goatsfolyfe says: Hi, I am going to be in Iceland for a day in July, and was wondering if, since you had recently an excursion there, you would have suggestions of a good way to spend one day in Iceland?
» SFB says: Stay in Reykjavik. It’s perfectly sized for a day visit and gives you enough flavor for the country that you won’t feel like you shortchanged yourself by not leaving the city. Mt. Esja is in the distance. Nearly everyone speaks English fluently, so you won’t feel completely lost if you don’t know Icelandic and just want to spend the day walking through the shops. (One thing you’ll notice: There are very few international retail chains. The only one I can recall is KFC/Taco Bell. No Starbucks or McDonald’s, which might weird you out for a second. But really, it’s refreshing.) There’s a church tower in the city, Hallgrímskirkja, that has an amazing view if you pay the 600 Icelandic Krona to go up to the top. And there’s a pretty cool walking tour that’s totally free and doesn’t take too long. (If you’re not a city person, I hear the Blue Lagoon is pretty rad too.) — Ernie @ SFB
8:49 // 1 year ago
On Saturday, Iceland held national parliamentary elections and the newly-formed Pirate Party of Iceland won 5.1 percent of the vote. This earned the party three seats in parliament, making the new Píratar the most successful Pirate Party in any national legislative body around the globe.
Iceland’s unicameral parliament, known in Icelandic as the Alþing (“All-thing”), has just 63 members to represent the country’s 320,000 people.
Iceland has a really interesting recent political history, including complete financial upheaval, unsuccessful efforts at a crowdsourced constitution, and Reykjavik’s mayor, Jon Gnarr, a comedian running on a comedy platform who has managed to stay in power longer than seven of his predecessors. Gnarr actually ran for parliament as part of the upstart Bright Future party, and the party that actually did pretty well in yesterday’s elections, winning six seats. However, the center-right Independence Party, which was behind the financial implosion, won the election Saturday, gaining 26.7 percent of the vote. But the Pirate Party’s appearance on the national stage couldn’t have come at a better time—The Pirate Bay, perhaps the purest representation of the party’s ideals, just moved to Iceland.
But maybe you don’t care about all that and just want to see pretty pictures.
15:06 // 1 year ago