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Iceland

Iceland

Etymology

ice +‎ land, a calque of Icelandic Ísland. [wiktionary]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Golden Circle in one day – Hi! I am in Reykjavyk for the weekend (1-2-3 April) and I would like to spend sometime watching the nature wonders around. I am not into tour agencies and prefer to bymyself kind of tourism. [meetup]

Iceland Virtual Reality Meetup – It is a group of VR enthusiast, developers, and content creators focusing on Virtual Reality. Our meetups feature VR demos, tutorials, guest speakers, and free food. Come try out the latest VR demos, or just come to hang out! [meetup]

Mobile Growth Reykjavik – Welcome to the Mobile Growth Community! We were started in San Francisco in 2014 by Branch founders as a forum for app developers and marketers to share best practices, challenges and solutions – something they lacked when they built their first app. [meetup]

Papers We Love, Reykjavík – What was the last paper within the realm of computing you read and loved? What did it inspire you to build or tinker with? Come share the ideas in an awesome academic/research paper with fellow engineers, programmers, and paper-readers. [meetup]

Reykjavík Digital Marketing Meetup – It is a free meetup for people interested in digital marketing to exchange knowledge and explore new ideas. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Einkamal.is – Einkamál was launched in May 2001, and with only 24,000 active users is Iceland’s largest and most popular dating site. [visa hunter]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Country Walkers – The “Land of Fire and Ice” offers spellbinding landscapes unlike any on earth: plummeting waterfalls ringed with green hills, iceberg-dotted lakes, smoking lava fields, and stark coastlines of black-sand beaches. [country walkers]

Free Walking Tour Reykjavik – Free Walking Tour Reykjavik – a guided tour around Reykjavik project started in 2012. Since 2012 we have had thousands of guests from all over the world exploring and enjoying the city. The philosophy has always been; each according this his or her’s ability to tip for what each person thinks the service was worth. [free walking tour]

Macs Adventure – Iceland is a walker’s paradise; this geothermal wonderland is home to countless waterfalls, glacial tongues, lava fields, volcanoes, jet black beaches, deserts of ash and deep fjords. These other-worldly landscapes make for a seemingly continuous stream of memorable moments which you’ll only experience in Iceland. [macs adventure]

Trek Iceland – We are a fully licensed tour operator based in Reykjavik. We specialize in trekking and hiking tours along with private guided tours. Trek Iceland offers a great selection of hiking and trekking tours at all levels of ability. We for example operate hiking day tours, multi-day trekking tours, Laugavegur tours and Landmannalaugar tours. We also offer a full range of incentive services and private tours for groups of all sizes. [trek]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Aurora Borealis – The northern phenomenon is also among the most popular attractions. The dazzling lights are especially bright this year, due to the increase of solar activity. The lights are best admired in remote places, away from the urban lights. [places to see in your lifetime]

Blue Lagoon, Grindavík – A geothermal spa offers the most relaxing natural bathing experience you’ve never had and is a most tempting attraction, located only 40 minutes away from Reykjavík. The water from the underground hot springs reaches 37–39 °C and is beneficial for health and skin. [places to see in your lifetime]

Geysers – Due to the volcanic activities underneath the surface, a lot of geysers, underground springs and thermal pools are scattered all around the country. To see a powerful hot stream shooting from the ground is definitely exciting. [places to see in your lifetime]

Gullfoss Waterfall – The gorgeous waterfall is one of the most popular attractions in the country. Located in the canyon, which forms three step terraces, river Hvítá plunges creating a powerful stream and Gullfoss. There are no rails – just a natural surroundings. [places to see in your lifetime]

Hallgrímskirkja – The unique church is situated in the middle of Reykjavík. It is the tallest and most recognizable building in the country. The architecture was inspired by the Black Falls – another Icelandic natural wonder. [places to see in your lifetime]

Kirkjufell Mountain – Near a small town of Grundarfjörður in the western Iceland, the mountain beautifully sticks out in a plain landscape. In the surroundings of this striking mountain one can find small waterfalls and admire the Northern Lights at night. [places to see in your lifetime]

Landmannalaugar – The multicolored rhyolite mountains, lava fields and the Hekla volcano make it a popular tourist destination. The striking landscapes look like a different planet. Hiking and horse riding are among the most popular activities here. [places to see in your lifetime]

Maelifell Volcano, Myrdalsjökull Glacier Park – The perfect cone makes Maelifell a classic looking volcano. During the warm season, snow uncovers a lavish green surface, covered with moss. There is plenty to do and see in the park, full of volcanoes, hot springs and other beautiful sites. [places to see in your lifetime]

Skaftafell Ice Cave, Vatnajökull National Park – The land of ice – the country is literally covered in ice and snow. The overwhelmingly beautiful ice caves attract adventurers. The travel agencies organize trips to the glaciers, from where the caves can be visited. [places to see in your lifetime]

Whale Watching – The gentle marine giants can be seen from the different locations in the country including Reykjavík. Several companies organize the 2-3 hour whale watching tours. Icelanders also hunt whales, so later you can order it in the restaurant. Cruel, but this is life. [places to see in your lifetime]

Festivals

Festivals

Aldrei fór ég suður Rock Music Festival – I Never Went South or ‘Aldrei fór ég suður’ is a free rock music festival held every year during Easter in Ísafjörður. Every artist performing is playing for the fun of it and giving their work for free. The musician Mugison got the idea to have a music festival in his hometown for local talents and since then the festival has grown and is getting more and more popular. [guide to iceland]

