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(Business Wire)   One of the hottest vacation spots in the world for Americans is ... Iceland?   (businesswire.com) divider line 57
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2014-03-04 11:55:49 AM  
Whenever I hear 'Iceland', I always think of Tom Clancy's Red Storm Rising and the weather air-man humping it across the rocky fjords with commies everywhere.

That and the rape scene. *shudder*
 
2014-03-04 11:58:11 AM  
Why not? Freezin's the reason.
 
2014-03-04 12:14:22 PM  
Fark yeah. Been twice, once in the summer and once in the dead of winter. It's not that cold - Reykjavik's warmer than Boston, in fact, and it rarely gets too much below freezing except out on the glaciers. The people are all super friendly, and it's a nice stopover on the way to Europe.
 
2014-03-04 12:24:28 PM  
Björk Björk Björk.
 
2014-03-04 12:25:59 PM  
The salmon fishing is outstanding.
 
2014-03-04 12:30:43 PM  
Our daughter did a Spring Break there and loved it.
 
2014-03-04 12:37:31 PM  
Their women love sleeping with men who aren't somehow related to them.
 
2014-03-04 12:40:56 PM  
I wonder if part of the allure is the fact that Iceland told its failing banks to fark off and die with your bailouts...
 
2014-03-04 12:41:16 PM  
Well, when Eyjafjallajökull erupts, that's as close to Europe that Americans can get.
 
2014-03-04 12:43:19 PM  
Hot women, beautiful land, hot women in hot springs surrounded by great scenery, What's not to enjoy?  Unless you're a scumbag banker, then your ass is going to prison
 
2014-03-04 12:43:48 PM  

tricycleracer: Their women love sleeping with men who aren't somehow related to them.


Genetic diversity is very sexy there.
 
2014-03-04 12:44:12 PM  
They advertise all over the farking place.
 
2014-03-04 12:45:57 PM  
Partly because they have a near-100% literacy rate, their language has changed very little over time, apparently letting your average Icelander able to read Beowulf and other Old English writings.  I think that has to be part of it, too.
 
2014-03-04 01:14:37 PM  

Theaetetus: Fark yeah. Been twice, once in the summer and once in the dead of winter. It's not that cold - Reykjavik's warmer than Boston, in fact, and it rarely gets too much below freezing except out on the glaciers. The people are all super friendly, and it's a nice stopover on the way to Europe.


WUT?
 
2014-03-04 01:15:31 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: What's not to enjoy?


The food.
 
2014-03-04 01:16:00 PM  

Theaetetus: Fark yeah. Been twice, once in the summer and once in the dead of winter. It's not that cold - Reykjavik's warmer than Boston, in fact, and it rarely gets too much below freezing except out on the glaciers. The people are all super friendly, and it's a nice stopover on the way to Europe.


People get it confused... Greenland is cold and icy, and Iceland is (relatively speaking) mild... Obviously not a tropical paradise, but I've heard it's absolutely gorgeous.
 
2014-03-04 01:17:08 PM  
My friends went and I think their only complaint was that the beer was expensive. Other than that they had a blast and told me the ugliest local girls in the bars were 8's. If it was less than an 8 it was a tourist girl.
 
2014-03-04 01:19:06 PM  
One amusing thing I read about Iceland was in an article by Michael Lewis (the guy who wrote Moneyball):

Alcoa, the biggest aluminum company in the country, encountered two problems peculiar to Iceland when, in 2004, it set about erecting its giant smelting plant. The first was the so-called "hidden people" -- or, to put it more plainly, elves -- in whom some large number of Icelanders, steeped long and thoroughly in their rich folkloric culture, sincerely believe. Before Alcoa could build its smelter it had to defer to a government expert to scour the enclosed plant site and certify that no elves were on or under it. It was a delicate corporate situation, an Alcoa spokesman told me, because they had to pay hard cash to declare the site elf-free but, as he put it, "we couldn't as a company be in a position of acknowledging the existence of hidden people."

Unfortunately, the original article is no longer available because it is now being sold as part of a book, but it was a good read about how the global recession hit Iceland.
 
2014-03-04 01:23:37 PM  

cgraves67: tricycleracer: Their women love sleeping with men who aren't somehow related to them.

Genetic diversity is very sexy there.


Well, I'm off.
 
2014-03-04 01:23:44 PM  

stellarossa: Theaetetus: Fark yeah. Been twice, once in the summer and once in the dead of winter. It's not that cold - Reykjavik's warmer than Boston, in fact, and it rarely gets too much below freezing except out on the glaciers. The people are all super friendly, and it's a nice stopover on the way to Europe.

WUT?


If you take Iceland Air, you can get a (free - plane ticket wise) stopover on the way to/from Europe for no extra cost.
 
2014-03-04 01:25:53 PM  
The amount of alcohol consumption in Iceland combined with its abundance of women with sharp knees would make it a Farker's ParadiseTM

It's expensive though.

/Not affiliated with Fhloston Paradise
//multipass not included.
 
2014-03-04 01:28:16 PM  
Love it there, got married there, will go back again, would move there and open a B&B if I could.

