Category: Culture

July 1, 2017 Camping Out Reykjavik Pride

Iceland is pretty famous for equal rights, LGBTQA support, and gay history. It is the land of waterfalls, rainbows, and elves after all. There haven’t been any unicorn sightings, but there’s plenty of stunningly beautiful regular horses. Lonely planet has even deemed it one of the most gay-friendly travel destinations in the world. Reykjavik has been celebrating […]

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June 22, 2017 Reykjavik Record Shopping

Iceland has a very peculiar music scene. It’s well known for Secret Solstice, Iceland Airwaves, and many other music festivals, but the local shop scene is also well endowed. 101 is the hub of all things vinyl, LP, and old school. That being said, you can rifle through the stacks and find anything from 1960’s […]

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April 30, 2017 ​Iceland’s Local Pool Guidelines, Do’s & Don’ts

So you’re coming to Iceland and want to experience the local swimming culture and the first place you probably think of is Blue Lagoon. It’s certainly a unique destination to delve into world of Iceland. It also happens to be one of those places travellers are hesitant about, not because of the actual experience, but […]

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April 18, 2017 Fermented Shark

Iceland is known for some weird food. Of all the things Icelanders pickle, stew, brew, and marinate, putrefied shark is most famous. Being the brave transplant-of-a-Viking that I am, I ventured to the Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum on the Snæfellsnes peninsula to get up close and personal with this fine, fine food. Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum is located on […]

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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 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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