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A Virtual Vacation, is a way to daydream and live vicariously through other people's eyes and experiences in the hope that one day you may be able to physically be able to go and enjoy a country for yourselves.
Hopefully you can learn something, discover some hidden gems, and take away some ideas for when you do get there; in real life.

Typically, those have a duration of one month's worth of material in them.

But what about places where you can't really see yourself spending an entire month?
Almost anyone could travel around France or Spain or Italy or Germany, etc. and find plenty to amuse them for a month.
But is there a month's worth of things to do and see in Morocco, for example?

Maybe if you're planning a vacation with a much more relaxed pace. Spend a week here, another nine days there, maybe hang out for five days in a smaller city and really get a feel for local life.

But a Virtual Vacation tends to be splashy. On the move. Lots to do, lots to see. What's next?

With that in mind, I invented a new concept. One location, one big push to find out what makes a place unique and worth visiting.
Then wait for a lull in the geeklists and throw another one in there.

Feel free to do this yourself-- you can feature your own hometown or a location that you know and love, or some other place that you think has visitor appeal but maybe not a month's worth. If you know what I mean.

This mini-vacation will be to the lovely country of Iceland.

If you enjoy this vacation, please comment and add your thoughts and images to any topic that you see.
You can also check out our previous eight destinations (as well as two other mini-vacations) by clicking on these (fabulous) links:

VGG Virtual Vacation #1 - BELGIUM
VGG Virtual Vacation #2- Australia!
Join us! Virtual Vacation #3-- Italy
Virtual Vacation #4 - Scotland
Virtual Vacation #5-- Japan!
Virtual Vacations #6- Canada
Virtual Vacation #7- India
Virtual Vacation #8 - Ireland

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Iceland is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, between Greenland and Norway, with the U.K. down southeast of it.

The population is around 320,000, with about 200,000 of those people living in the capital city of Reykjavík (look for it on the bottom left side of the map).

Tourists are drawn to Iceland by a variety of things; high among them is the rugged natural beauty and the relative isolation.

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Can you name a city or town in Iceland not called Reykjavik? Well, sure— now you can...

As per "Wikitravel"; these are the regions of Iceland and what they are known best for:

Southwest: Home of the capital, Reykjavík
South: Home to the most popular tourist attractions, including the Golden Circle
West: Snæfellsjökull glacier, the islands of Breiðafjörður
West Fjords: Sparsely populated, rugged geography
North: Dramatic lava fields, turbulent waterfalls
East: Fjords and the only international passenger ferry terminal
Interior: Glaciated mountains

We'll delve into some details in a minute, but first I am going to follow the tradition set by the previous lists and begin with a broad traveller's overview.
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Icelandic is the native language, much to everyone’s surprise. shake
English is widely understood, however.

The Icelandic alphabet has kept two (four if you count both uppercase and lowercase) old letters which no longer exist in the English alphabet: Þ / þ and Ð / ð.
They are both pronounced "th", but with a slight variation between the two that I find difficult to understand. blush

Since Icelandic is a Scandanavian language with some German roots, the letter ö is also used (pronounced "eu", like an 'o' in the word "book").


Yes Já
No Nei
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Thank you very much Takk fyrir
Hello Halló/ Góðan daginn
Goodbye Bless


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You would think that a place called Iceland would be cold. Well, that’s only partly true.
In the capital city of Reykjavik, the average temperature in a year rarely goes much below freezing (0 C/ 32 F), even in the winter, but the average high temperature in the summer is a brisk 13 degrees C (55 F).

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Summer in the North features stunning vistas and basically 24 hours of sunlight per day

The main problem is the wind, apparently, which can whip in off of the ocean and chill you to the bone.
So you’re going to have to pack a coat, and maybe a woolly hat.

But don’t forget your swimsuit, either— Iceland sits right on top of a meeting of continental faultlines so there are hundreds of geo-thermal pools where you can go for a hot swim, even on a cold day.

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The Blue Lagoon

So the cold is no reason to avoid Iceland in the winter-- it is going to be colder in Minnesota (or Winnipeg, by a long shot) in January-- but one valid reason that some people don't want to go there in the winter is that it is perpetually dark for months at a time, since it is so close to the Arctic Circle.

Other visitors see this as an advantage, especially if you enjoy star-gazing and a chance to see the always mesmerizing Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)!

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It is expensive to live on an island, especially one near the Arctic Circle, because you have to import almost everything.
The unit of currency used here is the Iceland Króna (ISK); plural "krónur".
Currently (2019) the exchange rate for 1 US$ is approximately 120 ISK (1 AUS$ = 85 ISK; 1 € = 135 ISK; 1 £ = 155 ISK; 1 CAD$ = 90).
The thing is, 100 króna isn't going to get you very far...

