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How to Purchase Property in Iceland Guide to Iceland

Details: The real estate agent's fee can be between 1.5% and 2.4% of the property’s overall cost. On top of that, the stamp duty rate for property transfer comes out at 2000 ISK, added to 0.8% of the official property value. Finally, the cost of registering the property will be 0.1% of the property

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A List of the beautiful Icelandic Turf Houses, which I ha

Details: Þverá turf house in North-Iceland. Building a turf house was the traditional way here in Iceland. From the Settlement of Iceland, around 870, until the mid 20th century, Icelanders lived in turf houses, both rich and poor.The last inhabitants moved out of their turf-houses in the mid 20th century, around 1966.

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Sænautasel Turf House in the Highland of Iceland Guide

Details: From 1841 until 1862 sixteen turf houses were built on the heath and at some point, 120 people lived in this area, which is approximately 500 meters above sea level. Now only the rebuilt Sænautasel is remaining. Sænautasel turf house. Snænautasel is one of the homes, which had to be vacated when Askja caldera erupted back in 1875.

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Akureyri Christmas House Guide to Iceland

Details: For Sale at the Akureyri Christmas House. The Akureyri Christmas House is open year-round and has two floors packed with Christmas trinkets. Amongst the extensive range of goods are decorations, food, music, artworks, books, toys, homeware and ornaments, all associated with the Yuletide.

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The less visited Peninsula Fellsströnd and Skarðsströnd

Details: The stone cross at Krosshólaborg. On the stone cross, you will find the following inscription in old Icelandic: "Auðr djúpúðga bjó í Hvammi, hon hafði bænhald sitt á Krosshólum, þar lét hon reisa krossa, því at hon var skírð ok vel trúuð" translated into English: "Auður the deep-minded lived at Hvammur, she prayed at Krosshólar hills, where she had crosses erected, as she

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Hjörleifshöfði in South-Iceland

Details: Hjörleifshöfði is for sale. This land reaches up to the glacier and Mt. Hafursey. In 2020 after having been for sale for 4 years, Hjörleifshöfði was sold. I hope that access will not be restricted to the hike on the cape. I am grateful to the former owners of Hjörleifshöfði …

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Borgarvirki Fortress in North-West Iceland

Details: Verified Local. Contact Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir. Borgarvirki - the Citadel is a columnar basalt fortress and a volcanic plug on Vatnsnes peninsula in northwest Iceland. It is 10-15 m high and 177 meters above sea-level. It might have been used as an old Viking fortress, at least some legends claim that it was, but we don't know this for sure.

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Guide to Iceland Tours & Reviews Travel Tips & People

Details: Your complete travel guide to Iceland. Find tips, book trips, affordable holidays or a self drive tour. Rent a car and find accommodation. Contact people, see pictures,

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The Magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West-Iceland

Details: The Norwegian house is a very nice district museum by the harbour in Stykkishólmur and in my opinion one of the pearls of this lovely town. It is the oldest house in Stykkishólmur, built in 1832 by Árni Ó. Thorlacius (1802-1891) a big entrepreneur in Stykkishólmur in his time, but he had wood imported from Norway for the building of the house.

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A lovely Boat Tour with Seatours on Breiðafjörður in West

Details: A similar tour with Seatours is called the Viking Sushi Adventure. Top photo: the fruit of the ocean on the boat tour. Basalt columns in the Breiðafjarðareyjar islands. The boat took us on a couple of hour's trip on Breiðafjörður bay with its wonderful innumerable islands. The islands are actually on the list of 3 innumerable things in

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The Museum of Icelandic Witchcraft and Sorcery at Hólmaví

Details: A very popular museum is to be found in Hólmavík village, on the east side of the Westfjords Region of Iceland, which is a must-visit while in this area. This museum is called the Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft or "Galdrasafnið" in Icelandic.. The museum is on two floors and depicts the history of sorcery, which was seemingly powerful in this area of Iceland called Strandir.

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Day two: sublime pool, dramatic Djúpavík and a factory th

Details: Hótel Djúpavík. Super friendly, super relaxed - kind of like being at home where everybody just kicks off their shoes and puts up their feet while the dog flops out on the couch in the lounge. It's in an old house that used to be the staff quarters for the people who worked …

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Egilsstaðir Guide to Iceland

Details: Egilsstaðir provides all basic services for travellers, with a supermarket, souvenir shops, hotels, an information centre, restaurants and tour operators. It also boasts a quaint and popular Heritage Museum, which has several remodelled turf-houses, replicas of the homes Icelanders lived in for centuries.

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What is Reykjavik Poetry Brothel

Details: Photo by Kaspars Bekeris, of our front of house sipping a Baudelaire cocktail during the Masquerade show.. Thus, the Poetry Brothel was born and the first one took place in 2008 in New York City. The word brothel was chosen as audiences are able to pay for a service from the many poets on the night, namely a private reading.

