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4 things I learnt after spending a week in Iceland, which are not found in guidebooks

If you think what you are about to read below absolute nonsense, I hope you would at least find this poster above useful, which was taken at the Keflavik International Airport at Reykjavik. (Click the image for the high-res version)

1. Trust
The Country is operating based on trust. The mere showing of my printed PDF tickets enabled me to hop onto the city coach from the Airport, and gained entry for a theatre show - all without scanning for authentication. And if you arrive at the iconic church before the church shop opens, you can proceed up to the observation tower and 'accidentally' miss the cash box for honest visitors to drop their entrance fee.

2. Rough sea
If you sign up for whale-watching on a day with rough sea, there will be a high chance of a spectacle. Should there be a dearth of diving mammals outside the boat, there should be an abundance of puking ones on board the boat due to seasickness, to provide lifelong memories. What I've seen cannot be unseen.

3. Relax
As the country is full of geothermal activities with  pungent gases being released from the ground every second, you can be absolutely relaxing at all times and break wind whenever you like and no one  will be any wiser. Just don't spot the telltale silly grin after the deed.

4. Let there be Lights
There are dozens of Northern Lights tour operators and price should never be the sole determining factor in your selection process. I've signed up one that ferried us on a smaller coach but brought us to a location which still received a bit of light pollution from the distant Reykjavik city lights. There were significant cloud cover that night which affected our enjoyment. Two nights later, I signed up for a big bus operator that cost 30% less than the previous one. We went to a site with no light pollution, the night sky was clear and I saw the Lights as depicted on postcards and brochures, and had the memory of a lifetime. Bottom line - go only when the weather is right, everything else is secondary.

This post first appeared on Winston's Random Musings, please read the originial post: here

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