I'm just wondering if any of you have been or have any knowledge of Iceland and what it is like there for travellers...? I am hoping to arrive there by boat from Eastern Canada and will spend a little time there before embarking to continental europe via Bergen...
As the only active Icelander on the site, I could help you if you have any questions. Where will you be arriving in Iceland? How long are you staying? What do you want to see/do?
I had a friend who stayed in Iceland for a few months and really liked it. He did some work while he was there but found it quite hard to get work. I think he also had some problems connecting with the Icelandic people at first but managed to make some new friends in time...
I find that strange that he had trouble connecting with the people. Icelandic people are very open usually and you shouldn't have any trouble interacting.
I'd guess they are like most Scandinavians - very open, helpful and friendly, but (excepting Fri and Sat evenings) can be hard to get to know properly or become deep friends with. Most of those who are more open etc tend to have either lived abroad a while, or travelled a lot.
That's not a criticism of Scands by the way, but rather just a cultural difference. Most Scandinavians are very family/homey orientated, and a large chunk keep the same group of friends they have had since they were young, and it can be hard to be fully brought into that.
I think gelli's hit the nail on the head, that's the reason. I don't mind it and am pretty used to it from other countries I have travelled in, but my friend found it hard at first. It's not that they weren't friendly and helpful, they just seemed less open than the people he was probably used to.
I am Familiar with "Scands" as you call them =p. I was born in Sweden but have lived in Canada for the last 20 years... I was 2 when we moved... I still know a little Swedish though so we'll see how far that gets me in other Nordic countries.
Angela, I wont be travelling there until next spring/summer, and I am trying to find a boat from East Coast Canada. I guess that means I'll probably be coming via The Port of Seydisfjordu??
That is where most boat carrying people go to, but you might be able to find a boat that goes to some place near Reykjavík. Keflavik possibly..
Check out a company called Eimskip. They are an Icelandic company that ship things around the world. I think they go to Canada. You could possibly hitch a ride.
Funny you mention Eimskip... I have contacted them already and Im waiting for a reply... They stop in Halifax which is perfect for me... So yeah, I hope to get on with them...