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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 #135 on: April 14, 2015, 05:27:01 PM »
Do they check for contraband on the way back to the USA?

No idea, used Global Entry. Didn't have any though... Food originally from the US is fine AFAIK.
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #136 on: April 14, 2015, 05:28:23 PM »
No idea, used Global Entry. Didn't have any though... Food originally from the US is fine AFAIK.

Not talking about food.  They sell sealskin products that you can't legally bring back to the USA.  Was wondering if they really check.
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #137 on: April 14, 2015, 05:31:45 PM »
Not talking about food.  They sell sealskin products that you can't legally bring back to the USA.  Was wondering if they really check.

I wouldn't know about that.
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #138 on: April 14, 2015, 07:25:03 PM »
And here I thought the Icelander rebbe had written that email especially for me!
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #139 on: April 14, 2015, 07:35:57 PM »
Food originally from the US is fine AFAIK.
do you have a source for that?
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #140 on: April 14, 2015, 07:41:39 PM »
do you have a source for that?

No. Just from what I remember hearing/reading.
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #141 on: April 14, 2015, 08:21:01 PM »
Does anyone have experience flying with wow Air? It seems that it would be a waste to use miles on this itinerary.
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #142 on: April 15, 2015, 07:21:38 AM »
Not talking about food.  They sell sealskin products that you can't legally bring back to the USA.  Was wondering if they really check.
Regarding those products they usually just ask what it is and you can say imitation (which it usually is with these kinds of things regardless of how "official"the store or merchant was)

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« Reply #143 on: April 15, 2015, 07:22:20 AM »
And here I thought the Icelander rebbe had written that email especially for me!
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #144 on: April 21, 2015, 06:32:02 PM »
Has anyone had experience with the Garmin Nordic map for Iceland?  Amazon has it pretty cheap - way cheaper than buying a new GPS with EU maps.  Here is the link on the Garmin website to this item:

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/maps/on-the-road-maps/city-navigator-nt/city-navigator-europe-nt-nordics/prod8427.html
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #145 on: April 21, 2015, 06:52:37 PM »
Has anyone had experience with the Garmin Nordic map for Iceland?  Amazon has it pretty cheap - way cheaper than buying a new GPS with EU maps.  Here is the link on the Garmin website to this item:

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/maps/on-the-road-maps/city-navigator-nt/city-navigator-europe-nt-nordics/prod8427.html

i just rented one from the company when I was there to play it safe. (this was also before smart phones were so common)
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« Reply #146 on: April 21, 2015, 07:15:09 PM »
i just rented one from the company when I was there to play it safe. (this was also before smart phones were so common)

Renting costs more than buying a new one.  Not doing that.  My choices are to either buy a new unit with EU maps or just buy this map pack.
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #147 on: May 05, 2015, 09:54:04 AM »
In general is there a lot of hiking involved in an Iceland Trip or is it driving around a lot and seeing things from the car or a  short walk? I'm debating if I can do this with my pregnant wife? Thanks

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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #148 on: May 05, 2015, 10:01:07 AM »
or is it driving around a lot and seeing things from the car or a  short walk?

That.

Absolutely doable.
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #149 on: May 05, 2015, 10:53:23 AM »
That.

Absolutely doable.

I was hoping you'd say that. If I go in the summer, do you think one week is enough? Tuesday to Tuesday? or should I do 10 days?