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Old 04-16-2018, 08:33 AM
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Just spent a few days in Iceland while coming back from Europe. The goose and what I think are tundra swans is in full flight. Saw thousands of geese in the very few farm fields they have in Iceland, and talk about spooky! They started coming to attention as soon as I slowed the car down, and lifted off even before it was fully stopped. I have no idea what kind of geese these were,

As far as I know, there is no open season there right now, but man, they sure know what a stopped car means.







Last picture is of a supper of Minke Whale, a traditional Icelandic food. Tasted somewhat like deer, but texture much less coarse. I'd have it again.



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Old 04-16-2018, 08:57 AM
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I'll assume you tried the whale at a restaurant. How much was the entrée (likely expensive by Canadian standards), and how did the price compare to other Icelandic fare?
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Heard the prices are high there. $50 for a simple dinner.

Did you get fishing?

This goose? http://iceland-nh.net/birds/data/Ans...ser_anser.html
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I'll assume you tried the whale at a restaurant. How much was the entrée (likely expensive by Canadian standards), and how did the price compare to other Icelandic fare?
Iceland is cheap to get to, but very expensive to stay. Hotel was reasonable, but it cost us almost $100 for any supper we had, and we did not go to fancy places. The minke whale was actually cheaper by about $1.00 than my girlfriends cod dinner. Gasoline was $2.80 equivalent per liter.

It's a beautiful, beautiful place, with natural landscapes that are unparalleled to anywhere I've been.
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Heard the prices are high there. $50 for a simple dinner.

Did you get fishing?

This goose? http://iceland-nh.net/birds/data/Ans...ser_anser.html
As noted above, yes, $50 is very normal for a dinner. $10 at Dunkin Donuts (they have one there) for 2 cups of coffee.

Thanks for the link on the birds. Thought the swans may have been tundra swans, but interesting they are something different.

Never did have a chance to go fishing, but we will be back next time we go to Europe (flying by IcelandAir is often the cheapest way to Europe, and one can stay for up to a week layover in Iceland, without any additional flight costs).

I can see one organizing a week in the backcountry camping, which would reduce costs significantly, plus what a great way to experience the country.
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As noted above, yes, $50 is very normal for a dinner. $10 at Dunkin Donuts (they have one there) for 2 cups of coffee.

Thanks for the link on the birds. Thought the swans may have been tundra swans, but interesting they are something different.

Never did have a chance to go fishing, but we will be back next time we go to Europe (flying by IcelandAir is often the cheapest way to Europe, and one can stay for up to a week layover in Iceland, without any additional flight costs).

I can see one organizing a week in the backcountry camping, which would reduce costs significantly, plus what a great way to experience the country.
I was researching fishing there. You need to get your gear disinfected upon arrival or certified in Calgary before leaving. Seems safer to do it there. I assume felt boots are out.

http://www.icelandangling.com/index....nd-regulations



http://angling.is/en/disinfection-of-tackle/
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I was researching fishing there. You need to get your gear disinfected upon arrival or certified in Calgary before leaving. Seems safer to do it there. I assume felt boots are out.

http://www.icelandangling.com/index....nd-regulations



http://angling.is/en/disinfection-of-tackle/
Not cheap for sure! Cheapest is $4,265, up to $9,370.

It seems they have the same situation as in most of Europe, where the land owners control the river. I'm lucky, that I have access in Ireland as my cousin lives there, and have caught fish. It was my impression that most land was actually public land, as most of Iceland is not suitable for agriculture or cabins. I'd like to research that, as I would assume that there are large areas (which may have difficulty actually accessing) that would not be privately owned.

It's an interesting thought!
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Not cheap for sure! Cheapest is $4,265, up to $9,370.

It seems they have the same situation as in most of Europe, where the land owners control the river. I'm lucky, that I have access in Ireland as my cousin lives there, and have caught fish. It was my impression that most land was actually public land, as most of Iceland is not suitable for agriculture or cabins. I'd like to research that, as I would assume that there are large areas (which may have difficulty actually accessing) that would not be privately owned.

It's an interesting thought!
$4265 to fish Iceland or are you mixing up Ireland private rivers? Yikes.
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$4265 to fish Iceland or are you mixing up Ireland private rivers? Yikes.
I was looking at this site:

http://www.icelandangling.com/index....shing-holidays

Scroll down, and the prices vary from 736,000 KR and down. I have no idea what a full rod versus a shared rod really means.

