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Jan 27th, 1998, 09:32 PM
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Eryl
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Iceland-Have you been there? Love to hear stories!

I have not yet been, but am strongly feeling the urge. I am not a camper or a hiker, but what about riding a mountian bike? I want to swim in the gysers and see the country side. I know the food is not very interesting unless you love fish and more fish. What are the people like? (all 250 thousand?)
 
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Mar 2nd, 1998, 01:49 PM
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Being Icelandic I can't give a tourist's point of view, but still I'd like to answer your questions. First of all, where did you hear the food wasn't interesting? I'll admit some of the traditional dishes require an aquired taste but they're anything but uninteresting. It's easier to get a pizza or a hamburger than traditional icelandic food and the variety of restaurants and fast-food places ranges from McDonald's to chinese restaurants to "haute cuisine". Bicycling seems to be a pretty popular travel means - but it can be very tough going (it's almost ALWAYS windy). I wouldn't recommend swimming in the geysers (them being too hot), but there are hot springs and the ever popular blue lagoon that are more appropriate for bathing. Two websites you might want to check out are: http://www.travelnet.is (there's a section on bicycling under Activities) and http://www.artic.is. If there are any more questions I'd be glad to help.
Good luck and I hope you'll come visit us! Rannveig
 
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Mar 2nd, 1998, 01:53 PM
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Being Icelandic I can't give a tourist's point of view, but still I'd like to answer your questions. First of all, where did you hear the food wasn't interesting? I'll admit some of the traditional dishes require an aquired taste but they're anything but uninteresting. It's easier to get a pizza or a hamburger than traditional icelandic food and the variety of restaurants and fast-food places ranges from McDonald's to chinese restaurants to "haute cuisine". Bicycling seems to be a pretty popular travel means - but it can be very tough going (it's almost ALWAYS windy). I wouldn't recommend swimming in the geysers (them being too hot), but there are hot springs and the ever popular blue lagoon that are more appropriate for bathing. Two websites you might want to check out are: http://www.travelnet.is (there's a section on bicycling under Activities) and http://www.artic.is. If there are any more questions I'd be glad to help. Good luck and I hope you'll come visit us! Rannveig
 
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Jan 4th, 1999, 10:43 AM
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We are plannng a trip to Reykjavik end of March 99. I would appreciate any suggestions on what to do, how to dress,cost of food and tours to take. We will be arriving on Sunday and departing Thurs.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Mike
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Jan 9th, 1999, 07:53 PM
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We were there for a week last August and liked it very much. We were on a tour and had many things to eat other than fish. The fish we had was excellent, and we don't even like fish! We found all the food very good and a great variety - from McDonalds up.
We saw lots of people on bicycles but they were always struggling against the wind. We was said further up, the wind blows all the time and it can be cold. There were plenty of campgrounds with mostly bicyclists.
 
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Jan 10th, 1999, 09:29 PM
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As pointed out you swim in the hot springs, or one of the public pools. Swimming is a geysir is like saying you'll take a bath in Old Faithful. Ouch!

Prices aren't cheap but there are definitely more choices than fish. (I can't stand it and found plenty of other things to my liking)

As for what to do, you're going to be limited in what tours run because of the time you're going. It'll probably be pretty raw due to the winds, but no matter what you can always do the Gullfoss tour. Best to be water proof with the spray.

The people are all very nice, never met anything but terrific people. Very Scandanavian.
 
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