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A shark head at the Shark museum in Bjarnarhöfn.A shark head at the Shark museum in Bjarnarhöfn.

One of the Icelandic Yulelads.One of the Icelandic Yulelads.

The god Þór - or Thor in English.The god Þór - or Thor in English.

From this angle it looks like a stranded whale!From this angle it looks like a stranded whale!

Forum Posts

lava hike near skogarfoss?

by anclar95

I am coming to IS this weekend, and saw there are trails to the site of the eruption - are they long? and how hard? With the limited amount of daylight we have a long list of must things to do
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Re: lava hike near skogarfoss?

by SK6Reykjavik

It will be difficult for you to hike this trail in that season.
The hike is at least 8 hours from Skogafoss to the eruption site and back to Skogafoss. It is very icy and very cold.
The daylight is from about 9.30 to 4 o'clock so you will be walking half the hike in the dark.
Really I don't recommend it for security reasons.

Re: lava hike near skogarfoss?

by Odinnthor

I agree. It will be less than ideal. If you do ANY hiking on your own, make sure someone (in authority) knows that you went hiking and where. The winter nights can be unforgiving, and it is extremely easy to get lost. There is hardly a day where some hapless tourist does not need to be rescued.

Note the above regarding the limitied hours of daylight. Very important!

So, what else do you need to know.....?......d:o)

Re: lava hike near skogarfoss?

by Odinnthor

....half of the daylight is akin to twighlight, wich is very deceiving, and a major contributor to people getting lost.

Re: lava hike near skogarfoss?

by anclar95

thanks - I know with the darkness and cold but could not tell the distance.
We will have to wait for the next summer trip to IS.

Travel Tips for Reykjavík

Yes You Can Afford to Eat

by SapineKuu

Although the price of meals in some restaurants may seem like a misprint, sadly this is unlikely to be the case. For those of modest means you can eat reasonably well by buying one meal between two, visiting the supermarket and feasting on their pasteries, hot snacks and coffee. Another option is to seek out the fast food. Give me hot dogs and cod and chips rather than Puffin any day! Coming out of the clubs and bars in the early hours to see the sun rising over the Atlantic.


by gmg61

Sick of skyr? Try Srumjölk!
It is a sour mil, similar to yoghurt that can be drunk natural, or with the add of a fruit sauce.

It is a nice dessert and also good for breakfast, but it's not as poor of fat as skyr is!

You can find it in every supermarket.

Dairy Products

by emilienoelle

In order to protect the interests of Iceland's dairy farmers the Icelandic government does not allow any dairy products to be imported into the country. As a result of this, Iceland has its own version of almost every type of dairy product you can imagine, though many of them are really not very similar to their counterparts in other countries. They make their own version of cream cheese for example, which is nothing at all like cream cheese but more like runny sort of gluey stuff that is kind of salty. Better is the Icelandic version of yogurt which is called skyr. Skyr is not like the yogurt you are most likely familiar with because you have to drink it through a straw but it tastes really good!

Austurvöllur square - on a sunny day!!!

by Regina1965

Austurvöllur square - our haven from the northern wind!

On sunny summer days sun-starved Icelanders flock down-town and Austurvöllur gets crowded with people, more crowded than the photos I add show. It is a tradition to go sit on Austurvöllur on sunny days and there you always meet people you know. Old and young people alike, mothers with young children, drunks and yours truly gather there and sit on the grass or on the benches. Why we chose this place over other much more attractive parks is not fully known, but the shelter from the northern wind is one theory, the closeness to the cafés and bars is another, but for as long as I can remember this has been the most popular place in the sun.

The only problem with this park is that homeless people and drunks have taken it over. Of course they have to be somewhere, but when the square is filled with people and the drunks pick a fight and the police has to come and intervene, then we who are sober cringe, especially when there are tourists around. Young mothers with their children frequent this park and it is somewhat surreal seeing these young children play in the grass next to the drunks. But there is no solution to this problem, or so it seems, and this will probably continue to be like this.

Once I was sitting on a bench there reading a newspaper when a drunk, who I gather "owned" this bench, sat next to me and then fell asleep on my lap. I don't mind them, but I don't want to be close to them when they start picking a fight.

Austurvöllur is the park opposite Alþingi, the Icelandic Parliament.

In the olden days Austurvöllur park used to be much bigger and farmers visiting Reykjavík on business used to camp here during their visit.

Corrugated houses in Reykjavík.

by Regina1965

You will see that many, many houses in Reykjavík are colourful corrugated iron-houses, which we Icelanders call "bárujárnshús". This is typical for Reykjavík, not that common abroad, apart from The Farao Islands and in some parts of Norway.

The corrugated iron was first used here in Reykjavík in 1880 and was only used on our colourful roofs. But as it proved to be so waterproof then it was used on the sides of the houses as well - waterproof siding!

There is shortage of woodland here in Iceland since the Vikings came here and cut the wood in great amounts - and let the sheep run free to destroy our vegetation. So we had to use other types of building material.


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