Category: Iceland

Glaumber a traditional Icelandic farmhouse
Iceland

Glaumbaer, A Traditional Icelandic Farmhouse

In the early years of the new millennium, Iceland got carried away with some good financial times revelling in its prosperity and flashing its cash.  Of course, the party was broken up in 2008.  Why did Iceland party like a high school kid in a Katy Perry song (“Last Friday night, Yeah, we danced on table tops, And

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How To be Icelandic
Iceland

8 Tips on How To Be Icelandic

We fell in love with Iceland on our recent July visit.  The landscape is stunningly beautiful in the summer with its Icelandic horses roaming wild, rocky fjords, thermal spas and colourful houses.  Would I live there?  No.  A month of warmish sunshine in the year would not cut it for me. I would spiral into

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Harpa Concert Hall
Iceland

The Glittering Harpa Concert Hall in Reyjkavik

The critics questioned why the £90 million Harpa concert hall was being built in Rejkavik, the capital of a country that had gone spectacularly bankrupt in 2008.  Construction of the Harpa was started in 2004 when Iceland was riding high as the new financial whiz kid on the block.  Unfortunately, the financial market turmoils of

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corrugated steel construction in Iceland
Iceland

How Iceland Made Corrugated Steel Construction Charming

Usually you think of corrugated metal buildings in the United States as an industrial cladding – something cool and urban for a modern house or a practical shed in the country.  When I was in South Africa, the townships had a lot of corrugated metal houses in the townships. Once again, the metal was a

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Icelandic wrestling statue
Iceland

Icelandic Wrestling, AKA Sumo for Skinny People

Wits have described Icelandic wrestling (or Glima) as sumo wrestling for skinny men.  Glima, the national sport of Iceland though breeds strength and agility.  The word Glima comes from Old Norse and means ‘flash’ which technically is what you are supposed to do to your opponent.  You throw him so fast to the ground he

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Iceland

Our Geothermal Bath Tour Around Iceland

My kids love thermal pools having been introduced to the joys of warm water pools in Austria.  So it was only natural that we would do a thermal pool tour along the ring road.  There are more than 175 swimming pools in Iceland so it was pretty easy to find one pretty much everywhere we

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Jokulsarlon iceberg
Iceland

7 Fun Facts About Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Iceland is called the land of fire and ice.  We didn’t actually see any fire.  My kids were devastated that they couldn’t do the Inside the Volcano tour where you descend into a volcano that erupted thousands of years ago.  You need to be 12 years old to do the tour though. We made up

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Seydisfjordur
Iceland

Seydisfjordur Wows with Artsy Charm in the East Fjords of Iceland

Don’t be put off by its name. We still can’t pronounce Seyðisfjörður in Eastern Iceland but it is the cutest little town you ever did see.  Nestled between snow-capped mountains in a perfect fjord setting, the houses are a painter’s palette of colour. Yes, it also has a river running through it and the obligatory

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