when you get two destinations for the price of one. On your way across the Atlantic, you can stop in Iceland for up to 7 nights at no additional airfare. From October 2016 to March 31st 2017 Icelandair is adding a cool feature to the stopover program, the Icelandair Stopover Buddy Service! You can book your very own Stopover Buddy to travel with you in Iceland. But it’s not just any adventurer — it’s an Icelandair employee!

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My favorite spot in Iceland, the Blue Lagoon

My favorite spot in Iceland, the Blue Lagoon

Despite the journey of days to get to Iceland and not managing much sleep once I finally did, the excitement at waking up in my beloved Reykjavik was irrepressible! This is my 7th visit and I’m as excited as if it were my first, perhaps even more so. The first order of the day was to clean up the controlled explosion of my backpack from last nights, or rather, this morning’s, early arrival. Then, if I was going to make it through the day, there was one thing I needed more than anything else, coffee! Luckily, Reykjavik takes coffee very seriously. Surely it must hold the record for most cafes per capita and I was already lamenting the likelihood that I wouldn’t get to all of them in my week here. By Patches McGee, aka Naomi Doyle. (Nov 3, 2015)

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Visiting Reykjavík, Iceland for Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Visiting Reykjavík, Iceland for Christmas and New Year’s Eve

I’ve gathered information, basic tips, links and more for travelers visiting Iceland over this Christmas and New Year’s Eve. If you haven’t already planned a trip, then keep on reading and you might end up booking a trip for next year. I can't tell you how many times I've been asked if I recommend visiting Iceland during summer or winter. There is no simple answer to the question as both seasons offer great opportunities for travelers. However, December is one of my favorite months and I believe December in Iceland is magical! December is the darkest month of the year in Iceland, with only 4-5 hours of daylight each day. The Winter Solstice is December 21st, with daylight of just over four hours. 

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South Iceland - What to See & Do - Part 3/3

South Iceland - What to See & Do - Part 3/3

I often get emails from people asking for informative tips on what to see & do while road tripping around South Iceland. The South coast is a popular route to drive throughout the year and I always recommend this area for travelers who only have a few days in Iceland.

So I decided to make a three part post about South Iceland, from Reykjavik to Jökulsárlón. This is part 3 where I share my knowledge about e.g. VÍK, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Hjörleifshöfði, Fjaðrárgljúfur, Fjallsárlón, Jökulsárlón, Þakgil and more.

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Visiting West Iceland

Visiting West Iceland

Are you planning a road trip around Iceland or maybe you only have a few days to spend and not sure what to do. West Iceland is a magical area in so many ways, so definitely add it to your #TripInIceland itinerary list! 

In this blog I'm sharing highlights on what to do & see in West Iceland. Some of the places I recommend you to visit: Hraunfossar (lava waterfalls), Deildartunguhver hot spring, Reykholt, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Kirkjufell mountain, Djúpalónssandur beach, Vatnshellir cave tour and Into the glacier tour. 

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Explore Iceland on an Icelandair Stopover - #MyStopover

Explore Iceland on an Icelandair Stopover - #MyStopover

I get a lot of emails from people who want to visit Iceland and often they only have a few days to spend, so the big question is what to see & do! If you didn't know about the Icelandair Stopover program then I want to share with you a great way to explore Iceland when flying a Transatlantic flight! An Icelandair stopover is when you get two destinations for the price of one. On your way across the Atlantic, you can stop in Iceland for up to 7 nights at no additional airfare. In this blog post I’ve gathered all kinds of information and ides how to plan your perfect #TripInIceland

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Iceland ideas via Pinterest

Iceland ideas via Pinterest

When traveling to a country for the first time I'm assuming people research and plan their trip ahead, at least I do. If you are a spontant traveler who doesn't like to plan then I think you might still like to read this post! Anyway, I usually search online when planning what places to see & do for each country I visit. So I must admit that Pinterest is a great tool to help with researching and planning. If you are not familiar with Pinterest then click here for information. I’ve gathered over 3K pins divided into 58 boards. Enjoy the photogenic post and make sure to follow Tiny Iceland via Pinterest.

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South Iceland - What to See & Do - Part 2/3

South Iceland - What to See & Do - Part 2/3

I often get emails from people asking for informative tips on what to see & do while road tripping around South Iceland. The South coast is a popular route to drive throughout the year and I always recommend this area for travelers who only have a few days in Iceland.

