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Giving travelers the inside scoop on Icelandic culture, nature, history and language through the eyes of an expat. You'll hear interviews, quirky facts, useful travel advice, and what it is like to live in the land of fire and ice. Additionally, there is a segment of the show dedicated to teaching you an Icelandic word or phrase. Extra resources shared during the episodes can be found at https://allthingsiceland.com.



Jewells Chambers, the host of the podcast, fell in love with Iceland back in 2013 after her first visit. She moved to the country in 2016 and has been on an epic journey ever since.

All Things Iceland Jewells Chambers

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Giving travelers the inside scoop on Icelandic culture, nature, history and language through the eyes of an expat. You'll hear interviews, quirky facts, useful travel advice, and what it is like to live in the land of fire and ice. Additionally, there is a segment of the show dedicated to teaching you an Icelandic word or phrase. Extra resources shared during the episodes can be found at https://allthingsiceland.com.



Jewells Chambers, the host of the podcast, fell in love with Iceland back in 2013 after her first visit. She moved to the country in 2016 and has been on an epic journey ever since.

    Exclusive interview with the President of Iceland: Guðni Th. Jóhannesson

    Exclusive interview with the President of Iceland: Guðni Th. Jóhannesson

    2021 has been such an interesting year for me and I was just as shocked as anyone that I was able to interview the President of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson. I talk about how the opportunity to interview Guðni during the podcast episode because it is quite unusual. The President was very kind to answer all of my questions, including the questions that the members of the All Things Iceland Patreon submitted.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTJo-K3_PV8&t=1s

    Here are the questions I asked the President of Iceland during the interview:



    * What motivated you to run for President of Iceland in 2016? 

    * Can you explain a bit about what your duties are, and what kind of power you do have in the Icelandic government? - 

    * What have you learned from previous Icelandic Presidents

    * What is most challenging about being President of Iceland?

    * How has COVID impacted your Presidency?

    * What He likes about being President of Iceland

    * The myths about Iceland he wants to debunk

    * The President’s favorite history about Bessastaðir (The Icelandic President’s Residence)

    * Has there been anything interesting and/or strange that have you experienced since leaving behind your life as an ordinary citizen and becoming the head of the Icelandic state?

    * One of the most surprising things I read about you is you’re a very distant cousin of Barack Obama. Was it shocking to you when you found that out? Also, have you met the Obamas?

    * What is your favorite Icelandic word or phrase?



    Questions From my patrons on Patreon



    * Before assuming the office of the president you had an academic background in Icelandic history. When you leave office what do you think you will focus on studying or writing about?

    * As an individual who has translated the works of Stephen King into Icelandic what is your favorite work by the Author? Is there any literature you would love to see translated that has not been?



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    Some of you might be aware that one of my goals for the podcast is to travel around Iceland more to interview different people in each region. In July 2020, I set up the All Things Iceland community on Patreon. It’s a membership platform that was founded in 2013. It allows or creators like me to provide exclusive content to listeners like you in exchange for a monthly subscription.



    Each month I am doing Ask Me Anything videos, Live Chats, and Folklore Friday each week. Sometimes I do updates about my life in Iceland. I do not share this content on any other channel. The support from my patrons on the All Things Iceland community on Patreon will help to evolve All Things Iceland. There are several membership tiers to choose from and each tier has a variety of benefits.



    If you would like to join the community, go to patreon.com/allthingsiceland. I look forward to having you join.

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    • 1 hr 27 min
    Discussing Iceland’s Recent National Election and Socialism with Sæþór

    Discussing Iceland’s Recent National Election and Socialism with Sæþór

    During this sit down with Sæþór Randalsson about the recent election in Iceland and his involvement with socialism in Iceland was quite insightful. More than a year ago, I interviewed Sæþór about his move from the United States many years ago and you check it out here.



    The beginning of this episode focuses on Sæþór sharing about how the Icelandic Parliament is set up. After all the ballots from the election are counted, coalitions of the parties that have seats in Parliament are formed. Well, the goal is that coalitions are formed but that can sometimes take more than one go for that to happen.



    After that breakdown, Sæþór talks about Socialism and why he is running for a Parliamentary position with the Socialis party. Many people who are not familiar with how Iceland is governed often assume that there is socialism is widely practised in Icelandic society instead understanding there is a mix of socialism and capitalism here.

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    Some of you might be aware that one of my goals for the podcast is to travel around Iceland more to interview different people in each region. In July, I set up the All Things Iceland community on Patreon. It’s a membership platform that was founded in 2013. It allows for creators like me to provide exclusive content to listeners like you in exchange for a monthly subscription.



    Each month I am doing Ask Me Anything videos, Live Chats, and Folklore Friday each week. Sometimes I do updates about my life in Iceland. I do not share this content on any other channel. The support from my patrons on the All Things Iceland community on Patreon will help to evolve All Things Iceland. There are several membership tiers to choose from and each tier has a variety of benefits.



