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Icelandic Sheep, Icelandic Dog, Icelandic Cow

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Icelandic Sheep, Icelandic Dog, Icelandic Cow The Icelandic sheep is special in many ways. For example, leader sheep possessing the qualities of the Icelandic type do not exist anywhere else in the world. There are many stories of how they have rescued both men and other sheep from danger. Icelandic sheep are so-called short-tailed animals, […]

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Icelandic Horse

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The Icelandic Horse The Icelandic horse is rather small, its height usually being about 140 cm. It is sturdy and hardworking and has greater endurance than its foreign cousins. It has a characteristic varied colouring that breeders have attempted to preserve rather than eliminate. As a riding animal, the Icelandic horse is exceptional in that […]

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Iceland West Fjords

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Iceland West Fjords The West Fjords are characterised by high mountains, peaceful fjords and friendly villages. It is important to note that there are many gravel roads in the area but Road 61 to Ísafjörður, the biggest town, is tarred. It is essential to check weather and road conditions before setting off for the west […]

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West Iceland

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West Iceland West Iceland is slowly replacing the capital area as a tourist destination. It is usually possible to drive all over West Iceland all year, although weather and road conditions should be checked first before setting off, especially in winter. Some places are closed over the winter but it is possible to get information […]

Reykjanes Peninsula

Reykjanes Peninsula

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Reykjanes Peninsula Most visitors flying to Iceland arrive at Keflavik airport, about 45 minutes’ drive from the capital, Reykjavík. It is best to stay for one night on the Reykjanes Peninsula, in the vicinity of the airport, for departures or arrivals, as there is much to see and do in this area. Most places are […]

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Geothermal Activity in Iceland

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Geothermal Activity in Iceland Extensive geothermal activity is one of Iceland‘s most distinctive features, with geothermal areas covering more of this country than any other. In fact, geothermal heat is known to be present at over 700 Icelandic sites. For geothermal warmth to reach the surface, water needs to bring it there from underneath.

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Iceland: Countryside Activities

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Iceland: Countryside Activities Iceland’s diversity is reflected in the many contrasts that make up the different parts of the country. Each part has its own unique nature and culture. On your travels, you might notice that life and culture in Icelandic fishing villages is different to the way of life of the Icelandic farmer.

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Bird Watching in Iceland

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Bird Watching in Iceland Any summer visitor to Iceland cannot help but notice the sheer abundance of bird life in the country. Starting in April, more and more species become visible and up to 388 species have been recorded to date. Iceland has only around 75 breeding species, so many of the others are vagrants. […]

Iceland: Timeline

Iceland: Timeline

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Iceland: Timeline 795 Irish monks settle in Papey, a small island off the Eastern coast of Iceland, to live in peace and solitude. 825 The Irish scholar Dicuíl records that Irish hermit monks have been leaving Ireland to settle in the island of Thule. 850 The Viking Naddoður accidentally discovers Iceland and names it Snæland […]

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Traditional Icelandic Food and Beer

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Traditional Icelandic Food and Beer Traditional Icelandic food was born out of necessity dictated by weather and circumstances. The preservation of food was a matter of survival over the winter months when meat and fish were scarce. Housewives used various methods to preserve as much food as possible. Meat was smoked, salted, pickled or put […]

Family and Children’s Day Out in Reykjavík

Family and Children’s Day Out in Reykjavík

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Family and Children’s Day Out in Reykjavík Travelling with children can be challenging and finding activities that cater for everyone’s needs can be difficult. Thankfully, Reykjavik is an exciting city with plenty of fun things to do. We have compiled a list of favourites that can hopefully give you some good ideas of how to […]

Reykjavík Highlights Viewpoints

Reykjavík Highlights

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Reykjavík Highlights Viewpoints Everybody loves a good view and Reykjavík has some amazing vistas of mountains and fjords as well as multi-coloured rooftops. Perlan at Öskuhlíð is a great place to see Esja, the beautiful mountain and surrounding fjords. Another high point is the Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral at the top of Skólavörðurstigur, from which a whole […]

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Icelandic Music

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Icelandic Music Music has always been an integral part of Icelandic life. From the unique chanting sounds of Viking rhymes to the merry notes of a happy horse rider, music and song have filled the air for centuries. The deep national appreciation for tuneful rhythms is reflected in the number of music schools in the […]

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Icelandic Designers

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Icelandic Designers Fix Up Look Sharp Icelandic fashion design, and where to find it In recent years, Icelandic design has burst onto the scene and is making a name for itself with highly-talented designers coming home to deliver their talents after being educated at the best creative centres of the world. Emphasis is usually on […]

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Cheap Reykjavík

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Cheap Reykjavík By Joanna Smith I’m going to come right out and say this: If you are looking for a cheap holiday, you have come to the wrong city. Reykjavík consistently ranks as one of the most expensive cities in the world and, if you’re visiting from Britain, you have the joys of the post-Brexit […]

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Reykjavík Hot Destinations

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Reykjavík Hot Destinations Reykjavík is famous for its lovely cafés, bars and clubs. It has gained a reputation for being one of the hottest nightlife cities in Europe. We leave it to you to judge whether this statement is true or not and encourage you to try as many venues as possible. Choose your mood […]

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Bus Lines in Iceland

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Bus Lines in Iceland No License? No Problem – Life in the bus line When you are visiting a foreign country, public transport can be a bit intimidating. In Reykjavík, however, getting the hang of it is pretty easy. There are no tube lines to get tangled up in, no metro, no Ubers, and no […]

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Occuptaion of Iceland

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The Occupation of Iceland Eight months had passed since the beginning of the World War II when the British Army occupied Iceland on the eve of May 10th 1940. The German Army had been doing well and had already occupied Poland, Denmark and Norway. Everyone knew, that invasion of other countries in Europe was imminent […]

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Cafés in Reykjavik

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Cafés in Reykjavik Icelanders have always been coffee lovers and this is reflected in the number of cafés that have sprung up in the past few years, such as Kaffitár, the aromatic coffee shop with a social conscience that brightens up Bankastræti downtown. There are 5 more Kaffitár outlets in Reykjavík with the latest opening […]

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Icelandic Food and Gourmet

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Local Icelandic Food and Gourmet Learn Iceland’s Secrets Traditional Icelandic Food Traditional Icelandic food was born out of necessity dictated by weather and circumstances. The preservation of food was a matter of survival over the winter months when meat and fish were scarce. Housewives used various methods to preserve as much food as possible. Meat […]

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