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  • Iceland Winter Lights Festival

    Things to do in Iceland: Winter Lights Festival

    The Winter Lights festival, or Vetrarhátíð, brightens up a dreary and cold February in Iceland. Celebrating the lengthening days, the festival is a combination of cultural events, light installations and many museums are free which is a great bonus. Many museums put on special guided tours or events, there’s art everywhere, language classes, storytelling, there was…

  • Iceland Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Iceland

    Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Iceland

    Despite appearances, I do like Christmas. Just not when the hype starts in September. But now that’s it’s December I can get into the Christmas spirit and there’s a few differences with Christmas in Iceland that I’m enjoying learning about. Here Christmas is called Jól, which we know as Yule, an ancient pre-Christian feast. Icelanders…

  • The Pearl of Reykjavík - Perlan, Iceland

    The Pearl of Reykjavík: Perlan

    If you visit Reykjavík you’ll probably notice a large glass dome building perched up on top of a hill Öskjuhlíð. Well that’s Perlan, Reykjavík, a former water reservoir and now cafe, natural sciences museum and viewpoint, and it’s well worth a stop. Built in 1988 and designed by Ingimundur Sveinsson, Perlan was originally just a hot water reservoir,…

  • Iceland The Lava Tube Inside an Icelandic lava tunnel

    The Lava Tube: Inside an Icelandic lava tunnel

    Can you imagine walking through a cave, covered in crystals, the walls dripping like with blood that was formed by molten hot lava created more than a thousand years before the pyramids were built? Well, honestly I couldn’t either but I really wanted to check out an Icelandic lava tunnel which is why the other week…

  • Music in Iceland: The Punk Museum Reykjavík

    Music in Iceland: The Punk Museum Reykjavík

    Iceland has it’s share of quirky museums but one of my favourites is the tiny but jam-packed Pönksafn Íslands or Icelandic Punk Museum in downtown Reykjavík, perfectly located in a disused public toilet at the bottom of Laugavegur. So when I was ambling around Reykjavík one day I thought I’d check out The Punk Museum Reykjavík. The museum…

  • Iceland Things to do in Iceland in bad weather

    Things to do in Iceland in bad weather

    Winter is here in Iceland and it seems every week there is another storm or at least where I am it’s perpetually raining. My knitting is going well but is more an evening thing – so what are the things to do in Iceland when the weather is bad, where there are no northern lights, you need a…

  • Iceland 5 Museums and places to visit in Reykjavik

    Iceland: 5 Museums and places to visit in Reykjavik 

    It’s my last day in Reykjavik and being an overcast day and somewhat raining day it’s a good idea to head indoors after being outside so much. So what are the best museums in Reykjavik? Saga Museum I thought I remembered this museum in Reykjavik as being better. It’s quite expensive and not very large. I…

  • A sunny afternoon in Reykjavík, Iceland

    A sunny afternoon in Reykjavík 

    Iceland is called Iceland for a reason right? It’s not supposed to be hot! Iceland was so named after the first Norseman to spend a winter here lost all his cattle to the harsh weather before packing up never to return. But it was a sunny 12°C when I landed in Keflavik the international airport…

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