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GENERAL INFO & FAQs
The Northern Light Inn is 1 minute before the Blue Lagoon, 20 minutes from Iceland's International Airport Keflavik KEF, and 45 minutes to Reykjavik.
Northern Light Inn, a family owned and operated hotel, has 32 quiet and spacious rooms with cozy Icelandic down comforters, comfy beds, geothermal showers, direct dial telephones, satellite TV, and WiFi throughout the hotel, a grand fireplace, many relaxing sitting areas, 24/7 Honesty Bar, and a panoramic Galaxy Tower.
10 Deluxe rooms, and the Northern Lights Wellness Spa & Fitness Center will open August 1, 2017. Deluxe Rooms will have complimentary and priority access to the spa and fitness center.
Room Rates Include Free: buffet breakfast, scheduled shuttle to and from the international airport, scheduled Blue Lagoon transfers, WiFi internet everywhere, 24/7 coffee, teas, hot chocolate, and every afternoon make-your-own waffles with Viking's whipped cream and jam.
Room Rates are per Room.
Room Rates Include: 11% VAT taxes, national taxes and service charges.
Room Rates Exclude:
as of September 1, 2017, a city tax of
ISK 333 per night.
Buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in panoramic Max's Restaurant & Lounge. From the fjords and fields of Iceland, Max's offers the best foods we can source, whenever possible.
Swimming at the nearby Blue Lagoon now requires advanced booking. Please let us know when you would like to swim and we'll gladly book it for you.
PLEASE NOTE: The Blue Lagoon will close 4 days, for improvements, FROM April 23rd through the 27th, 2017.
The Svartsengi Geothermal Power Station is next door, providing hot water and electricity for the region, the Blue Lagoon, and us. Steam billows 24/7 and sometimes has an "onsen perfume". it is not smoke, but clean safe steam produced when harnessing renewable energy. Boreholes for this natural source of energy dot the vast moss covered lunar landscape around us.
The hotel is smoke free.
The Northern Light Inn is your gateway to discovering Iceland and experiencing Nordic hospitality of a different kind ~ we hope to see you soon!
Reservations can be made by E-MAIL-US-IS-BEST HERE, by telephone +354 426 8650, through an authorized and licensed travel agent, or booking.com and Expedia.com. Fraudulent online booking scams do exist ~ please beware.
Do you accept Credit Cards?
YES – Visa, MasterCard, and cash anytime...
What time may I check-in / check-out?
Check-in 15:00 Check-out: 11:00
If rooms are available, these times may be modified to your travel schedule.
A luggage room is available in the lobby.
Is the hotel handicap accessible?
Of course, and 2 of our newest rooms have been specifically created for handicap accessibility with universal design principles.
FREE TRANSFER INFO
Free scheduled booked transfers, from Keflavik International Airport KEF to NLI run every hour on the half hour between 06:30 and 18:30 with Shuttle Iceland.
Free scheduled transfers from NLI to KEF International Airport between 05:00 and 18:00.
CLICK HERE FOR SHUTTLE TIMES AND DETAILS
Kindly reserve your preferred shuttle time with reservations by email. Departure shuttle bookings can be made at the front desk the night before you leave.
Our International Airport shuttle service is for One Transfer per Room for Each Direction, during posted hours.
Our complimentary shuttles will bring you to the hotel as quickly as they can, but they are not a private car service, nor available for hire for personal routing.
Unreserved hotel transfers cost Shuttle Iceland rates. Taxis are available 24/7/365.
The lava and surroundings from the Blue lagoon to Northern Light Inn can be seen in this drone video:
The Aurora Borealis – or Northern Lights – dance above us in the fall, winter and spring. It's unpredictable, but truly awesome when it happens.
TIME & LIGHT
What time is it in Iceland?
Iceland is UTC +0, Coordinated Universal Time, Zulu Time, formerly GMT Greenwich Mean Time. We geographically almost 2 hours behind GMT, but for some reason we adopted GMT as our time zone.
We do not have daylight savings time, because time cannot be saved.
Icelanders have a different sense of time, which you will understand, hopefully, in time.
When is the best time to visit Iceland?
Anytime! But off season is best.
Is it dark for 6 months of the year?
No no no. It takes 6 months to get dark, and 6 months to get light, from solstice to solstice. It takes 6 months to go from almost 24 hours of daylight to almost 24 hours of nighttime. Every week there is circa 3/4 of an hour difference in the amount of daylight. The rate of change varies thought the year, faster around the equinoxes, and slower near solstices. Easy, right?