I decided to make a three part post about South Iceland, from Reykjavik to Jökulsárlón. This is part 2 and I share my knowledge about e.g. Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, US navy plane wreck, Seljavallalaug, Dyrhólaey, VÍK and more. If you haven't read part 1 then click here

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A ten day tour of Iceland

A ten day tour of Iceland

The lovely couple behind Pure Adirondacks, Evan & Hilary Williams contacted me to help them plan an 10-day road trip around Iceland. They drove around the island, hiked mountains, explored, and took some amazing footage. Here is their official blog post filled with ideas what to see & do while road tripping around Iceland. "In early June 2013, after months of excitedly researching and planning our trip, Evan and I finally landed in Iceland.  Our friend Morgan had flown in earlier in the day, picked up our trusty rental car and camping gear, and made his way back to the airport to rendezvous with us."  

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South Iceland - What to See & Do - Part 1/3

South Iceland - What to See & Do - Part 1/3

I often get emails from people asking for informative tips on what to see & do while road tripping around South Iceland. The South coast is a popular route to drive throughout the year and I always recommend this area for travelers who only have a few days in Iceland.

So I decided to make a three part post about South Iceland, from Reykjavik to Jökulsárlón. This is part 1 and I share my knowledge about e.g. Þingvellir national park, Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hotspring, Kerið volcano crater, Laugarvatn Geothermal baths and more.

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Iceland Stopover Overview

Iceland Stopover Overview

I want to introduce a better way to explore Iceland when using the stopover program. I get a lot of emails from people who want to visit Iceland and often they only have a few days to spend in Iceland, so the big question is what to see & do! I teamed up with Icelandair, Sixt car rental, Hotel Edda, Icelandair Hotel and Fontana Spa to enjoy 5 days roaming around West Iceland. Joining me for the trip was the travel blogger Lola, who runs the blog Where in the world is Lola. Traveling from the US to Europe or vice versa you can stop in Iceland for up to 7 days when flying with Icelandair without any extra flight cost. 

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Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths - South Iceland

Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths - South Iceland

Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths is a place where you can visit and experience authentic Icelandic nature while relaxing in the warm geothermal pools and natural steam rooms. The baths vary in depth, size and temperature and the steam rooms that have been built over natural hot springs that has been used in this purpose since 1929. Fontana is located by a beautiful lake Laugarvatn (1hr from Reykjavik) and you can enjoy the spectacular views from the sauna and the pools. Tip: Make sure if your driving the Golden Circle, to add Fontana Spa on the list (perfect stop in the middle of the drive, same route, map).

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US Navy Plane Wreck in Iceland

US Navy Plane Wreck in Iceland

Useful guide finding the US Navy plane Wreck on Sólheimasandur, South Iceland. By Stu, who publishes Wheres My Passport, with his wife Nat. 

When we first went to Iceland in 2012, I really wanted to visit the Iceland plane wreck (US Navy Dakota DC-3, it could actually be a C-47 Skytrain) that crashed on the black beach at Solheimasandur, a vast area of sand and gravel in South Iceland close to the town of Vik. It looked like a truly interesting place to visit and one that offered some great photography potential.

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Snorkeling in Silfra & Whale Watching in Iceland

Snorkeling in Silfra & Whale Watching in Iceland

One of the amazing geological oddities in Iceland is the Silfra Fissure in Þingvellir National Park, a rift where the North American and Eurasian plates are slowly pulling away from each other. While researching our trip, my husband Dave and I found out that it is possible to snorkel or dive in the fissure, so we jumped at the opportunity and booked a snorkel trip right away.

By Karlie Marrazzo 

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Iceland Stopover with Icelandair

Iceland Stopover with Icelandair

If you’ve been following Tiny Iceland for quite some time you might have seen and/or read about my epic “Iceland Challenge” trip last summer. The trip was focused on introducing Icelandair’s stopover program which is a great way for travelers flying a transatlantic flight that want to have the opportunity to visit Iceland.

 

Are you ready to follow my "Iceland Stopover" trip from July 11th-16th?! Click read more :) 

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Why Iceland? by Christophe Jammet

Why Iceland? by Christophe Jammet

If you’ve met or spoken to me in the last two years you quickly learn a few things about me.  Aside from the glaringly obvious (short, bald, the presence of bacon in my mouth), one thing that ends up sticking out is my enthusiastic obsession with Iceland.  This is usually met with one of two reactions: Those who have been to Iceland get just as excited as me and we furiously back-and-forth stories and lists of the amazing things, places, and people we saw from our time spent there...  

