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The First Day of Summer and Harpa

Winter is finally over, and summer is about to begin! The First Day of Summer is always on a Thursday between 19 and 25 April. Despite being called the First Day of Summer, summer has decidedly not come to Iceland. People generally do not talk about it being summer until June; however, it can be said that summer...
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Visit Iceland Cats

The Cats of Iceland

When you visit Iceland, you don’t have to be a cat person to appreciate the fondness many of us have for our feline friends. From our ancient folklore to our social media, you’ll discover cats have a special place in Iceland. Even the famous author Haruki Murakami wrote about our love of cats in an article for a...
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What are the best guided tours out of Reykjavik?

We, of course, want you to join us for at least one walking tour of Reykjavik when you visit us. But, we totally understand you want to explore the island as well. What are the best-guided tours out of Reykjavik? We have put together a list of tours we think are the best. They have in common that...
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The Best 7-day itinerary for a trip to Iceland

Iceland is on the bucket list for many, and there are many things people want to see. It can be challenging to find what to do to get the most out of your trip. So we have put together the best 7-day itinerary for a trip to Iceland. All trips are day trips from Reykjavík, so there is...
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Iceland in April

Visit Iceland in April

April is one of the least busy months in Iceland. The winter season is mostly over, and the summer season hasn’t started. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do in April. In many ways, it is best to visit Iceland in April. And we will tell you why! According to the old Icelandic calendar, einmánuður, the...
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What are the best hot springs in Iceland?

Going clockwise around the country, beginning in the capital area and ending in the Reykjanes Peninsula, we will check out the best hot springs in Iceland. Initially, we were just going to choose a few of the best natural hot springs you can bathe in Iceland. There are just so many, and despite some being similar, they are...
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Northern Lights over the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

What is the best month to visit Iceland?

The best month to visit Iceland won’t be the same for every type of traveler. For those of you seeking the Northern Lights, you’ll want to ensure the greatest chances with longer nights. But those of you wanting to traipse across all of Iceland will need longer days and clear roads for road trips and sightseeing.  There are...
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What’s the weather like in Iceland?

There are two popular weather sayings in Iceland: If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes, and it’ll have changed to something elseThere’s no such thing as bad weather, only badly dressed people. In essence, that explains the weather in Iceland in so many ways. Not that it is always cold and horrible here. Iceland is a...
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Skólavörðustígur, Reykjavík, parking spots

Best Parking Spots Downtown Reykjavik

All of our tours start at Ingólfstorg Square in downtown Reykjavík, and some of you might come driving – so where do you park? There’s one thing to be said about Reykjavík, there is no lack of parking spots or parking garages in downtown Reykjavik. But if you don’t know the area, they might be hard to find....
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The Sandwich Tart (or smörgåstårta or brauðterta)

There is this one bread dish every Icelander knows, especially from confirmation parties or grandma’s birthday. And that’s brauðterta – bread tart/sandwich tart. It does not have a lot in common with a tart or cake; in fact, the only thing making it “tart-like” is that it is in layers. Originally from Sweden (where it is called Smörgåstårta),...
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The Icelandic Sagas for Beginners

Icelanders are very proud of the Icelandic Sagas, mainly because we can still read them without translation. Written in the 12th and 13th centuries, primarily by unknown writers, but some scholars believe Snorri Sturluson wrote Egils saga. For recommendations of other Icelandic books, check out our Recommended Reads from Iceland blog post. The Icelandic sagas focus on history,...
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Recommended Reads from Iceland

Icelanders are known lovers of books. The Book-flood before every Christmas is renowned, and 1 in 10 Icelanders will publish a book in their life. Icelanders are also some of the first nations to write books in their mother tongue, as most scholars wrote in Latin in the Middle Ages. This blog post includes recommended reads from Iceland,...
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