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CrashedMint
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### Yo, Hansi

Thanks to my awesome interweb skills and you letting down your guard for just a second I found out you are a) an actual person and b) from Iceland. That comes in handy as I'm thinking about going to Iceland in the near future and need some first hand advice. I think an Icelander who decided that living in some other country because it's simply more fun is ideal to provide that advice.So here's a short list of stuff that seems cool:1) Ásbyrgi2) Langisjór3) Landmannalaugar4) EystrahornPls advice.

Collector
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### Yo, Hansi

QuoteOriginally posted by: CrashedMintThanks to my awesome interweb skills and you letting down your guard for just a second I found out you are a) an actual person and b) from Iceland. That comes in handy as I'm thinking about going to Iceland in the near future and need some first hand advice. I think an Icelander who decided that living in some other country because it's simply more fun is ideal to provide that advice.So here's a short list of stuff that seems cool:1) Ásbyrgi2) Langisjór3) Landmannalaugar4) EystrahornPls advice.50 Crazy Things to do in Iceland"Snaefridur Ingadottir, is asked about the idea, she says that she always wanted to make a tourist book which was light and entertaining. When she, herself, is a tourist, she does not want to do what every tourist does - she likes to do what local people do. In her Crazy books, she points out what is obvious and natural to all Icelanders, but for the guests-eye might seem rather crazy ."Stay away from the elves!!
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Hansi
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QuoteOriginally posted by: Collector50 Crazy Things to do in IcelandI don't understand why that book is $40...QuoteOriginally posted by: CrashedMintThanks to my awesome interweb skills and you letting down your guard for just a second I found out you are a) an actual person and b) from Iceland. That comes in handy as I'm thinking about going to Iceland in the near future and need some first hand advice. I think an Icelander who decided that living in some other country because it's simply more fun is ideal to provide that advice.So here's a short list of stuff that seems cool:1) Ásbyrgi2) Langisjór3) Landmannalaugar4) EystrahornPls advice.1) Good choice for camping in July and August, really beautiful in glaring sun, dreadful in massive rain (as are most places).2) Never been.3) Awesome if you are into hiking, but also nice if just passing through to look at nature.4) Had to google that, never heard of it...Definitely check: http://www.inspiredbyiceland.com/things-to-do/My friend just got back this week from a visit so I'm going to be lazy and just copy paste facebook messages from me and a friend to her on this topic as a start:QuoteReykjavik is good for going out partying on weekends, but renting a car and driving around the coast is definitely a must as well. South coast being most easily reachable. Not far from Reykjavik you'll get Gullfoss waterfall (http://bit.ly/wSgbtS) and Geysir (http://bit.ly/xBUf2u ), typical tourist attractions, but for a reason. Then you have Seljalandsfoss (http://bit.ly/w9QQz3) a small, pretty waterfall you can walk behind further east.Then there's the Glaciar lagoon - http://bit.ly/AwZ9KG , which is very unique and pretty. Recommend going on a boat onto it - http://bit.ly/z0MG8pGoing on top of a glacier on a 'super-jeep' tour is a more extravagant option -http://bit.ly/yTsSU9 The East and West coast have cute desolated towns and steep fjords. The north is only known for aggressive hillbillies there are quite dangerous.. they also speak a different dialect. Whale watching from Husavik or even Reykjavik is possible. May could though be still quite cold for that.A few seafood restaurants are a must to try out in downtown Reykjavik, Fishmarket being the better one, people say.http://bit.ly/xkaCLh - Fishmarkethttp://bit.ly/xkaCLh - Seefood CellarAnd then Nonnabiti if you're going for a greasy snack..Public pools are a big thing in Iceland,.. many around.Then you'll have to go to a supermarket and try some shark meat, quite potent. Althingi, the oldest parliament few hours away from Reykjavik, where you see the tectonic plates move apart..Many things todo and see,.. QuoteIf you like the idea of going for the horse riding, this tour is really good as it combines a riding tour with a trip to Gullfoss, Geysir and Alþingi: http://www.laxnes.is/?p=6If you're looking for culture-al stuff in downtown Reykjavik this exhibition is pretty good: http://www.reykjavik871.is/P.s. if you do have the chance going to Stokkseyri even if just for a quick tour it's worth it for the lobster soup at the restaurant. Without a doubt the best lobster soup in the world.I'm a bit biased but I think going to Vestmanneyjar is also a good choice: http://www.visitwestmanislands.com/english/ especially if there in August for http://bokanir.dalurinn.is/page/english .My dad's friends from the states went to Þjóðhátíð in the 80s and they still talk about it every time we meet them.If you are thinking of a fall trip, this is a MUST: http://icelandairwaves.is/ might sell out soonish though, it's really popular. Cuchulainn Posts: 62376 Joined: July 16th, 2004, 7:38 am Location: Amsterdam Contact: ### Yo, Hansi QuoteI'm a bit biased but I think going to Vestmanneyjar is also a good choiceAs a tourist ...Yes, the island of the Westman (Irish).Probably best to take a plane. The puffin colonies are nice to see. There is a special museum there I liked the cinema of Villi Knudsen (if you are into volcanoes). http://www.faultlineliving.com/iceland/ ... senMyvatin is an eerie place. Last edited by Cuchulainn on May 10th, 2012, 10:00 pm, edited 1 time in total. tagoma Posts: 18362 Joined: February 21st, 2010, 12:58 pm ### Yo, Hansi 50 Crazy Things to do in Icelandfermented skate?do they mean the fish below that undergoes fermentation? Last edited by tagoma on May 10th, 2012, 10:00 pm, edited 1 time in total. trackstar Posts: 27426 Joined: August 28th, 2008, 1:53 pm ### Yo, Hansi QuoteOriginally posted by: edouard50 Crazy Things to do in Icelandfermented skate?do they mean the fish below that undergo fermentation?Yes. You can imagine how tasty that is.Traden even posted a picture of a plastic bag filled with it one time. Last edited by trackstar on May 10th, 2012, 10:00 pm, edited 1 time in total. tagoma Posts: 18362 Joined: February 21st, 2010, 12:58 pm ### Yo, Hansi QuoteOriginally posted by: trackstarQuoteOriginally posted by: edouard50 Crazy Things to do in Icelandfermented skate?do they mean the fish below that undergo fermentation?Yes. You can imagine how tasty that is.Traden even posted a picture of a plastic bag filled with it one time.AH, okay. i was unsure of the meaning of "skate" in this context.people eat skates here, too. trackstar Posts: 27426 Joined: August 28th, 2008, 1:53 pm ### Yo, Hansi Here is some fermented shark dried on sticks: (Hákarl)Viking Warrior Food, real men stuff. Last edited by trackstar on May 10th, 2012, 10:00 pm, edited 1 time in total. Collector Posts: 4644 Joined: August 21st, 2001, 12:37 pm ### Yo, Hansi "50 Crazy Things to do in IcelandI don't understand why that book is$40..."Crazy price for Crazy book makes sense to me...I heard the book: "50 Crazy Things to do for Dummies traveling to Iceland" will be even more expensive!! This also makes sense Could be a best seller??
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tagoma
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### Yo, Hansi