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Miss Wanderlust takes Reykjavik, Iceland!

Miss Wanderlust takes Reykjavik, Iceland!

As soon as I arrived in Reykjavik 101, I felt like I was in a familiar place. I had been dreaming about visiting Iceland for such a long time that it’s sights and even it’s vibe were already imprinted on my minds’ eye. The bus ride from the airport into town was mildly surreal, driving through lava fields on an overcast morning, but nowhere near as surreal as the days and the scenes that were to come.

By Karlie Marrazzo 

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Heading South to Reykjavík ~ #IcelandChallenge Day 7

Heading South to Reykjavík ~ #IcelandChallenge Day 7

On our last day, we traveled from Akureyri to Reykjavik which takes about 5 hours.

We spent the time exchanging good music, enjoying the scenery and discussing our favorite parts of the trip. I don’t recommend making this trip in such a short time, but we were excited to get to Reykjavik to enjoy a night on the town! 

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Over the Mountain we go! ~ #IcelandChallenge Day 6

Over the Mountain we go! ~ #IcelandChallenge Day 6

Day 6 was one of those days where I would be hard pressed to forget. Everything seemed to go wrong, tempers flared and arguments broke out, but it was one of those days where we realized what an adventure we were on.

We were thrown together by chance on a #IcelandChallenge trip of a lifetime. Things were bound to go astray, right?

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Tales of Borgarfjörður Eystri Part II ~ #IcelandChallenge

Tales of Borgarfjörður Eystri Part II ~ #IcelandChallenge

Are you ready to read about elves and puffins in Borgafjörður Eystri part II? It‘s often called the elf capital of Iceland and I could not have been more excited to spend a whole day there.

Everyone visiting Iceland always asks if the elves are true and if I believe in them. Read along and you’ll find out my answer. Cheers, Inga

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Tales of Borgarfjörður Eystri Part I ~ #IcelandChallenge

Tales of Borgarfjörður Eystri Part I ~ #IcelandChallenge

Off to an elf town to hear folklore tales and relax in an outdoor hot tub overlooking the North Atlantic! Have you ever been to the remote town of Borgarfjörður Eystri?

If not, read on to hear about the first half of our day in this beautiful spot. 

Cheers, Laura

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Exploring the Eastern Fjords ~ #IcelandChallenge Day 4

Exploring the Eastern Fjords ~ #IcelandChallenge Day 4

Have you ever ventured through the Eastern fjords of Iceland? Have you gotten lost crossing back roads and driving through thick, can’t-see-10km-in-front-of-you clouds? We have. For all those who have not experienced the wilds of Eastern Iceland, make sure to include it in your next trip! Join us for as we delve into the hidden beauties of the East!

Cheers, Laura

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Exploring Katla volcano ~ #IcelandChallenge

Exploring Katla volcano ~ #IcelandChallenge

After a hectic day exploring the South coast, we had a surprise waiting for us when we reached VÍK. Elías the manager of Hótel Edda VÍK had organized a super jeep tour for us with KatlaTrack. We were picked up by Guðjón, the owner of the tour company around 10pm. Guðjón was born and raised in Mýrdalur and since he’s a local, he knew so much about the history and geography of the area. After a little chat, it was time for Liz, Marika and I to hop into the super jeep and buckle up! We had no idea what was in store for us, but we were ready for anything.   

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Viking hike and glaciers ~ #IcelandChallenge Day 3

Viking hike and glaciers ~ #IcelandChallenge Day 3

It’s time for Day 3! An epic day filled with black sand beaches, an ancient Viking burial quest, Icelandic hot dogs and TWO glacier lagoons; yes, Jökulsárlón is not the only glacier lagoon in Vatnajökull National Park! We’ll give you the inside scope on this hidden gem. Read more to hear about some great places to explore while road tripping from VÍK to Höfn!

Cheers, Laura

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Seljavallalaug & Dyrhólaey ~ #IcelandChallenge Day 2

Seljavallalaug & Dyrhólaey ~ #IcelandChallenge Day 2

Day two of the Iceland Challenge was probably one of our longest and most exciting days.  We kept a fast pace, but always jumped at the opportunity to stop the car, wide-eyed with our cameras at what I can only describe as some of the most beautiful sites of the south coast.  

