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18 Nov 2012 08:28 PM   |   17947 clicks   |   Toronto Star
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KrispyKritter     
things get too hot for them? the love affair is cooling down? turning chilly towards the tourist wampum, bunky? is that what's bothering you?

if you can't stand the heat get out the kitchen chef popsicletoes

18 Nov 2012 08:31 PM
one of Ripley's Bad Guys     
...but leave your tourist dollars.

18 Nov 2012 08:32 PM
trivial use of my dark powers     
So I should just mail them a check and stay home, then.

18 Nov 2012 08:33 PM
JosephFinn     
If it's like Chicago, I bet it's a bunch of hicks walking three across on the sidewalks, standing on both sides of the escalator, clogging up the doors of the El and in general making it impossible to get anywhere.

18 Nov 2012 08:34 PM
thisiszombocom     
are you sure the articles about iceland? looks like these girls went to japan

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18 Nov 2012 08:34 PM
Hector Remarkable     
BUT WHERE WILL I GET MY ICE?!?!

18 Nov 2012 08:34 PM
hbk72777     
"Saari said that the nation's solitary natural beauty had become too busy to truly enjoy, "because there are thousands of foreigners there, disturbing you in your own country."

Join the club motherfarker

18 Nov 2012 08:35 PM
Bit'O'Gristle     
Saari said that the nation's solitary natural beauty had become too busy to truly enjoy, "because there are thousands of foreigners there, disturbing you in your own country."

/Alrighty then, we will just stop coming over and you can see your local economy take a nose dive into the dumpster due to nobody buying shiat. 'All the stores will close down, and you will be left on the beach, sucking dead cold carp because you have no money to buy food.


//it could happen.

18 Nov 2012 08:35 PM
doyner    [TotalFark]  

thisiszombocom: are you sure the articles about iceland? looks like these girls went to japan

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What you did there, I see it.

18 Nov 2012 08:36 PM
amquelbettamin     
RIP icecube

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18 Nov 2012 08:36 PM
Apos     
All I want from Iceland is:

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18 Nov 2012 08:39 PM
Fark Rye For Many Whores     
According to a survey authored by a University of Iceland researcher, 40 per cent of hikers on the popular Laugavegur hiking trail reported there were too many other travellers on the trail.

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18 Nov 2012 08:40 PM
GranoblasticMan     

thisiszombocom: are you sure the articles about iceland? looks like these girls went to japan


Ah, Buükkåkï Springs. Beautiful this time of year.

18 Nov 2012 08:40 PM
Reverend Monkeypants     
Seriously Farkers?

They don't actually need us so...

18 Nov 2012 08:40 PM
Cubicle Jockey     
"Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded."

18 Nov 2012 08:40 PM
Gyrfalcon    [TotalFark]  
"I doubt we, the artists and musicians, are going to want to be in a place that destroyed all organic cultural value," said Pollock.

Well, guess what, sweetcheeks? That's what tourism does to a place. You can be wealthy and watch your culture gradually erode under the influence of tourism and mcdisneyism, or you can be poor and keep your culture intact. There is, unfortunately, no middle ground. At least, nobody's found a way to do it yet.

18 Nov 2012 08:41 PM
Billy Bathsalt     
Saari about that.
I love Icelanders, they are a nation of iconoclasts.
They recently changed their official religion from Lutheranism(practiced by most) to Norse Paganism, basically to stick it to the bible thumpers. At least according to our tour guide. Glad to know I was part of the problem.
They also told the Euro to take a leap.

18 Nov 2012 08:41 PM
Theaetetus    [TotalFark]  
Was there in August... Beautiful country, wonderful and friendly people. I'm only flying IcelandAir to Europe from now on and insisting on at least a few days layover during at least one leg.

18 Nov 2012 08:46 PM
ModernLuddite     
If your organic culture is mostly skateboarding and graffiti art, then.....ugh. Just ugh.

18 Nov 2012 08:48 PM
zulius     
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Then she can come to me then...
/or, come together, no big whoop...

18 Nov 2012 08:51 PM
JohnAnnArbor    [TotalFark]  

Billy Bathsalt:
They recently changed their official religion from Lutheranism(practiced by most) to Norse Paganism, basically to stick it to the bible thumpers. At least according to our tour guide.


[ citation needed ]

I think your tour guide was messing with the tourists.

18 Nov 2012 08:52 PM
Outlawtsar     

Theaetetus: Was there in August... Beautiful country, wonderful and friendly people. I'm only flying IcelandAir to Europe from now on and insisting on at least a few days layover during at least one leg.


I was there in July and I completely agree. Same here with a great (and cheap!) Iceland Air expeirence. The business class lounge is worth it too (you can just pay for it by itself, not flying business). Only issue was my flight from DC landed at like 6AM and we couldn't check in the hotel until like 2PM...we were kind of zombies that day. If you do get a flight that gets you in early, just go to the Blue Lagoon or stay at the airport (especially since you can sleep in the lounge) until about an hour before your hotel allows you to check in if you aren't planning on sightseeing.

