Monday, June 9, 2014

Icelandic Climate

The Icelandic Climate is quite varying, as we experienced while being there. In one day, the weather can shift from being sunny, to snowy, to rainy, to cold, to quite warm. Because it is an island, the country experiences cold oceanic weather but is warmer than would be expected for its location due to the North Atlantic current which is also helped by the Irminger current. The island is also crossed by the polar circle which causes daylight for most of the day and night during the summer months. This is referred to as "the midnight sun". While short bursts of weather are frequent in Iceland, thunderstorms are very rare. If they do occur, it is most common in the late summer months where the temperatures are averagely in the upper sixties to mid-seventies in degrees fahrenheit. Being in Iceland, we saw all types of weather, mostly rain, which left us chilled to the bone even though it was in the mid-thirties to low-forties which was warmer than it was in the United States at the time. We also saw very high winds which caused it to seem as though it were raining horizontally. Hoods and umbrellas were quite useless.

Naeturvaktin, Iceland's Most Popular TV Show

Naeturvaktin, or The Night Shift, is part of a trilogy, its sequels being The Day Shift, and The Prison Shift. It first aired in 2007 and won an Edda award for Best TV Series. Bjarnfreddarson was a movie created as a conclusion to the trilogy which was nominated for 11 Edda awards and was watched by over twenty percent of the Icelandic population. The show revolves around the lives of three patrol station employees on Laugavegur in Reykjavik, Georg, Olafur, and Daniel. Georg, being the boss orders the other employers to do many insane things throughout the series which is why the show is so popular. An adaptation of the show is in the works for the American industry in which to producers are working together to rework the characters and make the show a success in this country as well!

Icelandic Phallological Museum

The Phallological Museum, or Penis Museum, in Reykjavik, Iceland hold the largest collection of penises and penile parts in the world. It has 280 pieces from 93 different animal species and even supposedly including parts form Icelandic elves and trolls! The museum states that because Icelandic folklore describes these elves and trolls as invisible, these penises cannot be seen. In 2011 the museum received its first human penis; however,the removal went incorrectly and the penis became a grayish shriveled mass in which the museum is now searching for a better one. 
The museum was started by Sigurður Hjartarson who developed an interest in penises after receiving a cattle whip made from a bull's penis. It is now run by his son, Hjörtur Gísli Sigurðsson. The museum also includes crafts such as lampshades made from the scrotums of bulls. The museum is a huge tourist attraction and even has had a Canadian documentary made about it titled "The Final Member". More information can be found at 

Friday, June 6, 2014


Landmannalaugar is a region near Hekla, one of Iceland's volcanoes, located in the southern region of Iceland's highlands. It is very popular amongst tourists, hikers, and photographers because of the large lava fields and multicolored rhyolite mountains. These mountains display colors like pink, green, blue, yellow, purple, brown, white, and black. Rhyolite is an igneous, volcanic rock that varies in texture. This region is most popular during the summer months because the main road through the area is closed at that time. Hikes vary from one hour to four hours and even up to three to four days hiking the Hekla volcano. There are also geothermal hot springs in the area which are very popular as well. Other activities include Icelandic horse back riding and Arctic Char fishing, a type of cold-water fish. During the summer, when this area is very popular, the Mountain Mall is open. The Mountain Mall is an eco-friendly American school bus from the '70s that sells groceries and objects useful for camping.