In Skagafjörður (North West Iceland), three farmers recently created a program called The Icelandic Farm Animals, which invites visitors to immerse themselves in daily life on a farm. Evelyn Ýr, Eydís and Sigrún are living next to each other and all working with different animals (horse, sheep, goat), therefore they decided to take advantage of their complementarity. “It has been great working together, we share knowledge, thoughts, compare our visions of things, and at the end great ideas emerge out.” explains Sigrún.Read more
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!Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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).Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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)Read more
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)Read more
Whether they are gently twirling in a solitary shade of milky green, or blazing across the night sky in a wild and wonderful multi-coloured dance, witnessing the magic of the Northern Lights is an unforgettable experience of epic proportions. I’ve been living here in Iceland for years and you’d think I’d be nonchalant about them by now, but no…I’m still completely captivated, in fact their appearance and performances in the sky still interrupt my sleep on a regular basis during the winter.Read more
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. AlvarezRead more
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 MaurerRead more
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 AqwaiRead more
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