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Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Published: 19. May 2017

The Icelandic horse is a one of a kind breed. Equestrians from all over the world agree. The horses that the vikings brought over from Norway have been on the island for so long without change. For this reason, modern caretakers of these horses are very protective of them. If you'd like the chance to ride one of these ancient stallions, you're best bet is with Ís Hestar Horseback Riding in Hafnarfjörður.

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The Real VikingSushi Adventure

The Real VikingSushi Adventure

Published: 11. May 2017

My friend and I recently went on our first campervan adventure together to Snæfellsnes along the west coast of Iceland. There was so much we were impressed about, including Stykkishólmur, one of the film locations you may recognize from Secret Life of Walter Mitty. It’s also known for the Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum where my colleague, Michael, came face-to-face with one of Iceland’s elusive delicacies: rotten shark.

Wanting to try a more appetizing- but equally memorable- experience, Happy Campers teamed up with Seatours on their 2-hour guided VikingSushi Adventure to explore abundant nature and wildlife the area has to offer. Breiðafjörður Bay is located just north of Stykkishólmur, best explored by boat to discover both the interesting basalt rock formations inhabited by unique seabirds and the sea creatures lurking at the bottom of the bay.

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​Snorkeling in Silfra with Scuba Iceland

​Snorkeling in Silfra with Scuba Iceland

Published: 14. April 2017

If you're looking for a unique experience to cross off that bucket list of yours- and let's be honest, to tell all your family and friends about- look no further as I share Happy Campers' experience snorkeling in Silfra. Last weekend, we were graciously invited by Scuba Iceland to snorkel between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates and could not refuse their offer!

Whether you’ve visited Iceland previously or are planning to, you probably heard of this fun activity exclusive to Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), a UNESCO Heritage Site and popular attraction located 45 minutes southeast of Reykjavík. Not only is Þingvellir home to Silfra, a rift connected to Þingvallavatn lake, it’s also a land of historical significance. Alþingi (Althingi), located not too far from Silfra, is the oldest parliament established in 930A.D., a must-visit sight.

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Happy Campers' Basic Guide to Icelandic

Happy Campers' Basic Guide to Icelandic

Published: 17. March 2017

Isolated and spoken by a population of less than 400,000 individuals, the Icelandic language is a beloved and proud part of Icelandic culture. Standard Icelandic is originally based on the 12th century Old Norse and then somewhat remodelled again in the 19th century by adding and subtracting letters and words. It’s comparable to German with four cases. If you’d like to learn more about the history and intricacies, take a look here.

Icelandic is so rare, a lot of folks I’ve met around the world are amazed Iceland even has its own language! And it happens to be one of the oldest and hardest to master as a foreigner. Fortunately, the locals are also experts in English, a more favourable language amongst travellers, so you can easily get by without trying to pronounce one of those ridiculous volcano names like Eyjafjallajökull*.

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Best Places to See the Northern Lights in Iceland

Best Places to See the Northern Lights in Iceland

Published: 24. February 2015

As an amateur photographer, there's nothing more exciting than capturing the northern lights. I suspect that I'm not alone about that, so I decided to write down my top 16 places to either watch or photograph the northern lights and hopefully you'll find it useful. To see the exact location of each spot, I put together this map.

General Northern Lights Tips

Before going through the list, there are a few general things that you should keep in mind before deciding on the perfect location.

  • Try seeing the northern lights during winter months, and close to midnight (or the darkest part of the day possible)
  • Make sure to bring warm clothes - this will make you more patient, which is crucial when shooting the northern lights
  • Keep the moonlight in mind (is it a full moon?)
  • Bring a sturdy tripod and a remote/cable shutter release trigger if possible
  • Bring a travel chair with you, to be extra comfy
  • Think about your composition and choose your location accordingly
  • Check the road conditions. You don’t want to get stuck somewhere in the middle of nowhere.
  • If you are considering a northern lights tour, I’d recommend reconsidering. You don’t need a ticket to see the northern lights (It’s nature’s gift to everybody!) A little bit of research is all you need.

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Our Top 10 Hidden Gems of Iceland

Our Top 10 Hidden Gems of Iceland

Published: 3. September 2013

The majority of travelers we meet have a very limited time to spend in Iceland and, therefore, mostly stick to Route 1 (the ring road) during their trip. For those travelers, we definitely recommend checking out the popular attractions, like the Blue Lagoon, Myvatn Nature Baths, Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, the Golden Circle, and other popular tourists places close to Route 1. However, for those who want to get the most out of their experience in Iceland, we suggest checking out these hidden gems that few others consider. These are the places that we suggest our friends and customers visit if they can!

Seljavallalaug

What: Seljavallalaug is the oldest swimming pool in...

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