Iceland?

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  1. shecky Guest

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    anyone been/live there? we are thinking of taking a week off in the spring and going somewhere not in north america. rather than doing the "typical" london, paris, etc... we are thinking scandanavia (sweeden, norway) or iceland.
     
  2. Kamera RAWr macrumors 65816

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    I've been there quite a few times and have some good friends there. Feel free to PM me with any specific questions, if you wish.
     
  3. remmy macrumors 6502a

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    Parents went there along while back, they said its an amazing place with the landscape and its features. I would love to go there.
     
  4. Piarco macrumors 68030

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    Went there in 2006, again in 2007 and I'm planning to go back again in October.
    Obviously I kinda like the place :D

    Absolutely fantastic country. So clean, the air so clear, the landscape is magnificent. It's a landscape photographers dream! It's also where I learnt to use and SLR properly, on the very first night I went there. We went Northern Lights chasing, and I had to get to grips with the thing sharpish otherwise I would have missed everything. Fortunately I didn't and pictures remain some of my absolute favourites.

    It has the reputation of being pricey, but you can find places to eat for a reasonable amount. If that isn't an issue, they really have some fantastic restaurants out there, and the standard of food is very very high.

    Tours are a good option for the first time you go there. Depending on the time of year, the Northern Lights tour is a must. You then have the Golden Circle and South Shore Adventures which make up the other two must do's.
    I've been on a glacial adventure too, which is a whistlestop Golden Circle tour in the morning, and then off to a glacier and skidoos in the afternoon - expensive but brilliant, especially when a snow storm whips in :D

    I've yet to go to the Glacial Lagoon, but I will! There are two main tour companies based out of Rekyavik:

    Icelandic Excursions
    Rekjavik Excursions

    Both sub-lease for the more adventurous tours to smaller specialist outfits.

    The Blue Lagoon is an ideal way to round out the holiday. If you have an early evening flight, you can get picked up at your hotel, driven to the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing soak etc for the morning and then are picked up and taken to the airport well in time for your flight. Nice.

    I may put up some of my pics later...
     
  5. mac2thefuture macrumors 65816

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    Wow, you got me all interested now....
     
  6. Piarco macrumors 68030

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    :D

    To make it even more tempting, the Icelandair website always seems to have 3 for 2 deals on: flights and 3 nights in a 3 star hotel from £269. Bargain! As all of the tours come and pick you up from your hotel, location doesn't matter - although most are within Reykjavik, which isn't that big a city anyway...

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  7. Much Ado macrumors 68000

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    It's an amazing place. Really amazing.

    I forget which travel company we signed up with, but we basically drove around the whole island along the ringroad, which let us see as much as possible. This was a lot of fun, as we never really knew where we were going, and it made each discovery more exciting (although too much for 1 week? We had 2).

    Piarco mentioned the lagoon and glacier, and I add my +1 to that. Try and spot some whales and puffins as well. If you do the blue lagoon, try also to find a more authentic 'local version for local people'.

    Advice:
    If/When you rent a car, make it a 4x4 and check the tires. You won't regret this, as some of the roads are... bumpy to say the least.
    Be prepared to spend a lot of money in restaurants etc. The exchange rates can dent the wallet.
    Take loads of batteries for the camera ;)

    Honestly, it's an astonishing place.
     

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  8. noaccess macrumors 6502

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    If I spoke the language, I'd move there in a heartbeat.
    Beautiful, if sometimes otherworldly scenery, insanely great culture.

    It's, apparently, the most developed country in the world as well.
     
  9. rockthecasbah macrumors 68020

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    Iceland is my idea of heaven. Home of so much beauty in nature, art (Olafur Ellison), and music (Sigur Ros) ... If only I could call it home :rolleyes:
     
  10. Ish macrumors 68010

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    I lived in Iceland for a while and, as others have said, it's an amazing place. The countryside I visited was mostly moss-covered lava. Thingvellir was the seat of the Icelandic parliament where the chieftains used to meet every year and the track with cliff faces either side of it that leads there is actually part of the North Atlantic Oceanic Ridge. Much of Iceland is basaltic (sea bed) rock rather than continental rock.

    Remember if you're going that in June it never gets dark and in December it gets light around 11 am and dark around 3 pm. The northern lights are beautiful but I'd make my first trip when I could get around and see everything.

    Happy to tell you more, either on here or through PM.
     
  11. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Are those your pics? If so, do you have those (specifically the 2 green aurora ones) in humongous wallpaper size?
     
  12. morgan111 macrumors newbie

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    Re:Iceland?

    from 8 km per year in 2000 to 11 km per year in 2005. In addition to flowing more rapidly the glacier thinned by 40 metres between 2001 and 2003. The calving front of the glacier (the area where the ice breaks away and falls into the ocean) has retreated by approximately 5 km.
     
  13. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    Been there before and echo the sentiments above. Would go back in a second. One of my favorite places in the world.
     
  14. Dagless macrumors Core

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    I'll be heading to either Iceland or Svalbard next year for a little holiday. Loves me some remoteness and landscapes.

    Both places just look so spectacular in the photos.
     
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    I can't stand Kerry Katona :p

    Iceland is on my list of places to go/stay. My parents and some of my friends have been and the photos just make me want to go there. Prehaps within 5 years.
     

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