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Lundarreykjadalur Valley in West-Iceland

Details: Lundarreykjadalur Valley in West-Iceland - the Natural Hot Pools Krosslaug and Englandshver. In my last travel-blog, I told you about a drive I made on a mountain road to visit the majestic waterfall Hvítserkur in a gully off the beaten path. We had taken the road Uxahryggir number 52 and turned onto the mountain road F-508 leading to

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Mosfellsbær Guide to Iceland

Details: Laxness’ home, Gljúfrasteinn, was built as a family residence in the Mosfellsdalur Valley and has since been renovated as a museum dedicated to the author’s life, work and cultural legacy. Paintings and eccentric furniture are still positioned as they were in the author’s life. Even his 1968 Jaguar is still parked out the front of the house.

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Westfjords Guide to Iceland

Details: They are home to some of the country’s most dramatic natural gems and, being off-the-beaten-track attractions in Iceland, these gems are usually far from the crowds. Many wish to take a tour of the Westfjords or rent a car to explore this region at length, and …

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Djúpalónssandur & Dritvík

Details: Dritvík cove. Djúpalónssandur or the Black Lava Pearl Beach is a beautiful place to visit, like so many other of the many sights on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It is like stepping into a lava wonderland. I have written a travel-guide in chronological order in 5-parts about the Snæfellsnes peninsula. But since Djúpalónssandur is one of the

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Things to do in Reykjavik on a Rainy Day Freddi Arcade

Details: The Sex Pistols logo, a decorated M&M mascot and a couple of Jolly Rogers will lead you to the Punk Museum, and pictures of famous, video games characters such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac-Man and Space Invaders line the stairs that lead you down to Freddi Arcade. On the day of my visit, I followed the electronic figures down the stairs to Freddi

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9 Things to Do in the Westfjord's Ísafjarðardjúp Guide

Details: Rent a car. Find stays. The Arngerðareyri house is best known by the name, “the old castle house” and is a building which goes unnoticed by none on a journey through our wonderful fjords and is the star of many a photograph and now even a documentary about the house is being made. Vígur is home to Iceland’s smallest post office

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Kontiki Kayaking Open Sea Adventures Off Snæfellsnes

Details: Kontiki Kayaking is situated in a renovated fish processing factory, though one would never know it; the walls, painted a bright, welcoming yellow, are adorned with maps, photographs and eclectic decor strengthening the operator’s ties to the region. Before kitting up, Kristján pointed out our location on the map, drawing out the proposed

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Top 13 Tips On How to Move to Iceland The Ultimate Guid

Details: It is home to some incredible sports facilities, swimming pools, and commercial businesses, as well as Reykjavík's lone campsite. Two/three bedroom flats here range from around 160,000 ISK to 190,000 ISK a month. Though rental costs appear to be quite high at first glance, there is a noticeable difference in the monthly price of utilities.

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10 Pictures of Iceland You Won't Believe Are Real Guide

Details: The Blue Ice Caves. Iurie is world-renowned for his incredible landscape photography, but he is probably best known for his belief-defying images of ice caves. The phenomenon of an ice cave is every bit as beautiful as his pictures lead you to believe; the blues are as vivid, the textures as smooth, and the halls as vast as are depicted. The

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Free the nipple! Guide to Iceland

Details: They are opposing the sexualization of the female body - and the double standards that men can be topless if they so wish but women can't. It's worth mentioning for those that didn't know, that men had to fight for their right to be topless in the 1930's - and have been allowed to do so since 1936 in the USA. It didn't take long before they were granted the right to go topless.

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The Story of the Icelandic Flag Guide to Iceland

Details: The story of the Icelandic flag is, in many respects, the story of the Icelandic people; it is a testament to their struggle for national identity, for cultural independence and their long commitment to Iceland’s future. Wherever the flag of Iceland flies, it exemplifies that struggle as …

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3 Days of fun at Kirkjuból and the Sheep Farming Museum a

Details: Sauðfjársetrið – the Sheep Farming Museum is located off road 60 some 6 km further along road 68. And Kirkjuból is just opposite the road and bay from the Sheep Farming Museum. Hólmavík village is located some 12 km away. To visit this area you can rent a car in Reykjavík and drive up to Strandir in 3-4 hours.

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The Top 10 Souvenirs from Iceland Guide to Iceland

Details: For the house proud looking to bring a sense of clean, unique Nordic style to their homes, Hrím is an excellent option for souvenir shopping. It has kitchenware and houseware designed in Iceland, as well as chic pieces from other parts of the world. The prices here are …

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Iceland in Celebration Wanda Star is Leaving the Countr

Details: This isn’t the country it was in 2014. Read the news in Iceland over the past few months, and you’ll note a shocking rise in crime, to the point where there is something every day now. There have been spikes in stabbings, arson attacks, beatings, the sale of street drugs and the killing and dismembering of pet cats.

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About Us Guide to Iceland

Details: Guide to Iceland is the most sought out website on Icelandic travel information in existence. Read in-depth articles about Iceland’s nature, history and culture, as well as practical and lively travel information written by expert natives and long-term residents. Contact locals for personal tips and tricks.

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10 Day Winter Self Drive Tour in Iceland Guide to Iceland

Details: Below you can see the car rental options available for this self-drive tour. All our vehicles are new or current models, maximum 2 years of age, and include standard Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), Gravel Protection (GP), and Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW) insurances. Please note that off-road driving is illegal for all types of cars.

