The Blue Diary

mountain covered with snow in Iceland
13 October 2017
Practical info

How cold is it in Iceland during winter?

It can get awfully cold in Iceland, as one would expect given the name of the country. But still, the answer to the question is: it depends.

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in Iceland
25 September 2017
Natural Wonders

Top 5 Blue and beautiful places to see in Iceland in the winter

In case you haven’t noticed, we like blue. Iceland has some incredible blue places and we’d like to share them with you. The staff at Blue car rental had a nice long brainstorming session. After some discussion and one argument that was settled in a Viking style sword-fight (not really), here are ...

hands holding a smartphone, taking a picture
25 September 2017
Icelandic Culture
Practical info

The music festival scene in Iceland is incredibly active

Despite having a small population, Iceland has a very active and interesting music scene. Many people know about our more famous bands and artists, like Kaleo, Sigurrós, Of monsters and men, Gus Gus and Björk.

sunset at glacier lagoon in Iceland
25 September 2017
Practical info

Is Iceland expensive?

You’ve probably already heard that Iceland’s expensive. While we mostly agree, we also know that you can get by on a relatively low budget if you’re frugal and don’t mind skipping fancy restaurants and private tours.

a puffin in Iceland
12 September 2017
Practical info

When and where can I see puffins in Iceland?

Puffins are so cute, just look at their funny little faces! Luckily for us Icelanders, we have millions of them. Our theory is that once, a penguin and a parrot got intimate, and much to their surprise, their offspring was a puffin.

Svartifoss waterfall in Iceland
6 September 2017
Natural Wonders

Svartifoss waterfall – the black columnar basalt beauty

In Skaftafell, which is part of Vatnajökull national park, you´ll find a very pretty waterfall called Svartifoss (Black waterfall). Its name comes from the black basalt columns that surround it very beautifully, and when you see Svartifoss, you´ll understand the name.

scenic road at Kleifarvatn, Iceland
26 July 2017
Driving in Iceland

Don’t worry about road construction elves in Iceland

We get a LOT of travel related questions about Iceland, and we love answering them. Some of the questions are a bit strange, but we don’t judge! Iceland is a mysterious country and people have heard all sorts of rumors.

chimney in a summer cottage, Iceland
26 July 2017
Icelandic Culture

Icelanders are obsessed with summer cottages - maybe you should be too!

We think it’s safe to say, that probably 80-90% of Icelanders visit summer cottages every year. If they don’t own one, they borrow one from their parents, grandparents, in-laws, cousins, or siblings for at least a weekend. Many of the labor unions in Iceland own a few summer cottages each and rent t...

Icelandic country flag
26 July 2017
Icelandic Culture
Practical info

Do they speak English in Iceland?

We no speak English mjög good my friend. Just kidding! Most of us speak it just fine. It may not be perfect and sometimes it’s spoken with a thick Nordic accent. But most Icelanders speak fluent English.