Although the winter months have short days, the hours of winter light are really beautiful and magical. Twilight lasts for many hours, not minutes. Believe it or not, Iceland has 2 hours more daylight on average than Miami or Rio!
When is the best time to see the Aurora, or Northern Lights?
When we have night, from September to mid April. For more Aurora info please click here.
When is the light the best in Iceland?
The northern arctic light in Iceland is very special all year. It is sparkling clear, contrasty, with intense crisp colors, unlike any other place on earth because of the minimal amount of particles in our clean air.
Photographically, March, April, September, October are favorite arctic light months. What kind of light you like, how much of it, and how early or late in the day do you like your daylight?
Where on the compass do you prefer it to rise and set? This may be hard to imagine, but the sun does not rise in the east nor set in the west in Iceland like most of the civilized world, except during short equinoctial periods of the year. It shifts on the horizon every day: for 6 months it shifts north, then for 6 months it shifts south. In the winter, it rises SSE and sets SSW, but in the summer it's NNE to NNW. Crazy, right?
ICELANDIC WEATHER OR NOT
What is the weather like? But really how cold is it in Iceland?
The weather is, well, like the people... the sun shines when God decides.
It's always exciting, energizing, dramatic, and very unpredictable. If you don't like the weather, wait a few minutes, and it if gets really bad, go jump in the Blue Lagoon.
We are fortunate to have a cool maritime climate, which is not very cold considering how far north we are, thanks to 2 branches of the Gulf Stream enveloping us.
The mean annual temperature is about 5º C (41º F), without many highs or lows. It's rising quickly due to global warming and politicians doing nothing about it. Days without wind are unusual and the wind chill factor can make you feel like an extra in an apocalyptic ice age movie. Speaking of wind, do not bring or try to use an umbrella in Iceland, its useless.
For photographers, Sam Abell's axiom 'bad weather makes great pictures' applies.
Is Iceland covered in ice?
No, that's Greenland. Iceland is green most of the year, while Greenland is as icy as you would expect Iceland to be. Don't ask, it's a Viking outlaw's semiotic hustle - Eric the Red, aka the 1st New World Spin Doctor, parsed green into ice. Of course we do have our share of great glaciers, including the magnificent Vatnajökull National Park, Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður, Europe’s largest, and thanks to its glacially preserved name, one of the best kept secrets in the world.
Historically, at the time of settlement, there was global warming, and now the period between 800 ~ 1200 is being renamed the "Warm Middle Ages". So it is easy to understand that when the the original explorers and farmers of the Viking age came here, sailing northwest from the Faroe Islands, they first saw a mass of ice glistening above the sea's horizon, Vatnajokull Glacier, the largest in Europe, and then when Eric the Red was exiled and sailed south west, he discovered a endless green coastline extending over around massive fjords of southern Kalaallit Nunaat, and then with marketing finesse, called it Greenland.
Weather Worriers and Warriors, please use only Icelandic weather reports, as standard weather apps and sites do not reflect the local micro climates that are life threatening, or showing a spectacular opening in the clouds.
ICELANDIC WEATHER REPORTS
WHAT TO WEAR, OR NOT
What should I wear?
Warm layers, casual and comfortable, weather-proof clothes. READ: Windproof & Waterproof. Wool and fleece garments are highly recommended. COTTON IS NOT: it's dangerously cold when wet.
If you find yourself without what you need, warm clothes can be easily purchased in any town, and the essentials in most gas stations or supermarkets.
Please wear sensible shoes: weather proof hiking boots with gripping lug soles at all times. Leave your Manolo Blahniks home.
Icelandic terrain is very rugged lava and other raw volcanic emissions which are all rough, tough and loose. Moss and lichen grow on lava. Both can be slippery, especially when wet – which is most of the time.
Icelanders, like Japanese, always take off their shoes when entering a home. If you think about it, it makes so much sense, just so civilized. Neh?
TRAVELING & TRAVELLING
How do I get to Iceland?Easily. A team of Icelanders who love traveling – Vikings have been experts for the last millennium – created the search engine DOHOP which includes Icelandic travel possibilities not found elsewhere. We also like KAYAK and Mobissimo, Adioso and the new Momondo.
EASYJET now flies to Iceland, and every season, more and more airlines are coming.
You can also travel by sea with Smyril Lines ferry, or Eimskip cargo ships.
How do I get to the Northern Light Inn from the Airport?
