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Re: Iceland

Post by annie » Wed Apr 01, 2009 3:34 pm

mimpkin wrote:Ooh and I forgot to say, you lot going to Iceland . . . Gullfoss! Go to Gullfoss!!
it was amazing! parts of it were frozen because it was so cold, very eerie to see water seemingly frozen halfway through falling down. also, i've never cried in pain from cold before, but the freezing wind had me in agony. said tears then of course froze on my face. joy. but it was worth it.
we're already planning to go back next year, i'd love to travel around for several weeks in summer and see how different the landscapes are when not covered in snow and ice. would happily move there now given the chance, i've never been tempted to live in the countryside, but there? yes please. the food was bloody lovely as well.
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Re: Iceland

Post by mimpkin » Wed Apr 01, 2009 5:05 pm

Look at those pics! Ohh, it sounds like you feel the same way about the place as I do.
I want to go back soo much now. I'd best get earning . . .
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Re: Iceland

Post by Modern Antiquarian » Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:12 pm

I heard they spend money looking out for elves when they build new roads and things in Iceland, similar to the way we treat rare newts here. Apparently if you build a road through elf territory they don't like it and play tricks causing delays and accidents.

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Re: Iceland

Post by TheAlex » Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:09 pm

There are some cracking photos linked here.

I absolutely love Iceland. I went a few years ago and it's still my favourite country. One of my dreams is to get a Bowler Wildcat (this is a mentally souped up virtually indestructable version of a Landrover for anyone not in the know) and drive around Iceland for a year. The back of it would be turned into my sleeping space. They are about £60,000 so I'd need to win the lottery (which I don't even do).

It's a myth that it's a cold country, it's in the way of the North Atlantic Drift, a current that helps keep summers warm and winters milder than many people expect. I went one July and didn't even need a blanket to cover me on most nights. The sulphur smell isn't that bad and for much of the country it was non-existent. Iceland is a lot cheaper than it was, having suffered in the current economic climate.

If anyone wants to go to Iceland this year, Icelandair are offering a deal at the moment, around £300 will get you flights, three nights in a hotel and the Golden Circle tour. The offer ends tomorrow though! I was very very very tempted, but I'm saving for a round the world trip. It's camping in Wales for me, which is fun too. :)

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As well as the beauty and variation of the place and the friendliness of the people, I loved the fact that most of Iceland has a complete absence of people. All that wonder can be just for one pair of eyes!

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Re: Iceland

Post by stolenwine » Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:20 pm

holy fuck. those are freaking gorgeous.
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Re: Iceland

Post by Uncle Ants » Fri Jul 31, 2009 10:32 am

It's a properly amazing place. I wouldn't have said it was a myth that it's a cold country though. Maybe not for a few weeks in July, but I was there in March once and it was f**king freezing. I don't think it was mythologically nad freezingly cold, it genuinely was.

PS. TheAlex - those are some great pics you've taken there.
PPS. If you book the flights separately and book the hotel yourself, last time I looked you could do three nights for about £195 - you would need to book your own tour, but a really good day trip out is about £40 or so I think booked separately, same with one of the superjeep trips.
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Re: Iceland

Post by mimpkin » Sun Mar 28, 2010 9:29 am

Wow! Great footage of the latest Icelandic volcanic erruption.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8586442.stm
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Re: Iceland

Post by strengthofstrings » Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:55 pm

I want to go back to Iceland this October. Last time I booked with Travelsphere (!) but they're quoting £700 now. Any agent recommendations?

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Re: Iceland

Post by a layer of chips » Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:29 am

This is really quite funny.


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Re: Iceland

Post by Damian » Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:48 am

Some of the Daily Mail comments about Iceland this morning are works of demented genius.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... l#comments
Is it not enought what wif what Iceland dun to the econimy that now they go and send us a cloud of volcanic ash. What will this do to the youngins lungs, come to think about it whats it going to do to my washing!

- egor, London, 15/4/2010 11:38

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Re: Iceland

Post by a layer of chips » Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:46 am

Typically, there seems to have been hardly any reporting at all of how the volcano erupting has affected local people, just lots of bored and frustrated-looking people in airports.

I read something the other day about 700 people being evacuated from their homes, but have no idea if they can ever go back. Anyone else any idea?

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Re: Iceland

Post by Carys » Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:33 am

I keep wondering about this, but haven't been able to find anything out. Is the area around the volcano inhabited? I hope that everyone over there is okay.

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Re: Iceland

Post by a layer of chips » Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:38 am

The only report I could find was a Guardian one about 700 people being evacuated, and an eye-witness account of the floods. I suppose 700 is quite a built-up area by Icelandic standards, eh?

Hope you get home as soon as you can, Carys.

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Re: Iceland

Post by Carys » Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:46 am

Thanks. I hope I get home too, but the most important thing is that no-one got hurt. As far as natural disasters go, it could be hell of a lot worse than a great deal of expense and inconvenience.

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Re: Iceland

Post by caramarydaisy » Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:02 am

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8624748.stm
There are fears of an even bigger eruption if the vulcanism sets off the nearby Katla volcano, which is also covered in ice.
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Re: Iceland

Post by andyroo » Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:13 am

a layer of chips wrote:Typically, there seems to have been hardly any reporting at all of how the volcano erupting has affected local people, just lots of bored and frustrated-looking people in airports.
That's what struck me about the coverage. I was trying for hours on Thursday night to find any reference on telly news or even on the interweb.

My cousin's in Iceland at the moment. Lucky bugger. I've never seen a volcano.
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Re: Iceland

Post by mimpkin » Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:44 pm

I looked at the map last night and the glacier that I went to in Iceland was the Eyjafjallajökull glacier!

It didn't look like any of these pictures when I went though . . . these are from the Boston Globe. Amazing!

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/0 ... wit:bigpic
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Re: Iceland

Post by andyroo » Tue Apr 20, 2010 9:32 pm

Apparently in one of Westlife's videos they're standing on the Efkakakkfokmoasiraijorjoromowsrlorekollll (or whatever it's called) glacier.

So it's clearly all their fault.
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Re: Iceland

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Wed Apr 20, 2011 11:48 am

awwwwww *siiiiigh* :-/
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