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Looking for metals, gems, (coins?) unique to Iceland, Arctic Circle

I want to design a simple wedding ring for my fiancee. She loves Iceland more than me. Is there any unique material or gem that could be used in a ring? Or a referent to the area?
posted by ebesan on Sep 14, 2014 - 12 answers

No, really, what can we expect and what should we do in Iceland?

I'm visiting Iceland with my husband, his parents, my sister in law, and her husband. We're excited but my husband and I are wondering what we can actually expect and what we should do while we're there. [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Jul 21, 2014 - 15 answers

Do I need to book in advance in Iceland?

My friend and I are driving the Iceland Ring Road the first two weeks of August. Should I book accommodations in advance? Or would it be OK to book along the way (or just show up at places). [more inside]
posted by Geppp on Jun 28, 2014 - 5 answers

1 woman + 1 island + 10 days = 1 bag?

Hello, efficient international travelers! I'll be in Reykjavik for 10 days this July and am hoping to do carry-on only (from the US). Given the changeable temps and varied activities I have planned (whale watching, guided horseback riding, museum visits and shopping, light hikes in the Golden Circle and dancing as much as I can) this should be do-able, right? I don't mind washing things in the sink at night or re-wearing jackets, etc., but do you have packing tips or experience to share? Oh and if I can add an addendum in - do people still use Traveler's Checks? Last time I was abroad they were very helpful in setting a daily cash budget but that was more than a few years ago. TIA!
posted by PaulaSchultz on May 31, 2014 - 20 answers

Eurovision in Iceland?

I'm going to be flying in to Reykjavik Saturday morning. Where's a good place for us to watch the Eurovision 2014 finals? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse on May 6, 2014 - 1 answer

Iceland, best time to visit and some other questions

I'm considering going to Iceland this summer and I have a few questions that haven't exactly been answered in the other threads and/or the the rest of the internet. For background, I'm traveling alone, planning on staying a week to ten days, and I'll be renting a vehicle. [more inside]
posted by buttercup on Feb 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Recommendations for non-group non-driver Iceland stuff to do

Mr LyzzyBee and I will be honeymooning in Iceland, probably in June, as we found out that the buses don't run until then. We will be there for a week to 10 days. Special snowflake details: (1) We don't drive, so we won't be hiring a car. Much information assumes we are doing that. (2) We are on our honeymoon, so we don't want to go on a week-long trip with other people! [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee on Dec 6, 2013 - 10 answers

Iceland in the winter

Three friends and I semi-impulse bought tickets to go to Iceland in a month (December 4-8) -- what should we try to do in the short time we're there? Winter-specific suggestions most welcome! [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Nov 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Can I shrink an Icelandic sweater?

I have a traditional Icelandic hand-knit wool sweater (or "jumper" in European parlance) which I purchased when I was wearing a size XL. I am now wearing a size M and I miss my beautifully warm sweater. Is it safe to attempt to shrink it, or will that totally destroy it? If it's worth trying, does anyone have any guidance on how to do it? Explain as though you were talking to a 5-year-old - I have no experience in the fiber arts.
posted by matildaben on Oct 28, 2013 - 12 answers

Music from the Northern Lattitudes sought.

Every other year I throw a Nordic-themed winter solstice party to welcome the return of the sun. In addition to Nordic foods like Herring, meatballs, and Swedish fish I like to play music from the north. I want to branch out from Bjork, Sibelius and Abba. I have already downloaded the album from Árstíðir which was featured on metafilter. Can you suggest musicians/songs/bands/composers from Nordic countries (or from Arctic regions) that are sung in their native language rather than English?
posted by vespabelle on Oct 24, 2013 - 38 answers

My parents went to Iceland and all I got was this skein of yarn.

My parents are on vacation in Iceland. I'm a knitter and they've offered to source out some yarn for me. What should I ask them to find? [more inside]
posted by pised on Sep 11, 2013 - 7 answers

Norwegian wood?

A family heirloom has a mysterious inscription in what I assume is a Scandinavian language. But what is it? [more inside]
posted by theory on Aug 13, 2013 - 8 answers

Prepaid (micro-)SIM cards (with data) for Iceland

I'm going to Iceland for a few days soon, and am looking for a prepaid local SIM card to put in my iPhone 4S. It has to be a micro-SIM (though they can be cut down to that size) and to have a data allowance (I'll only be there for a few days so it doesn't need to be huge; I intend to use it for basic things like ). (It staying alive after I go back to the UK would be a nice feature, as I'll be back in Iceland again.) Is there a local mobile phone company who have a recommended prepaid SIM-only package, and if so, where in Reykjavík could I pick one up?
posted by acb on Jun 25, 2013 - 3 answers

A new name the band question, Iceland edition!