WITH FREE SCHEDULED TRANSFERS. Please booked a shuttle with your reservation and let us know your scheduled flight time for a confirmed transfer: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call +354 426 8650. Unreserved hotel transfers cost. SHUTTLE INFO HERE.
We are 20 minutes from the airport, Iceland's Keflavik Leif Eiriksson International Airport (KEF).
A taxi from the airport will cost you about ISK 8,500+ to the hotel.
And how do I get to the Airport from Northern Light Inn?
FREE SCHEDULED TRANSFERS are provided during the day from NLI to KEF International Airport. Please reserve your seat at the front desk when you check in.
MORE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
Most international flights to and from Iceland use Keflavik International Airport, also known as KEF or Leif Eiriksson International Airport.
Some airlines are now flying into Akureyri in the north and Egilstadir in the far far east.
Flights to and from Greenland use the both Reykjavik City Airport, RKV, and KEF. Greenland is an autonomous country within the Danish Realm, but not part of the European Union or Schengen Zone, and the largest "European" country in Northern America, so specific visa rules may apply.
How can I get to the Northern Light Inn From Reykjavik?
CAR. We are a 45 minute easy drive from the city. Click here for a driving route map.
BUS. Take the Blue Lagoon Express from BSI bus terminal in Reykjavik and tell the driver you are going to the Northern Light Inn. If they can, you will be dropped off at the hotel – or at a regular pick up point and we will come and get you. Call us before you leave.
Bus Departure Times. Check for special offers, like Round Trips with with Blue Lagoon entrance fee included.
DRIVING IN ICELAND?
The roads are like the people: rough, unpredictably icy, sometimes very narrow, but they will lead you to great places.
We drive on the right, and most other European rules of the road apply.
Icelandic roads can be unpredictable, slippery and dangerous.
Icelandic roads can be unpredictable, slippery and dangerous. ...
Icelandic roads can be unpredictable, slippery and dangerous. ....
Please repeat this mantra every time you get in a car in Iceland and you will have a great trip.
Your lights, or head lamps, MUST be on at all times, by law. And it's really much safer.
Drinking and driving is stupid and dangerous; please don't. Not even a little sip.
Using a cell phone is just as bad, but there are a lot of streaky blond jeep jerks, multitasking soccer parents in SUV's, and unprofessional truckers and cabbies on the road who still don't get it.
Because there are so few of us, Icelanders tend to drive as if we are the only ones on the road. Beware!
SOS • EMERGENCIES • Dial 112 for any emergency in Iceland.
Please download the 112 app onto your smartphone: iPhone, Android, Windows
Travel safely, and before you go check out www.safetravel.is
Before you get in your car and have to dial 112 to rescue you, check the Road Conditions Now.
Although there is just one ring road and lots of useless freebie maps, the unusual and fascinating Iceland Road Atlas is packed with anecdotal information for almost every road in in the country. It's not really an atlas, nor a map or guidebook per se, but it will enrich your travel experience in Iceland.
The most useful map in the car and essential companion to the Iceland Road Atlas is the KORTABOK, beautifully designed by Hans H. Hansen, on a scale of 1:300 000. It can be found in all good bookstores and better gas stations.
Where can I rent / hire a car?
Iceland Car Rental, or S.S. Car Rental will bring your car to the hotel, and you can drop it off at the airport when you leave at no extra charge. Their rates are frequently the lowest. Ask at the front desk, if you did not book before arriving.
Should I rent a 4x4?
No. For most of the roads in Iceland, it is really not the best way to go.
No. Gas/petrol is very expensive, and 4x4's guzzle it, as well as very costly to rent.
No. On paved roads and highways 4x4's do not handle well, and are much more dangerous to you, as well as to others. On normal roads, they are less safe than a front wheel drive economy car in 99% of the driving conditions in Iceland.
Yes. If you plan to go to difficult to get to locations, and really know what you are doing, then of course, yes.
Iceland is the original rough road country. It is illegal to drive off road everywhere. arctic earth scars easily and permanently.
Iceland remains one of the few countries in Europe with hundreds of kilometers of real roads that can only be driven on with tough 4x4s.
Yes. Rent a 4x4, if you are sure you need it and have the budget. Please see the road conditions map to see if you where you will be going needs a 4x4.
Or. There are many wonderful super jeep excursions on the glaciers and into the highlands by skilled drivers and experienced guides. The super jeeps of Iceland are in a category of their own; google "super jeep Iceland" and check them out.
Would you like to know where most of the geothermal swimming pools and hot pots in Iceland are? Click here!
Can You book Tours for Us?
