Iceland Gay!

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    Nov 21, 2008 1:42 PM GMT
    My partner and I are going to Iceland in May and would welcome some travel advice from anyone that has made the trip! Interested in doing some tours and would like to know about the places and things we should do! (The hotel and airfare are already planned)
    Thanks in advance! I appreciate it!
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    Nov 21, 2008 1:57 PM GMT
    Tours? ...Isnt the whole country as big as your thumbnail? ....What have they got to see??? ....geothermo heating plants? ....I think the most interesting thing about Iceland is that they still speak Old Norse...or something close to it ....god forbid they couldnt read those sagas au original!

    That whole country damn near went bankrupt in the financial collapse...your money should go a long way there.

    I guess you could go up and see the Lögberg, or Law Rock, where their parliament...one of the oldest in the world....started. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Althing
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    Nov 21, 2008 7:09 PM GMT
    Iceland is amazing, head to the blue lagoon for sure, thats a must.

    There is a company called Reykjavik Excursions, who do loads of trips and tours, and even drop you back to your hotel when you are done. I went on one to Gullfoss & Geysir, stunningly beautiful. I remember a rather crazy singing tour guide too.

    What ever you do stock up on your duty free, do not buy drinks as you will need a bank loan, they don't mess around with pricing £7 for a vodka in a very average bar is normal.

    The best thing about Iceland is the people though, they are very relaxed and love to talk.
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    Nov 22, 2008 3:24 AM GMT
    Thanks for the tips Dash!
    Blue Lagoon is of course a must! If anything else comes to mind let me know!
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    Nov 22, 2008 3:26 AM GMT
    Well! I guess my suggestions dont count! ... harumpf!!!! .... icon_rolleyes.gif ... icon_lol.gif

    You'd rather see some old lagoon over the Lögberg???? .... icon_eek.gif
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    Nov 22, 2008 12:24 PM GMT
    Caslon7000 said
    You'd rather see some old lagoon over the Lögberg???? ....


    A top health spa and the countries leading tourist attraction over a rock, yeah why would you consider that?
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    Nov 22, 2008 1:04 PM GMT
    Iceland is amazing! I was there in June 2007 and it was great. Sure, go to the Blue Lagoon, and that's fun, but it's just like a spa. Granted, there's lots of European man flesh there to see that you probably won't be able to see anywhere else, as it's usually too cold for people to wear shorts, etc.

    If you're there for a short time, do the "Golden Circle" which included Gullfoss (Golden Falls, you can see a picture of them in my profile), Geysir (where we get the name for a geysir like Old Faithful at Yellowstone) and finally Althingi, the original parliament from 974 (as Caslon mentioned). The most amazing thing about the place is the landscape. The more you can travel there, the better.

    Next most amazing thing is the people. They are very nice and they all speak better English than you do. They are very friendly and nice. There aren't all that many of them (only 308,000 total) so I guess they all tend to get along.

    There are two small gay bars in Reykjavik, the one I went to was called Q Bar. The gay thing isn't as big a deal there as it is in other places. It's decently well accepted. Two of their biggest pop stars are gay.

    When I was there, it was very expensive ($35 for a personal pizza and beer, $10 for a piece of cake at a cafe), but the financial troubles might have changed that a bit. It was ISK62=US$1 when I was there, but I just checked and now it's ISK225=US$1, so if they haven't gone up on their numbers too much, it might be a little more affordable, but I would always assume it's going to be high. Do stock up on things at Keflavik Airport.

    I definitely want to go back to Iceland, I'm jealous!
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    Nov 23, 2008 5:01 PM GMT
    Thanks Matt for the detailed info. It is a great help!
    Thanks again to Dash and Caslon for the pointers! One thing I really enjoy is researching trips and things to do and see - so all the advise so far has helped with that!
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