This site:

http://gofishing.is/day-tours/

seems to have more reasonable rates, however there is a large variance there also.
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In your opinion what would be the minimum about of time that one should visit? Is a 5 day trip long enough to see and do most things?

Once a year the the wife and I always go on a 5 day trip without the kids and Iceland is on our radar this year.

Nice pics BTW
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I was looking at this site:

http://www.icelandangling.com/index....shing-holidays

Scroll down, and the prices vary from 736,000 KR and down. I have no idea what a full rod versus a shared rod really means.

This site:

http://gofishing.is/day-tours/

seems to have more reasonable rates, however there is a large variance there also.
Still yikes for pricing.

I would pay $1000 for a day catching lots of Atlantic salmon. I would pay $600-800 for a day catching lots of Arctic Char.

I would pay $500 for a day catching Browns and Rainbows in Iceland. If I get the chance I will have to dive in deeper.

It is a private water access world.

Nice thing about your last link was supplying the gear. Rod, reel, flies, net, waders...that can save a ton of problems in disinfecting gear.
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In your opinion what would be the minimum about of time that one should visit? Is a 5 day trip long enough to see and do most things?

Once a year the the wife and I always go on a 5 day trip without the kids and Iceland is on our radar this year.

Nice pics BTW
Coworker came back after doing the 3 day stop over to Europe. Not a ton of time and just hit some local Reykjavik highlights. 7 days you can see the local highlights around Reykjavik.

To see the whole island and do some fishing I feel you need 11 days...which means a specific trip and not the stop over special.
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In your opinion what would be the minimum about of time that one should visit? Is a 5 day trip long enough to see and do most things?

Once a year the the wife and I always go on a 5 day trip without the kids and Iceland is on our radar this year.

Nice pics BTW
I think 5 days gets you a great oversight. We were only there 2 1/2 days. Went to the Blue Lagoon and area the first 1/2 day, and the next day did the Golden Circle route, which puts you on some of the highlights, including a geyser field that erupts every 3-4 minutes and great scenery.

I'd want to do the northwest of the island, and go to the large national park in the middle, but we were a bit to early in the year for that.

Some more pictures.

Lava field covered with moss. I doubt one could make more than 5 miles a day through this stuff.



Seashore



Near the Blue Lagoon



In the higher altitudes



Iceland is a volcanic island. Lava flows...



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Anyone try rock hounding in iceland?

Near as I can tell you can take rocks just not in a park or private land. Not sure what is left.

Some very cool rocks. I am panting just looking at pictures.
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Anyone try rock hounding in iceland?

Near as I can tell you can take rocks just not in a park or private land. Not sure what is left.

Some very cool rocks. I am panting just looking at pictures.
No, not really, but we did take home some lava/pumice rocks. I agree, looking back at the pictures, I find it hard to believe I was there, let alone 2 days ago. So much of it is still very pristine.
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No, not really, but we did take home some lava/pumice rocks. I agree, looking back at the pictures, I find it hard to believe I was there, let alone 2 days ago. So much of it is still very pristine.
Was the rock in checked bag or carry on?
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In your opinion what would be the minimum about of time that one should visit? Is a 5 day trip long enough to see and do most things?

Once a year the the wife and I always go on a 5 day trip without the kids and Iceland is on our radar this year.

Nice pics BTW
Son was there twice last year on photography trips, a week each time, still lots to see. Last time was in November to see the Northern Lights, a draw in it's own right. On a budget, so he stayed in hostels part of the time. Spectacular place.

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Before we met, my wife toured Iceland on her way back from Europe.

She still wants to go back there
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These pictures are OUTSTANDING!! Thanks for sharing
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Apparently Pink Footed geese. Son saw some Canadas as well.

http://iceland-nh.net/birds/data/Ans...yrhynchus.html

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Was the rock in checked bag or carry on?
Checked. Didn't want to take a chance losing it due to security considering it a weapon.
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Apparently Pink Footed geese. Son saw some Canadas as well.

http://iceland-nh.net/birds/data/Ans...yrhynchus.html

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I was wondering if Canadian geese would be that far off their normal migration routes, but I guess anything could happen with winds?
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Anyone try rock hounding in iceland?

Near as I can tell you can take rocks just not in a park or private land. Not sure what is left.

Some very cool rocks. I am panting just looking at pictures.
Lots of cool rocks in Iceland!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Lja_uIl2Heo
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