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Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l
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Airlines that fly to Iceland direct from NY:
1. Iceland Air
2. Delta
3. Wow Air
4. United (May 23 - Oct 4)

Hotels in the Reykjavik Area:
1. 101 Hotel (supposedly one of the best spas in Iceland)
2. Ion (set on a lava field and one of Iceland's newest luxury hotels)
3. Hotel Ranga
4. Blue Lagoon Clinic Hotel (provides exclusive access to a private lagoon for hotel guests only)
5. Radisson BLU 1919 (Can use Club carlson points and in the middle of town) Will warm and store food for a nominal fee.

Camper/RV Rentals:
There are several places where you can rent a camper truck or motorhome, including here:  http://www.campericeland.is/

Campgrounds:
The campgrounds in Iceland are large and never feel crowded.  Many offer excellent facilities and amenities.  You can drive in at any time of the day or night and pay the nominal fee whenever the office opens.

Kosher Food:
Kosher food is pretty much non existent in Iceland.  Even many American brands do not have a hechsher.  Some foods that have been found with a hechsher are Cheerios Cereal, Nature Valley Granola Bars, and Powerade.  That being said, several DDF members have been able to bring in kosher food/meat without being checked or stopped.  Just walk through the "nothing to declare" line.

Language
Most of the populace speaks English and children are taught English starting in the sixth grade.  It is rare but you might find some older folks that do not speak English.

Communications:
The Iceland Air Saga shop sells starter Síminn branded sim cards for a nominal amount.  If you order in advance, they will even deliver the sim cards to you on your Icelandair flight (one of the cheapest options to get a starter sim card).  You can also find stores in the airport that sell sim cards.  Vodafone is the other major carrier in Iceland and also sells sim cards.  You can purchase the Saga Shop sim starter here:

http://www.sagashop.net/men/detail/?id=57860-0009

GPS - Navigation
Garmin Nordic Maps includes Iceland and can be purchased here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BS4Q3I?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage

Voltage
Iceland uses 220v.  Most cell phones, cameras and laptops come with a multi switching power supply (verify by looking at power supply) so you will only need to buy a cheap adapter such as this:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0058EG0KC?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s01

Currency/Credit Cards
Credit cards are almost universally accepted in Iceland.  As a result, you may find no need to exchange currency for the Icelandic Kroner (ISK).  If you use a credit card that does not charge foreign transaction fees, you should be set.  If you do decide to exchange currency, there are ATM machines in the airport right outside customs.

Activities:
1.  The Golden Circle Tour is very popular and takes you to Geysir (lame compared to Yellowstone), Gulfoss Waterfalls, and Thingvellir (where the continental drift between the North American and Eurasian Plates can be clearly seen in the cracks or faults which traverse the region.  You can dive in a lake and touch both plates). 

2.  Inside the volcano tour to Thrihnukagigur Volcano.  In this tour, you either hike ( a few kilometers) or take a helicopter charter from the Reykjavik airport to the volcano.  Once there, you are lowered by a construction type lift into the magma chamber.  The least expensive way to get a semi private tour of the magma chamber is with the helicopter, which takes you there in between the regularly scheduled tours.

3.  There are various Super Jeep Tours (vans and SUV's with tractor tires), including a tour to Langjokull Glacier, where you drive onto the glacier.  Private tours can be arranged.

4. Jokulsarlon - a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland, on the edge of Vatnajokull National Park.  Here, you can take a duck boat tour or a zodiac boat tour of the lake where you will see icebergs, seals, and various birds.  Across the road from Jokulsarlon is a black sand beach where you can see icebergs on the beach.

5. The Blue Lagoon - the public lagoon gets very crowded and if you go it is recommended to get there when they open.  If you can manage a stay at the Blue Lagoon Clinic Hotel (currently 15 rooms but they are expanding to 30 rooms) you will get exclusive access to the private lagoon for hotel guests only.  Since there are only 15 rooms at present, the private lagoon rarely has more than a handful of people in it at any time. Most people do not make a full day out of the Blue Lagoon and instead go on your arrival into Iceland or upon departure before the airport. All the Bus lines have stops to and from the airport. 3-4 hours is ample time.