Are you ready to chase waterfalls, soak in the oldest swimming pool in Iceland and explore the South coast with me?

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Laugarvatn & South Iceland ~ #IcelandChallenge Day 1

Laugarvatn & South Iceland ~ #IcelandChallenge Day 1

I’d like to say we kicked off our Iceland Challenge with a bang, but we woke up to ominous skies and the distinct possibility of a downpour. Nevertheless our spirits were high and our excitement mounting as we drove to Keflavik International Airport. Marika, who had studied Medieval Studies with Liz in college, arrived exhausted after flying almost 2000km from Portland, Oregon. I’d like to say we kicked off our Iceland Challenge with a bang, but we woke up to ominous skies and the distinct possibility of a downpour. Are you guys ready for this journey?! 

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Iceland Challenge Overview

Iceland Challenge Overview

7 day stopover with Young Adventuress via Icelandair; 

4 girls. 1 island. 7 days. #IcelandChallenge was filled with adventure, surprises and many great memories. There is so much footage and stories to tell you guys so I decided to start with an overview post. Over the next few weeks we will update you with blogs about each day. In the mean time enjoy this one and stay tuned for more to come....

Cheers, Inga 

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Learn Icelandic Vol. 3

Learn Icelandic Vol. 3

Hello, again language lovers!

It is definitely time for an update. I spent two months in Iceland and it is time to share a little more of what I learned. My skill level is still pretty low, picked up a few words and usually guessed the topic of the conversation from the from the context. 

Written by Laura Hundersmarck

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Iceland Travel Tips From A Local & Traveler

Iceland Travel Tips From A Local & Traveler

In this post, you will find helpful information for travelers in Iceland—both basic travel tips and good links to have when planning your trip. If there is something specific you want to know about Iceland or if you have a hard time finding information online, don't hesitate to contact Tiny Iceland on any social media or leave a comment below the post.

This post is a collaboration between Tiny Iceland & Jenna @wanderthemap.  

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Iceland: Off The Beaten Path

Iceland: Off The Beaten Path

For a tiny, isolated island anchored in the North Atlantic ocean, Iceland is jam packed with some of the world's most incredibly stunning landscapes. From east to west and north to south: every bit of Iceland unfolds before the eyes of visitors in a manner that suggests Mother Nature arranged the country as if to say, "This is it. This is what it's all about. This is the icing on the cake; the glittering bow atop a gift exchanged between loved ones. By Nicole Hay-Chapman

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Iceland Challenge with Young Adventuress

Iceland Challenge with Young Adventuress

How much could YOU do in a seven day stopover via Icelandair?

I am excited to announce that Tiny Iceland is teaming up with Young Adventuress with help from Icelandair for the "ICELAND CHALLENGE"—a 7 day action packed adventure exploring Viking graves, speaking to elf whisperers, searching for the Icelandic version of the “Loch Ness” monster aka "Lagarfljótsormurinn", hiking volcanoes and exploring glaciers. 

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It’s time for Learn Icelandic Vol. 2

It’s time for Learn Icelandic Vol. 2

This is my second summer struggling with Icelandic (granted the first summer I enjoyed the fact that everyone here spoke English), but I am fully committed to building off my limited vocabulary and tackling this crazy Viking language.

For all you language lovers, I hope to take you along for the ride!

Written by Laura Hundersmarck

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Patches McGee Trip in Iceland 2013 part 5/5

Patches McGee Trip in Iceland 2013 part 5/5

What should have been a sleep in actually had me awake at 7.30am tending to neglected trip admin and worrying about the whereabouts of my favourite hat in the world. I first noticed it missing yesterday morning when I went to put it on. I know I didn't wear it out the night before to see the Northern Lights (part 4/5) so it must have gone missing earlier that day because sadly, it is nowhere to be found. 

By Patches McGee, aka Naomi Doyle. (March 3, 2013)

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Applying for Residency in Iceland

Applying for Residency in Iceland

As Iceland is a beautiful nation with a welcoming populace and a high quality of life, it’s unsurprising that people fall in love with the nation and want to stay. In fact, Iceland has been voted one of the top five places to live in the world by the UN for a number of years.  But how do you go about making your stay in Iceland permanent? Here we discuss all the ins and outs of applying for residency!