I think I may rent a cabin next time and do some Atlantic Salmon fishing.

18 Nov 2012 08:54 PM
rubi_con_man     

Theaetetus: Was there in August... Beautiful country, wonderful and friendly people. I'm only flying IcelandAir to Europe from now on and insisting on at least a few days layover during at least one leg.


The wife and I did that for three days on a whim - no fee to change the tickets, we got 50 Euro hotel rooms and a rental car for 100 Euro (yes, I am doing the conversion for you)

Even socked in with fog and rain it was nice and tiny.

18 Nov 2012 08:55 PM
jsteiner78     
My mom's side of the family is 100% Icelandic heritage, making me 50% Icelandic. Tallest per capita nation in the world, highest literacy rate in the world, and an impressive list of world champion strong men for such a small country. The one thing I usually leave out when discussing my lineage is that all native Icelanders are related to each other.

18 Nov 2012 08:58 PM
Christian Bale     
How easy to solve is this problem ???

Just raise the prices for everything touristy, including hotels. If it's stuff locals do to, give them a discount with their driver's license or whatever.

Keeps the total amount of money coming in the same, reduces the amount of tourists.

18 Nov 2012 09:06 PM
Evil Canadian     
Friends of ours just got back from Iceland. It's apparently a GREAT country to visit (though currently overrun by tourists like our friends...)

I can understand this though. Reykjavik has a population of just over 100K and the entire country has just over 300K so I can see how 1 million tourists a year might make some random Icelander feel like they are slightly overrun.

Meanwhile, jsteiner78, I have met a few of your relatives, since I have had a number of friends who are 50% or more Icelandic.

18 Nov 2012 09:07 PM
poe_zlaw     
Its awesome how all other countries are allowed to say they dont want any foreigners there.. Except America. If you say it in America, you're a racist.

18 Nov 2012 09:08 PM
jshine     

Christian Bale: How easy to solve is this problem ???

Just raise the prices for everything touristy, including hotels. If it's stuff locals do to, give them a discount with their driver's license or whatever.

Keeps the total amount of money coming in the same, reduces the amount of tourists.


Simple solution: visitors' visas cost $x -- adjust x as needed. They're not in the EU I don't believe, so there should be no problem requiring visas.

18 Nov 2012 09:12 PM
maachubo     
Of course they don't. NOBODY wants me. 

nobody

18 Nov 2012 09:13 PM
skinink     

Wasn't there an article recently about Berliners complaining about tourist? You can't be a tourist city and get all upset about visitors. Boston is better with the tourists around, we just need to train them to behave.


BTW, if you're a young person I really recommend you go to Berlin. It's an awesome city. I wish I were younger so I could enjoy the night life there.


18 Nov 2012 09:14 PM
jshine     

jsteiner78: My mom's side of the family is 100% Icelandic heritage, making me 50% Icelandic. Tallest per capita nation in the world, highest literacy rate in the world, and an impressive list of world champion strong men for such a small country. The one thing I usually leave out when discussing my lineage is that all native Icelanders are related to each other.


Everyone's related to everyone else if you had records that went back far enough. Iceland has a small population and immaculate records that go back about 1000 years, so the job is much simpler.

18 Nov 2012 09:14 PM
Gyrfalcon    [TotalFark]  

jsteiner78: My mom's side of the family is 100% Icelandic heritage, making me 50% Icelandic. Tallest per capita nation in the world, highest literacy rate in the world, and an impressive list of world champion strong men for such a small country. The one thing I usually leave out when discussing my lineage is that all native Icelanders are related to each other.


They're all from West Virginia, too?

18 Nov 2012 09:14 PM
quansem     

poe_zlaw: Its awesome how all other countries are allowed to say they dont want any foreigners there.. Except America. If you say it in America, you're a racist.


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Would like a word..

18 Nov 2012 09:17 PM
Fark Rye For Many Whores     
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18 Nov 2012 09:18 PM
mrlewish     
"40 per cent of hikers on the popular Laugavegur hiking trail reported there were too many other travellers on the trail."

/sigh

18 Nov 2012 09:18 PM
albuquerquehalsey     
Along the main shopping artery, Laugavegur, vintage clothing stores and Icelandic hotdog stands are slowly giving ground to tourist shops peddling puffin dolls and lava rocks.

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18 Nov 2012 09:20 PM
Smingleigh     
I'm sure once the "unwelcome" tourist money stops flowing the creditors who own Iceland's massive debt will accept payment in the only thing Iceland has left: Tears of regret.

18 Nov 2012 09:20 PM
dejavoodoo64     

zulius: [multipolarfuture.com image 300x297]
Then she can come to me then...
/or, come together, no big whoop...