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The best picks of Reykjavík Culture Night 2016! Guide t

Details: Get an insight into a local's house in the centre of the city by stopping by to enjoy a hot and freshly made waffle with cream and jam. A number of residents offer free waffles in their homes between 2 and 4pm. Find more information about waffles and coffee in Þingholt here. Iceland Symphony Orchestra plays Peter and the Wolf in Harpa

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Icelandic Crafts and Design at City Hall in Reykjavík G

Details: Reykjavík, the capital city of Iceland, twice a year hosts the Crafts and Design Fair at City Hall called Handverk og hönnun in Icelandic. Icelandic artists from all over the country come together at City Hall to sell their unique products. Here you will meet designers from the …

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How Expensive is Iceland

Details: Flight prices, rental cars, and accommodations are all businesses where prices have dropped during COVID-19, although restaurants, alcohol, and typical daily activities, such as swimming pools, have not been as impacted. You can find more information on the border policy and testing on our regularly updated COVID-19 information page.

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The Top 10 Things to do in Reykjavik Guide to Iceland

Details: The building was designed by Guðjón Samúelsson, one of Iceland's most well-known architects, and houses the largest concert organ in Iceland. The concert organ is 15m tall, has 5275 pipes, and weighs 25 tons. The building opened in 1986. Also, take note of the beautiful entrance door and glass art, designed by local artist Leifur Breiðfjörð.

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The Ultimate Guide to Architecture in Iceland Guide to

Details: The Icelandic nation also boasts a long history of timber houses, or since approximately the early 1300s, but scarcely so since wood was of limited supply in the barren countryside of this volcanic island. Still, the turf houses of old were essentially timber houses—only coated, supported and isolated with turf and soil from the local environment.

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Things Not To Do In Iceland Guide to Iceland

Details: 21. Not Going to a Swimming Pool Because it’s Cold Outside. All the swimming pools in Iceland are heated, the vast majority geothermally. With so many hot springs and thus a wealth of naturally warm water, it is no wonder that the national winter tradition of warming up in the pool is still thriving.

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Sonar Reykjavik Review: Saturday Guide to Iceland

Details: Actually, I was rather surprised that they weren’t playing.The Apparat Wikipedia page describes their music quite aptly: ‘machine rock and roll’ and their sound veering ‘between ‘pulsing floor-fillers and headbanging anthems, served with a mixture of Kraftwerk inspired electronics, Daft Punk-like robot voices, and hard rock beats

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Whale Watching and Sea Angling from Reykjavík Harbour wit

Details: Whale watching is a popular pastime in Iceland and seeing that Iceland is an island we don't have to go far to see the whales. I recently joined a tour by Reykjavík Sailors leaving from Reykjavík harbour. I have lived in Reykjavík my whole life and this is the first time I went whale watching from Reykjavík harbour.

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The Essential List of Wildlife and Animals in Iceland G

Details: Brown rats, along with wood and house mice, came over either with early settlers or later with trading ships and formed populations. The rats primarily live in populated areas, while the mice have spread all across the country. Iceland also has a population of wild mink that was established more recently.

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The Best Culture Tours in Iceland Guide to Iceland

Details: Immerse yourself in Icelandic culture, history and legend. Culture tours include visits to authentic fishing villages, monumental buildings and historic landmarks, excursions around Reykjavík and small towns, and introduce you to Icelandic music, cuisine and nightlife.

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The Ultimate Guide to Graffiti and Street Art in Reykjavi

Details: Video footage from our personal graffiti tour with local street artist Selur. Despite a history that dates back thousands of years, graffiti in its modern form originated on the streets of Philadelphia and New York in the late 1960s, when local gangs would tag Subway carts with district news and territorial markings.. But as with most things, the rebel art form only started to root in the then

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The Top 5 Destinations in Iceland Guide to Iceland

Details: Over a period of five months, fire and brimstone destroyed well over 300 homes, while hundreds more were buried in black ash. And in July of 1973, when the displaced islanders could finally return home, they were set with the enormous and daunting task of clearing their island of ash, and rebuilding or excavating countless houses.

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Vikings Descend Upon Hafnarfjörður

Details: On June 16-19, 2016, hundreds of Vikings piled into the Viking Village at Fjörukráin, which began with a single restaurant in 1990 by Jóhannes Viðar Bjarnason and has since grown to 2 restaurants, a hotel and 14 Viking cottages meant to capture the feeling and look of a bygone era. Katelin Anderson, an American who studies medieval

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Eco Tourism & Sustainable Tourism in Iceland Guide to I

Details: Property owners have 90 days of the year to rent out their rooms and apartments to tourists, or until they have acquired 2000,000 ISK in gross rental income. Property owners who intend to do this will have to first register with the police, pay a fee and provide all information relating to rental

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The Ultimate Guide to Plants in Iceland Guide to Iceland

Details: Mass deforestation occurred as the early Icelanders needed materials to build their ships, homes and fires to keep them warm. This process only took approximately 300-years and since then, Iceland has suffered desertification as well as issues with soil erosion, leaving the barren treeless geography that characterises most of Iceland today.

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