Sure! We will be happy to book tours in Iceland with groups we have checked out ourselves:
www.travice.is is excellent, with great guides, superjeeps, and specialty tours of all kinds.
www.ReykjavikExcursions.is has an extensive classical tours throughout Iceland, and are very reliable.
We work with many outfitters in the air, land and sea, so if you are looking for something in particular, please let us know, by email or call +354 426 8650.
You must be hungry by now...
What can I eat at the Northern Light Inn: at Max's Restaurant?
Buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in panoramic Max's Restaurant.
From the fjords and fields of Iceland, we serve the best of the Arctic: ocean fresh fish, free range lamb, home baked breads and cakes. Nordic soul food is healthy contemporary cuisine with hearty Icelandic classics, and anything that inspires the chef. One of Iceland's finest smoked salmon, from remote Ólafsfjörður in the far far north, is included in the breakfast buffet – try it the Icelandic way with buttered toast.
If you have special dietary needs, do let us know in advance and we will try our best to accommodate your requirements.
Max's Restaurant Hours
Buffet Breakfast: 07:00 – 10:00
If you have an early flight, please let us know the day before and we will do our best to arrange and early-bird breakfast.
Lunch, Coffee & Cakes: 12:00 – 16:30, Dinner 17:30 – 21:30, Sunday Roast: 18:00 – 21:00
Midnight snacks for late arrivals: e-mail us and we'll have a sandwich or salad ready.
Still hungry?24/7 munchies and snacks are available at the Honesty Bar.
What about eating out in Iceland?
Restaurants in Iceland may seem expensive to many visitors.
The cost of importing goods to a remote Arctic island is very high, we are a very small nation with an equitable economy today that used to be unimaginably poor, so eating out has not been part of our culture. But things are changing – in the past gas station hot dogs for dinner was luxury dining – but now its easy to find a gourmet meal.
Hot dogs (pylsur) in Iceland can be delicious: Baejarins Bestu (Town's best) in Reykjavik is the reference standard. Coke is the national non-alchoholic drink, but traditional bottled malt is an ideal beverage for a pylsur with the works, followed by chocolate-covered licorice.
Beer was finally legalized March 1st 1989 - now National Beer Day (yes, we do amusing things) – but only recently have hipster microbreweries sprouted from the heathers. Our favorite brewer Kaldi is from the far north.
They're many interesting culinary destinations around Iceland, so please ask and we will try to head you in the right direction.
Are there restaurants nearby?
The neighboring fishing village of Grindavík has 5 restaurants (a short drive or long walk), and there is Lava at the Blue Lagoon. Please ask reception for more information / reservations.
What Icelandic foods should I try?
Skyr, cream, butter and all the local dairy products because of a richness in the milk from Viking stock cows. Pancakes with fresh whipped cream and rhubarb jam, homemade cakes, our many types of fish caught in the cleanest of arctic waters, dried fish with butter, fermented shark is now just for tourists, earth baked rye bread, freshly smoked lamb or cured wild fowl meat, Icelandic meat soup, fish balls, and "love balls" (ástarpungar) for a dessert on the road.
112 • SOS • POLICE • FIRE • AMBULANCE • RESCUE TEAMS • ALL EMERGENCIES • DIAL 112
What is the telephone country code of Iceland?
+354 is the Icelandic country code. There are no (area) codes in iceland.
How do I call someone in Iceland?
From Europe, dial +354, or 00 354 then the local 7 digit number.
From North America dial +354, or 011 354 then the local 7 digit number.
From your mobile phone, hold the zero down until + appears, then dial 354 and the 7 digit local number.
How do I make telephone calls from Iceland?
Calling from your room at the Northern Light Inn: dial 9, then the number.
For local calls within Iceland, dial 9, then just the 7 numbers.
For international calls dial 9, 00, the country code, then the number.
What do telephone calls cost from my room?
International calls depend on the country you are calling and the time, at hotel rates. Please inquire at recdeption for specific ISK costs.
Can I use FaceTime or Skype from my room?
Sure, and anywhere in the hotel with your digital device.
Can I use my GSM?
Yes, everywhere in Iceland including way out at sea. GSM coverage Map and MAP2.
You will pay international roaming charges if you are using a gsm sim card that is not Icelandic. And roaming via Iceland might incur costs that you might regret...
Can I a free GSM sim card on the plane?
Yes! Read to go, plug and play. With Icelandair onboard duty free, from the Siminn phone company, with the purchase of prepaid time. Inexpensive, simple, a great deal.
Can I buy a prepaid GSM chip or phone in Iceland?