Valentines Day was a great time to go there, it is their off season (so cheaper by a lot), possible aurora borealis siting and its warmer there than Boston.  The only non-locals we saw were Brits.

The women are hot, the beer is getting better over time, and if you like eating lamb or fish, you will be happy.
 
2014-03-04 01:30:35 PM  

CygnusDarius: cgraves67: tricycleracer: Their women love sleeping with men who aren't somehow related to them.

Genetic diversity is very sexy there.

Well, I'm off.


You're genetically diverse?
 
2014-03-04 01:36:40 PM  
I don't know why, but I've always had a desire to go to Iceland.  Maybe it's because it was non-standard vacation destination, but more accessible than, let's say, Rapa Nui.  This doesn't change things much, though.
 
2014-03-04 01:57:18 PM  
Yeah, you can get some good deals there. Can usually find round trip flights, a 3-night hotel stay and other things included for $700 or less from the east coast.

Here's one from Denver:
$889 -- Iceland 4-Star Adventure from Denver; Ends 3/6*

This package includes:
Roundtrip nonstop flights to Reykjavik from Denver
Three nights hotel stay at the 4-star Hilton Hotel Reykjavik Nordica
Jeep 4x4 tour in west Iceland featuring a glacier and waterfall visit, caving and highland safari
Whale-watching excursion from Reykjavik harbor
All airport taxes and fuel surcharges (transfers and breakfast are not included)
 
2014-03-04 02:09:50 PM  
I now have "Svefn-g-englar" by Sigur Ros stuck in my head.
 
2014-03-04 02:26:18 PM  

stellarossa: Theaetetus: Fark yeah. Been twice, once in the summer and once in the dead of winter. It's not that cold - Reykjavik's warmer than Boston, in fact, and it rarely gets too much below freezing except out on the glaciers. The people are all super friendly, and it's a nice stopover on the way to Europe.

WUT?


worldairlinenews.files.wordpress.com
For Northern Europe, it's a pretty good midpoint.
 
2014-03-04 02:29:30 PM  

Theaetetus: stellarossa: Theaetetus: Fark yeah. Been twice, once in the summer and once in the dead of winter. It's not that cold - Reykjavik's warmer than Boston, in fact, and it rarely gets too much below freezing except out on the glaciers. The people are all super friendly, and it's a nice stopover on the way to Europe.

WUT?

[worldairlinenews.files.wordpress.com image 850x420]
For Northern Europe, it's a pretty good midpoint.


My point was, though, that It's not on the way to Europe, it is Europe.
 
2014-03-04 02:33:14 PM  

Walker: Yeah, you can get some good deals there. Can usually find round trip flights, a 3-night hotel stay and other things included for $700 or less from the east coast.

Here's one from Denver:
$889 -- Iceland 4-Star Adventure from Denver; Ends 3/6*

This package includes:
Roundtrip nonstop flights to Reykjavik from Denver
Three nights hotel stay at the 4-star Hilton Hotel Reykjavik Nordica
Jeep 4x4 tour in west Iceland featuring a glacier and waterfall visit, caving and highland safari
Whale-watching excursion from Reykjavik harbor
All airport taxes and fuel surcharges (transfers and breakfast are not included)


My Hubby and I soooo want to go there, but paying off the debt comes first!
 
2014-03-04 02:39:35 PM  

stellarossa: My point was, though, that It's not on the way to Europe, it is Europe.


"Europe" is generally accepted to mean Continental Europe.   shiat, plenty of people in the UK use the term "europe" to refer to something which doesn't necessarily include themselves.

The thing to mock would be the pussies that think flying to Europe is so onerous that it requires a pit stop.
 
2014-03-04 02:46:49 PM  

lilplatinum: stellarossa: My point was, though, that It's not on the way to Europe, it is Europe.

"Europe" is generally accepted to mean Continental Europe.   shiat, plenty of people in the UK use the term "europe" to refer to something which doesn't necessarily include themselves.

The thing to mock would be the pussies that think flying to Europe is so onerous that it requires a pit stop.


By the same people who call Britain 'England'. I'm not mocking anyone. I'm a European. And an American.
 
2014-03-04 02:54:47 PM  

stellarossa: By the same people who call Britain 'England'. I'm not mocking anyone. I'm a European


The British call the continen "Europe" quite often too, not just ugly Americans.

I don't know enough Icelanders but wouldn't be surprised if they use the term Europe to refer to something other than themselves at times too.
 
2014-03-04 03:15:49 PM  

stellarossa: lilplatinum: stellarossa: My point was, though, that It's not on the way to Europe, it is Europe.

"Europe" is generally accepted to mean Continental Europe.   shiat, plenty of people in the UK use the term "europe" to refer to something which doesn't necessarily include themselves.

The thing to mock would be the pussies that think flying to Europe is so onerous that it requires a pit stop.

By the same people who call Britain 'England'. I'm not mocking anyone. I'm a European. And an American.


