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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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Visit to the Crystal Ice Cave on Vatnajökull, South Iceland

Visit to the Crystal Ice Cave on Vatnajökull, South Iceland

Hi Tiny Iceland readers! My name is Stacey Katz and I‘m an American who‘s been living, working and exploring in Iceland for the last 5 years. I‘ve traveled all around Iceland checking off items on my bucket list. One trip left on my list was to visit a naturally formed ice cave. I had been reluctant on taking this trip for the last 5 years because you can only visit these ice caves in winter and the weather in Iceland is not exactly predictable. The tours book up pretty quickly and with changing road and weather conditions the situation can be quite unstable at times!

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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