Incredible. Definitive proof that God loves us and wants us to fark.

/Or for farkers to think about farking anyway.

18 Nov 2012 09:21 PM
Mock26     
Go to just about anywhere and "act like a tourist" and you will quickly wear out your welcome. This is especially true of people who go on group tours. I am not saying that group tours are necessarily bad, but they are concentrated stereotypical tourist. You are better off doing your own thing and seeing what you want to see, not what some company tells you to see. And above all else, if you are going to a country where you do not speak the language pick up a phrase book and learn a few phrases. They locals will greatly appreciate it.

18 Nov 2012 09:29 PM
tillerman35     
What I read in TFA: blah blah blah blah tourists blah blah iceland blah
What I read in my head: Sigur Ros pissed off that someone posted another iPhone video of one of their open air concerts.

18 Nov 2012 09:35 PM
Eirik     
This is hardly new. In 1982 then 18 year old sister was thrown out of a small cafe by a drunk patron who cursed out Americans as he did so.

/my sister is 100% Icelandic

18 Nov 2012 09:40 PM
DarthBart     

rubi_con_man: Theaetetus: Was there in August... Beautiful country, wonderful and friendly people. I'm only flying IcelandAir to Europe from now on and insisting on at least a few days layover during at least one leg.

The wife and I did that for three days on a whim - no fee to change the tickets, we got 50 Euro hotel rooms and a rental car for 100 Euro (yes, I am doing the conversion for you)

Even socked in with fog and rain it was nice and tiny.


How easy is it to get around if you don't speak Icelandic?

18 Nov 2012 09:43 PM
thisiszombocom     

poe_zlaw: Its awesome how all other countries are allowed to say they dont want any foreigners there.. Except America. If you say it in America, you're a racist.


seriously, do you not know the difference between tourists and immigrants?

and who the fark doesnt complain about tourists in the US? I'm in NYC and I'm an equal opportunity hater. Friggin disgusting chinese, loud germans, obnoxious french and italians. I hate all of them. farking go home.

18 Nov 2012 09:44 PM
jshine     

Mock26: And above all else, if you are going to a country where you do not speak the language pick up a phrase book and learn a few phrases. They locals will greatly appreciate it.


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18 Nov 2012 09:46 PM
Prey4reign    [TotalFark]  
Next thing you know buses of tourists will be the target of drive-by mashed potato gun shootings.

18 Nov 2012 09:48 PM
fusillade762    [TotalFark]  

albuquerquehalsey: Along the main shopping artery, Laugavegur, vintage clothing stores and Icelandic hotdog stands are slowly giving ground to tourist shops peddling puffin dolls and lava rocks.

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I don't know what that's from, but I just wanted to say that puffins are F*CKING AWESOME.

That is all.

18 Nov 2012 09:48 PM
mikewadestr     
Get real Iceland. The country has so many hot springs, lakes and all that ocean around them. Getting rid of a body is pretty much a done deal there. Just liberalize gun ownership and allow all citizens government subsidized basins and cement. Better yet, the US is preparing for a zombie invasion. Just throw the body in a hot spring, sprinkle in some old bay and ship the body to the US as zombie feed.

18 Nov 2012 09:51 PM
dejavoodoo64     

quansem: poe_zlaw: Its awesome how all other countries are allowed to say they dont want any foreigners there.. Except America. If you say it in America, you're a racist.

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Would like a word..


I know right? Every Real American should know that the words inscribed on our Statue of Liberty(even though it was subbed out to France) was meant for white people only. We didn't discriminate at all, even took the poor and some of the sick if they weren't too bad off, but no that wasn't good enough. Everybody showed up to the party, when we had only invited negroes and had went and picked them up Then people unfairly label Real Americans Racists for saying we don't want anybody else from anywhere moving in. In fact we would like for a lot of people to leave, and some of them are white.

/One of my few attempts so don't be too hard on me.

18 Nov 2012 09:52 PM
HotWingAgenda    [TotalFark]  

jsteiner78: The one thing I usually leave out when discussing my lineage is that all native Icelanders are related to each other.


Half of my family came over on the Mayflower. And later was in the earliest expeditions to settle the Rockies in Colorado. I usually gloss over my inbreeding too.

18 Nov 2012 09:53 PM
fozziewazzi     

Mock26: Go to just about anywhere and "act like a tourist" and you will quickly wear out your welcome. This is especially true of people who go on group tours. I am not saying that group tours are necessarily bad, but they are concentrated stereotypical tourist. You are better off doing your own thing and seeing what you want to see, not what some company tells you to see. And above all else, if you are going to a country where you do not speak the language pick up a phrase book and learn a few phrases. They locals will greatly appreciate it.


That's what I did - rented a car for the week and went where ever I wanted, when I wanted. Great time.

18 Nov 2012 10:04 PM
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