I need help identifying a band that played Iceland Airwaves in 2012. Bonus question within. [more inside]
posted by msali on May 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Reykjavik restaurant suggestions for a Sunday night

So I'm going to be in Reykjavik for my birthday this year! Where's a good place to get some drinks and have a nice dinner on a Sunday night? [more inside]
posted by msali on Apr 23, 2013 - 11 answers

Heading to Iceland with an infant

My wife and I are thinking of heading to Iceland for our summer vacation. This year will be a little different as we will be traveling with our 14month old. Since are on the East Coast the flight to Iceland is reasonably quick and Iceland is quicker than some domestic locations We hope to rent a house in the south eastern part of Iceland in late May or early June. We will use the house as our base and do some small day trips from there. Our only goal for the vacation is to enjoy the scenery and see a few things. We are going to travel light and purchase most food and diapers there. Any hints, tips, and tricks traveling to Iceland with an infant. What can we expect in terms of availability of conventional baby foods and diapers? Anything else we should know?
posted by burlsube on Jan 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Iceland For Foodies?

I'm planning a trip to Iceland, probably for May, and a friend has expressed interest in coming along. I'm a bit worried ... [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Jan 16, 2013 - 21 answers

Putting the 'ice' in Iceland?

Touring Iceland in March: bad idea? [more inside]
posted by eugenen on Nov 6, 2012 - 11 answers

GSM, SIM, iPhones in Iceland for US folk: Talk down to me

Having trouble making sense of unlocked GSM phones, SIM cards, and unlocking/jailbreaking US phones for travel to Iceland. Please help. [more inside]
posted by ImproviseOrDie on Jul 17, 2012 - 8 answers

What's the best way to move about in Iceland?

Iceland: Renting cars in Iceland is EXPENSIVE! My family is only going to be there for two days - five of us. What's the best way to get around? [more inside]
posted by crapples on Jul 13, 2012 - 14 answers

Making the most of a layover in Iceland?

Four adults, two teenagers, two elementary-aged kids, and a 7 hour layover in Reykjavik. What can we do with that? [more inside]
posted by padraigin on Jun 28, 2012 - 9 answers

Silfra diving

Road tripping around Iceland in August. I am very on the fence about booking a dive trip in the Silfra fissure. Would love to hear from people that did it. [more inside]
posted by corn_bread on Jun 2, 2012 - 1 answer

Impromptu Iceland

Four days free next week in Reykjavik. What to see and do? Love to get out into the mountains and glaciers, but also city things. Catch: no car. [more inside]
posted by matthewr on Jun 1, 2012 - 9 answers

Visiting Iceland in October

I've always wanted to see the Northern Lights, so my boyfriend and I booked a package through IcelandAir for the end of October*. We're spending two nights Reykjavik and two Akureyri. What might we need to know or want to do that a guide book might not mention? With what seems like so much to see in a short amount of time, what's not to be missed? [more inside]
posted by amarynth on May 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Istanbul vs Iceland

Travel decisions: Iceland or Istanbul? [more inside]
posted by girlalex on May 13, 2012 - 19 answers

Summer travel to Iceland

Planning on going to Iceland this July. I'm looking for advice on must-see/do thing during this time of year in Iceland. Also, suggestions for incredibly amazing/maybe even life-changing music and art festivals during the summer there? [more inside]
posted by corn_bread on Mar 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Let the planning continue!!

I asked this question a week ago and thanks to the wonderful answers I'm taking my girlfriend to Iceland for her birthday from February 10-15! We're both excited, but I'd love some more suggestions as to how best to fill our time in Iceland... [more inside]
posted by slide on Jan 27, 2012 - 15 answers

What brand of car is this?

What brand of car is this? I saw it in Iceland, I don't recognize it. There were no marks or words on the back. Over to you petrol-heads.
posted by priorpark17 on Sep 27, 2011 - 5 answers

Meeting people at/for Iceland Airwaves

I'll be heading to Iceland Airwaves next month in Reykjavik. I've never been to the country or festival before, and would love to know/meet a few kindly people to enjoy my time with. Where would you suggest meeting them, either during or in advance of my trip? Other tips for Icelandic tourism are welcome as well.
posted by Mr C on Sep 18, 2011 - 6 answers

The Unidentified Sculpture

Please tell me everything about this statue in Reykjavik, Iceland, purportedly a celebration of the "Unknown Bureaucrat" or "Unknown Civil Servant." Is it satire? Who is the sculptor? What's the true title and date of installation? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea on Aug 12, 2011 - 3 answers

5 hours in Iceland. Is this madness?

