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Anyone been to, or thought of going to Iceland?

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1. Posted by JBCandy16 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Hi, this is my first post on the forum. I recently bought a ticket to Europe for June with a 4 day stopover in Iceland. I'm a 22 year old going by herself, and need some ideas. I've heard great things about it, and I was just wondering if any of you have been and what the experience was like. Also, what is a must see and where to stay. Thanks :)

2. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

I live in Iceland, so any questions you have you can ask me. I would recommend staying in Reykjavik and maybe going on day trips fron there. The Blue Lagoon is a must see and if your willing to go into the country a bit, Gullfoss and Geysir is a popular choice. If your staying over the weekend, you'll most likely see a lot of partying in downtown Reykjavik and it is good fun to check that out.
Send me a message if you have any more questions.

3. Posted by YerMan (Full Member 66 posts) 11y

I haven't been, although I believe that it is quite expensive by Eropean standards, so budget might figure in your plans. It is, however, supposed to be very beautiful.

4. Posted by tresham (Full Member 67 posts) 11y

I've not been, but it's definately on my list to do... *one of these days*. Need to get my one and only off to college. My husband and I hope to do a trip of our own in a year or so...... hope you have a great time...

5. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I've flown over Iceland.

It's very green

Whereas Greenland looked rather barren and icy

6. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

I've wanted to go to Iceland for quite some time! This may sound corny, but ever since I saw some countryside in a Bjork video, it's been a dream. It's so beautiful! I've never been so I can't vouch for it's beauty first-hand, but I would recommend to take at least one day trip into the countryside. Hmmm...do you have enough room in your luggage for a stow-away? :)

Cheers,
Katie ;)

7. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 11y

Hello JBCandy16,
I met some guys from Iceland in a hostel one time, and I asked one of them (I forgot his name, now, unfortunately) how to say, "Hello" in Icelandic, which is the same as many countries in mainland Europe, "Hallo." At that time I was living in Germany, and they say, "Hallo" to you there, and we were in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where Dutch for, "Hello," is also, "Hallo." So I asked him to teach me how to say, "How are you?" He said something that there was no way I could pronounce. I can't even pronounce a fifth of German words and German is quite easy for some people. Anyway, I gave up and said, "There is no WAY I could pronounce that." So I thought I would tell you that Icelandic is a difficult language to pronounce, but some people may speak English there, especially in Reyjavik (their capital city). He showed me some cool areal pictures, though. But I felt bad for not trying to say, "How are you doing?"
-Steph

8. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

You can pretty much rely on people speaking English here in Iceland. Well, except maybe people older than 70 or something. We have no dubbed TV shows so everything is in English and little kids just learn English from TV.

9. Posted by backpackit (Full Member 45 posts) 11y

Kristen -

Have a good time in Iceland. I would LOVE to go there and have wanted to go for a while now. I hear it's beautiful, that the people are friendly (and gorgeous) but that it's pretty expensive.

Wasn't Iceland named Iceland as a decoy (of sort) to discourage invading Vikings in the area? That's what I've always heard - and that's why Iceland is "Iceland" (but very green) and Greenland is "Greenland" (but icey and baren). Silly Vikings.

10. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

backpackit,

Your story about Iceland intrigued me so I went to read the history of the country and that's not why it it was named so. It was named Iceland because it was the only spot of land in a sea of ice. Greenland, on the other hand, was named so to attract people to it. Erik the Red was exiled from Iceland for murder. He set sail with his family to find land her had heard about in the North East and found Greenland. Since he didn't want to live in a place with no people, he named it Greenland so people would settle there.

I feel like one of those "The More You Know" commercials on TV.

Cheers,
Katie ;)