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    Iceland bargains

    I was just perusing the airfares to Iceland and noticed that they've plummeted; there are some very good deals for the winter break.

    Is there any interest in a ~5-10 day mid-winter trip? Last time I was in Iceland over winter, I found all manner of things to see and do. The light was quite spectacular. Among the attractions:

    -gorgeous light, something like sunrise/sunset for several hours. The colours are spectacular.

    -long exposure heaven: in the lowish light you can build all sorts of motion into a photograph.

    -northern lights: last time I was there in winter, I was able to see them quite clearly even from the blue lagoon.

    -winter traditions: in the winter, the Icelanders light the graves and shoot off fireworks to fend off the darkness. The Icelanders have very interesting yuletide traditions.

    -I found the hostels to be uniformly excellent, and the farms to be even better (in terms of food).

    -almost complete absence of tourists in the winter!

    If this happens I would propose staying around Reykjavik, with day-long photo excursions around the peninsula.
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    Iceland's banking system has failed, causing a huge devaluation in the Icelandic currency. That is no doubt related to the air far changes.

    Getting money while you are there might be difficult, but it's probably a great opportunity to enjoy being there at a reasonable price. It is a special place.
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    What's the capital of Iceland?




    about £1
    :-)

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    Very tasteless joke.
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    Trips to Iceland are win win at the moment, good value for you guys and important tourism for them.

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    But beware. A country that is economically unstable may soon be socially and politically unstable. Poverty may bring forth public disorder. I have wanted to go there for a long time and never went. Now I think I will think twice. Imagine going to a place where all the local residents have lost their money!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windscale View Post
    But beware. A country that is economically unstable may soon be socially and politically unstable. Poverty may bring forth public disorder. I have wanted to go there for a long time and never went. Now I think I will think twice. Imagine going to a place where all the local residents have lost their money!!!
    Indeed the icelanders are a fearsome lot. You never know, they might charge you on those little horses. Or put the Björk on high volume.

    But I think as long as they have their cod, they will remain peaceful.
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    What are the fares? I just checked Icelandair round trip from Minneapolis and the fare was >$3000.
    Jerold Harter MD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windscale View Post
    But beware. A country that is economically unstable may soon be socially and politically unstable. Poverty may bring forth public disorder. I have wanted to go there for a long time and never went. Now I think I will think twice. Imagine going to a place where all the local residents have lost their money!!!
    What a completely crass and unfeeling statement. I'm sure your absence from the country will not be noticed. Iceland is an incredible place to visit and the Icelanders are truly quite individual. Despite the current situation, I am very confidant that in time, (not sure how long though), they will be on their feet again. Reports from friends from there say that it is not an easy situation just now, but I am sure they would be as welcoming as ever to tourists and it really is a country that has to be seen to be believed!
    Last edited by Mike Crawford; 10-25-2008 at 07:00 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Jerold, I found flights from NY to Reykjavik that were ~$220-260 each way, leaving Dec. 18th and returning the 23rd. There is definitely some magic in the dates; e.g. if you fly on the 20th, the cost goes up to $1000!

    Anyway look at some of their specials...

    http://www.icelandair.com/
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