The weird and wonderful signage of Iceland

Apologies in advance for these craptacular images, but often throughout my Icelandic travels I’d spot a quirky sign or some funny imagery and would only have a moment to capture the beauty. Plus standing in a grocery aisle giggling while taking photos of cat food is kinda awkward.

I figure all these signs are good testaments to how weird and wonderful the whole country is.

1. For starters: Iceland is really, really good at marketing itself as a destination. It’s a nation of copy-writing geniuses, and I knew it the moment I cracked open my Icelandair menu.

“If you’re bored during your flight we recommend eating your yoghurt with a fork. That will take up some of your time.”

“You are what you eat. When you want to be tall and skinny, supposedly eating a baguette will help.”

2. From the napkin:

“In the year 1000 Leifur Eiriksson the Lucky sailed from Iceland to America. He named it Vineland. On his journey coffee, tea, and soda were not complimentary.”

3. And my personal favourite:

“Fruit was something Icelanders could only get in stores around Christmas time, not too long ago. Now we serve it on planes, very cosmopolitan.”

4. This isn’t a sign, per se, but an example of just how cosmopolitan Icelanders can be. From inside the airport bathroom, a combo sink tap/hand dryer.

I bumped into a woman coming out of the stall with a bemused expression on her face. We nodded at one another. “That was intense,” she whispered.

5. Dudeism is alive and well in Reykjavik at the Lebowski Bar.

With over 200 flavours of white russian on tap!

6. Also alive and well in Reyjkavik…tolerance:

7. Not a sign, but a hilarious excerpt from the penis museum’s guestbook:

Dicks in jars. Sounds like a band.

8. Even more giggle-inducing:

Pussi, as good as it looks. I have a ten year old’s sense of humour.

9. From the bathroom door of Cafe Babalu in downtown Reykjavik:

Inside, the walls are covered in Star Wars images. AND a remote control from the toilet changes the colours of the lights. I spent a lot of time in that bathroom.

10. This guy is from a carton of eggs. I don’t know.

11. And the world’s most important question, asked by a corner store:

The final two are my favourite, and serve as great indicators of the kind of people Icelandic folks are. Flexible. Laid-back. Accommodating. No wonder their economy rebounded so successfully, they’ll sell you stuff even when they’re not open!

And even better, if the office is closed at Hallgrímskirkja and you still wanna take the terrifying elevator to the top of the church tower, they have complete faith you’ll leave behind the funds to do so.

Bless you, Iceland.

  • October 23 2013
    Leif

    Didn’t know iceland had such a sense of humor

  • October 23 2013

    These are amazing. I have so much Iceland envy right now.

  • October 23 2013
    Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

    LOL! So awesome. I like these people!

  • October 23 2013

    Well, that all made my day. Who ARE these Icelandic copywriters? I must make friends with one immediately.

  • October 23 2013

    Well, that all made my day. Who ARE these Icelandic copywriters? I must make friends with one immediately.

  • October 23 2013
    Allison

    Iceland has been on my list of places I’m intrigued by and would love to visit. This makes me want to move it up on the ol’ priority list. Sounds like I have a very Icelandic sense of humour…

    • October 25 2013

      Hahaha, you have to. Who can hate a country whose prime minister’s phone number is listed in the phonebook?

  • October 24 2013

    I’ve seen the signs from the plane before but the others are new. Iceland sure has an awesome sense of humour!

  • October 24 2013

    I’ve seen the signs from the plane before but the others are new. Iceland sure has an awesome sense of humour!

  • October 24 2013

    Iceland seems like it really doesn’t take itself too seriously…and I LOVE that!

  • October 24 2013

    Iceland seems like it really doesn’t take itself too seriously…and I LOVE that!

  • October 27 2013

    Those first few pics from Iceland Air are awesome. Love when companies add a little bit of quirkiness for their customers.

  • October 27 2013

    Those first few pics from Iceland Air are awesome. Love when companies add a little bit of quirkiness for their customers.

  • October 27 2013

    Those first few pics from Iceland Air are awesome. Love when companies add a little bit of quirkiness for their customers.

  • October 27 2013

    Those first few pics from Iceland Air are awesome. Love when companies add a little bit of quirkiness for their customers.

  • October 27 2013

    Those first few pics from Iceland Air are awesome. Love when companies add a little bit of quirkiness for their customers.

  • October 28 2013

    I love these!

  • November 04 2013
    Alyssa

    That Dyson Airblade handwasher really is intense. Wow.

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