A midrange hotel can cost you 10,000 - 30,000 ISK per night for a single room/ double bed (accommodation in Iceland is not very plentiful, and the most economical option is to camp (!), or to use hostels, or rented dormitory rooms)

A midrange meal will cost between 2,000 and 5,000 Krónur.
You will definitely be on the high end of that figure if you want to have a glass of wine or beer with your meal.
Taxes on alcohol are really high. They are based on the percentage of alcohol in the bottle, so for vodka (40% ABV) the taxes included amount to close to 85% of the final cost!
You can actually buy a beer that was brewed in Iceland for less in North America than you can right at the brewery.

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Skyr- Technically a soft cheese, but used in the same way as yogurt. Often served with fruit/ berries.

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Roasted Lamb- Self-explanatory, but since the sheep herds eat only organic foods (grass and berries) the flavor of the meat is supposed to be sublime.

Kjötsúpa- Lamb soup with root vegetables (and sometimes leeks)

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Fish- Lest you tire of lamb at mealtimes, there is a vast variety of fish and seafood on offer.

Harðfiskur- Dried fish (literally: Hard fish) that is eaten as a snack by the locals. It is sometimes broken into small chunks and it is more popular than popcorn, supposedly. And better for your health.

Hot Dogs- For some reason, this is everyone's favorite food option and they have gained international reknown. Yes, I'm serious.

Rúgbrauð- A dark rye bread that is traditionally baked in a pot, or steamed in special wooden casks which have been buried in the ground near a hot spring. This bread is crustless, dark brown, dense and its taste is quite sweet.

Baked goods- Snúður is a soft cinnamon bun, usually with an icing topping. Kleina is a very popular Scandinavian pastry. Get thee to a bakery!!
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Kleina (plural: kleinur) is fried dough. Of course it tastes good.

Ice cream- A local obsession. You can find shops that are open until 1:00 am selling the stuff. I think you're going to appreciate this.

You might steer clear of Hákarl, if it is offered to you, unless you want to try "Rotten shark meat". Fermented, rather than "rotten", if you want to be accurate. This seems to be a bit of a trick to play on visitors and an excuse to drink a strong liqueur afterwards, although back in the olden days, when food was scarce, this was a real "thing".
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Fun Facts about Iceland!!

A majority of Icelanders believe in elves (or gnomes)

At about 39,000 square miles, Iceland is close to the size of the state of Ohio

Beer was illegal in Iceland until 1989

There are no mosquitoes in Iceland (if this is true then it really is a paradise!)

Consumption of Coca–Cola per capita is higher than in any other country

The flag of Iceland salutes their Scandanavian heritage, making it similar to that of Norway and Denmark.
The color red is said to symbolize the island's active volcanoes; white the ice and snow that covers most of the country, and blue is symbolic of the surrounding Atlantic Ocean

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At 43.5 hours per week, they have the longest work week in Europe

Babies in Iceland are routinely left outside to nap

There are no surnames or family names in Iceland – Icelanders use the traditional Nordic naming system, which includes a last name that is comprised from their father’s (or mother’s) first name with the addition of -dóttir (-daughter) or -son

First names not previously used in Iceland must be approved by the Icelandic Naming Committee

The country’s national sport is handball, but their soccer team has produced several international stars and their success in the last World Cup was record-setting, even though they ultimately didn't qualify for the final playoffs

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Most of the practice fields (pitches) are indoor facilities

The Icelandic police don’t carry guns. Crime in Iceland is very low and violent crime is practically nonexistent

Greenland was colonized by people from Iceland in the year 986!

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Reykjavik

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Unless you arrive on the island by cruise ship yourself, be aware that when the cruise ship season is at peak thousands of tourists (3 or 4 ships may arrive within hours of each other, usually overnight) will pour into the city center from the main harbour and this small city won't feel so cozy.

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In my experience, tourists are looking for food/ snacks, souvenir and jewelry stores, and guided tours (land and sea)

To start with, you can visit Austurvöllur, which is a park/ square with sidewalk cafés on one edge and grassy areas for picnics or just lazing around.
The parliament buidlings are also close to one side of it.

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There is a small lake ("pond") in the center of town, called Tjörnin where a lot of people go to feed ducks and people watch.

Reykjavík has a remarkably active cultural scene for a city of its size. There are a number of theaters and concert venues as well as several museums of art and of history to be found around the city.

There are a lot of cars on the island, and renting a car is probably a good idea if you plan to go out of the city limits (and you will probably want to do that). Parking is plentiful, which is a nice thing to be able to report.
The downtown is supposed to be very walkable and there is no need for a car if you're just hanging around there. They do also have a bus system, and tourists can purchace a Reykjavík City Card, which allows unlimited access to the buses, along with free access to several museums, some food and entertainment discounts, and free internet at various hostels. They have different cards based on the number of days of potential useage; you pay about 2,000 ISK per day for the card.

Travel by taxi is very expensive.