    If you would like to join the community, go to patreon.com/allthingsiceland. I look forward to having you join.



    Þakka þér kærlega fyrir að hlusta (og að lesa) og sjáumst fljótlega.



    Thank you kindly for listening (and reading) and see you soon!

    • 2 hr 4 min
    Is the Blue Lagoon in Iceland Worth Visiting?

    Is the Blue Lagoon in Iceland Worth Visiting?

    Iceland’s Blue Lagoon was established in the 1990s, but it’s a much different experience now than its humble beginnings. Over the decades the Blue Lagoon went from being a bathing facility whose water run off from a nearby power plant soothed the skin of patients with psoriasis to being one of the most well known spas in the world. When travelers to Iceland are planning their trips, I often get asked if the Blue Lagoon is worth visiting. I totally understand that some “must see” places can be overhyped, so I dedicated this short podcast episode to giving you my opinion on if it is worth it to visit this famous spa.

    Different Passes for the Blue Lagoon + In-water Massage



    During the episode I go over the different passes available, the cost of each pass (comfort and premium) and what they include. I also include my experience with the in-water massage that is available as an add-on to any pass that you buy, if you decide to visit. I do not include an opinion about the Blue Lagoon’s Retreat Spa, a newer and much more expensive option than the other passes, because I’ve not experienced it. When I do try out the Retreat Spa, I will definitely share my thoughts in a separate episode.I think the most important things for anyone to keep in mind when making decisions about activities in Iceland are their budget and what kind of experiences they feel are worth splurging on. For many, visiting the Blue Lagoon is an essential part of experiencing Iceland and I think that is a fair view point.I hope this podcast episode has helped to give you some insight on whether the Blue Lagoon is worth it for you when you visit the country. If you have already visited this spa in Iceland, I'd love to hear what your experience was like in the comments.



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    Random Fact of the Episode

    Before the most recent renovations at the Blue Lagoon, you used to be able to hand scoop your own silica masks from buckets placed in areas around the lagoon. With the new upgrades, you get your mask from an attendant, plus other available masks based on your skin's sensitivities. The nice thing about having an attendant give you the mask is that you know no one else has been putting their hands in it.

    Icelandic Word of the Episode

    Bláa lónið - Blue Lagoon

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    Þakka þér kærlega fyrir að hlusta (og að lesa) og sjáumst fljótlega.Thank you for kindly for listening and reading, and see you soon!

    • 20 min
    Escaped Being a Child Bride to Thriving in Iceland – Najmo Fiyasko

    Escaped Being a Child Bride to Thriving in Iceland – Najmo Fiyasko

    Najmo Fiyasko’s story of growing up in Somalia and her escape from being a child bride there caught my attention when I saw her on the cover of a newspaper in Iceland. I was shocked to learn that she had been through so much at such a young age. I still have the newspaper that featured her because I just knew that one day I would interview her. The funny thing is that one fateful day she friended me on Facebook and we eventually started to chat. I was elated when she agreed to be interviewed because I wanted as many people as possible to hear about what she has overcome and the inspiration she is today.

    Here are some of the questions I asked Najmo Fiyasko during the interview:



    You went through so much at such a young age while living in Somalia. Can you share about what you had to endure and why you eventually fled to Iceland?

    What was your experience like when you arrived in Iceland? 

    What was it like adjusting to life here?

    How was it for you to learn the language?

    Were there any customs or foods that were strange or shocking to you?

    You’re doing such amazing work on your social media platforms by raising awareness about female genital mutilation, and rights for women and girls. Your content is in Somali and you have gained quite a large following. What is the reaction from Somali’s when you talk about these topics?



    Where to follow and support Najmo Fiyasko and her nonprofit women's media organisation

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    Some of you might be aware that one of my goals for the podcast is to travel around Iceland more to interview different people in each region. In July, I set up the All Things Iceland community on Patreon. It’s a membership platform that was founded in 2013. It allows for creators like me to provide exclusive content to listeners like you in exchange for a monthly subscription.



    Each month I am doing Ask Me Anything videos, Live Chats, and Folklore Friday each week. Sometimes I do updates about my life in Iceland. I do not share this content on any other channel. The support from my patrons on the All Things Iceland community on Patreon will help to evolve All Things Iceland. There are several membership tiers to choose from and each tier has a variety of benefits.



    If you would like to join the community, go to patreon.com/allthingsiceland. I look forward to having you join.

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    Þakka þér kærlega fyrir að hlusta (og að lesa) og sjáumst fljótlega.



    Thank you kindly for listening (and reading) and see you soon!

    • 1 hr 11 min
    5 Incredibly Fun Rainy Day Activities in Reykjavík For All Ages

    5 Incredibly Fun Rainy Day Activities in Reykjavík For All Ages

    Reykjavík and the rest of Iceland has gained a reputation for having many rainy days. While I’m an advocate for going out and dressing well no matter the weather, sometimes it is better to stay inside. Well, if you have to be indoors why not make it fun? The five interactive places I talk about in this episode are so much fun that they will make you forget all about the weather.

