Iceland, with its breathtaking landscapes, seems to be on everyone’s bucket list. It has been on ours for quite some time and we were finally able to cross it off our list earlier this month. The photos that follow have been taken by us on our trip to this amazing country. It’s hard to believe that this was the month of July. Yes, it was very green as you can see, but it was still quite cold. Especially when contrasted with crazy +30 something heat waves sweeping through the rest of Europe at that time. We even spent an afternoon in our swimsuits at a geothermal beach when the air temperature was +8 C. That was a definite first for us.
Why visit Iceland?
There are so many reasons. For us, Iceland felt very magical. It is like no place on Earth we have ever been to before. It felt like a work in progress, as if it were yet not finished. For us, Iceland gave us a glimpse into what our planet might have looked like when land masses first began to form. Maybe it was the glaciers that you can touch or walk on. I don’t know how to explain it. Basically, away from Reykjavik, driving or hiking through the large open spaces, we hardly saw any people (unless, of course, we were at a specific interest point).
Maybe it was the lack of trees, or maybe the fine green moss covering large boulders (which might be sleeping trolls, as the Icelandic folklore suggests). Maybe it was the mist over geothermal hot pools, or the unusual horse breed only found in Iceland. Or perhaps, it was the ancient language so well preserved that it can open doors to old Norse and Old English texts.
All these things just add up to a feeling of mystery. It felt almost as if we stepped back in time, as if we were witnessing how Earth had formed. And, if like us, you are a fan of the show Vikings, you might feel as if you were following in the footsteps of Floki the Shipbuilder, especially when visiting the Skógafoss waterfall.
But, enough of my ramblings. Instead, see our photos below. We hope they will encourage you to visit this amazing place.
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Þakka þér fyrir!