Other popular outdoor activities include Whale Watching excursions (by boat; you will see Minke whales and possibly Humpbacks), horse riding ("rentals" on supervised trail rides), biking (rentals available, again), hiking, swimming/ relaxing in one of the many hot pools, or walking around the Reykjavík Domestic Animal Zoo-- a very affordable outing (500 ISK, and less for children)-- and they also have some non-domestic animals; including reindeer and seals.

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Whale watching is always a good time, provided that you don't frighten or get seasick easily
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It is here that I'll put The Golden Circle; a touristy dream trip, assuming that you have a car or if you sign up for professional bus (motorcoach) tour in Reykjavik.

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The drive itself is worth the time it will take to do the loop (3 1/2 hours, plus stops for sights along the way)

The highlights include:

Þingvellir National Park-- located about an hour and a quarter's drive to the east of Reykjavík; here you can see the canyon caused by the Eurasian and North American plates moving apart.

If you are a scuba diving enthusiast, you might be able to find a place to see the rift under the water. But that definitely isn't an easy tourist option.

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Gullfoss-- ("Golden Falls") A spectacular waterfall and one of the many that are on the island. Another waterfall on this same route is called Öxarárfoss.

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Geysir-- A geothermal hot spot (and the source of the English word "geyser") is located 10km west of Gullfoss.
Geysir itself is no longer reliably active, but fortunately Strokkur, which is right "next door", goes off every five to ten minutes.

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Flúðir-- A town (hamlet) at the base of a grassy mountain that has a "secret lagoon" nearby.

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Flúðir
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9. Board Game: Blue Lagoon [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:862]
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Many people are aware of Iceland's Blue Lagoon.

Too many, according to some. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations and its popularity has "ruined it" according to purists.
It is also part of a resort hotel and therefore expensive.

A Geothermal Spa in Southwest Iceland, located almost mid-way between Keflavik International Airport and Reykjavik, close to the town of Grindavik.

It is a by product of the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power plant. The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur.
Bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help many people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis.
The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 40 °C (104 °F) and is enjoyable year round, even in freezing conditions.

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You can even swim into a cave

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West Iceland and The Western Fjords

If arriving by vehicle from Reykjavík, you will most likely go through a tunnel under Hvalfjörður, which is the fjord marking the start of West Iceland.
This is the only toll road in Iceland, and for vehicles shorter than 6 meters (20 feet) each trip costs 1000 kr.
You can drive around the toll tunnel, and this is a scenic and worthwhile trip if you have the extra time.
I say extra time because it is a 60km (35 mile) diversion, as opposed to the 6 km (3.5 mile) toll tunnel.

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The waterfalls at Borgarfjordur; part of the "highest flow" hot spring in Europe

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Near Snæfellsjökull Park/ Glacier

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Look back toward Greenland and North America in the West Fjords region

There are numerous waterfalls to view, and a chance to see puffins on the cliffs.

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The town of Ísafjörður
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North Iceland

As you can see by the map in the first listitem, travel in the north occurs only by road, air or sea, and there aren't a lot of towns to visit.
Come for the rugged natural setting, and stay for the rugged natural setting...

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"Lavafields" don't necessarily mean that magma is moving under you. Sometimes it is the result of hardened lava being pushed and deposited around the plains by the many glaciers

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Columnar Basalt at Hofsós and Staðarbjörg Cliffs/ Cove

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Selfoss-- Are you tired of seeing waterfalls yet?
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East Iceland

The largest city in East Iceland is Egilsstaðir, population around 2,500. They have an airport there, with travel to Reykjavik, so that is its claim to fame.

If you look at the map in the first listitem, you'll see another town; Seyðisfjörður.
How do you pronounce that, I hear you asking? I have no idea.

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It's not exactly what you'd call a bustling city, however. Population here is just over 650 people.
Most people use it for its international ferry, which travels to the Faroe Islands and to Denmark.

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The weather in the east is reckoned to be the best of anywhere on the island if you are feeling adventurous enough to stay in this rather isolated part of the world. The highest temperature ever recorded in Iceland was 30.5 °C (87 °F) at the Eastern fjords in 1939.

There are not a lot of trees left in Iceland (comparatively speaking) because of over use by early settlers and deforestation caused by the importation of sheep and goats, but Hallormsstaðarskógur (say that three times fast!)is one of the protected and recovered "National Forests", and you can hike its trails if you're looking to get away from the crowds.
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Here in the east, you can also see icebergs and glaciers.

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The Interior

There doesn't seem to be a lot to see or do in the Interior, unless you're a geologist or into extreme hiking and camping.

It is an interesting area, from scientific standpoint, but the coastal regions are still all more accessible and you can find many of the same features not too far inland.

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For most of the roads out here 4x4 trucks are necessary.
Never travel into the interior without being sure somebody at home knows your itinerary and can contact the authorities if they don't hear from you within a set time.

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Laki volcano

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Along one of the rifts
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