Written by The Expat Hub 

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Patches McGee Trip in Iceland 2013 part 4/5

Patches McGee Trip in Iceland 2013 part 4/5

After all the excitement of last night (part 3/5), you'd have thought we'd earned a sleep in, but no. It was with great trepidation that I put my Holiday Bootcamp cap back on blew the whistle at 7am to rouse my jet lagged sister and sick mother. It was still dark outside and although they wanted nothing more than to stay in bed, I knew what wonders were awaiting them. I gently insisted they get up and get ready. 

By Patches McGee, aka Naomi Doyle. (March 2, 2013)

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Patches McGee Trip in Iceland 2013 part 3/5

Patches McGee Trip in Iceland 2013 part 3/5

Lights, camera, action! ~ My sister, Bec (aka Pretty Patches* for the purposes of this blog), has travelled for 37 hours straight to be here. Originally, I planned to do this trip with Bec but we just couldn't get our dates to match. She had a trip to Bali planned and a work trip that just didn't leave enough wiggle room in between. Then it occurred to us that she could tack it on to the front of her work trip. 

By Patches McGee, aka Naomi Doyle. (March 1, 2013)

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Patches McGee Trip in Iceland 2013 part 2/5

Patches McGee Trip in Iceland 2013 part 2/5

Far from the maddening clouds ~ Last night I dreamt of giant puffins, thousands of them. As I got closer, it turned out that they were just people in puffins suits... except for the ones that were genuinely giant puffins of course. It was lovely. It's not surprising that my mind is running rampant - today is a big day. Not to put too fine a point on it but this is day the whole trip is built around, or rather the night - tonight we go in search of the Northern Lights! By Patches McGee, aka Naomi Doyle.

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Patches McGee Trip in Iceland 2013 part 1/5

Patches McGee Trip in Iceland 2013 part 1/5

My last trip to Reykjavik was a very personal and transformative one but this time, I have the pleasure of my Mum’s company and so too the extraordinary honour of introducing her to this magical land. It was with a great deal of misplaced pride that I pulled back the curtains to give Mum her first glimpse of the city and she was suitably impressed, especially with the vibrancy of its colours which shine all the brighter for her following her successful cataract surgery. By Patches McGee, aka Naomi Doyle.

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Through the seasons: my love affair with Iceland

Through the seasons: my love affair with Iceland

I will never forget the tidal wave of emotions that came swirling over me upon my first arrival in Iceland. I was overwhelmed with wonder and excited to explore this land that, for many generations, sustained life for ancestors on my mother's side of the family--the place they called home. A flurry of butterflies still take hold of my stomach when I think back to the beginning of what would become one of the greatest love affairs of my life.

By Nicole Hay-Chapman

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Iceland Journey Part 7/7 - Part Troll

Iceland Journey Part 7/7 - Part Troll

I awoke a year older (21.07.2011), if not wiser in perhaps the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in. I got up at a leisurely pace and availed myself of the buffet breakfast before partaking of the private lagoon. I've learned my lesson from visits past so once again coated my hair with a thick layer of conditioner before slipping into the warm water with not another living soul in it.

By Patches McGee, aka Naomi Doyle.

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Iceland Journey Part 6/7 - A different kind of birthday blues

Iceland Journey Part 6/7 - A different kind of birthday blues

Happy Birthday to me! I awoke in an empty house to find a birthday card and gift waiting for me from superhosts - Halla and Berglind. Unfortunately I’d missed saying goodbye to them but the time had come to make tracks to my special birthday destination... I just managed to catch the bus as it pulled out of the bus terminal and then headed towards one of my favourite points on the planet - the Blue Lagoon.

By Patches McGee, aka Naomi Doyle.

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Iceland Journey Part 5/7 - Thermal Therapy

Iceland Journey Part 5/7 - Thermal Therapy

I have to admit that I awoke today with a case of pre-birthday blues. I had the house to myself but knew there was nothing to be gained by staying in and wallowing when I was in the perfect place to go outside and wallow! I put on my swimsuit and headed off to Laugardalslaug - a thermal pool complex in the Laugardalur Valley on the outskirts of the city.

By Patches McGee, aka Naomi Doyle.

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Iceland Journey Part 4/7 - Hidden Places

Iceland Journey Part 4/7 - Hidden Places

Having spent the wee small hours of the morning galavanting about town, I woke up at the crack of midday to enjoy a breakfast of reheated pizza with Halla and Berglind. I then headed off to explore the local flea market (Kolaportið) which first came to my attention in the movie Reykjavik 101. I was surprised by how quickly I was able to get around by myself compared to previous visits in the company of a master flea-marketeer. 

