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Aurora, Storms, and Snowpants: An Icelandic Saga by Something Fishy, whYME, and ChAiM'l

Airlines that fly to Iceland direct:
1. Iceland Air
2. Delta seasonally in the summer
3. Wow Air

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
« Reply #90 on: February 08, 2013, 10:11:42 AM »

thank you very much is that a expensive place to go to for a few days vacation?

I would stay in Reykjavik, hotels are priced well, (there are a couple chain hotels also if you have points- Radisson and Hilton) and then get a car to drive anywhere you please. It might be a little expensive, but I believe well worth it. Might have been one of the most unique places I've been to.

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Re: Iceland
« Reply #91 on: February 08, 2013, 10:28:40 AM »
I would stay in Reykjavik, hotels are priced well, (there are a couple chain hotels also if you have points- Radisson and Hilton) and then get a car to drive anywhere you please. It might be a little expensive, but I believe well worth it. Might have been one of the most unique places I've been to.

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Re: Iceland
« Reply #92 on: July 14, 2013, 12:05:07 PM »
Is this one day Golden Circle enough?:
http://Http://www.icelandrovers.is/day-tours/the-classic-golden-circle-tour/#

Or I need to rent a car and do it in a few days?.

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Re: Iceland
« Reply #93 on: July 16, 2013, 09:36:59 AM »
You can do it in a day (might be a little packed in but very doable).

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Re: Iceland
« Reply #94 on: August 04, 2013, 06:47:01 AM »

Iceland's Handful of Jews Keep Faith Alive
50 Gather on Rosh Hashanah in Shadow of Arctic Circle



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Re: Iceland
« Reply #95 on: August 05, 2013, 04:37:44 AM »
Iceland's Handful of Jews Keep Faith Alive
50 Gather on Rosh Hashanah in Shadow of Arctic Circle



Read more: http://forward.com/articles/181557/icelands-handful-of-jews-keep-faith-alive/?p=all#ixzz2azp2Atvq

"The immigration officer’s response, according to Moussaieff, was: “I couldn’t care less who you are. I’ve never heard of Iceland, and the people there don’t interest me at all.”"

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Re: Iceland
« Reply #96 on: August 15, 2013, 06:23:06 PM »
Has anyone had issues bringing in food I saw mentioned in the threads a 3 kg limit?

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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #97 on: October 25, 2013, 09:34:09 AM »
So the current plan is a trip combining Lizensk and mekomos hakdoshim with a 3 day Icelandic photography marathon - non-stop shooting and driving, not touching a bed. Nothing's booked yet, but it looks like it'll be JFK-TXL-KRK-CPH-REK-JFK on AA, Norwegian, and IcelandAir.

The hardest part with planning for me is trying to keep track of these blasted unpronounceable names. I have no idea whether I'm coming or going :o. When I was planning my Hawaii trip I was getting frustrated trying to keep track of the difference between Halema'uma'u and Mau Loa o Mauna Ulu. But now trying to sort out Breiđamerkurjökull from Fjađrárgljúfur... Oy!
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #98 on: October 25, 2013, 11:21:00 AM »
Just a word of caution:
One of the main sites is a national park surrounded by glaciers (can't recall the name). When i went with 2 friends we rented the cheapest car they had. Turns out, some of the roads have rivers running across which can only be traveled with an SUV. We drove for about an hour to get to the park only to come across a river and had to turn back.
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #99 on: October 25, 2013, 11:23:31 AM »
Also, I went scuba diving in a glacial lake there AWESOME!!! it is the only place in the world you can touch the euro-asian and american continental plates at the same time
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #100 on: October 25, 2013, 11:45:02 AM »
Also, I went scuba diving in a glacial lake there AWESOME!!! it is the only place in the world you can touch the euro-asian and american continental plates at the same time

Wow.

That's amazing.

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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #101 on: October 25, 2013, 12:14:49 PM »
Wow.
Scuba diving/snorkeling is the only time my mustache/beard really bothers me.
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« Reply #102 on: October 25, 2013, 12:51:16 PM »
Wow.
Scuba diving/snorkeling is the only time my mustache/beard really bothers me.

Just imagine the reward you're getting... you can scuba dive for eternity in olam haba ;)
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« Reply #103 on: October 25, 2013, 12:55:59 PM »
Or best of both worlds ;) , just gotta get a whole head mask or something.
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Re: Iceland
« Reply #104 on: October 26, 2013, 08:21:37 PM »
Has anyone had issues bringing in food I saw mentioned in the threads a 3 kg limit?
I know this q is old, but responding may help someone else. Officially yes the rule when I went was 3 kg. pp... 3 x 2.2 = 6.6 lbs. Sounds like a fair amount of food for 2 days or so. But either way no one checked me or scanned my luggage, so in theory you should be ok with brining in an entire buffalo carcass.