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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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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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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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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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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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How do you experience Icelandair?

How do you experience Icelandair?

Tiny Iceland is working with Icelandair on spreading the word about how you experience their flight. If you follow Icelandair on Instagram and tag your photos with # IcelandairInfo your photos could appear in their in-flight magazine or as a cover photo on Icelandair’s Facebook. Also did you know Icelandair offers a free stopover when flying a transatlantic flight?! (read more here). Many travelers that I (Inga) have met in Iceland over the last year took the advantage of using the stopover program. 

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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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Double destinations with Icelandair’s STOPOVER program!

Double destinations with Icelandair’s STOPOVER program!

When I discovered that one of my best friends flew from France to Canada recently without stopping by to visit me in Iceland, I was (like his other friends here in Reykjavik), well and truly miffed! Turns out though, despite the fact that he’d lived here previously, he didn’t know about Icelandair’s rather nifty STOPOVER program, which allows people travelling on flights between Europe and the USA and vise-versa, to stopover in Iceland without the expense of additional airfares. 

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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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Lebowski Bar - The Reykjavik venue that rocks!

Lebowski Bar - The Reykjavik venue that rocks!

The 1998 film The Big Lebowski by the Coen brothers is not only a film, it has now become a lifestyle. With the emergence of the Lebowski Bar in Reykjavik, everyone can now be a part of The Dude‘s peculiar world. 

Lebowski Bar goes all in, in every way, having divided the interior into four separate themes—bowling alley, a southern-style porch, a ‘50s diner, and a kind of ‘60s playboy lounge bar on the upper floor. 

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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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