Easily. No setup issues, zero or modest cost, as it should be everywhere.
Prepaid refillable GSM sim chips are available in many shops, but the cheapest are at duty free inside the International airport, and frequently on airplanes coming to Iceland, in addition to Icelandair. Buy a duty free prepaid chip ready to go, or buy a ready to go phone for almost the same price.
Unlike most countries, The duty free store at Keflavik International Airport is open to all arriving passengers at the baggage carousel, even very early in the morning 24/7.
To see what is available go to: www.dutyfree.is
If you need to use a phone regularly in Iceland, a local pre-paid sim chip for your gsm phone will save you money. And no billing surprises, menus in the language of your choice, and world class connections.
Is there an automatic international prefix for any number?
Yes! Hold your zero down and the + sign will appear, which automatically inserts +, the correct long distance international prefix anywhere in the world. For example, +354 426 8650 is our number dialing from 219 countries and territories, 90% of the world.
Can I use my Blackberry?
Certainly, if tri band gsm from the US or dual band from Europe. Check with your provider.
Does DoCoMo work in Iceland?
Multisystem DoCoMo will.
What is the voltage in Iceland?
220 volts at 50 Hz, like the rest of Europe and most of the world, except for Great Britain which is 240 (if they are part of Europe depends which side of the channel you are on...) The US uses 110 volts, Japan 100 volts with 50 and 60 Hz frequencies depending on the region.
Which plugs work?
The wall sockets in the hotel are for standard Shuko European plugs.
What about my laptop, boom box, hair dryer and shaver?
Check the power supply of your appliance. It is usually written in fine, almost unreadable, letters underneath if it is multi voltage. For example: 110~240V. That means anything from 110 to 240 is OK everywhere in the world.
IF NOT, then you need a transformer. They come in different sizes, depending on where you are coming from and how much power you device uses.
INTERNET & E-MAIL
We offer free wireless wifi w-lan throughout the hotel with the fastest bandwidth we can get, and there is a guest's iMac in the lobby for online check-in and boarding pass print outs.
GREAT GEO NEWS! The surrounding area, Reykjanes Peninsula, has been approved by UNESCO as the Reykjanes Geopark because of its extraordinary geological features of international cultural value. We are now part of the 66 UNESCO Global Geoparks Network — GGN, one of 2 in Iceland, celebrating the earth's heritage, geo-conservation, and sustainable geo-tourism within local communities.
It's one of the best kept secrets in Iceland. Please explore, discover and enjoy the Reykjanes Peninsula!
Where are shops?
Reykjavik city center, especially on the main street Laugavegur, Skolavordustigur – the street going up to the cathedral – the funky flea market Kolaportid in the harbor's old fish warehouse, and the shops around the main squares. Laugavegur and its surroundings have many charming stores.
For something Icelandic and contemporary try: Kirsuberjatred off the main square, on Vesturgata 4. 10 to 18 weekdays, 11 to 13 Saturdays. (Say Kirsu-berya-tree. It's easier if you know what it means: cherry tree.)
Kringlan and Smaralind are just malls – like all malls, you must drive to them to see the same branded offerings being browsed by Icelanders.
What are shops usual opening hours?
Generally 10:00 to 18:00. But it depends on shopkeepers whim. Shops traditionally close Saturday afternoons by 14:00, buts it's changing and the malls now have limited Sunday hours.
Being the land of Independent People, every business and government office keeps its own schedule in Icelandic time.
4 to start with, all with nice cafés in downtown 101:
IÐA - Vesturgata 2a
Mál og Menning - Laugavegur 18
Eymundsson - Austurstræti 18
Eymundsson on Skolavordustigur 11.
Most stay open until 22:00, and all have good selections.
When our fine Icelandic weather is acting up, it's great place to start reading Halldor Laxness – extraordinary work which will enlighten every visitor. If you are new to our Nobel laureate, get ready for an incredible literary experience. Serious Reading. Even when its comic. Sit up and READ, poignant, bitting humor, a writer's writer of sublime craft.
Icelandic music is an enormous iceberg with Björk dazzling from the top. One of the best places to discover insiders' tracks is at 12 Tonar on Skolavordustigur 15 - the same street leading to/from the big church with Eymundsson's bookshop and other nice stores.
You can listen before you buy without pressure, enjoy a complimentary espresso, and all purchases are VAT TAX Refundable.
Music is extremely important to Icelanders, so we have many music festivals during the year. Here are links to 50.
Are there elves, trolls, hidden folk, and fairies around the Inn?