By Patches McGee, aka Naomi Doyle.

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Iceland Journey Part 3/7 - Wild bunnies & Wonderful Beer

Iceland Journey Part 3/7 - Wild bunnies & Wonderful Beer

This trip to Reykjavik was always going to be confronting for me as it was only 18 short months ago that I was last here with Matthew (my partner of 18 years who I lost quite suddenly only 8 months ago) - life seemed genuinely perfect and the future brighter than ever. It was therefore with some trepidation that I crossed the threshold of 'our' favourite cafe, Mokka, and took up our regular seat. In the context of my own life, this dark, little cafe is quite iconic - the photos I'd taken across the table of Matthew with his camera are amongst my favourites. Written 16.07.11 By Patches McGee, aka Naomi Doyle.

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Iceland Journey Part 2/7 - Something Old, Something New

Iceland Journey Part 2/7 - Something Old, Something New

For many years now I've had a secret little fantasy of one day coming to Reykjavik to just write. Today (15.07.11) that dream came true albeit a somewhat diminished version of the original grand plan in which I am paid a massive advance to write my masterpiece as opposed to labouring away on my hideously delayed blog. Still, at this point in time, I'm a little more concerned about making a life rather than making a living. 

By Patches McGee, aka Naomi Doyle.

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Iceland Journey Part 1/7 - Light & Easy

Iceland Journey Part 1/7 - Light & Easy

Patches McGee, aka Naomi Doyle, is a Sydney-based writer, traveler and fledgling photographer on a mission to see the Northern Lights. Her guest blog entries are from her most recent visit to Iceland as part of an 8 month round the world trip. 

When I decided to embark on my round the world journey, I had little idea of where I would go, what I would do or what I hoped to achieve - all I knew for sure was that I had to go and that I wanted to spend my birthday alone in Iceland. 

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The wilds of South Iceland In Photos

The wilds of South Iceland In Photos

As I drive through a snowstorm somewhere in the South Iceland, not having seen another car for hours and unable to see more than a few meters in front of me, I begin to wonder if renting a car to explore the wilds of Iceland on my own was really such a great idea. One of the first things the locals told me about hiking and driving in Iceland was to keep a close eye on the weather. “If you don’t like the weather in Iceland, wait 5 minutes and it will change”, said my bus driver from the airport to Reykjavík. By Cherina Hadley @Quietwanderings

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Yule Lads - The 13 Santa Clauses from Iceland

Yule Lads - The 13 Santa Clauses from Iceland

The Icelandic Yule Lads have little resemblance to the famous Santa Claus. The Icelandic Yule Lads are descended from trolls and their original role was to strike fear in the hearts of children. The thirteen brothers are the sons of two of the most hideous ogres ever known in Iceland, Grýla and Leppalúði. Follow the journey of the Yule Lads brothers with Tiny Iceland. There is no doubt that most children would have wanted to avoid the Icelandic Yule Lads in the old days, since they were used by parents to frighten their children into behaving – just as Grýla and Leppalúði are used for today.

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Icelandic Food: Culinary Delights and Disasters

Icelandic Food: Culinary Delights and Disasters

Iceland has been one of the leaders of sustainability for some time. The pristine environment and geographical isolation of Iceland means there is no need to use any harmful chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics or hormones on their livestock. Iceland is an 'island' so it is a given that there is an abundance of seafood. No post about Icelandic food would be complete without a good dose of seafood.

By Cherina Hadley @Quietwanderings

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Photographing the Northern Lights - Simple Guide

Photographing the Northern Lights - Simple Guide

If you are lucky enough to see the Northern Lights then I am sure you will want to be able to photograph them. To some this might seem an impossible task but photographing them is really quite straight forward providing you have right equipment and right knowledge.

 

By Nat & Stu - Where's My Passport

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I Woke Up in Iceland

I Woke Up in Iceland

Second blog post from our friend Sara Maurer – Live By Ladybugs 

I woke up in Iceland and saw my breath.Where is my sweater?, I wondered as I calculated 16 degrees Celsius into Fahrenheit with my iPhone’s converter app. The 60-degree crisp air felt dramatically different than the 98-degree swampy feel of New Orleans. I liked it. It felt fresh. 

