Get Ready To Learn About Iceland

The winner of my trip contest is MAS, who correctly guessed that I’m starting my next trip in Iceland. I was surprised that he got it at only the tenth comment, so I asked him about his strategy. His response:

I recently saw a bus ad for Iceland Air. It said something about being a layover for other European sites. Your question made me think of that bus billboard.

I picked Iceland for one main reason: it’s the polar opposite of my South American experience. Everything about it is different: climate, culture, food, language, and women. Yes, I know that it doesn’t have the prettiest Scandinavian girls compared to Sweden or Finland. I know the people are “weird,” and I know it’s going to be cold with only four hours of sunlight a day, but I’m not looking for a vacation. I want an interesting experience, and as the only tourist dumb/smart enough to go to Iceland in winter, I have a feeling I’ll get it. (As for the weather, it’s just a little colder than Washington DC’s winter.)

My plan is to stay there for a month before moving on to the European mainland. Here’s a list of countries I’m most interested in (as of today):

  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Sweden
  • Ukraine

I’m going to narrow this list down by at least half so that I’m spending more time in fewer countries—I have little interest in racking up more than a handful of countries and flags. Instead I want to dig deep with these new countries like I did in Brazil, Argentina, and Colombia, and that’s hard to do that while backpacking in hostels. In fact, I’ve ditched the backpack—I bought a huge piece of luggage with wheels to hold both summer and winter clothing. My former Danish roommate said Scandinavian guys have ten times more style than American guys so I’ll need the extra space to pack a collared shirt or two.

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Mr. T
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Iceland?

Interesting.

How long do you plan on staying in each country?

Also, if you are not doing the hostel thing, where are you going to live?

Apartment, hotel, rent a room?

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“My former Danish roommate said Scandinavian guys have ten times more style than American guys so I’ll need the extra space to pack a collared shirt or two.”

Pack your Jesus costume? 😀

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Skipping norway completly?
Make a guide over the vinter “Roosh’s afterski 101!” ^^

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Awesome to hear you’ll be going to Iceland! Do you know where you’ll be staying? If you haven’t chosen a place yet, I highly recommend the “Room with a View” apartments, located on the main drag in Reykjavik (i.e. just a short stroll to the nightlife). Rates for their studio apartments are $90 a night, but if you stay more than 7 nights, you get a 10% discount.

http://www.roomwithaview.is

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Wow Roosh, I too am going to Iceland in March for almost the same EXACT reasons you have stated. Plus I’ve always been intrigued with the place for a long time

Iceland is not like any other country where you say you’ve been there and someone says ‘ok’. I have been telling people I’m going to Iceland and the first question they ask is ‘Why’? This in itself serves its purpose.

Its all about having interesting experiences that goes against the mold.

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Nice Roosh, this should be a dope trip.

I have always wanted to go to Iceland, which I remember reading somewhere is inhabited by the ancestors of Irish slaves that were brought there by the Vikings (mostly Irish women).

If that is indeed the case, being half Irish, I look forward to taking some of those women back. It would only be right.

I am in the middle of my Latvian Data Sheets and should have a monster Data Sheet collection to but on the travel forum soon that should help you.

“I’ve ditched the backpack—I bought a huge piece of luggage with wheels to hold both summer and winter clothing.”

I like it. Stepping up. In due time you will probably be traveling with 2 or 3 Custom Suits.

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i vaguely remember something about Iceland being green, and Greenland being mostly ice. I learned a lot watching The Mighty Ducks.

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I used to play an on-line game called Eve Online (space ship pew pew, http://www.eve-online.com), which was developed in iceland. From what I gather, icelanders like to drink a lot, eat a disgusting rotten shark dish, and have fun.

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PS You might be interested in checking out the Icelandic films “101 Reykjavik” and “Noi Albinoi” before you go.

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I hear the CouchSurfing scene is alive and kickin’ up there — should be great way to embed yourself in local house parties/gatherings and meet-and-greets.

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I think your going to clean up there. Being in Europe in general, your going to be very glad that you stepped up the wardrobe a bit. Dressing the part there, even to a minimum, will open up a lot of doors that otherwise wouldn’t open. It’ll be a much better experience to be able to bag some local women with some sophistication. I’ve had the most success meeting women in Europe on long train rides, my biggest success being a half french half Japanese concert violinist (french national). In terms of an experience with a woman with class that is so rare in the USA, it was unbeatable. Even if her shit smells the same as everyone else’s 😉 These type of women are seemingly everywhere, especially in the larger cities. But the forced proximity on a train makes it unbeatable to the end of making a connection. Hostels were second, but I wouldn’t stay in one now just for the backpacking tramps.