    An Experience Like No Other in Reykjavík

    I’m excited to have FlyOver Iceland as the sponsor of this podcast episode and video. I remember experiencing this interactive ride back when it first opened and I was blown away. As explained in the podcast episode, there are three distinct parts to the experience. First, you enter a Viking longhouse and hear an Icelandic storyteller explain about Vikings and settlers that came to the country. Next, you go into the Well of Time. In this room, an Icelandic troll uses their magical powers to show you visually and through music about the history of Iceland and its people.Last but not least, is the simulated flying experience. After strapping in, you feel like you’re flying over some of the remote parts of the country. It’s an incredible experience because there is wind, mist, and the seats are moving like we are in an airplane. Everyone I know who has been there, including my mother, has raved about it. I highly recommend this incredibly fun activity in Reykjavík.





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    5 Rainy Day Activities To Do in Reykjavík



    * FlyOver Iceland- 3 parts of the experience – Viking Longhouse, The Well of Time and the ride itsel* Whales of Iceland – 23 life sized and handmade replicas of whales* Maritime Museum – (Sjóminjasafnið ) -Fish and Folk, Dutch Merchant Shipwreck in the 1700s and Óðinn coastguard ship, which fought in the Cod Wars.* Aurora Reykjavík – Northern Lights Center folklore about the northern lights from different cultures, how the northern lights work – the science behind them, a comfy theater where you can watch northern lights footage.* Valdís Ice creamhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Vsy0xeVKgw

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    Random fact of the episode

    According to the website Reykjavík ClimaTemps.com, there are,





    On average there are 213 days per year with more than 0.1 mm (0.004 in) of rainfall (precipitation) or 17.8 days with a quantity of rain, sleet, snow etc. per month.



    Reykjavík ClimaTemps





    Word of the episode

    Rigning - rain

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    • 22 min
    7 Ways Iceland Can Kill You – Simple Tips to Save Your Life

    7 Ways Iceland Can Kill You – Simple Tips to Save Your Life

    While it might seem a little morbid to talk about how Iceland can kill you, the intention of this podcast episode and blog post is to spread awareness. Icelandic nature is absolutely gorgeous but there are plenty of dangerous situations that can be life threatening. In this episode, I’m sharing seven ways that can lead to death here. I include some examples of people who have unfortunately perished.Please remember to check safetravel.is before heading out on an adventure in Iceland. This site has updates about weather warnings, road closures and more.

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    7 Ways Iceland Can Kill You

    * Volcanos  - stepping on the lava or getting too close to when there are a dangerous amount of gases in the air* Bad weather - wind or snow storms* Dying of exposure* Stepping into a boiling hot mud pool* Falling off a cliff of a mountain or waterfall for a picture or a curious look* Sneaker waves on Icelandic beaches* Stopping in the middle of the road to take photos.

    How to Pack for Icelandic Weather in Any Season

    Regardless of the season, Icelandic weather can vary. It's common to experience what feels like different seasons within the same day.Most people that visit Iceland are not familiar with how to properly layer their clothes. That is why I created a free Ultimate Packing Checklist for Iceland. It breaks down all of the essential items you need for winter and summer. I also included non-essential items that can be helpful if you have room to pack them and outfit ideas if you plan to go out to dinner or party in Reykjavík.





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    Random Fact of the Episode

    The Icelandic Search & Rescue teams are voluntary organizations. I go into more detail about them in the episode and how they raise money to keep in operation so they can save lives.

    Icelandic Word of the Episode

    hætta - danger



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    Some of you might be aware that one of my goals for the podcast is to travel around Iceland more to interview different people in each region. In July, I set up the All Things Iceland community on Patreon. It’s a membership platform that was founded in 2013. It allows for creators like me to provide exclusive content to listeners like you in exchange for a monthly subscription.Each month I am doing Ask Me Anything videos, Live Chats, and Folklore Friday each week. Sometimes I do updates about my life in Iceland. I do not share this content on any other channel. The support from my patrons on the All Things Iceland community on Patreon will h...

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
147 Ratings

147 Ratings

Miajmu ,

Informative and helpful!

Listened to this podcast throughout my entire trip to Iceland. So helpful! I wouldn’t have gone to the Blue Lagoon if I hadn’t listened to this- and I loved it!!

DiChoisi ,

Great information

I started out watching her YouTube channel and moved to the podcast. Very good information and ideas! Thank you Jewel

vaniasantana ,

A must listen!

I’m planning a trip to Iceland in the near future, and this podcast is helping so much! Jewel is thoughtful and insightful, and I’m learning a lot about Icelandic culture from her in a respectful and fun way. Definitely worth a listen if you’re traveling there, or if you’re interested in different cultures.

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