The Blue Diary

Iceland winter hike
18 February 2020
Icelandic Culture

Why does Iceland not have an army?

The question maybe should be: Why is Iceland in NATO when it does not have an army? Which is an excellent question and has been a hot topic for many Icelanders since 1949 when Iceland became one of the founding members of NATO after years of neutrality.   But does Iceland really not have an...

drone flying
11 February 2020
Practical info

Are drones allowed in Iceland?

Once upon a time, it was free for all to use a drone wherever the drone-owner wanted to use it. Then the authorities saw they could be dangerous or at least disruptive, either for people or animals and laws on drones were implemented. Drones are generally allowed, but there are quite a few restricti...

Iceland lake in winter
4 February 2020
Icelandic Culture

Fun things to do in February in Iceland

The long month of January is finally over, and the bright days of February are upon us. Not only are the days getting better, but the relentless weather warnings are slowing down. OK, it is not all doom and gloom, of course. Even though Mother Nature decided it was possibly time for an eruption in ...

lobster soup
27 January 2020
Icelandic Culture
Practical info

The Best Lobster Soup in Iceland

When you think about Icelandic food it might be the world-famous Icelandic hot dog, or shark or a singed sheep’s head but not lobster. But we do love lobster, we even have a lobster fast food truck in downtown Reykjavík!

Planet Mars in solar system
22 January 2020
Natural Wonders

Why does Iceland look like Mars?

We are keeping on with the theme of geology. This time we are going to discuss the Moon landscape of Iceland. And the Mars landscape of Iceland. It’s both!

Landmannalaugar in Iceland
20 January 2020
Natural Wonders

How was Iceland made?

Like we said in our last post, Iceland is being pulled apart by the tectonic plates. What we didn’t mention was that this has been a theme of Iceland since the beginning of time itself.

volcanic eruption in Iceland
15 January 2020
Natural Wonders

History of Volcanic Eruptions in Iceland

You probably know that Iceland is one of the most volcanically active countries in the world. Our eruptions are different from many places as the country is being pulled apart, so it literally rips open to create new land. Many other countries are being smushed together, which causes friction.

Christmas pudding
16 December 2019
Icelandic Culture

Icelandic Christmas Desserts

Historically, Icelanders don’t really have a much of a sweet tooth. That is not because we didn’t want to but more to do with the fact that most people were incredibly poor and sugar was not something the people would spend money on.

bonfire in Iceland
16 December 2019
Icelandic Culture
Practical info

New Year‘s Eve in Iceland

New Year‘s Eve in Iceland is one of those things that should be on everyone‘s bucket list. We are totally not biased at all! It‘s just the greatest. It’s like 4th of July, Bonfire night and Midsummer’s Eve all in one fabulous evening.