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Iceland
Blogging about travels in Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands
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It was quite a magnificent moment sailing into the harbour of Piraeus this morning. We stood there on the car deck with hundreds of other passangers as the ferry backed in towards the dock. As it turned we saw the red lining on the horizon turn into this stunning sunrise... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2016 at Raving Ravens
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Northsailing, a Husavik based whale watching company in Iceland has once again taken the lead in the development of the industry. And is being awarded for it. At WTM last week Nortsailing received the silver awards for Best Innovation for Carbon Reduction for their new innovative electric powered ship engine.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at Raving Ravens
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Iceland is located where two tectonic plates meet, the North-American plate and the Eurasian plate. Those two plates are drifting a part, meaning that Iceland becomes on average 2 cm wider every year. Since the seismic activity started in Bárðarbunga, Iceland's largest volcanic system, Iceland has become over 40 cm... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Raving Ravens
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A captain on a small fishing boat in Iceland, Gammur SK12 requested assistance from the coast guard earlier today. A whale was stuck in his net. He had tried to cut him free himself but the whale slammed his tool out of his hands with his tail. The captain had... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Raving Ravens
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In the last 48 hrs over 1.000 earthquakes have been registered in Bárðarbunga, a little known volcano in the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland. A warning has been issued in Iceland that the volcano might erupt and people are encourage not to go near the volcano. How likely is the volcano... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at Raving Ravens
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It was snowing. Like in a Christmas card, though it was May 12th. I couldn't even see Saana, the holy mountain for the Samis rising above Kilpisjärvi, the little sami village I was staying in. This didn't look like the best day to go out into the wilderness alone, unable... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at Raving Ravens
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It was refreshing to land in Kiruna, 200 km north of Arctic Circle. Temperatures were just over freezing point and still snow covering the environment. I was there to run a workshop in place branding for municipalities in Norrbotten, the northern most part of Sweden. The view from a mountain... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at Raving Ravens
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The northern light season has started. Last night those fantastic images were shot in the neighbourhood of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland as the northern lights spectacles fascinated curious eyes on the ground. The Northern Lights over Thingvellir national park by Pétur Þór. The northern lights are at an altitude... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2013 at Raving Ravens
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Today is your last change to enter! Last month, Bus Hostel, a brand new hostel in Reykjavik Iceland, invited three travel bloggers, Shing from Hostelbookers.com, Lindsay McCormik for Traveldudes.com and Frankie Bird for Budgettraveller.org as well as Anders Bergh, a professional photographer from trendy Copenhagen on a five day thrilling... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2013 at Raving Ravens
The police in Hvolsvöllur has issued an alert advicing hikers and travellers to stay off Hekla volcano because of unusual seismic activity. That does not have to mean a volcanic eruption, but it increases the changes of it. Volcanic eruptions in Hekla volcano are common and usually "tourist friendly" meaning... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at Raving Ravens
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Northern lights over the town of Kulusuk. This is a picture I took from the school last November. The house that burned down is the one we see on the hill. I just received the following letter from a friend in Kulusuk, the little hunting village on the east coast... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2013 at Raving Ravens
I got an inquiry via Facebook which I couldn't reply to, so I decided to reply to it hear. The question was as follows: Hello! I'm going to Iceland in late March and I have a few questions. I cannot decide if my father and I should visit Hofn and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at Raving Ravens
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In April two Colourobox photographers will join the four winners of the Metro Global Photo Challenge 2012 in a week long expedition to the wilderness of East Greenland. The tour starts with one night in Reykjavik, capital of Iceland, before leaving for the rough terrain of East Greenland. We will... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at Raving Ravens
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Those magnificent images of a large "chunk" of the Greenlandic ice cap breaking up were released on Wednesday. The magnitude of these events are hard to realize when there is nothing to compare it to, but the total amount of ice breaking away is actually 7.4 square kilometers. Or as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2012 at Raving Ravens
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The second mischievous yule lad arrives tonight, called Giljagaur or Gully Gawk. He sneaks into the cow barn to steal some milk. Here's my version of his poem: Gully Gawk came second his hair as grayish yarn He crept down from the mountain pass and broke into the barn. Hiding... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2012 at Raving Ravens
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Tonight my kids put their shoe in the window. That's a tradition in Iceland. Not like everyday, but the last 13 days before Christmas. You see, here in Iceland we don't have A Santa Claus. We have 13 yule lads. The first one comes the night of the 11th -... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2012 at Raving Ravens
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Hvitserkur was a troll who lived in Strandir, west of the bay. He was very annoyed by the church bell in Þingeyrar, so much that one night he lost his patience and waded the bay to smash the bell. On his way back the sun came up and he turned... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2012 at Raving Ravens
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Remember the SAD cars competition we were running in June where you could win a trip for two to Iceland with a tent, a rental car and some excursions? Well, the winners were two sisters from Belarus who had a lively video and loads of likes. This August they travelled... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2012 at Raving Ravens
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As I told you last Monday Russell Crowe spent the summer here in Iceland shooting not only a new movie, but also a music video with Alan Doyle. In August there was a festival in Iceland called Reykjavik culture night and the day before Russell tweeted about his desire to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2012 at Raving Ravens
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In a speech Mr. Össur Skarphedinsson, foreign minister of Iceland gave at the UN General Assembly yesterday, he was very direct on the situation in Syria, in Palestine and the relations between Iran and Israel, as well as on gender equality and the human rights of homosexuals. Skarphéðinsson criticized the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2012 at Raving Ravens
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A large iceberg exploded the night to September 17th in Baffins Bay, 90 km north of Upernavik. The spread of fragments had reached an area of 4-5 km in diameter within a few hours from the explosion, as can be seen in the satellite images. In the third image the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2012 at Raving Ravens
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It's World Tourism Day today. I'm a traveller and have been for as long as I remember. It's in my genes. I come from pilots and sailors. Vikings and voyagers. And I follow the ancient wisdom of the Vikings who travelled from one continent to the next more than a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2012 at Raving Ravens
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Two weeks ago, a fierce snow storm hit Iceland unexpectedly. At this time of the year we occasionally get the first snow, specially up in the mountains. The storm that hit Iceland Monday two weeks ago was a full blown winter storm with heavy snow fall in the North of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2012 at Raving Ravens
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Russell Crowe spent the summer in Iceland shooting a new movie called Noah. After seeing the great landscape Russell got his friend Alan Doyle over to shoot a music video to the song Testify. And it looks good :) Enjoy: Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2012 at Raving Ravens
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In the picture you can see the rescue vehicle in the fourground and the couples vehicle in the back ground. Photo: Páll Rúnar Traustason. A routine surveilance to the mountain shelter Laugafell in Northeast Iceland led to the unexpected rescue of a Canadian couple who had been stuck there for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2012 at Raving Ravens