Be Surprised By Iceland

1.  Stop Lights with more Color

Did you know that when driving in Iceland the stop lights change from green to yellow to red, like the states.  But then they also change from red to yellow to green!  A good idea really, but confusing to a brain that’s been wired to associate yellow with slowing down to stop rather than getting ready to go.  Drive carefully!

2.  Good Coffee, plain and simple

Lattes, cappuccinos, mochas and americanos were all good but  surprisingly the plain coffee was just as delicious.  Even in the smallest towns or from the free dispensers in museums I was pleasantly surprised by the drip coffee…and it was often less than $3, whereas a latte could easily approach $7.

Knitting & Coffee in Rekjavik
Knitting & Coffee in Rekjavík

3.  Tourist Town

Iceland is a pretty hot destination right now, and it’s marketed for its wildness and stark landscapes.  This is all true but…there are a lot of tourists at the main sights.  It’s not impossible to get away from people but I wasn’t necessarily prepared to have crowds at the waterfalls or other natural wonders even late into the night.  So be prepared to enjoy your fellow travelers or really get off the beaten path…which means where you’re going probably wasn’t written up in the Lonely Planet guidebook.

This includes the Blue Lagoon.  I actually waited an hour in line before giving up to hit the Keflavík hot pots and swimming pool.  The Blue Lagoon was at its 700 person capacity on a rainy Sunday morning and it could only let people in one at a time as others left.  I’ll go back to the soak in the aqua blue water…but I didn’t expect that kind of crowds!

Have you been to Iceland, what surprised you?

7 thoughts on “Be Surprised By Iceland

  1. I totally agree with “I’d rather be in Iceland”. Luckily the most tourist have only some spots in the south they visit. And as you said, if you’ll go to destinations which are not listed on Lonely Planet or so you can discover so many, beautiful places without any other human.
    My biggest surprise was the fact that even in the smallest spot you can have (mostly) a very good meal.

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