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Re: Tips for travelling to Iceland
« Reply #50 on: June 16, 2017, 03:23:15 PM »
Iceland has been my dream location for years, but my Wife is nervous about going.  Hopefully I can convince her some day.

Two major concerns, hopefully some of you can address:
1) My wife is Black, and worried about racism, since it's not a very diverse country.  Any possible issue here?
2) My wife doesn't like seafood.  Are there more traditional food options easily available? (Whether at groceries or restaurants)

Thanks for the comments!

It's true that Icelanders are very proud of their country and are somewhat cold to outsiders, even if they are very polite to foreigners. This is true whether or not you are white.

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Re: Tips for travelling to Iceland
« Reply #51 on: June 16, 2017, 03:43:08 PM »
Iceland has been my dream location for years, but my Wife is nervous about going.  Hopefully I can convince her some day.

Two major concerns, hopefully some of you can address:
1) My wife is Black, and worried about racism, since it's not a very diverse country.  Any possible issue here?
2) My wife doesn't like seafood.  Are there more traditional food options easily available? (Whether at groceries or restaurants)

Thanks for the comments!

It's true that Icelanders are very proud of their country and are somewhat cold to outsiders, even if they are very polite to foreigners. This is true whether or not you are white.

It is the same for all the Nordics. But we dislike being close to eachother too. This comic by a frech canadian describes it very well: https://thesocialguidebook.no/blogs/the-social-guidebook-to-norway/the-norwegian-bench

As for the food: try the lamb soup! Most smaller cafes and restaurants, especially in the rural region, have usually two soups on the menu: fish and lamb. Both are delicious.
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Re: Tips for travelling to Iceland
« Reply #52 on: June 16, 2017, 05:56:08 PM »
Loved our trip, Iceland should be on everyone's bucket list. Reykjavik only needs a day or two max, we preferred the north Akureyri, Dalvik and Siglufjiord. Dalvik had the best whale watching, low key, lower prices and free hot chocolate.

The hot dogs and the lamb soup omg, don't know how they do it but it's beyond gooood! Also the dairy products there will blow your socks off.

We went in September and although the season was winding down, every place we were staying at was fully booked. Make some arrangements in advance especially if you are going the hostel/guesthouse route.

We found the people polite but cool, so if you're expecting service people to fawn over you the way they do in North America you're in for a shock. I much preferred it, more honest and straight forward. Speaking of honesty, my husband dropped his credit card on the street in Akyureyri and within 20 minutes someone had taken it to the police station. The attitude was "of course someone took it to the police, what else would they have done?" It's like it's the 1950s. I hope it never changes!


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Re: Tips for travelling to Iceland
« Reply #53 on: June 17, 2017, 12:12:48 AM »
It is the same for all the Nordics. But we dislike being close to eachother too. This comic by a frech canadian describes it very well: https://thesocialguidebook.no/blogs/the-social-guidebook-to-norway/the-norwegian-bench

Thank you!!!!! This is excellent: funny, true and useful.

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Re: Tips for travelling to Iceland
« Reply #54 on: June 17, 2017, 09:45:36 PM »
I will be in Iceland too - going there slightly earlier and leaving at the same time.

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Re: Tips for travelling to Iceland
« Reply #55 on: June 18, 2017, 04:04:42 PM »
Speaking of honesty, my husband dropped his credit card on the street in Akyureyri and within 20 minutes someone had taken it to the police station. The attitude was "of course someone took it to the police, what else would they have done?" It's like it's the 1950s. I hope it never changes!

I witnessed a woman willingly leave her purse in a park to walk to a local store to buy something.  No crime whatsoever.

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Re: Tips for travelling to Iceland
« Reply #56 on: June 18, 2017, 04:07:21 PM »
Speaking of honesty, my husband dropped his credit card on the street in Akyureyri and within 20 minutes someone had taken it to the police station. The attitude was "of course someone took it to the police, what else would they have done?" It's like it's the 1950s. I hope it never changes!

I witnessed a woman willingly leave her purse in a park to walk to a local store to buy something.  No crime whatsoever.