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Narrowing the list down before even heading there is a mistake. Yes, do setup camp somewhere for a month or whatever, but do explore neighbouring countries for a few days excursion to scout for future prospects. Europe is pretty small.

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The “big suitcse” issue is important to me. If you are traveling, ideally you have all your stuff in your carry-ons. But to look good, you need a variety of clothes, particulary shoes and coats which are bulky. What is the minimum wardrobe that will adequately cover the required work and social situations?

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one cool thing about Europe are the free borders between most of the EU countries (Schengen Area)
but if you want to travel from EU countries to places like Russia or Ukraine or vice versa get ready for a long waiting time and corrupt authorities.

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Very true about Scandinavian guys being extremely well dressed. When I was in Stockholm I was dressed at my best, what would be well above-average by NY standards, and I was still barely average by Scandinavian standards. The flipside though is there are guys who are actually TOO well-dressed there, to the point it becomes overkill and ridiculous, so that ends up working in your favor too.

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Very cool, Roosh. Looking forward to your stories while in Iceland.

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make sure you keep your travel bag under 50 lbs or the airlines over there will charge the heck out of you.

the cool thing about traveling in Europe is you can obviously do so by train but often its cheaper for last minute flights on companies like Ryan Air or Wizzair or easyJet. Check out this website, I used it when i was over there, it shows which discount airlines fly out of which cities…

flycheapo.com

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Iceland is a great choice! I’ve always wanted to go there, even more so since that volcano reminded everyone of its existence this spring 😉 If you happen to visit Split, Croatia, feel free to email me for any directions & stuff.*

* stuff doesn’t include weed, just to be clear 😀

p.s. I also recommend trains instead of airplanes whenever you can afford the time. It’s a much more comfortable way to travel around Europe and it’s much easier to meet interesting people too. Look into EURail and similar unlimited travel or country package options.

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The odds of you getting banging a native in most of those countries are worse than a 500 lb. man finishing a marathon.
They despise gypsys in those countries and you kind of look like one.
Good luck getting awkward hostel shower handjobs from chubby American girls and incredibly ugly Romanian girls.

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What about Germany? Try Cologne or Berlin.

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sounds great! look forward to stories of your adventures. I would try the eurorail thing if you can and spend some quality time wandering the countryside. Also consider smaller cities other than the usual tourst destinations.

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Sounds like a cool itinerary so far. Can’t wait to follow along vicariously.

Btw, I should get a consolation prize for being the second to guess Iceland.

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Go to Darmstadt, Germany, and get the Schnitzel Bolognese at the tropical resteraunt across from the military base in town. Make the whole trip worthwhile.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=darmstadt+germany+tropical&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

Actually if you could mail me a couple portions on overnight express that would be cool.

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This is going to be good 😀

Also, I’ve been familiar with the legend of Icelandic beauty queen women for quite some time now – as Quentin Tarantino said, “Supermodels work at McDonalds” – so I’m VERY curious to hear your review of it.

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if you want to go for the women, estonia, latvia,lithuania, ukraine hands down! they put more effort into their looks than the rich scandinavian countries.

btw, you will notice that people in eastern europe smoke a lot, perhaps like latin america.

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If you meet a chick that doesn’t speak english just go online with google translater on your phone and you can chat with her.

Type in english will translate to almost anything.

She can do same.

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Dont go to Finland, it’s mad overrated. Yea, just avoid that place entirely.

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Scandinavia including Iceland is very expensive. Are you starting out with any Russian language lessons? I’d like to learn myself.

BTW, i’d push the whole dark haired American thing. Scandinavians love dark haired Italians/Latinos, but not sure they love the dark haired Turks/Arabs/Moroccans.

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in addition to what 28 said, your darker features could get you in trouble in Russia. you kind of look like someone from the Caucasus region or Central Asia and many Russians are very racist against those people. also, skinheads are rampant there.

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Roosh FYI,, croatia is dead on the coast during the winter…. summer is when the tourists are there. So,, postpone it till then. But if you are there during spring or winter, then stick to the capital. If you want to score chicks easier IMHO, go to Serbia or Macedonia.

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Roosh, I agree about your swarthy looks getting you some static in Ukraine and Latvia. I think your odds are perhaps best in Serbia…Croatia not so much. Their women are lovely but at heart traditionalists and you need to be introduced by someone, act gallant and gentlemanly, e.g. light their cigarettes etc.

