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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 #240 on: July 20, 2015, 09:34:00 PM »
Great TR. Thanks for all the info.

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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #241 on: July 21, 2015, 12:04:50 AM »
That's a good point. The area of the Blue Lagoon is just one huge, boring, lava field. You could walk for a mile or walk in a circle outside your door and see the exact same thing.

I remember driving out of the airport and being completely underwhelmed by how boring the landscape was...little did I know...
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #242 on: July 27, 2015, 10:52:08 AM »
Has anyone brought frozen chicken cutlets, frozen franks, frozen hamburgers, etc  into Iceland? I was thinking about bringing a "George Forman" grill. Reading the Iceland Immigration/Customs website it looks like it could be a problem and, with my luck, I will be stopped and food will be confiscated!.

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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #243 on: July 27, 2015, 10:53:30 AM »
Has anyone brought frozen chicken cutlets, frozen franks, frozen hamburgers, etc  into Iceland? I was thinking about bringing a "George Forman" grill. Reading the Iceland Immigration/Customs website it looks like it could be a problem and, with my luck, I will be stopped and food will be confiscated!.

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Brought a mountain of food. Walked through the "nothing to declare" hallway and that was that.
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #244 on: July 27, 2015, 10:56:08 AM »
We brought frozen meals from Pom and like with SF, simply walked through the nothing to declare line.  No one stopped us.  As for a grill, there is no need to bring your own unless you want to.  Most gas stations and grocery stores (in outlying areas) sell grills and grilling supplies.  Plus, you will have to buy charcoal anyways.

Edit - sorry I see you meant an electric grill  - do you have a 220v unit? 
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #245 on: July 27, 2015, 12:02:25 PM »
Yes, I have a 220 watt grill

If no one stops us, great. The problem is if we are stopped. I don't want to have everything taken away and have nothing to eat for 4 days! I would rather knno what's what in advance!

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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #246 on: July 27, 2015, 12:10:20 PM »
Yes, I have a 220 watt grill

If no one stops us, great. The problem is if we are stopped. I don't want to have everything taken away and have nothing to eat for 4 days! I would rather knno what's what in advance!

I don't think anyone can give you an absolute guarantee but if you have two people that shared the same experience with you I would think you are generally safe.  Plus, I don't think you have any other options unless you subsist on fruit, chips and granola bars for 4 days.
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #247 on: July 27, 2015, 01:34:15 PM »
Plus, I don't think you have any other options unless you subsist on fruit, chips and granola bars for 4 days.
Even with our whole mountain of food that's pretty much what we did...

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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #248 on: July 27, 2015, 01:41:08 PM »
Good to hear!

Just bought a soft igloo to store cutlets, hamburgers etc and will pack it a regular suitcase as not to draw attention!

I always thought that one could find Coke and Chabad everywhere! Guess, I was wrong!

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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #249 on: July 27, 2015, 01:46:12 PM »
Good to hear!

Just bought a soft igloo to store cutlets, hamburgers etc and will pack it a regular suitcase as not to draw attention!

I always thought that one could find Coke and Chabad everywhere! Guess, I was wrong!

Leaving Iceland on Friday and will spend Shabbos and a few extra days in Scotland. There at least there is one kosher restaurant!
Nice, what's your plan for Scotland (we can move this over to the Scotland thread)
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #250 on: July 27, 2015, 01:47:47 PM »
We used a collapsible rolling cooler - rolled it right through the nothing to declare line.  I don't think you have anything to worry about.

The one we used looks similar to this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Picnic-Ascot-Collapsible-Rolling-Cooler/dp/B001AZSHXG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1438019192&sr=8-2&keywords=collapsable+rolling+cooler
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #251 on: July 27, 2015, 01:51:23 PM »
I always thought that one could find Coke and Chabad everywhere! Guess, I was wrong!

Coca Cola products in Iceland are kosher.
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #252 on: July 27, 2015, 02:40:18 PM »
Staying at small hotel/apartments in Reyjavik (Black Pearl) Found it on Expedia and looks very nice from pictures, similar to  place I rented in London a few summers ago. Has Wifi, kitchen (can kasher the oven and microwave) and washing machine/dryer. Decided that I won't rent car to drive and will try tours. Any suggestions? From prior posts, I decided to look into helicopter/volvano and Golden Circle.

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« Reply #253 on: July 27, 2015, 02:43:03 PM »
Staying at small hotel/apartments in Reyjavik (Black Pearl) Found it on Expedia and looks very nice from pictures, similar to  place I rented in London a few summers ago. Has Wifi, kitchen (can kasher the oven and microwave) and washing machine/dryer. Decided that I won't rent car to drive and will try tours. Any suggestions? From prior posts, I decided to look into helicopter/volvano and Golden Circle.

Why not rent a car and go on your own?
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Re: Iceland Master Thread
« Reply #254 on: July 27, 2015, 04:10:13 PM »
We had zero issue bringing our food in. Just walk on through with nothing to declare.

We did the south coast tour and loved it. You see different waterfalls than Gullfloss.