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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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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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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 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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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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Northern Lights - Nature’s own spectacular light show

Northern Lights - Nature’s own spectacular light show

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. 

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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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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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