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If I only had one day in Reykjavík, Iceland I would…

If I only had one day in Reykjavík, Iceland I would…

What should I do if I only had one day in Iceland? Tiny Iceland would do this; Starting the day at a local coffee house is great. After a good breakfast and some delicious coffee we would walk down Laugavegur street, take some photos at Hjartagarðurinn (The Heart Garden) and as well shopping some souvenir on the way... 

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Roaming around Reykjavík & Touring The Golden Circle

Roaming around Reykjavík & Touring The Golden Circle

Hello from Iceland! It's hard to believe I've only been here for two days; I feel like I've had the chance to do so much. I can't even explain to you how spectacular it is... or how cold, much more so than I'd expected And still I've fallen in love. So, I thought I'd take you on a tour of the smallest big city, Reykjavík and the Golden Circle. Shall we? By Danielle E. Alvarez

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Dear Dad, Please Visit Iceland

Dear Dad, Please Visit Iceland

Dear Dad, I know international travel is not your thing, but I went to a place I want you to visit. Iceland may seem a random and obscure destination for Americans, but believe me when I say it’s a hidden gem. I originally decided to stop in Iceland after hearing about a stopover program through Icelandair. The airline allows travelers to extend their United States-to-Europe layovers for up to four days in Iceland – a perfect amount of time to get a feel for the country and likely decide to visit again. By Sara Maurer

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The English Pub - Save water, drink beer!

The English Pub - Save water, drink beer!

The English Pub is the hottest sports bar on the frozen rock in the N-Atlantic ocean, Live Music every night and all major sport events on big screens. The English Pub is located in the city center facing the Parliament of Iceland. For years, Iceland has enjoyed a diverse selection of restaurants and often sophisticated bars. However, one tiny grumble occasionally surfaced from the country’s Anglophiles – simply that there was no proper “pub”. And so the English Pub was born. The English Pub has one of the best selection of beer and whiskey in Iceland. Guests can try 35 brands of beer and 35 brands of whiskey.

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Iceland: On Elves and Hot Dogs

Iceland: On Elves and Hot Dogs

It is a personal goal of mine to keep my country travel tally at least as high as my age. With my 23rd country, I’ve finally caught up to myself. What started as a quick layover at the beginning of our adventure ended up one of the most interesting places I’ve ever been. Iceland busted more than a few preconceived expectations I had with a mere 2.5 days in Reykjavik. By Jamie Kerr

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An Alternative Way to See Iceland

An Alternative Way to See Iceland

I first became fascinated by this country when a friend introduced me to Sigur Rós in 2008. There was something special about the band. Granted, I heard them after the release of their most upbeat album, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (2008), but the music touched me all the same. The falsetto of lead singer Jónsi Birgisson and incredible combination of instruments pulled me in. By Laura Hundersmarck

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Hot Pools in Iceland

Hot Pools in Iceland

Iceland has many natural baths or hot springs. The reason for it is because Iceland is situated on a “hot spot“ with a lot of geothermal activity. This activity results in many hot springs around the country. Some of them are to hot for people to bathe in but others have just the perfect temperature to bathe in.

In this blog post you will find information about hot springs all around the island. Where is it located? How to get there? How much does it cost and so on.

 

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Iceland: The Viking Language Saga

Iceland: The Viking Language Saga

Alice laughed, “There is no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.” 

“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – Alice in Wonderland

I keep being mistaken for an Icelander. Don’t laugh, it’s true...

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Heart Garden - Photo blog

Heart Garden - Photo blog

Second blog post from our friend Patsy Tomkins - Show Me The World 

Halló darlings! As I toured around the city with Inga from Tiny Iceland, we stopped at a place the Icelanders call "Hjartargarðurinn" The Heart Garden — I on the other hand would call it the perfect place to kick back and read a book all day long.  There isn’t a whole lot to be said about this park, so I will let the photos do the talking. Enjoy! For more info about The Heart Garden - Read the end of this blog. 

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A lesson in Living and Loving - An Icelandic Adventure

A lesson in Living and Loving - An Icelandic Adventure

From April 16 through April 24 I was in Iceland on what would be best described as a solo woman's retreat.  I'd been dying to get out of New York for a year, just go some place quiet with a whole lot less people and a whole lot more nature.  I needed to be reminded that there are things bigger than me, than my dreams and failings, than New York itself.  I actually didn't see Iceland as an option at first.  I kind of saw it as an amazing place I could only go to in ten years or something... By Miriam Aqwai

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