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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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Hótel Húsafell, West Iceland

Hótel Húsafell, West Iceland

Hótel Húsafell is located in Borgarfjörður, West Iceland. The region is a magical area in so many ways because it's history is deeply rooted in the Icelandic Sagas. The place is a dream for hikers and you can go on glaciers tours as well. The region is one of the best in Iceland to view the northern lights in Iceland. A direct drive from Reykjavik to Hotel Husafell takes about 1.5 hours (125km). The drive is easy and photogenic. Húsafell is surrounded by magnificent glaciers e.g. Langjökull which offers several activities including Into the Glacier tour, snowmobiling, super jeep tours all accessible year round with the right equipment & guide. 

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Kol restaurant, Reykjavik

Kol restaurant, Reykjavik

KOL restaurant is among the top restaurants in Reykjavík Iceland. It's been around since early 2014 and already made it's mark with local & foreign foodies. The environment is pretty classy and trendy, the staff is friendly, and the decor is beautiful! It's a perfect dining place when celebrating e.g. a birthday, honeymoon or a night on the town with friends. The Restaurant is situated at Skólavörðustígur 40 in Reykjavík. The design concept is a mixture of warm modern Icelandic feel with international touch wherein furniture of designer Tom Dixon play the main role. 

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Vegamót restaurant, Reykjavik

Vegamót restaurant, Reykjavik

"The all in one bar restaurant", Vegamót, is an elegant but casual two floor restaurant, located in the heart of Reykjavik. 

Vegamót has it all – a relaxed cafe atmosphere, a diverse and a great value restaurant menu. So whether you're looking for a laidback taste of downtown Reykjavik, a cosy meal, or a mouth-watering cocktail – there's no better place to be. For years Vegamót has been a restaurant choice for Icelanders and still today it's a popular spot for locals to dine! 

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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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Hotel Edda Laugar in Sælingsdalur

Hotel Edda Laugar in Sælingsdalur

Hotel Edda Laugar in Sælingsdalur is a cozy summer hotel located in the heart of West Iceland. In my opinion the hotel is situated in a perfect location, if you are interested in exploring west Iceland to the fullest well as drive along route 60 and 62, Westfjords (e.g. explore the Barðaströnd, Rauðisandur or Látrabjarg). From Reykjavik direct to Hotel Edda Laugar in Sælingsdalur, the drive is about 2.5 hours (172km), easy and photogenic. 

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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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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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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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Sixt Iceland - Car rental

Sixt Iceland - Car rental

For our Iceland Challenge, Sixt Car Rental generously provided us with a brand new Chevrolet Captiva. We were riding in style in this spacious 7 person vehicle.

We only needed to fill four seats and the rest was reserved for the copious amount of gear we brought to supply us for the next week of adventure.    

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Icelandair Hotel Akureyri

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri

“Ah, the heart of the majestic north. Where the mountains seem a bit bolder, the sun shines just a little brighter, the calm is always calmer and the days go on forever at the height of the summer” – Icelandair Hotel Akureyri 

Situated in the center of Iceland’s Northern capital, Icelandair Hotel Akureyri is one of the newest hotels in the country. It was converted from a former university and opened its doors in the summer of 2011. The hotel offers tastefully decorated rooms with views of the bay on the eastern side.

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Hotel Edda Vík

Hotel Edda Vík

Hótel Edda Vík is located along the southern coast in the quaint town of Vík. The region is lush with rugged beauty that stretches as far as the eye can see. The hotel offers fantastic views of the dramatic cliffs and black sand beaches. The majestic Mýrdalsjökull glacier lies just a few kilometers north which offers a plethora of activities including trekking, snowmobiling, and super jeep tours. The area is a bird lover’s paradise, with huge Arctic tern colonies, puffin breeding grounds and a wide variety of auks. 

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Icelandair Hotel Hérað

Icelandair Hotel Hérað

Icelandair Hotel Hérað is located in the beautiful eastern town of Egilsstaðir. It is open all year round, but we find it absolutely stunning in the summer months.

The hotel is extremely bright with a huge lounge and bar area styled with retro purple and pink chairs. Icelandair Hotel Herað offers 60 spacious rooms with all the amenities one would expect from a four star hotel: comfy beds, warm and cozy comforters, bright windows and a clean bathroom!

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Hótel Edda Höfn

Hótel Edda Höfn

Hótel Edda Höfn is located by the harbor with a fantastic view of the bay. On a cloudy day, there is a certain mystical charm as the fog hovers over the bay (similar to the day we arrived!).

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Hotel Edda ÍKÍ & Laugarvatn Fontana

Hotel Edda ÍKÍ & Laugarvatn Fontana

Hotel Edda ÍKÍ is a rural summer hotel about an hour from Reykjavík. The hotel sits along the picturesque lake of Laugarvatn. The area is known for its unique hot springs and geothermal hot spots. The hotel has 28 rooms with en-suite bathrooms, a restaurant with lake view and three small conference rooms. In the winter, the building returns to its original use as a university for physical education, but during the summer months, guests can enjoy a converted dorm room and a tranquil atmosphere.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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