6. Waterfalls abound including Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss.

7. Dog sledding in Skallafell.

8. Icelandic Horses - Horse back riding is extremely popular in Iceland. Most residents actually own a horse. Iceland is the only place in the world where you will find the Icelandic horse. It has 5 Gaits oppose to the 3 that most other horses have. They are gentle animals and very comfortable to ride.

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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #495 on: July 14, 2017, 07:54:04 AM »
the blue in Blue Lagoon is from some sort of waste deposits into the water?
The water itself is "waste" water from the nearby geothermal plant, and the Blue Lagoon didn't actually exist before it.  The gorgeous color is caused by all the silica in the water.  (Ocean blue + silica white). They give you buckets of silica to smear on yourself, as well.

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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #496 on: August 02, 2017, 12:42:34 AM »
Short Trip Report:
Arrived in Iceland rented a car from firefly (owned by hertz and gets their overused cars)
drove out to the city since it was on the way to golden circle anyway. visited city visitors center. Headed out to golden circle first stop was the Thingvallire national park. The hike was pretty nice and very iconic to pass the tectonic plates. next was the gullfoss waterfull where we caught a rainbow forming. last was the Gesire geothermal area. The mall across the st offered sitting and picnic areas. Good for a rest stop. on the way back to the city we stopped off at Kerid Crater Lake which was a great way to end the day. Hveragerđi is a cute little town with lots of hot springs and some new ones that broke after the 2008 earthquake met some of the locals watched sunset. Blue lagoon was basically closed by the time we got there but we did to see the place and it will def be on the my itinerary on our next trip to Iceland!

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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #497 on: August 02, 2017, 07:26:45 AM »
How many hours were you in Iceland for?
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #498 on: August 02, 2017, 08:18:09 AM »
Glad you had a good time, what hike did you do?

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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #499 on: August 02, 2017, 01:55:55 PM »
Glad you had a good time, what hike did you do?
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #500 on: August 02, 2017, 01:58:26 PM »
Glad you had a good time, what hike did you do?
no real hiking. the golden circle is mostly nature walks.....

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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #501 on: August 02, 2017, 03:15:20 PM »
no real hiking. the golden circle is mostly nature walks.....
We did it while driving. Curious what walks there are to do. Like did you actually follow a path somewhere, etc.

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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #502 on: August 02, 2017, 04:33:04 PM »
We did it while driving. Curious what walks there are to do. Like did you actually follow a path somewhere, etc.
Did you not walk a path to see Strokkur and the Blesi pools?
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #503 on: August 02, 2017, 04:41:50 PM »
How many hours were you in Iceland for?
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #504 on: August 02, 2017, 08:43:38 PM »
Did you not walk a path to see Strokkur and the Blesi pools?
Read my TR, we skipped it. Just wondering if there was a specific walk activity that I missed.

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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #505 on: September 12, 2017, 11:22:47 AM »
United announces Iceland flights:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2017/09/12/united-airlines-iceland-portugal-included-among-four-new-europe-routes/656370001/

May 23 - Oct 4 on a 757-200.
EWR-KEF 10:30p - 8:10a +1
KEF-EWR 11:55a - 2:05p

My thoughts:
- Still no decent seat to Iceland, except for the random DL lie-flat. EDIT: Apparently the 757-200 is lie-flat. Awesome!
- Summer only, which is a bummer
- Likely better Scandinavia availability, with SAS flying KEF-CPH.
- The DL and FI flights leave KEF at 10:30, which facilitates a practical Friday return. UA, not so much.

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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #506 on: September 12, 2017, 11:31:12 AM »
That's friggin awesome!
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #507 on: September 12, 2017, 12:13:40 PM »
In the summer a 2pm landing is doable. Nice to have more options.

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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #508 on: September 16, 2017, 11:31:36 PM »
I have the wow air 13 hour stopover in KEF  (Wed. Morning Sept27 4:50am-6:15pm) Any ideas what to do

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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #509 on: September 17, 2017, 12:26:57 AM »
I have the wow air 13 hour stopover in KEF  (Wed. Morning Sept27 4:50am-6:15pm) Any ideas what to do

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