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Title: Iceland, Denmark, France
Post by: Parker on September 06, 2018, 02:03:03 AM
Heading to these three places in about two weeks with my lady. Should have a little time to skate. Anyone got any info on good spots to eat, skate shops, some skate spots, anything else that is worth checking out. Any places to avoid?
Thanks in advance

Title: Re: Iceland, Denmark, France
Post by: tkp on September 06, 2018, 10:22:21 AM
Reykjavík:

Ingólfur Square is the goto spot for the locals, at least it was when I was last there. Smooth flat ground and random obstacles.

Hallgrimskirkja has fun banks out front. I had soft wheels, not sure how hard wheels would fare.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BLWaizHDk8f/?taken-by=swarmlife

There's a diy in the city as well.  I forgot to check it out. It may or may not still be around.
https://www.skateboard.com.au/skateparks/iceland/reykjavik-diy/

The best thing about Iceland are the glaciers, the hot springs, the waterfalls, the hikes, and just being made to feel super small. Rent a car (make sure you have insurance on your credit card, or get full coverage) and just drive as far as you can. We drove to Hellnar and that place was fucking rad. Just crazy cliffs and waves crashing. Camping laws are super lenient out there.

Hotspring tips:
Seljavallalaug - man made pool that collects hot spring water. We hit it up in the middle of the night with headlamps. It's warm and super trippy / eery to swim down into.

Reykjadalur - hot spring river. Amazing 45 minute hike or so. Worth it.

Blue lagoon is eh, whatever.

The remote hot springs are way sicker. https://hotpoticeland.com/
Title: Re: Iceland, Denmark, France
Post by: silhouette on September 07, 2018, 05:44:36 PM
Definitely rent a car in Reykjavik (it's a small city anyway, no real point in going to Iceland if you're going to just stay there); small truck if you plan on going on route 0 (the 'touristic' road that loops around the entire island), big truck if you plan on venturing into the main lands (the paths are super fucked though, you might find yourself on awful terrain, risky cliffs, having to drive through lakes etc. so be careful with insurance). A few years back I had a short window of time in Iceland with my girlfriend at the time so we drove from Reykjavik to Vatnajökull through the southern part of route 0 and it was amazing, plenty of shit to check out on the way from waterfalls to small villages to beaches with colors and sceneries that completely change every 30 minutes and pretty much no one else on the road (depending on when you're going I guess). In Reykjavik try out that place where they serve soup in a bowl of bread (then you get to eat the bread), and C Is For Cookie is a chill café to bring your girl too.

In France try going to Paris and Bordeaux.

Denmark, I couldn't say much as I've only been to Copenhagen once, but it's super close to Malmö.
Title: Re: Iceland, Denmark, France
Post by: Pappy Jones on September 09, 2018, 10:56:59 PM
tkp is right about ingólfur square in Reykjavik, that place is dope. I stayed in a hotel across the street and skated with some locals there. Also saw some guys filming lines in the street downtown later in the day. There's actually a pretty good skate scene there for the northernmost capital city in the world and being on a tiny island. The shop is cool too. The guy who runs it is sick and really nice. There's a good chance it'll be raining when you're there and honestly if you're in Iceland don't spend all your time skating because there really is so much to see outside of Reykjavik. Rent a car and experience the power of nature like you never have before. You can't help but feel insignificant against the elements, even in the summertime. If you go alongside the south coast, you'll notice much of it actually looks almost identical to Hawaii, despite the looming vatnajökull glacier in the distance. Never been to Copenhagen but that's definitely where you should get the bulk of your skate time in. Have fun
Title: Re: Iceland, Denmark, France
Post by: Parker on September 13, 2018, 09:40:21 PM
Reykjavík:

Ingólfur Square is the goto spot for the locals, at least it was when I was last there. Smooth flat ground and random obstacles.

Hallgrimskirkja has fun banks out front. I had soft wheels, not sure how hard wheels would fare.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BLWaizHDk8f/?taken-by=swarmlife

There's a diy in the city as well.  I forgot to check it out. It may or may not still be around.
https://www.skateboard.com.au/skateparks/iceland/reykjavik-diy/

The best thing about Iceland are the glaciers, the hot springs, the waterfalls, the hikes, and just being made to feel super small. Rent a car (make sure you have insurance on your credit card, or get full coverage) and just drive as far as you can. We drove to Hellnar and that place was fucking rad. Just crazy cliffs and waves crashing. Camping laws are super lenient out there.

Hotspring tips:
Seljavallalaug - man made pool that collects hot spring water. We hit it up in the middle of the night with headlamps. It's warm and super trippy / eery to swim down into.

Reykjadalur - hot spring river. Amazing 45 minute hike or so. Worth it.

Blue lagoon is eh, whatever.

The remote hot springs are way sicker. https://hotpoticeland.com/

sick thank you for the info! I appreciate it. That little diy looks pretty mellow. Def going to hit that up! thanks again!
Title: Re: Iceland, Denmark, France
Post by: Parker on September 13, 2018, 09:42:28 PM
Definitely rent a car in Reykjavik (it's a small city anyway, no real point in going to Iceland if you're going to just stay there); small truck if you plan on going on route 0 (the 'touristic' road that loops around the entire island), big truck if you plan on venturing into the main lands (the paths are super fucked though, you might find yourself on awful terrain, risky cliffs, having to drive through lakes etc. so be careful with insurance). A few years back I had a short window of time in Iceland with my girlfriend at the time so we drove from Reykjavik to Vatnajökull through the southern part of route 0 and it was amazing, plenty of shit to check out on the way from waterfalls to small villages to beaches with colors and sceneries that completely change every 30 minutes and pretty much no one else on the road (depending on when you're going I guess). In Reykjavik try out that place where they serve soup in a bowl of bread (then you get to eat the bread), and C Is For Cookie is a chill café to bring your girl too.

In France try going to Paris and Bordeaux.

Denmark, I couldn't say much as I've only been to Copenhagen once, but it's super close to Malmö.

yea me and my girl are renting a car. We got a "off road" style car to go into the mountains. Def going to try out that cafe. Thanks for the info!
Title: Re: Iceland, Denmark, France
Post by: sexualhelon on September 23, 2018, 09:04:19 AM
I'll be in Copenhagen from Oct. 7th until at least the 15th. I'm definitely planning on heading to Malmo at least once. DM me if you wanna link up.