Iceland has a peculiar obsession with Facebook groups. Think about it: with 320,000 inhabitants, it’s not unnatural for a group like that “Vegan Iceland” with 13,000 members, to include ALL vegans in Iceland. Or before “TRAPLORD $$$” to own all, uh, Icelandic land planes as well (3,000).
It’s not Uber or Lyft in Iceland, but the Facebook group “Shuttles!” (“Drivers!”) Proves that the desire for non-public-taxis-but-taxi-transport is innate regardless of location.
The group has 33,000 Icelanders and works like this: People with cars put their phone numbers on the site. Then people who need to get somewhere contact them. People can also post their location and where they want to go and vice versa. Simple, right?
The only flaw with the Shuttles! is it – since it’s a Facebook group – when you post on the page, it lets all your Facebook friends know who are also members. And in small towns like Reykjavík, there are no secrets. Let’s say you are in Kópavogur early on Sunday morning, stuck by night stand, and you ask to go home to Skutlarar! All your friends will be notified and either think you are a real PIMP or make fun of you for sleeping with someone from Kópavogur.
Tip: People also post on Skutlarar! offer consignments of alcohol during the time the liquor store is closed. If you’re going to have a DOPE afterparty but have no alcohol, this could be your savior. Disclaimer: This is illegal but people in after-parties are not known for making good decisions.
Read more ‘Icelandic Facebook group’ posts here.