ICELAND!! is five hours enough time to get out of the airport, especially to the Blue Lagoon? [more inside]
posted by genmonster on May 19, 2011 - 13 answers

Day trip to Greenland from Iceland

My fellow thespian seagull and I are considering a day trip to Greenland from Iceland in early July. We are seeing mixed reviews online with a few of the Air Iceland destinations. Because the trip adds a large chuck of change to the cost of the trip we are questioning it's value. Can you tell me if it is worth it or not? [more inside]
posted by Drama Penguin on May 14, 2011 - 2 answers

What gifts should we bring for our Icelandic hosts?

I'm looking for ideas for gifts to give our Icelandic hosts when I visit (accompanied by 2 friends) this summer. [more inside]
posted by lulu68 on May 1, 2011 - 7 answers

Lodging in Reykjavik, Iceland

Icelandlodgingfilter: My wife an I will be in Iceland for a week in late May and are looking for lodging. We're out of the demographic for loud noises and partying but like to get a feel of places that we visit. [more inside]
posted by Man with Lantern on Apr 17, 2011 - 7 answers

Visiting Iceland - where to go?

Visiting Iceland - where to go? [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Feb 17, 2011 - 18 answers

Histories of the Viking Age

Can you recommend an accessible history of the Viking Age to complement a vacation to Iceland, the Faroes, and Norway? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Feb 15, 2011 - 14 answers

How do Icelandic surname conventions work for same-sex couples?

Icelandic naming conventions and same-sex couples' children. [more inside]
posted by rodgerd on Feb 13, 2011 - 8 answers

Icelandic Aurora Borealis in November

A week in Reykjavik in early November and would like recommendations for places to go and things to do. I'm particularly keen to see the Northern Lights, and would like any suggestions for how best to achieve this. [more inside]
posted by Simon_ on Oct 19, 2010 - 16 answers

My boyfriend and I are getting married in Reykjavik, Iceland next summer -- looking for the perfect hotel!

We are planning on getting married in Reykjavik in August of 2011, and have begun the process of looking for the proper venue. Any advice on a great hotel where we can have the ceremony? [more inside]
posted by eric1200 on Jul 16, 2010 - 4 answers

Iceland in June

Visiting Iceland/Reykjavik from the 23rd to the 30th. What can two dudes who like good food, interesting museums, live music, geekery, comfortable drinking establishments and other dudes do there? What kind of weather should I pack for? Any insider or native tips for not annoying the locals?
posted by The Whelk on Jun 18, 2010 - 14 answers

Hooray for free stopovers.

LiteraratureFilter: this summer, my travels will take me to Copenhagen, Oslo, and Reykjavík. Please recommend fiction (either historical or contemporary) that is set in these cities and conveys the local atmosphere well. [more inside]
posted by halogen on May 11, 2010 - 13 answers

Before it all melts away....

Things to do in Greenland in August [more inside]
posted by seawallrunner on May 8, 2010 - 2 answers

So we know this stuff is bad, but...

How many tons of ash has the volcano in Iceland erupted? [more inside]
posted by jenmess on Apr 20, 2010 - 11 answers

Ash? What ash?

Are the CAA and other European aviation bodies over-reacting to the current volcanic ash situation? [more inside]
posted by Biru on Apr 17, 2010 - 17 answers

Springtime trip around Iceland, 2010

My partner and I are planning an early spring honeymoon in wonderful Iceland. I'm looking for some 2010-era advice on currency, spring availability for excursions, etc. [more inside]
posted by allisonrae on Feb 16, 2010 - 10 answers

He(lgason) Hate Me

In a recent MeTa thread, Krilli says that the only racism in Iceland is against the Polish and Asians. Why for? [more inside]
posted by Mountain Goatse on Sep 24, 2009 - 9 answers

Hosting an Australian website from Iceland: ridiculous?

I have my heart set on an .is domain which spells out the name of my Australian website, but I'm restricted to using web hosts registered with the ISNIC (administers the .is gTLD), which means hosting from Iceland/Europe. Should I give up on it? (If not, can you recommend a host?) [more inside]
posted by carnival of animals on Jul 9, 2009 - 3 answers

Implications of Iceland's putative international debt arrangements?

Can anyone comment on the sovereignty implications of the putative debt agreements that the Icelandic government is seeking to enter into with Britain and the Netherlands? [more inside]
posted by laumry on Jun 18, 2009 - 7 answers

Fermented potato pulp flavoured with caraway seeds

Where can I get Brennivin in the States? (Or online without ridiculous shipping) [more inside]
posted by wrok on Apr 30, 2009 - 4 answers

Have you met Bjo---ah, never mind.

Reykjavik, Iceland, from Saturday to Thursday. Help me have some fun! [more inside]
posted by suedehead on Mar 11, 2009 - 22 answers

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