I was in Iceland not too long ago. It's a nice place to drive around as the scenery is spectacular. It's worth picking up a car and driving around the island. Reykjavik is very relaxed.
It's an expensive country, though, and the people aren't that friendly, by and large.
Visit the baths.
How long were you there, R3?
Don't come here. You wouldn't understand us
I pretty much agree with R3. The scenery is unforgettable; however, there just isn't much to do after the sun goes down. You can get drunk like the locals do but I didn't find them especially outgoing or welcoming.
Weather dodgy. Water often cold.
Matter of taste. People v. tall here. Summer almost over. Sunset several minutes different every eve.
Clean environment, unlike US, a priority.
Social conscience more developed than US. Nazis rising last few years. Left in at fall polls in Sverige, out in Norge, likely.
Sweet and salt. White sauces. Brown sauces. Old fashioned farm food still eaten. Macerated guts, beets, head cheese (brain cold cuts), blood pudding.
Masturbate, quietly, sadly and alone, occurs to me as the obvious answer.
[quote]isn't much to do after the sun goes down.
In summer, you don't have to deal with that.
You can stalk Game of Thrones set. And then post pictures.
[quote]the people aren't that friendly, by and large.
They're not friendly in the fake, insincere way that Americans are used to. "Hey y'all! How're y'all doin' today y'all? Y'all want some pie y'all?""
No, rather, they are reserved, like most Nordic folk. A little frosty to strangers on the surface but perfectly friendly and warm once you get to know them. I prefer that. It's genuine.
LOL! [quote] Y'all want some pie y'all
I was there for two weeks.
I'm not American, but am well aware of "artificial" American friendliness. Nobody likes fakery, but I do think it's nice to be greeted with a welcoming smile, which didn't happen at any of the places I stayed in Iceland, which I thought was really strange in the service industry. Cafes and restaurants were not much better.
I definitely don't think there's anything wrong with the general Icelandic persona, but it's certainly not like other countries around the world where locals take an interest in you and are very welcoming, particularly in hotels, restaurants etc.
There were plenty of hitchhikers - I imagine that they probably connect with some really interesting and friendly locals, if you're confident to travel that way.
When in Iceland, do as the locals, drink until drunk
There is a slight sulfuric smell to the water because it's heated geothermically. You'll notice it when you take a shower.
Be sure to try some selshreifar. It's seal flipper cured in lactic acid.
I lived in Finland as a child. If you can, visit the Aland islands which are found between Finland and Sweden. The ferry ride over is a couple of hours. Once there, the islands are beautiful to explore, with the ocean never being far off. Almost all of the people you encounter will speak English as they learn it early in school.
[quote] it's seal flipper cured in lactic acid.
Mmm. Sounds delish. Don't forget to try these while in NY.