Category Archives: Island/Iceland/Ísland

Why you’ll want to visit Iceland #1

Dyrhólaey (Icelandic for door hole island1) and Vík. It’s a natural reserve and features a great coastal lines and all kinds of birds, including puffins which breed there. A trip through the Icelandic South deserves at least one, more likely … Continue reading

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Skálmöld & Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands

Check out the Icelandic Viking metal band Skälmöld (roughly “sword age”) and their DVD/CD “Skálmöld & Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands” (Skálmöld and the Icelandic Symphonic Orchestra) recorded last year in the Eldborg hall inside Harpa. It features the band plus three full … Continue reading

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Palettes in Iceland?

Okay, palettes (vörubretti) can be bought in Iceland from Saltkaup in Hafnarfjörður. I picked the plastic ones as they are lighter1 and offer more net weight for the freight I plan to ship. However, they also offer wooden palettes and … Continue reading

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Live from Iceland? Yep!

Turns out the webcam at Jökulsárlón is indeed live. Here am I yesterday around half past five in the afternoon: (click to see full size) … in my lime shirt with the “Free Shrugs …” motto and brown corduroys. // … Continue reading

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When in Rome …

Strange, the parents – especially the native Icelandic mother – of this 10-year old girl (related English article by The Guardian) should have been aware of the naming rules here in Iceland. What’s the big deal? Usually Icelanders have first … Continue reading

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Dearest Icelanders, I have a confession to make

As a bearded alien I have lived among you for some years now. Wearing shorts as early as March and sometimes walking barefoot down Laugavegur I have shaped your visitors’ conception of “Icelanders”. But whatcha gonna do about it? Other … Continue reading

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Shame they don’t have one for the Blue Lagoon …

Could read something like: Don’t get fooled by the Blue Lagoon. Basically it’s waste water from a geothermal power plant. … and show the steaming Blue Lagoon with a few people bathing plus a steaming “factory” building in the background. … Continue reading

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Das was in Island als relativ windig gilt …

… ist in Deutschland also ein Orkan. Einfach mal im Herbst oder Winter hier vorbeikommen und sich wegwehen lassen! Wir hatten übrigens das Teil vor drei Tagen oder so. In Sachen Wetterexport ist nämlich Island Spitze. Vonwegen Exportweltmeister Deutschland. Pöh! … Continue reading

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Cheeky

So on July 15th I went to DHL here in Reykjavík to check what it would cost to send back a defective item received through DHL in the first place. After I was almost through the whole process, I saw … Continue reading

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Senioren in der Schwimmhalle bzw. im Schwimmbad

… sind wirklich keine Freude. Es finden sich nur selten rücksichtslosere Schwimmer als Senioren. Das habe ich auch in Deutschland schon bemerkt und hier heute mal wieder besonders krass. Während alle anderen Schwimmer sich fein an die Regeln halten und … Continue reading

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Noch so eine Entdeckung …

Isländisch: stígvél Deutsch: Stiefel Erkennt noch jemand außer mir die Ähnlichkeit?: að stíga bedeutet zu steigen bzw. zu treten. Der Wortteil vél bedeutet heutzutage Maschine oder Motor. Ich habe das Gefühl, daß es sich beim isländischen Wort um die ursprünglichere … Continue reading

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Verdicts in the IceSave case available

PR – 02/13 – Judgment in Case E-16/11 – ESA v Iceland (“Icesave”) plus actual judgment here (local copy here). PR – 01/13 – Pre-announcement – Judgment in Case E-16/11 – ESA v Iceland (“Icesave”)

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Heimsenda-Pizza for the doomsday :)

Very cool Icelandic pun from my boss (Friðrik), who suggested that pizza services around Iceland advertise pizzas under that name tomorrow. I mean you do know the world is going to end tomorrow, right? 21st of December 2012 … Maya … Continue reading

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Aaaaargh

The Icelandic customs did it again. So I was expecting a parcel from the family. It was a little late already anyway. Guess what I got today? … a standard letter stating limits (10000 ISK == 60 EUR at current … Continue reading

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Þverholtsfoss

We have a new waterfall in Iceland. Best of all, it’s not far from downtown Reykjavík in Þverholt (a street), no 300m from the bus station Hlemmur. So it’s one of the cheapest sightseeing locations for tourists and strong competition … Continue reading

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Einfach laufen lassen …

Nun ist es so, daß in meiner Abwesenheit eine Rekordmenge von Schnee herunterkam. Nach ein wenig Tauwetter am Ende der letzten Woche, schneite es Anfang dieser Woche wieder schön. Bin ja ein großer Fan von Schnee, zumal er die dunkle … Continue reading

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“… but this is Iceland here”

… to say it with “my”, i.e. the German, secretary of foreign affairs. Last Friday I was trying to (SWIFT-)transfer money out of the country in order to pay some goods I had ordered. It took nearly half an hour … Continue reading

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Mal schauen

… ob der Köpper (vom Fast-Dreier) von gestern sich später noch bemerkbar macht. Direkt danach habe ich in der vor zwei Jahren operierten Schulter (für alle die nicht gerade essen und Blut sehen können: klick) etwas gemerkt. Ansonsten ging es … Continue reading

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Nice clip with pictures of the eruption

http://vimeo.com/24076723 photos

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Ein frohes neues Jahr!

С новым годом! Happy new year! З новим роком! Szczęśliwego nowego roku! Gott nytt år! Gleðilegt nýtt ár!

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