Where would I go?
The answer for me is a simple one.
The birthplace of my favorite explorer with whom I share the same name.
One of the most historically enigmatic and geologically epic islands in the world.
A country that I’ve flown over more times than I can count yet still haven’t blown open the plane doors and parachuted down to it’s shores to explore.
I would go to the icy land of Iceland.
I’ve been fascinated about this place and it’s Viking roots ever since I learned that Ingólfr Arnarson, the first Norwegian settler, named it “Ice” land to dissuade others from coming.
But you can’t dissuade me Viking Ingólfr. Ice or no ice, I’m going to come.
I want to witness how a country of just 300,000 people gets on with each other. I’m fascinated by the fact that you still speak Old Norse, the language of the vikings. I love that you’re required to read Viking sagas at school. And I can’t get over the fact that one of your most famous museums is The Penis Museum: a bizarre collection of animal penis’s that only a Scandinavian country could conceive. Way to stay weird Iceland.
The Capitol Reykjavik
I’ve heard so many cool things about Reykjavik, from it’s quaint pubs and small town vibes to it’s charming buildings. I’m especially excited to visit The Settlement Exhibition, a museum dedicated to the 2001 archeological excavation that uncovered evidence of Iceland’s earliest Viking settlers. I’m also looking forward to just hanging at a Reykavik Hostel/Pub, cause there’s no better way to get to know that locals and their history, especially former viking locals, than by sharing a handle of honey mead.
Geothermal Hot springs
Iceland is home to hundreds of hot springs, but there’s one that seems to stand out. It’s the one that I always see in my fellow travel blogger’s Instagram pictures. And the one that I can’t wait to soak in for myself one day, the Blue Lagoon. Although it looks expensive, I found out that it’s only 35 Euro’s to get in and just a 1 hours bus ride from the capitol Reykjavik.
To be honest, I’ve never been a big fan of horses. They’re heads, eyes and farts are all just too big for comfort for me. That is until I saw a few pictures of these little Icelandic ponies. They look like they just walked off the set of Lord Of The Rings. Now all I want to do is ride out over a lava field and get to know one.
Caves, Glaciers & Geysers
I want to experience the geological magnificence of an island that sits between two tectonic plates in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean just south of the Arctic Circle. I’m either going to rent a car or join a group to experience Iceland’s notorious Golden Circle tour. If Iceland’s tourism board ever wants to sponsor me, I definitely won’t say no ;)
I Dig Your Official Tourism Video
The whole video is a bit corny and quirky in a special Scandinavian way but it definitely works. I want to dance among the Fjords!
I don’t know why it has taken me so long to visit this remarkable looking country, a country that I have always wanted to visit. If I have the money, I’m definitely going to go next summer around the solstice.
Anybody want to come along? Let me know in the comments below!