What should I do in Iceland?


Feb 25th, 2001, 08:23 PM
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What should I do in Iceland?

I have 2 days to spend in Iceland - where should I stay, where should I eat, what should I do for fun??? Any and all suggestions welcome!

thanks Beth
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Feb 25th, 2001, 08:43 PM
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hor: Amy ([email protected])
Date: 2/23/2001, 8:54 pm ET

Message: Nope, that's not a joke. I could do the hundred all by myself, but I'd love to hear from others.
To begin
1. Hike Thorvald's boulders and waterfalls.
2. Ride Viking ponies through lava fields.
3. Visit the volcano slides shown and explained by the scientist who took them when the island of Surtsey was born.
4. Ride a bus through glacial rivers.
5. Explore Reykjavik's adorable shops and long for a bigger budget.
6. Eat seafood!
7. Wander down in downtown Reykjavik in a 10PM dusk, watching the sunset. (ok, only in summer)
8. Breathe deeply. Ahhh...world's cleanest air!


or: Amy ([email protected])
Date: 2/23/2001, 10:35 pm ET

Message: Not at all difficult to do in
10. the Blue Lagoon, geothermal pool with terrific skin care properties, and
11. with a woolen sweater from all those sheep you'll see wandering about or
12. at the original Geysir and
13. in the boiling mud. (Okay, so maybe that's not on a par with the Louvre.)

". Now a few more for Rex...
14. whale watching on a fishing boat
15. the President's house, just right on out there in the open
16. greenhouse towns of amazing flowers and fruit
17. elves in Hafnarfjordur (no, I didn't see them, but that doesn't mean they're not there)
18. only five hours from the east coast
19. 55 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer (and I come from a 90's/humid city)
20. Viking sagas
21. Rotten shark and pickled rams'--uh--parts (so, it's an adventure)
22. Beautiful singing voices (pick up some CD's)
I could go on, but I don't want to be greedy...

e: Well, maybe just a few more...
23. Thingvellir, the Viking parliament, claimed as the first in Europe
24. Tectonic plate fissures in Thingvellir national park (of course that's exciting!)
25. Hotdogs (the national snack) down by the harbor
26. Active volcanoes
27. Snowmobiling on a glacier
28. Puffins galore
29. Lava fields with tiny wildflowers growing
30. Sculpture museum of manageable size
Hey, anybody else???

2. Visit the old style turf home and museum in the village of Skogar. It's like visiting an elderly relative with a fascinating history.
33. Public heated swimming pools all over
34. Lobster pasta under blue and white Viking sails at Pasta Basta in Reykjavik
35. Walk to the city airport and catch a flight to the north or to Greenland (and realize how "mild" Iceland is in comparison to Greenland)


36. Climb to the top of Skogafoss (falls) and "on a clear day, you can see forever"
37. Gaze into the calm teal waters of a crater lake
38. Only telephone book that I know of in Europe that's listed by first names
39. Great cheap public transport system in Reykjavik
40. Tipping is not expected or even usually approved
41. Colorful houses glowing in the lambent light
42. Friendly helpful people who do not find it necessary to hover or handhold


5. Dryohaey (sp) Peninsula, where the seabirds by the hundreds nest in the cliffs
46. beautifully kept flower filled cemetaries (what? doesn't everybody like cemetaries?)
47. big hotel rooms (by European standards)
48. view from Perlan, the restaurant atop the water tower in Reykjavik
49. Keflavik Airport's size and manageability
50. Farmhouses that take guests


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