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July 28, 2021

Commerce Day in Iceland: Unofficial Camping Holiday

The first Monday of August is a public holiday here in Iceland, known as Commerce Day (a.k.a Tradesmen’s Day or Merchant’s Holiday). In Icelandic, it is called Fridagur verslunarmanna. Icelanders get really excited about this holiday. Since it always falls on Monday, it means you get a long weekend off, and it is not unusual […]

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April 4, 2017 Golden Circle Itinerary

You’re not a regular tourist. You don’t want a posh penthouse Airbnb in the 101. Being out in nature sounds a lot more interesting. You don’t want a coach bus to cart you around Iceland with the rest of the tourists, you’d prefer the freedom of stopping and going wherever and whenever you please. You, […]

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March 30, 2017 Reykjavik’s Best Coffee Shops

Iceland is the 3rd largest coffee consuming country in the world… per capita. Which is to say, there aren’t a lot of us, but almost all of us are caffeine addicts. There’s plenty of options for coffee in town, but if you’re looking for something distinct, here are my recommendations… Reykjavik offers many varying levels […]

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March 27, 2017 5 Quality Meals in Reykjavik That Won’t Break the Bank

We, at Happy Campers, understand the importance of a good, quality meal at budget-friendly prices. We also understand you may prefer a more cultural food experience versus relying solely on supermarket fare because that’s just boring! For a good ratio between quality and quantity, I’ve compiled a list of establishments around Reykjavík that won’t break […]

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March 17, 2017 Happy Campers’ Basic Guide to Icelandic

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. […]

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March 12, 2017 Stykkishólmur: Camping Like Walter Mitty

By far, my favorite little town on the Snæfellsnes peninsula is Stykkishólmur. It’s the favorite of many others as well; this town has been a center for trade and commerce since the 16th century because of its natural harbour. If you’ve seen Secret Life of Walter Mitty, you’ll notice a lot of filming locations here as this […]

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March 10, 2017 Reykjavík’s Best Ice Cream Shops According to Happy Campers

Something I noticed in Iceland and quickly embraced was the ice cream culture. It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is or if the weather is crappy, you’ll always find a group of locals queuing for this sweet treat. The most important rule to remember- if you want to blend in with the […]

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March 6, 2017 A Gorgeous Saga Hike at Raudfeldsgja

Traveling with your camper van on the Snæfellsnes peninsula? There’s certainly plenty to see along the entire drive, but for the adventurous at heart, the Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge is a must stop. The gorge is located directly off road 574 on the south side of the peninsula. From the main road (54), take 574 toward Hellnar. […]

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March 2, 2017 How to Make the Best of a Snow Day in Reykjavík

Mother Nature gave the locals- and travelers alike- the gift of a spectacular Winter Wonderland on Sunday morning in Iceland. A total of 51 centimeters of snow was recorded as the largest snowfall in decades! Reykjavík unofficially shut down for a snow day since most residential streets weren’t plowed and cars were literally buried under […]

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January 5, 2017 Winter Road Trip in Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Another weekend, another road trip adventure. This time, Kristie, my wife, and I are exploring Snæfellsnes peninsula. Snæfellsnes is one of my favorite parts of Iceland and it makes for a perfect weekend destination, as it is only about 90 minutes outside of Reykjavik. We load up our Happy Campers van with food, camera stuff, […]

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