Travel to Iceland – Episode 204

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Dave Grenewetzki about his recent trip to Iceland.

Taking advantage of the weakness of the Icelandic economy Dave and his family drove the ring road around Iceland and visited places with great names like the waterfalls Svartifoss, Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss and Gulfoss, Lake Myvatn and the dark castles of Dimmuborgir, the glacial lagoon of Jokulsarlon, the geysers of Geysir and Strokkur, the geothermal activity of Namaskard pass, the university town of Akureyri, the hobbit-like town of Glaumbaer.

Rainbow at Skogafoss – Iceland – Photo

Rainbow at Skogafoss – Iceland – Photo

They went bird watching at Ingolfshofdi, took in the baths at the Blue Lagoon, took the free welcome walking tour of Reykjavik with Jonas, zigzagged between icebergs, hiked to Thingvellir, and took in the tourist attraction of the Midlina bridge.

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Show Notes

Dave’s pictures of Iceland
Dave’s slideshow
Iceland Tour Operator
Iceland Tours on Intrepid
Iceland Tourism board
Iceland Goes Bankrupt – BusinessWeek
Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur – popular Iceland hotdog stand
Free walking tour of Reykjavik
tractor pull / birdwatching trip
What to Wear in Iceland
Iceland Travel Guide
The Best Places to Stay in Iceland


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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

8 Responses to “Travel to Iceland – Episode 204”

James Coffey


thanks Chris, great interview!



How do I submit photos for the new Travel Humor blog?

(author of the kosher traveler blog post)



For now just email them to me and let me know how you want to be credited in the post if I use them. I plan to put up a submit form because others are asking too.



Really enjoyed the interview and information. Keep ’em coming.



Hi Chris. Loved the Iceland episode. Being a man of the Caribbean I am always attracted to places near the Arctic Circle. It is definitely now in my “to do” list, right after Alaska.



Mine too, I loved spending a few hours going through Iceland photos for ones to use in the iTunes version.



Good show; it reawakened my desire to see more of Iceland than my brief trip awhile ago.

I would say the public pools are one of the most memorable experiences, but I think Dave’s visit must have been different from mine. At all the public pools in Reykjavik, we had to take a shower in the locker room before getting in the water to keep the pools clean. Fair enough, but, you had to do it naked, with an attendant watching. It was quite the scenario for my first trip outside of North America and has become an oft-quoted travel story.



Thanks so much for this interview. I’m heading to Iceland next week to get a look at the Aurora and do my first bit of international traveling (extreme amateur here). Reykjavik and Akureyri are on my week-long itinerary. It will be interesting seeing the difference between summer and winter Icelandic trips – most everything I’ve been researching has a lot more information about the summers. Plus, I’m an Arizona boy with only a few (relatively mild) snow years in me heading pretty close to the arctic circle! I’m already regretting that I didn’t give myself more time there (newbie!), and am sure I’ll learn quite a few more lessons along the way.

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