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(Toronto Star)   Planning a trip to Iceland? They might not want you   (thestar.com) divider line 23
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2012-11-18 08:39:24 PM  
4 votes:
All I want from Iceland is:

www.alwaysontherun.net
2012-11-18 09:29:59 PM  
3 votes:
Go to just about anywhere and "act like a tourist" and you will quickly wear out your welcome. This is especially true of people who go on group tours. I am not saying that group tours are necessarily bad, but they are concentrated stereotypical tourist. You are better off doing your own thing and seeing what you want to see, not what some company tells you to see. And above all else, if you are going to a country where you do not speak the language pick up a phrase book and learn a few phrases. They locals will greatly appreciate it.
2012-11-18 08:41:04 PM  
3 votes:
"I doubt we, the artists and musicians, are going to want to be in a place that destroyed all organic cultural value," said Pollock.

Well, guess what, sweetcheeks? That's what tourism does to a place. You can be wealthy and watch your culture gradually erode under the influence of tourism and mcdisneyism, or you can be poor and keep your culture intact. There is, unfortunately, no middle ground. At least, nobody's found a way to do it yet.
2012-11-18 08:35:49 PM  
3 votes:
"Saari said that the nation's solitary natural beauty had become too busy to truly enjoy, "because there are thousands of foreigners there, disturbing you in your own country."

Join the club motherfarker
2012-11-18 09:12:54 PM  
2 votes:

Christian Bale: How easy to solve is this problem ???

Just raise the prices for everything touristy, including hotels. If it's stuff locals do to, give them a discount with their driver's license or whatever.

Keeps the total amount of money coming in the same, reduces the amount of tourists.


Simple solution: visitors' visas cost $x -- adjust x as needed. They're not in the EU I don't believe, so there should be no problem requiring visas.
2012-11-18 09:06:37 PM  
2 votes:
How easy to solve is this problem ???

Just raise the prices for everything touristy, including hotels. If it's stuff locals do to, give them a discount with their driver's license or whatever.

Keeps the total amount of money coming in the same, reduces the amount of tourists.
2012-11-18 08:34:27 PM  
2 votes:
If it's like Chicago, I bet it's a bunch of hicks walking three across on the sidewalks, standing on both sides of the escalator, clogging up the doors of the El and in general making it impossible to get anywhere.
2012-11-19 08:12:29 AM  
1 votes:

Billy Bathsalt: They recently changed their official religion from Lutheranism(practiced by most) to Norse Paganism, basically to stick it to the bible thumpers. At least according to our tour guide. Glad to know I was part of the problem.
They also told the Euro to take a leap.


Yeah none of that happened. The Lutheran church is still the state religion and the Euro hasn't been adopted nor has it been rejected.

Also Þór Saari is a blithering idiot and a whiner. He makes idiotic comments like this regularly.
2012-11-18 09:20:39 PM  
1 votes:
I'm sure once the "unwelcome" tourist money stops flowing the creditors who own Iceland's massive debt will accept payment in the only thing Iceland has left: Tears of regret.
2012-11-18 09:17:06 PM  
1 votes:

poe_zlaw: Its awesome how all other countries are allowed to say they dont want any foreigners there.. Except America. If you say it in America, you're a racist.


www.ancestor.com

Would like a word..
2012-11-18 09:14:37 PM  
1 votes:

jsteiner78: My mom's side of the family is 100% Icelandic heritage, making me 50% Icelandic. Tallest per capita nation in the world, highest literacy rate in the world, and an impressive list of world champion strong men for such a small country. The one thing I usually leave out when discussing my lineage is that all native Icelanders are related to each other.


Everyone's related to everyone else if you had records that went back far enough. Iceland has a small population and immaculate records that go back about 1000 years, so the job is much simpler.
2012-11-18 09:08:21 PM  
1 votes:
Its awesome how all other countries are allowed to say they dont want any foreigners there.. Except America. If you say it in America, you're a racist.
2012-11-18 09:07:50 PM  
1 votes:
Friends of ours just got back from Iceland. It's apparently a GREAT country to visit (though currently overrun by tourists like our friends...)

I can understand this though. Reykjavik has a population of just over 100K and the entire country has just over 300K so I can see how 1 million tourists a year might make some random Icelander feel like they are slightly overrun.

Meanwhile, jsteiner78, I have met a few of your relatives, since I have had a number of friends who are 50% or more Icelandic.
2012-11-18 08:58:48 PM  
1 votes:
My mom's side of the family is 100% Icelandic heritage, making me 50% Icelandic. Tallest per capita nation in the world, highest literacy rate in the world, and an impressive list of world champion strong men for such a small country. The one thing I usually leave out when discussing my lineage is that all native Icelanders are related to each other.
2012-11-18 08:51:39 PM  
1 votes:
multipolarfuture.com
Then she can come to me then...
/or, come together, no big whoop...
2012-11-18 08:41:49 PM  
1 votes:
Saari about that.
I love Icelanders, they are a nation of iconoclasts.
They recently changed their official religion from Lutheranism(practiced by most) to Norse Paganism, basically to stick it to the bible thumpers. At least according to our tour guide. Glad to know I was part of the problem.
They also told the Euro to take a leap.
2012-11-18 08:40:19 PM  
1 votes:

thisiszombocom: are you sure the articles about iceland? looks like these girls went to japan


Ah, Buükkåkï Springs. Beautiful this time of year.
2012-11-18 08:40:18 PM  
1 votes:
According to a survey authored by a University of Iceland researcher, 40 per cent of hikers on the popular Laugavegur hiking trail reported there were too many other travellers on the trail.

spin-onehalf.com
2012-11-18 08:36:23 PM  
1 votes:

thisiszombocom: are you sure the articles about iceland? looks like these girls went to japan

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What you did there, I see it.
2012-11-18 08:35:53 PM  
1 votes:
Saari said that the nation's solitary natural beauty had become too busy to truly enjoy, "because there are thousands of foreigners there, disturbing you in your own country."

/Alrighty then, we will just stop coming over and you can see your local economy take a nose dive into the dumpster due to nobody buying shiat. 'All the stores will close down, and you will be left on the beach, sucking dead cold carp because you have no money to buy food.


//it could happen.
2012-11-18 08:33:48 PM  
1 votes:
So I should just mail them a check and stay home, then.
2012-11-18 08:32:19 PM  
1 votes:
...but leave your tourist dollars.
2012-11-18 08:31:51 PM  
1 votes:
things get too hot for them? the love affair is cooling down? turning chilly towards the tourist wampum, bunky? is that what's bothering you?

if you can't stand the heat get out the kitchen chef popsicletoes
 
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