Iceland for First-Timers (Top 10 Tips You Need To Know)

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– You’re going to Iceland for the very first time.
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Here are the top 10 tips that you need to know
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before you embark on this amazing journey
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and visit one of the greatest countries in the entire world.
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(birds chirping)
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(classical piano)
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Basically right now, there’s a huge obsession with Iceland
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around the world, and there is very good reasons for that,
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because this country is pretty spectacular.
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As a resident of Iceland for the last 14 months,
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giving up my life in sunny Australia for this bizarre
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planet that we call Iceland,
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I’ve compiled the top 10 things that you need to know
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before visiting this country to make sure your holiday
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is extraordinary.
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So I’m gonna look after you.
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And also, check out my instagram so you can get inspiration
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for your travels in Iceland.
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Firstly, you need to decide what you’re after
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for your own holiday.
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You have a choice between winter and the warmer months.
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Perks to choosing the warmer months is it’s warmer.
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You have access to most of the roads, unlike winter,
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where a lot of the roads are closed because
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of dangerous conditions, AKA ice on the road.
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During summer, it’s 24 hours sunlight,
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meaning you can explore for longer.
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The downsides to summer, no Northern Lights,
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because yes you need darkness for Northern Lights.
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The Northern Lights period is roughly from late August
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until end of April, so you’ve got plenty of time.
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However, if you want to experience 24 hours sunlight,
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you’re not gonna see the Northern Lights.
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The downsides of traveling through summer,
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is that it’s insanely busy with tourists,
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the prices are more expensive for everything.
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A lot harder to book your accommodation,
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and it’s not exactly warm, considering that the
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max temperature even during summer is roughly
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around 18 degree Celsius.
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If winter is what you’re after, and lots of snow
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and blue pops of aqua water around the place
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and beautiful pink and blue sunsets,
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I love winter so much in Iceland.
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The upside is incredible scenery that you don’t
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get to see anywhere else,
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the Northern Lights, however, it also comes down to luck
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whether you see them or not.
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It’s a little bit easier to book your accommodation
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and it’s a little bit cheaper.
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The downsides, it’s cold, days are really short,
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and some of the roads are not accessible.
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So for example if you really want to do the Ring Road
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around Iceland, you might not have that possibility.
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Sorry.
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Yup, what you’ve heard is actually true.
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Iceland is insanely expensive.
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Riekjavik just became the most expensive city in the world
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so be prepared when you’re coming.
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For most cities when I travel,
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I only book the first one or two nights of accommodation,
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and then I just go on the fly and just work it out
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later on.
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However, in Iceland, I really don’t recommend you do that.
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I recommend pre-planning as early as possible
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for accommodation, whether that’s hostels, hotels,
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or Airbnbs, which is a really really good option.
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I wish someone gave me these tips when I was coming here.
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Shop for your food at the local supermarket.
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The cheapest one is Bonus.
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Eating out in Iceland is by far the most expensive thing,
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so if you can, just prep in the morning,
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pack your sandwiches for the day.
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Also, if you have a car consider staying outside of
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Reykjavik because you really don’t need to be inside
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of Reykjavik.
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One day is enough to see the city,
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and then you want to be in nature,
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because that’s what Iceland is all about,
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and you’ll find some great deals for accommodation
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outside of the city.
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Personally, I go for independent every single time,
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just because I like the freedom to stop at any point
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and time and take as many photographs as I want,
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because in Iceland, that’s what you really really
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want to do.
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And there’s some great deals on cars that you can hire,
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much more expensive than most cities,
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but it’s still cheaper than tours.
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Obviously, the downside, in winter, it’s kind of
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dangerous driving if you’ve never done it before.
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There’s a lot of ice on the road,
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so tours aren’t that bad of an option at that time.
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Sidenote, please don’t stop your car in the middle of the
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road when you’re taking photos in Iceland
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because you will get run over.
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No matter what season you come to Iceland,
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it’s gonna be rainy, windy, cold,
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so layers layers layers.
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Throw the umbrellas out the window because they are useless.
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No one in Iceland has an umbrella because
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they just get destroyed in like two seconds flat.
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But you want rainjackets, socks, gloves, sunglasses,
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and swimwear for the blue lagoon.
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Bring everything you have.
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Drones, GoPros, professional gear, everything.
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First up is the Golden Circle,
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the most popular thing filled with tourists
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but also beautiful.
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In Reykjavik, see the cafes, harbor, and
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just the cuteness of this town.
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You have to visit the Blue Lagoon.
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If you have more time, explore the south coast
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including Skogafoss, Vik, and Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.
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Please go hiking, explore the nature a little bit more
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than just seeing it from your car because being in the
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nature is when you truly experience Iceland.
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But, don’t step on the moss.
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Just like the Justin Bieber Major Lazer video
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where the girls are dancing on the moss,
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it’s going to take about a hundred years for
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that moss to recover.
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Thanks Justin and Major Lazer.
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Really appreciate that.
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There’s some amazing natural hotsprings
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that I recommend visiting as well,
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including Reykjadalur,
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but don’t let that substitute your Blue Lagoon Escape.
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Northern Lights in winter.
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Make sure you bring a tripod,
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because you can’t photograph them without a tripod.
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Unless you have the new Google Pixel frame.
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People stand on the cliff thinking they’re going to
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get a perfect shot and then a gust of wind comes through
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and See you later, alligator.
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And a common one is to stand on a black beach,
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which is very famous,
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and get swept away by a huge wave that you just
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didn’t expect to come.
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There’s not a lot of signage anywhere in Iceland
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to guard you from this kind of stuff,
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so you really have to be careful.
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And if you think it’s not going to happen to you,
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well I kind of guarantee you that’s exactly what
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the other people thought as well.
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A lot of people think you can camp wherever you
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want in Iceland.
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It’s kind of false, it still belongs to the farmers.
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So you need permission of the farmers,
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and we have to preserve this beautiful, untouched land
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for as long as possible because it’s one of the last places
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on earth that has this beautiful, stunning lands
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so just pick up your rubbish and put it in the bin.
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Icelandic water is some of the freshest and most amazing
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water in the world.
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So don’t buy water.
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Don’t buy bottled water because it’s better for
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the environment and you’re going to have some
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of the greatest tasting water in the world.
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I hope you guys enjoyed this.
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This is a lot of tips crammed into one video.
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Give it a thumbs up, subscribe, plenty more videos, and
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also check out my instagram.
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I do some wild bikini in the snow shots,
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some outrageous, weird, posy stuff because
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I like to mix it up a bit.
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It just keeps things interesting for all of us.
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– Oh my god it’s in!
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Oh my god!
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(laughs)
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– Oh my god!
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(laughs)
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– How far the water do you think?
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– It was coming in these doors, but I think it was higher.
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– Uh, uh, ew.
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Blueberries are bitter.
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– If it looks blue, then it’s blueberry.
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(everybody laughs)
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– You’re definitely not getting humped.
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(laughs)
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– It’s dessert, in a desert.
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– Whoa.
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– I’m funny.

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