I just came back from Iceland. Yes, that’s what I said, Iceland. Reykjavik, Rekjanes, the Golden Circle, Vik… and lots of places in between.
Everyone’s first question is always “Why Iceland?” And my response is always “Why not?”
I mean, I’ve never been before, not very many people have… I found a great deal on a plane ticket so I booked it.
The second question I always get is “Who did you go with?” My favorite response is “My damn self.” lol
I realize I’ve started to say it with pride because I really am proud of myself. I worked all year and saved for this trip. I researched and planned everything by myself and I executed. I traveled to another country where I didn’t necessarily speak the language – hence, ég tala ekki íslensku, photographed the Northern Lights, hiked a glacier, relaxed on a black sand beach, and visited a myriad of waterfalls and hot springs.
I met people from the States, from Singapore, from Tokyo… I rode over lava fields, stood on a bridge between 2 continents, and saw where they filmed a couple of episodes of Game of Thrones…lol What more do you need in life?
This was my first time traveling solo internationally and I think Iceland was a really good place to start with. It is said to be the safest country in the world – they don’t even have an army! The entire country has only 135 people in their jails. I figured I would be safer there than in Atlanta with those numbers!
Also, while Icelandic is their primary language, almost everyone speaks English as well so there really wasn’t a communication barrier. (Lucky for me… Traveling abroad always reminds me that I’m a pitiful American who only speaks one language while most everywhere else masters 2-3 languages in grade school… sigh)
Another question I get often is “Wasn’t it cold!?” Well, yeah… I went at the end of November, its winter. Of course it was cold… lol
But, in all honesty, it wasn’t that bad. I learned, on one of my tours, that Iceland has a pretty moderate climate, considering its northern location, because of the warm Gulf stream’s effect on the island nation. (Also should point out for those of you who are geographically challenged that Iceland is an island. Its near Greenland – which is icy – and lies between America and Europe. Its actually formed along the meeting of the American and Eurasian tectonic plates and this is what attributes to the abundance of geothermal activity – volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, etc) — Sorry, I went on A LOT of guided tours. lol.
I’ll turn off my inner tour guide for now and just share a few more pictures from my amazing trip. Before I go, I will say that I had an amazing time and will definitely be going back. I was only there for 3 and a half days and just couldn’t see everything in that amount of time. When I return, it will be during the summer so that I can get a taste of the 24 hour sun! Total darkness at 4pm was not my favorite… Lol.
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or if you have an Iceland experience you’d like to share!
Taak! (Thanks — the only bit of Icelandic I managed to pick up…Lol)