QuoteOriginally posted by: Collector"50 Crazy Things to do in IcelandI don't understand why that book is \$40..."Crazy price for Crazy book makes sense to me...I heard the book: "50 Crazy Things to do for Dummies in Iceland" will be even more expensive!! This also makes sense Could be a best seller??everything is extremely expensive there in Iceland AFAIK. this give the traveller a foretaste!

trackstar
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### Yo, Hansi

So, for Crashed Mint - for base in Reykjavik: Hotel Borg, right on a little square near downtown is convenient and nice.(Thanks to Cuchulainn for tipping me off to that.)Horse Trekking - highly recommended - you go out in the lava fields in a small group - it is desolate and amazing.I went through Ishestar, but there are many options.Also, the Blue Lagoon is amazing. Sure, it will be in your standard tourist guide, but there is nothing better after a previous day of horseback riding over lava fields for 5-6 hours to restore your battered body. A good friend recommended that to me and he was right! Try their amazing fresh fish - I will go get the business card of a good restaurant in a minute...Here it is: Fiskmarkadurinn - Fish MarketThe Borg was also quite good for food, though the menu was limited.Please do not eat foal. I missed the erupting volcanoes by a few months. If and when it happens again, I will definitely go back for that!
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DevonFangs
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### Yo, Hansi

Hansi do you like Bjork? BTW I was sure as sh1t you were from germany
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Anthis
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### Yo, Hansi

QuoteOriginally posted by: DevonFangsHansi do you like Bjork? BTW I was sure as sh1t you were from germanyFor as long as I remember him posting in this forum, I knew he was from Iceland. I am surprised some regulars here discover it just now.

CrashedMint
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### Yo, Hansi

QuoteOriginally posted by: DevonFangsHansi do you like Bjork? BTW I was sure as sh1t you were from germanyactually i thought that too. and i thought he's probably 50.i wonder why? (no really? why? maybe the avatar?)

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### Yo, Hansi

QuoteOriginally posted by: CrashedMintactually i thought that too. and i thought he's probably 50.i wonder why? (no really? why? maybe the avatar?)Well, CM, we all know where you are from and here is a cute picture of you in your lederhosen.But there have been reports of you drifting around in a kimono too, so it gets confusing sometimes.Hansi is very mature for his age. Definitely not 50, though.
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