But of course.
Do you like kids?
Of all ages!
Who was Max?
Max was our golden retriever loved by all, and will be sadly missed. He passed away March 2013.
Why Northern Light Inn and not "Northern Lights Inn" ?
The light of the north is different, and Icelandic light is even more unusual. The lack of suspended particulates and biomass, combined with extremely clean arctic air. gives the light a sharpness and clarity that can only be seen here. The angle that sunlight enters the atmosphere in the north is acute and dynamically changes the balance of visible spectral colors.
How many places are left on earth where you can see half way across the country? Or the Milky Way pulsing so strongly you think you can feel it? Or crisp moonlit shadows? Or moonbows? Or sunrise at midnight?
Even in a northern storm the light is stunning. The most exotic light is of course the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights, also called Polar Lights. We hope you will come to Iceland and enjoy all of our spectacular light, day and night.
I am taking my partner on a surprise weekend treat to Iceland: what should we do?
Have fun and adventures!
Trip Advisor guests very kindly rated as one of the "Top 10 Hotels for Romance — Iceland", and lovingly, we will do our best to keep it that way.
Speaking of Romance, should I plan my wedding at the Northern Light Inn?
YES! Please do! Check out Chloe and Danny's wedding in Iceland, organized by Ann Peters & Iceland Wedding Planner
AND A FEW MORE QUESTIONS
But really, where is Iceland?
East of Greenland, west of Norway, north of Ireland and Scotland, just below the Arctic Circle, in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, riding a very active volcanic oceanic ridge formed by the separating North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. And right under the strongest global concentration of Northern Lights, The Green Belt, or Aurora Borealis annulus, or Aurora Oval.
Where is Reykjavik?
The northernmost capital of the world is located in southwest Iceland at the beginning of Reykjanes Peninsula, on Faxafloi Bay facing Mount Esja, 45 scenic moonscape minutes from the Northern Light Inn.
ISK Icelandic Krona is our national currency (what's left of it), but Visa and Mastercards can be used everywhere. Some think that ISK is short for Intergalactic Space Currency, but only if you are a playing the Icelandic game Eve Online.
There is an ATM machine and bank just after customs in the International Airport arrival area, and ATMs everywhere in Iceland if you desperately need to burn a hole in your pocket and possess a non convertible currency.
What language(s) do Icelanders speak?
Icelandic, which is almost Old Norse, the language of the Vikings. During your visit do not to worry about being able to conjugate everything 16 times, including your mother, your horse, or even your name and address, because almost everyone here speaks English very well if not fluently, and frequently a third, or fourth language if you prefer. Icelandic is a very entertaining language and one of the root languages of English, if you had any doubts of the etymology of words like berserk.
Didn't you always want to know where the word berserk came from?
For polyglots start learning Old Norse here.
Viking Age Iceland?
A definitive study is Viking Age Iceland by Jesse Byock; the rest is a saga and a search engine away. You can download an e-version for free legally, as well as essential Sagas, from Overdrive.com here, which syncs with thousands of public libraries all over the world. Just for the record, there were never any Vikings in Iceland. Nordic pioneers of the Viking age, yes, with their Celtic slaves, but Vikings. There is nothing to raid in Iceland, and its too far from any place to raid. Iceland founded by Vikings is a mythical distortion of the facts.
How old is the lava?
The Holocene Svartahraun lava field surrounding the Northern Light Inn dates from 1226. The oldest lava in Iceland is estimated to be 14 million years old, and the newest is Holuhraun fissure, flowing right now from Bardarbunga volcano in the north. Very post Jurassic.
Where does the lava come from?
"Molten rock below the surface of the Earth that rises in volcanic vents is known as magma, but after it erupts from a volcano it is called lava."
Are there any wild animals in Iceland?
Some arctic fox, reindeer, many fascinating types of migratory birds. No polar bears, but occasionally they float across the arctic ocean on ice flows from Greenland. When they get here, they are not happy campers, angry and dangerous, so unfortunately meet their demise.
Where can I see puffins?
Puffins can be seen all around Iceland's coastline during the migratory season from May to mid August. The puffin population is tragically in a steep decline. Now one knows what will happen next year.
What is the best source for unusual information about Iceland?
For example: How many words for the devil are there in Icelandic? (61) or why are there no mosquitos in Iceland?
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DEAR GUESTS — THANK YOU!
The Aurora Borealis – or Northern Lights – dance above us in the fall, winter and spring. It's unpredictable, but truly awesome when it happens.