Technically its both - parts of Iceland are on the North American tectonic plate, and the rest on the European plate.  Culturally you'd argue the other way of course, but many people probably would also feel that Greenland is part of Europe culturally (since Greenland is within the Kingdom of Denmark).

www.quickmeme.com
 
2014-03-04 03:18:31 PM  
Bookmarking, in case this turns into an Icelandic girls thread.
 
2014-03-04 03:31:12 PM  

Slam Bradley: stellarossa: lilplatinum: stellarossa: My point was, though, that It's not on the way to Europe, it is Europe.

"Europe" is generally accepted to mean Continental Europe.   shiat, plenty of people in the UK use the term "europe" to refer to something which doesn't necessarily include themselves.

The thing to mock would be the pussies that think flying to Europe is so onerous that it requires a pit stop.

By the same people who call Britain 'England'. I'm not mocking anyone. I'm a European. And an American.

Technically its both - parts of Iceland are on the North American tectonic plate, and the rest on the European plate.  Culturally you'd argue the other way of course, but many people probably would also feel that Greenland is part of Europe culturally (since Greenland is within the Kingdom of Denmark).

[www.quickmeme.com image 500x414]


nope, it's Europe. I guess we could use your rationale and we're all in farkin' gondwanaland or some such shiat.
 
2014-03-04 03:54:35 PM  
Not very likely to get your rental car-jacked in Iceland.
 
2014-03-04 04:30:16 PM  
How easy is it to visit Iceland without knowing Icelandic or a cousin Nordic language?
 
2014-03-04 04:41:23 PM  
https://xkcd.com/1102/

"increased by 42.7 percent " != "one of hottest vacation spots"
 
2014-03-04 04:47:12 PM  

Dinjiin: How easy is it to visit Iceland without knowing Icelandic or a cousin Nordic language?


Basically everyone speaks English, like most tiny countries that don't ruin their film and television by dubbing it.
 
2014-03-04 05:20:50 PM  

lilplatinum: The thing to mock would be the pussies that think flying to Europe is so onerous that it requires a pit stop


When you're flying transatlantic on Ryanair, there won't be a bathroom, so a pit stop in Iceland would be welcome
 
2014-03-04 05:44:35 PM  

lilplatinum: stellarossa: My point was, though, that It's not on the way to Europe, it is Europe.

"Europe" is generally accepted to mean Continental Europe.   shiat, plenty of people in the UK use the term "europe" to refer to something which doesn't necessarily include themselves.

The thing to mock would be the pussies that think flying to Europe is so onerous that it requires a pit stop.


I'm 6'5". If I don't get an exit row, then yes, it requires a pit stop.
 
2014-03-04 06:16:43 PM  
abbythewriter.files.wordpress.com

Duh.
 
2014-03-04 06:25:34 PM  

That Guy Jeff: https://xkcd.com/1102/

"increased by 42.7 percent " != "one of hottest vacation spots"


Don't be that guy, Jeff
 
2014-03-04 07:14:51 PM  
All day I've been thinking this may have something to do with it.

Sigur Ros - Olsen Olsen - HD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LeQN249Jqw
 
2014-03-04 07:32:18 PM  
If you take Iceland Air, you can get a (free - plane ticket wise) stopover on the way to/from Europe for no extra cost.

This.

This is the only reason for the spike. Seriously. Iceland's incredible but if you had to buy a ticket based on the amount of people that want to go to Iceland, tix would be outrageous.

On the other hand, if you're on a $600 flight from Sanford, FL to Glasgow, you'd be stupid not to take the free layover in Iceland.
 
2014-03-04 09:14:44 PM  
It's just everyone in North America trying to get to someplace warm this winter.
 
2014-03-04 09:26:11 PM  

Theaetetus: stellarossa: Theaetetus: Fark yeah. Been twice, once in the summer and once in the dead of winter. It's not that cold - Reykjavik's warmer than Boston, in fact, and it rarely gets too much below freezing except out on the glaciers. The people are all super friendly, and it's a nice stopover on the way to Europe.

WUT?

[worldairlinenews.files.wordpress.com image 850x420]
For Northern Europe, it's a pretty good midpoint.


That map has at best a tenuous grasp of North American geography. Check out Toronto, Denver and Seattle...
 
2014-03-04 10:22:36 PM  
I've been wanting to go there for a while.

The landscapes just look so beautiful.

I hate hot weather... so I'd do great there. (And compared to what it's been like this winter in the eastern US, it'd be downright pleasant there).
 
2014-03-05 12:23:45 AM  
My girlfriends and I are considering going for a girls' trip. A friend lives in Ireland and it would be an easy flight for her. My best friend is in Dakar at the moment and has traveled as far as Nepal. The fact that she hasn't been to Iceland already puts it at the top of the list.

Our goals:

1. Lots of hiking combined with a healthy fish-based diet for the week
2. See mini ponies
3. Icelandic monkeys (okay, this is my and one other person's goal)
 
2014-03-05 01:27:43 AM  

groppet: My friends went and I think their only complaint was that the beer was expensive.


Expensive, but they hit it hard anyway. In the summer, when the sun never really sets, all night pub crawls are the thing. I left for the airport at 5 or 6am and the streets were still packed.
 
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