Anonymous asked: hi - we are planning to hire a motor home and do a lap of Iceland, can we stop and overnight anywhere or do we have to stay in organised camp sites?

It should be fine to stop in most places as long as you use some common sense and leave no mark.

Geoff Harper took his fat bike and rode along the black sand beaches on Iceland’s South Coast.

Anonymous asked: Your picture is fantastic! We are going to Iceland and I am trying to navigate my preliminary itinerary. I see that this is close to Rerkjavik which is where we are staying but when I look up on Google Maps, they have about an hour and 1/2 away. Is that right?

What picture?

The Icelandic Police check out a snowy mountain pass
There is an extreme amount of snow in the northern part of Iceland right now. This photo is taken on the Gemlufallsheiði plateau in the Vestfjord region. Here’s a great description of last weekend’s snow storm.
Photo by Alexandra Birgisdóttir.

The Icelandic Police check out a snowy mountain pass

There is an extreme amount of snow in the northern part of Iceland right now. This photo is taken on the Gemlufallsheiði plateau in the Vestfjord region. Here’s a great description of last weekend’s snow storm.

Photo by Alexandra Birgisdóttir.

Anonymous asked: I'ts always been my dream to live in Iceland. I live Canada. Do you have tips or suggestions about how I can go about living there? Also how well is the internet connections?

Check out some previous answers, in particular ones about studying in Iceland.

Internet connections are good, in fact there are many ideas of building major data centers in Iceland in order to make use of the cold climate and cheap environmentally friendly electricity.

Anonymous asked: are there sheep and cows in iceland

Yes. In fact there are several times more sheep in Iceland than people.

Icelandic Wrecking Ball
Örvar Helgason a sailor on the Icelandic trawler Höfrungur III sent his friends this photo of himself hanging on the “wrecking ball” somewhere off the south coast of Iceland. There is no reason not to have a little fun when the winter seas aren’t too rough.

Icelandic Wrecking Ball

Örvar Helgason a sailor on the Icelandic trawler Höfrungur III sent his friends this photo of himself hanging on the “wrecking ball” somewhere off the south coast of Iceland. There is no reason not to have a little fun when the winter seas aren’t too rough.

Anonymous asked: Going to Iceland June 5th. I was hoping to do the Laugavegurinn trail; however, the road might not be open. If that is the case is it possible to do it anyway, and if so,how?

That is quite early for Laugavegurinn. Most hikers take the bus to Landmannalaugar, but the road usually only opens sometime in early to mid June. Even if you have the cash to hire a super jeep to get you there, the road might not only be impassable but closed off to prevent damage during the thaw period (muddy). If the road is open, be prepared for the first couple of days to be in snow.

You can however be sure that it is possible to get to the other end of the trail, Þórsmörk, in June. Þórsmörk by itself is a great hiking destination. You can do endless day hikes in the area and eventually cross the Fimmvörðuháls Col to Skógar.

Anonymous asked: hello again. I've been looking for relations between the Greeks and the Icelanders. There's not much that connect the two nations. I've just noticed that the University of Iceland (Háskóli Íslands) is using the Greek ancient goddess Athena as a logo. Do you know anything about it?

image

My old school and Iceland’s oldest school, Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík (Reykjavik Junior College) has a statue in the yard of the school’s mascot, Pallas Aþena. The school is also the only high school that teaches ancient Greek.

Lamb Testicles
What’s cooking tonight? Þorri is the fourth winter month in the old Icelandic calander, mid January to mid February in modern speak. During this time, Icelanders typically go to one Þorrablót (Þorri feast) often organized by large workplaces, groups of friends, sport clubs etc. In these feasts you will find the traditional Icelandic food that would be the only thing left this far into winter. This is when Icelanders guzzle down their hákarl (rotten shark) with Brennivín as an appetizer before moving into the soured ram’s testicles, salted seal flippers and the ever delicious blood pudding.

Lamb Testicles

What’s cooking tonight? Þorri is the fourth winter month in the old Icelandic calander, mid January to mid February in modern speak. During this time, Icelanders typically go to one Þorrablót (Þorri feast) often organized by large workplaces, groups of friends, sport clubs etc. In these feasts you will find the traditional Icelandic food that would be the only thing left this far into winter. This is when Icelanders guzzle down their hákarl (rotten shark) with Brennivín as an appetizer before moving into the soured ram’s testicles, salted seal flippers and the ever delicious blood pudding.

Anonymous asked: WHAT DO ICELANDICS EAT? I AM GOING TO TRAVEL TO ICELAND IN JUNE AND I DON'T LIKE FISH, CAN I SURVIVE WITHOUT EATING IT?

ALL SORTS OF THINGS. YES YOU WILL SURVIVE. JUST EAT BÆJARINS BESTU EVERY DAY.

Anonymous asked: hi. Do you know how many Greeks live in Iceland? I guess they can't be more than 200. If I come, I guess I can stay for at least six months without having to be given a kennitala, right?

There were exactly 20 Greeks living in Iceland at the end of 2013 according to Hagstofan.

Both countries are part of Schengen, so you don’t even need your passport to get here and don’t need any permit to stay for 90 days. I’m not sure what happens after those first 90 days, but it should be easy to sort out.

mapsontheweb:

60% of the population of Iceland lives here

mapsontheweb:

60% of the population of Iceland lives here

(Source: Wikipedia, via visendakona)

Tags: Iceland

Who said you can’t tour Iceland by bicycle in the winter?