Yes, when I was with a small tour group the first time I went, we were driven around in a van, and when we stopped for gas, a scenic view, etc. and walked away from the van, they told us not to worry about leaving anything in the van if we wanted to. Not only was it never locked, most of the time at least one door was left wide open. No problems at all. I hope this doesn't begin to change due to the behavior of other tourists; I'd be more concerned about them than Icelanders.

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Re: Tips for travelling to Iceland
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Re: Tips for travelling to Iceland
« Reply #58 on: June 20, 2017, 05:59:55 AM »
Speaking of honesty, my husband dropped his credit card on the street in Akyureyri and within 20 minutes someone had taken it to the police station. The attitude was "of course someone took it to the police, what else would they have done?" It's like it's the 1950s. I hope it never changes!

I witnessed a woman willingly leave her purse in a park to walk to a local store to buy something.  No crime whatsoever.

Yes, when I was with a small tour group the first time I went, we were driven around in a van, and when we stopped for gas, a scenic view, etc. and walked away from the van, they told us not to worry about leaving anything in the van if we wanted to. Not only was it never locked, most of the time at least one door was left wide open. No problems at all. I hope this doesn't begin to change due to the behavior of other tourists; I'd be more concerned about them than Icelanders.

Still, I think you should look after your own valuable things, anyway. IF something gets stolen (by a non-Icelandic foreign criminal) I think your travel insurance company won't be happy to hear that you left your purse in a parked van with the doors open. But for those of us who forget to look after our things sometimes, it is good to know that most of the time this is no problem.

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Re: Tips for travelling to Iceland
« Reply #59 on: July 13, 2017, 10:17:12 PM »
I still have lustful dreams of the lamb I had in Vik...

In Reykjavik, The National Museum is decent and worth a few hours (though it gives one the impression Iceland's history is nothing but a series of famines and plagues), and it's near a very old cemetery that is absolutely amazing (Hˇlavallagar­ur) and very peaceful.

I will be in Iceland for about 9 hours in September which should be enough to do some damage at a restaurant or two (as others mentioned: the lamb soup!).

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Re: Tips for travelling to Iceland
« Reply #60 on: July 14, 2017, 12:53:42 AM »
Yes, following this too!!

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Re: Tips for travelling to Iceland
« Reply #61 on: July 14, 2017, 06:22:51 PM »
. Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, black beach / Vik, and many waterfalls, are geogeous.
Blue lagoon is also worth a visit.
Golden circle is nice too, especially the meeting point of America and Eurasian tectonic plates.

Reykjavik Art museum is expensive and awful. Avoid.
Fermented shark is not delicious.
After shower, you probably will smell like rotten eggs.


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Re: Tips for travelling to Iceland
« Reply #62 on: July 14, 2017, 07:14:39 PM »
We're headed to Iceland this September - can't wait! This is a great thread. On the MMM side, our direct-from-Boston R/T flights on Icelandair (free checked bag!) were $313/person.
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Re: Tips for travelling to Iceland
« Reply #63 on: July 14, 2017, 07:31:00 PM »
Is there a particular time of the year that you all would recommend going to Iceland? 

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Re: Tips for travelling to Iceland
« Reply #64 on: July 14, 2017, 08:24:28 PM »
I have been there in mid-March and mid-September and both were fine from a crowd perspective (outside of peak tourism in the summer and winter [northern lights]). I actually preferred it in March when there was snow cover outside of the city. If I went again beyond a half day layover, I'd probably go in November during Iceland Airwaves, or else in late February. I don't think it ever gets crazy cold there and would rather visit when it's not as heavily trafficked.

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Re: Tips for travelling to Iceland
« Reply #65 on: July 17, 2017, 08:50:05 AM »
We went in January over MLK day weekend and it was lovely. There was snow everywhere and it was very cold, but not too cold to bundle up and walk 15 min to the nearest hot pool. It was not light much, but there were hours of twilight so it didn't feel like constant darkness. I don't think you can go wrong timing-wise.