Monday, August 24, 2015

Iceland random thoughts

Some random thoughts on the trip (in no particular order):

  • Driving through the lava fields made it feel like we were on the moon. Rolling lava, fog, mountains and lots of random huge rock structures.
  • The food in Iceland is expensive and overall not that unique. We ate in a lot to save money.
  • We did find lots of unique treats to try and we all enjoyed those.
  • Skyr (a yogurt like food) is really good and full of protein. Apparently they have been making/eating Skyr since the island was inhabited.
  • Wild camping is odd but was very convenient and free.
  • When you see a price for goods or food that is the price you pay. Tax and tip are already included. So at first glance some of the food seems even more expensive than it really is.
  • The warm pools and frequented by Icelanders all year around and we enjoyed them a lot. The facilities were all very nice.
  • In Reykjavik the busses were a good way to get around. They have a nice phone app to help you navigate.
  • It rained every single day we were here. I am not sure how normal this is. Although even with the rain we only felt like it inhibited what we wanted to do one time and that was seeing the glacial lagoon(which we were disappointed with)
  • We had no problems communicating as most people spoke English, but most written things were exclusively in Icelandic. This would include grocery store food, street signs, and bus routes. The biggest exception to this was information for tourists (like museums) and restaurant menus.
  • We saw tourists from all over the world.
  • There are no traffic lights outside of Reykjavic, only roundabouts and yield signs.

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