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iceland is a solid choice. the rest of your plan sounds excellent. I figure you’ll still find brazil more to your liking, but you’re not one to stay within your comfort zone.

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Nice to have you visiting Iceland Sir. I would personally recommend flying from Iceland to Sweden, zig-zagging through the EU. Travel outside of it (or schengen) is a major hassle. Remember to be on you best behaviour, it would be bad to end your trip early, yeah? hahaha

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“The odds of you getting banging a native in most of those countries are worse than a 500 lb. man finishing a marathon.
They despise gypsys in those countries and you kind of look like one.”

Roosh does look exotic.

How good is your Spanish, Roosh? Try to pass yourself off as a swarthy Spaniard if you can.

It will be a true test of his game to see if he can bang a decent looking native girl, especially in EE. I wish him good luck.

“Good luck getting awkward hostel shower handjobs from chubby American girls and incredibly ugly Romanian girls.”

Hey, Romanian girls can be very cute, even if they do tend to have big noses.

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I like it. Impossible not to walk away with a few good stories.

As an American Lithuanian, I’m looking forward to some truly honest and accurate analysis of the Baltic cultures.

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Skip the first three countries and go to Prague, Czech republic. Maybe check out Greece or Italy also. Have a good time. I can’t wait for the field reports/travel guide. Roosh behind the Iron Curtain!

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I knew it was EE. Let me help you on your choices.. I’ve been to all of the countries on your list (except Denmark) I can make the following recommendations:

Latvia
Estonia
Ukraine
Romania
Russia
Bulgaria

Furthermore, 3 of those countries will allow you to practice some Russian, get out the Pimsleur and go to town!

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So you are coming to Estonia?

Well I hope you will find what you are looking for and that you will have a good time because US has a bad influence on you.

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Nice, nice destination
(drools on keyboard)

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Looking forward to hearing all about it. I’ve passed through Iceland multiple times but never spent time there although I’d like to.

Europeans in general are much more stylish than Americans, and light years ahead of South Americans. You may even want to save some money up and buy clothes over there. I bought a bunch of nice clothes in Paris and Amsterdam last year, and when I wear them out in America now girls think I’m a male model or fashion designer or something.

The typical collared shirt and designer jeans that passes in the States will be the bare minimum in the nice clubs over there. Also, EE girls are far more fashion conscious than we’re used to.

Sounds like fun!

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Never been there and the only Icelandic person I ever met was Bjork.

She was weird.

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I think you’ll have a great time in Sweden. The swedish guys (me included) are shy (unless we are really drunk) and have ZERO game. So if you bring your best game to our lovely country you’ll have women throwing pussy at you in no time at all;)

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Im extremely surprised you dont have poland on that list….you want to go to poland…trust me, im polish

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I think you have to go to Finland, Sweden and Russia no matter how you cut down the list.

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Roosh, what about Poland,Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia? Not on your radar?

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I was in Iceland earlier this summer. It was great. The local young people are hipster. I felt like I was in Seattle or Minneapolis. A lot of the guys have long hair and beards too. I guess to look like Vikings. Which, they kinda are. Alcohol is very expensive but I don’t drink so that didn’t bother me. And yes, I ate a piece of the fermented shark. It was not as bad as I thought it would be but it was still pretty bad. Also-they have sheep heads next to the luncheon meat at the grocery stores. Yummy!

If you get a hankering for Poland I found Warsaw to be a great value and there were tons of beautiful women there.

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I’ll echo what some other commenters up there have said and say that you’re definitely making a mistake by going all the way up to the Baltics and skipping Poland entirely. Poland is excellent for your purposes. Trust me.

Also, if you go down to Zagreb in the wintertime, you’d be a fool not to head a little bit east and check out Sarajevo, Novi Sad, and Belgrade. Belgrade especially. It’s the most happening town in the former Yugo, and by a country mile. I’m curious to know how you do at Blow-Up Bar.

When in Ukraine, you’ll still find some life in Odessa (but nothing like the summertime there), and Kiev will definitely be hopping, but don’t forget to check out some more out-of-the-way places like Lviv. Lviv’s great — a western Ukrainian college town with a lot of Polish influence. Highly recommended!

(Also — no sense going to the Adriatic coast in December / January. Everything except for Split and *maybe* Rijeka will be depressingly dead.)

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Sounds like fun, but currency might kill you. May have to make this one way shorter.

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This guys has a similar bodytype and coloring. he is also European(Southern) mimic his style of dress to fit in.

please leave the carebear shirt at home.

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