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Shark meat & summer snow: an Iceland tale

By: Jessica
Last Updated: 25/03/2024

Linda Chandler spent two weeks in Iceland and found herself in a completely different world from hot, sunny Florida.

Travelling on a guided small group tour, she said Iceland was “much more than I expected”, and she wasn’t kidding. Who can expect snow in July? Or waterfalls every day? Or making several new travel-friends in a different country? Or tasting weird shark meat? Or sailing among blue icebergs on the same day as visiting volcanic landscapes? Or experiencing all these things in one vacation?

Unfortunately, as she was so busy exploring Reykjavik on her last day, she didn’t get a chance to tell us about all this in person at the Nordic Visitor office. But she used her pioneering spirit (the kind that brought her to the most remote reaches of Iceland) to record a nice summary video of her tour highlights.

Linda also sent us some of her favourite pictures, such as this one of Alli (Alfred) her Natural Wonders tour guide on the beach near Jökulsárlón...

Alli (Alfred)
All guides for small group tours in Iceland are locals and are often also experts in other fields, like photography or geography, for example.

All that ice is bound to leave you feeling chilly, so let Iceland's volcanic forces warm you up...

warming up at Hverir
At the geothermal area of Hverir in North Iceland, near Lake Mývatn, you can see the earth in motion at boiling mud pools and steaming fumaroles like this.

But don't get too comfortable with the heat, as Icelandic weather can deliver all seasons in one day...

The beautiful fishing village of Stykkishólmur (Snæfellsnes Peninsula) under the midnight sun. Notice all the snow still lingering on the mountains!

Did someone mention waterfalls?

Two of Linda's new travel buddies from the tour at Svartifoss, a waterfall reached by a 4 km round-trip hike in South Iceland.

Last but not least, feast your eyes on that shark meat...

hákarl - Icelandic shark
Yum! Fermented shark meat, called hákarl in Icelandic. Is this hand going for seconds?

Thanks Linda!

Did you know Nordic Visitor has lots of other client video reviews online? Watch a few to get inspired about your own trip to Iceland!

Post by: Jessica

When not writing about Northern European tourist attractions, Jessica Bowe is busy daydreaming about her next trip or scouring Instagram for travel inspiration. Originally from Wisconsin (USA), she's lived in Iceland since 2008 and has since become fully immersed in Eurovision mania and Scandinavian coffee culture.

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Getting there

We'd love to give you the same amazing travel experiences as you read about in our blog! To visit the destinations and attractions mentioned in this post - and to discover a few new highlights along the way - check out these recommended Nordic Visitor tours.