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I can’t stop saying how much I love Iceland, and after explaining why coming here in winter is a wise decision, and what you can do to explore the island and stay active at the same time, it is high time to introduce you to the northernmost capital of the world, and one of my favourite cities ever: Reykjavik.
With only 120,000 people Reykjavik is certainly no urban metropolis. Instead of high …

[ Written by Kathi | 18 Feb 2015 | 19 Comments | ]

My alarm clock goes off at 9am sharp. A dozy peek out the window reveals nothing but darkness. This far up north it is still night at this time. Wrapped in big coats and scarfs we stomp through the fresh snow that had fallen all night. The air is crisp and clear. For breakfast we head to Prikið, a popular cafe on Reykjavik’s central road Laugavegur. As we stuff our …

[ Written by Kathi | 8 Feb 2015 | 7 Comments | ]

1 million tourists visited Iceland in 2014 – that is over 3 times as many as the local population, which only counts 320,000 Icelanders. Most of them come during the summer months (May to August) to enjoy the endless days and mostly snow-free conditions. On such a small island you can imagine how quickly this can feel crowded though. Prices increase as well during these months and tours get busier.
That’s …

[ Written by Kathi | 1 Feb 2015 | 7 Comments | ]

Landing in Iceland, my first thoughts were ‘it’s actually not that cold!’ It was a fairly dark morning in November, and I was heading for the Iceland Airwaves Festival in Reykjavik. I had my down jacket, wooly jumper and super warm socks on, ready for the freezing temperature. I hadn’t expect how warm it was and was still wondering as we boarded the airport bus into town.
We headed through the Lava …

[ Written by guest | 6 Dec 2014 | 8 Comments | ]

I don’t know about you, but I’m all crazy about Iceland. The little insular state up north was my home for five months a couple of years ago, and ever since I’ve been dreaming of my return. Maybe this desire seems familiar to you, and maybe 2014 should be the year in which we make our dreams come true! Just recently I stumbled upon this post by my favourite Icelandic …

[ Written by Kathi | 24 Mar 2014 | 15 Comments | ]

I once spent a year living in Iceland and I quickly came to learn a couple of special things about this place:

in winter most walkways are ice-free due to intelligent piping
the country’s culinary specialty is rotten shark which instead of chewing is swallowed down with Brennivín (really strong alcohol)
the consumption of Coca Cola per capita is higher than in the US
knitting and partying compete for the title of „Most Popular …

[ Written by Kathi | 30 May 2013 | 5 Comments | ]

In the last couple of years I have travelled many parts of Scandinavia, and these journeys have widely varied in occasion and budget. Especially during my time in Iceland, my curiosity for the island and my account balance were often in strong contrast.
For my three week around-the-island-trip I had to think of something clever. Sleeping in the car was obviously no choice (the smallest available car already costed a fortune), …

[ Written by Kathi | 28 Jan 2013 | 4 Comments | ]

When I told people that I was going to Iceland I could always rely on one thing – wide eyes. There is something about Europe’s most northern country that has people instantly fascinated. Iceland is unrivaled in its stunning variety of incredible landscapes, nowhere else in the world will you find this enticing mixture of wild shores, dramatic coastlines and impressive glaciers, no place else experience this enigmatic loneliness and …

[ Written by Katja | 12 Nov 2012 | 17 Comments | ]

This summer I completed a 25day long solo-hike through Iceland and made a short documentary about it called MADE IN ICELAND. Since then I’ve been overwhelmed by the positive feedback I’ve got-  and the many questions about my trip. And here they are,  the answers to a collection of the most frequently asked questions about the hike:

Why did you choose Iceland as a destination?
Iceland is well-known for it’s beautiful …

[ Written by guest | 10 Nov 2011 | 51 Comments | ]

There are girls who go to Paris for a weekend of shopping, others who spend a few days lounging by the beach in Spain. And then there are girls like Klara Harden, who wander off to Iceland to spend 25 days hiking all by herself throughout the lonely and stunning landscapes of the Icelandic highlands.

The young photographer and filmmaker from Austria had financed her trip through crowdfunding via starnext, asking …

[ Written by Katja | 2 Nov 2011 | 19 Comments | ]