Bræðslan Music Festival – If you fancy driving as far away from Reykjavík as possible, then you’ll end up in Borgarfjörður Eystri. In this small village you can encounter world famous bands, playing inside an old herring shed. [guide to iceland]

Culture Night in Reykjavik – Culture Night or ‘Menningarnótt’ is a one day festival taking place in Reykjavík, on a Saturday normally around the 20th of August. In 2016 it took place on Saturday the 20th of August. Dance, design, music, art, concerts, games, pop-up shops and all sorts of interactive activities happen all over town. Galleries and museums are open (most, if not all, with free entry). The Reykjavík marathon takes place on the same day. [guide to iceland]

Food and Fun Festival – If you like food and like having fun, you should head to Reykjavík in March next year. The next Food and Fun Festival will take place from the 1st of March until the 5th of March 2017. [guide to iceland]

Iceland Airwaves Music Festival – Icelandair throws a big music festival every year in Reykjavík called Iceland Airwaves. The festival promotes a lot of emerging and established national bands and musicians but also has international performers. [guide to iceland]

LungA Art Festival – LungA, a small art festival in Seyðisfjörður in East Iceland has been growing every year since it was formed in 2000. When it started 300 people showed up for the final concert but now about 4000 people show up. It takes place for a week in July every year, in 2016 it took place between the 10th and the 17th of July. Workshops take place, markets pop up, there are gallery exhibitions, fashion exhibitions, music displayed… anything you want to do is up to you to make it happen! [guide to iceland]

Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF) – Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) takes place every year in late September for 11 days. In 2016 it took place from the 29th of September until the 9th of October. The festival shows a wide range of dramas and non-fiction films from over 40 countries. [guide to iceland]

Reykjavík Pride – Reykjavík Pride has become one of the largest festivals in Iceland, if not THE largest one! The festival celebrates the LGBTQ community and their supporters, friends and family. The entire centre of Reykjavík is taken over by colourful costumes, loud party music, people dancing and glitter everywhere! It starts with a parade going down Laugavegur, the main high street in the centre of the city and ends with parties all night long. [guide to iceland]

Reykjavík’s Art Festival – Reykjavík’s Art Festival takes place every year in May. In 2016 it will be held between the 21st of May until the 5th of June. A variety of national and international dance, theatre, design and art will be displayed across the city. [guide to iceland]

Westman Islands Camping Festival – The weekend attached to the first Monday in August (if the 1st of August is on a Monday, then it’s the last weekend in July) is know as ‘Verslunarmannahelgi’ in Icelandic. A bit of a mouthful. This is a bank holiday weekend and the biggest camping weekend of the year. [guide to iceland]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bus – Reykjavík has an extensive network of local buses connecting all the suburbs, and running to Akranes, Borgarnes, Hveragerði, Selfoss and Hvalfjarðarsveit. [lonely planet]

Taxi – Most taxis in Iceland operate in the Reykjavík area, but many of the larger towns also offer services. Outside of Reykjavík, it’s usually wise to prebook. Taxis are metered and can be pricey. Tipping is not expected. [lonely planet]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Iceland Salesforce Developer Meetup – Connect with local developers building on the Salesforce Platform. [meetup]

Iceland Startup Founder 101 – Are you looking to start your own company? Are you trying to make the transition from an employee to an entrepreneur? [meetup]

Javascript – Iceland – This is a group for anyone interested in Javascript. All skill levels are welcome. The reason why this group was started is because the Node.js community in Iceland has grown a lot and we feel like we could make some meet ups on the more general topic of javascript. [meetup]

Meteor Reykjavík – Meet other developers using Meteor. Share your knowledge, apps, and get feedback from others. Meteor is an open-source platform for building top-quality web apps in a fraction of the time, whether you’re an expert developer or just getting started. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Living in Iceland – Iceland is one of those countries that has so much to offer in terms of cultural and sports activities. Expats generally have a great time living there although winters can get a little depressing. Check out our fab expat guide to the country that is Iceland. [expat woman]

Living in Iceland- Expat – Located in the Northern Atlantic Ocean, Iceland is a volcanic Island with some 300,000 inhabitants. Famous for its hot springs, its splendid landscapes and its midnight sun, the country is a member of the European Economic Area. [expat]

Your Expat Community in Iceland – Halló and welcome to our expat community in Iceland! As a platform exclusively designed for expatriates around the globe, InterNations is here to help you through the exciting but occasionally intimidating process of moving to a foreign country. Many expats in Iceland have made use of the resources available on our platform during the process of starting a new life in this quirky and appealing country. We’re reliant on community contributions, so please don’t hesitate to share your own Icelandic experiences by joining InterNations today. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

HIV-Iceland – HIV-Iceland (HIV organization of Iceland) was established on the 5th of December 1988. The main goal is to offer support to people with HIV/AIDS and to increase knowledge and understanding about HIV. [gay ice]

Intersex in Iceland – Intersex Ísland is an association for intersex persons in Iceland. [gay ice]

Parents and Relatives of Lesbians and Gays – FAS’s mission is to enable parents and relatives of lesbians and gays to meet others in the same position, obtain information regarding education and support and improve the visibility of relatives in society. [gay ice]

Q – Queer Student Association – Q – Organization of Queer students (formerly known as FSS) was established early year 1999. The main goal is to provide support for LGBT individuals as well as raise the awareness of LGBT related issues within the University of Iceland. [gay ice]

Resources

Resources

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