The Blue Diary

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.

seal swimming in the ocean
26 July 2017
Icelandic Culture
Practical info

What to do in Iceland? - Our top 5 picks for 2017

In Iceland, there are endless possibilities for things to do. But unless you have all the time (and money) in the world you want to choose wisely. Icelanders are always coming up with new and innovative stuff. The travel industry is no exception! So, since you’ve probably heard about all the regular...

inside Nostra Restaurant, Iceland
29 June 2017
Icelandic Culture

Blue top 3 picks for fine dining restaurants in Reykjavík 2017

Icelandic cuisine isn’t all about rotten shark and roasted sheep heads. On the contrary, you´ll find plenty of excellent fine dining restaurants in Reykjavík. We’ve put together a list of what we feel are the top 5 fine dining restaurants in Reykjavík in 2017.

forest in Iceland - Photo by: Axel Kristinsson. Published under a creative commons license.
29 June 2017
Practical info

Does Iceland have trees?

Most pictures of Iceland show barren landscape, ice and mountains. But we have several types of trees growing here, even a few forests. It’s a common misconception that Iceland doesn’t have trees because it’s too cold. It’s not. We rather like to blame the sheep.

Ásbyrgi canyon in Iceland
29 June 2017
Natural Wonders

Ásbyrgi: Sleipnir's footprint in Midgard

Out of all the places in all of Iceland, Icelanders tend to LOVE Ásbyrgi canyon the most. They usually call it the most magical place you can find in Iceland. Now, we can describe Ásbyrgi in words, but you must visit the place to understand the magic of it.

Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland
29 June 2017
Natural Wonders

The Golden Triangle in Iceland - or was it a circle?

We get asked a lot about the Golden Triangle in Iceland. We’d be evil if we told you that it’s a thing. It’s not. You probably meant to search for the Golden Circle! It’s Iceland’s most popular route and consists of three stops