Honest Iceland Talk

Honest Iceland Talk

Iceland Travel Tips, Great Stories, and Little-Known Mysteries from an Icelander and a German Expat. Thank you to all our Listeners! We are taking a break. You can find more information and sources on our website: https://honesticeland.com/ Follow Steffi's Waste Free Journey on her new podcast: https://www.podpage.com/waste-free-journey/

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February 4, 2021 65 min
Honest Iceland is taking a break. Will it be forever? We don't know yet. But we are proud to say that this episode took the least editing work ever; hopefully, you enjoy it. Thank you for your support! Alli & Steffi TQwieFckqwZ4NqrquKMi
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Strolling through the streets of Reykjavík while seeing a few important landmarks is a great way of exploring the capital either at the beginning or at the end of your Iceland visit. Read the full blog post here!
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We look beyond the plate and tell you what Icelanders really love to eat, which dishes are offered mainly for tourists, and where you should go to jump on a culinary journey through Icelandic Foods. Disclaimer: We apologize for any disturbing sounds throughout the episode. We had a few issues with our microphones. As promised: A Link with more info about the history of forests in Iceland and Deforestation. Read our blog post. Th...
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January 14, 2021 30 min
Playing with the thought of moving to Iceland? Many visitors fall in love with Iceland and consider living here either for a while or even long term. In this episode, I will tell you some facts and numbers, how to get a job, average salary, and much more. Even if you don't consider moving to Iceland, I invite you to listen to the episode and discover a few unknown facts. Read our blog post for more info. Moving to Iceland ...
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Planning a Trip to Iceland in 2021? While Iceland is rather expensive when it comes to traveling around the country, it doesn´t have to burn a hole in your wallet. If you plan ahead, use discounts, avoid overpriced grocery stores, and spend money at the right places, your trip will be enjoyable while not as costly. Read our blog post for more info and details about the apps and savings we mention in the episode. As always, if you...
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All of us been there: Scrolling through Tripadvisor reviews to find out if a place is really worth visiting. In this episode, we read some of the most fun, scary, and ridiculous reviews for you and tell you what people get right and what some of them get wrong. We take off the rose-colored glasses and help you adjust expectations for your future Iceland Trip. As always, if you like our podcast, you can support us by leaving a rev...
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If you are looking for a place to spend New Year's Eve, you will find Reykjavík on many top lists. With its bonfires, wild parties, and incredible fireworks display, Iceland's capital is not far behind New York or London. In this episode, you will learn: Where to go for New Year's Eve How to schedule the evening like an Icelander What is behind our famous sketch show "Áramótaskaup" We also give you an update on...
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Liebe Island Freunde, um euch das Weihnachtsfest 2020 ein wenig zu verschönern, veröffentlichen wir heute eine Episode in Deutscher Sprache! Hier könnt ihr noch einmal alles über isländische Weihnachtstraditionen und die isländischen Weihnachtsmänner erfahren. Natürlich kommt die Weihnachtskatze nicht zu kurz. Erfahrt wie Isländer die dunklen Tage erhellen, und welche Weihnachtsgerichte typisch um Weihnachten gegessen werden. Bu...
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Meet the other even creepier Yule Lads. This episode is probably one of the most fun and distracting as Alli and Steffi discuss the weird character of the Yule pranksters and go deeper into unexpected topics like the Icelandic Skyr and why we have farms in which you can watch the cows while eating beef. Iceland stays weird and never gets boring! Last but not least: Thank you all for taking part in our Giveaway. Handmade Christmas...
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December 10, 2020 21 min
No, Iceland does not have a Santa Clause. Iceland has 13 Santa Clauses. But instead of bringing gifts, the Yule Lads play tricks with the children, steal their presents, and behave mischievously during their stay in town. Meet the Santa Clauses and learn more about their characteristics in this episode. Please support our show by leaving an honest review. This time, we randomly select five winners who will receive a personalized p...
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December 3, 2020 57 min
Christmas time is finally here! Have you ever wondered about Icelandic traditions and how Icelanders celebrate during the darkest time of the year? We invite you to join Icelandic Christmas this year! Find the blog post HERE. Almost everyone knows about the Christmas Cat who eats children that did not receive new clothes before Christmas Eve. But what about the 13 gifts, Ice Skating, Remembering your loved ones, and finding the a...
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One of the most popular routes in Iceland: Easy to drive all year round; A day trip from Reykjavík. Bonus in this episode: How to complete your Golden Circle trip in the most enjoyable and relaxing way: We offer three options, tried and tested, for you to choose from. Read more HERE. Don't forget to subscribe to get our FREE planning Guide. If you like our podcast and would like to support us please leave a review.
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Most people will tell you that summertime is the best time to visit Iceland. But what about Northern Lights, Ice Caves, and special prices that are only available in the wintertime? Read our latest blog post: https://honesticeland.com/when-is-the-best-time-to-visit-iceland/ If you like our show, please give us a review!  Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/de/podcast/honest-iceland-talk/id1525999592 Podchaser: https://www...
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Some people miss traveling internationally and the pure feeling of sitting in an airplane, looking out the window. But in 2020, it is almost impossible to travel abroad.  To see my German family again, Alli and I took several challenges and obstacles to reach our destination. In the end, we almost did not make it back to Iceland. Listen to our experience with health centers, testings, misinformation from authorities, and how we s...
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Can't wait to travel again in 2021? Packing smart for your Iceland trip is essential if you want to have an amazing time. But there is no need to buy heavy and expensive equipment. Save time planning and space in your luggage with our tips in this episode. For more info, check out Packing Guide with PRINTABLES: https://honesticeland.com/quick-packing-guide-for-iceland-with-printables/ Also, check 11 Things you need to pack fo...
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What happens to Helga's mother after the elves visit her? Hear the rest of the story now. Listen to two more creepy ghosts stories from Iceland and find out how those tales still connect to Icelands society today. Books: Elves, Trolls and Elemental Beings by Alan Boucher 25 Icelandic Folk and Fairy Tales by Jón R. Hjálmarsson We look forward to reading your feedback. You can rate the episodes here https://www.podchaser.com/p...
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In the old days, most Icelanders believed in ghosts, and some do until today. Iceland has a great variety of folk tales, giving you a distinct picture of the life and beliefs of past generations. In this episode, we bring you three stories: Redhead from the book 25 Icelandic Folk and Fairy Tales by Jón R. Hjálmarsson The Monster of Látrabjarg from the book 25 Icelandic Folk and Fairy Tales by Jón R. Hjálmarsson Helga the Farmers ...
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Iceland is situated right between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, and its geology is nothing short of extraordinary and fascinating. The inhabitants live with the constant threat of a sudden volcanic blow with a volcanic eruption on average every three to five years. In this episode, we tell you how past volcanos threatened the nation's survival and what we can learn from them for future eruptions. We also exp...
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October 15, 2020 4 min
For Iceland lovers and explorers - every Thursday, we share with you great stories, little known mysteries, and how to explore Iceland like a pro! Visit our website: https://honesticeland.com/ Steffi from Germany and Aðalbjörn from Iceland deliver you more Iceland wisdom every week! From geological history, mystical stories, funny tourist faux pas, personal experience to packing advice and travel tips, we got you covered! If you...
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October 8, 2020 34 min
I was very overwhelmed figuring out which places I should visit in Iceland when I came here for the first time. Alli and I chose our favorite places that every Iceland visitor should see. One with a creepy ghost, story, two unique islands, a very remote cliff, and the biggest glacier in Iceland. Check out our website https://honesticeland.com/honest-iceland-podcast/ where be publish a blog post about this episode soon. While you ...
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