View at Kálfafellsstaður.
Halló, hvað segirðu gott? … This English look-a-like however nonetheless a bit cryptic phrase really means “Whats up, how are you?” in Icelandic. And in case you are as a lot of a nature addict and an enormous fan of Scandinavian landscapes as I’m, you higher just remember to have Iceland in your bucket checklist.
I’ve been to this nation twice and I hope to return again for extra. That is form of a rustic which you can’t get sufficient of – you want common injections of its nordic air, volcanic landscapes, ocean breeze and visions of viking historical past hiding in each nook. And, oooh, Iceland is completely not solely Reykjavik, icelandic horses and the Blue Lagoon.
All of the traditional info about Iceland might be googled so I can’t go a lot into element right here however some factors that I take into account essential or attention-grabbing, ought to be talked about:
Iceland is positioned within the North Atlantic ocean with a lot land (103,000 km2 ) and never that a lot inhabitants (roughly 349,000) – form of a heaven for an introvert 🙂
The nation is warmed by Gulf stream and has fairly a reasonable local weather however from my very own expertise of travelling there each occasions throughout winter (January and February), winter climate in Iceland is sort of a good curler coaster – it modifications extra usually than my temper in the course of the day, and I’m a extremely mooooody particular person 😀
Icelandic horses will not be ponies – they’re real horses of royal blood which you can take a journey with in case you are well mannered sufficient 😉
Iceland has probably the most distinctive, numerous and picturesque nature on the planet – volcanoes, black-sand seashores, glaciers, milky-blue geothermal sources, extreme North Atlantic ocean waters are only a small a part of it. However the nation can also be volcanically and geologically lively! Do you keep in mind a state of affairs with Eyjafjallajökull eruptions in 2010 that triggered quite a lot of disruptions to air visitors for six (!) days and, for positive, scared the hell out of vacationers and over 500 farmers that needed to be evacuated from the world close by the volcano? That is the nation the place this motion film occurred. There exists a suprisingly constructive aspect of it although – this example has resulted in an increase of the so known as “volcano tourism” – lots of people from different nations come to Iceland to look “stay” on the well-known Eyjafjallajökull (… I am questioning if anybody on the planet other than Icelanders is even capable of pronounce this identify accurately? ). This made a rise in tourism exercise and took Icelandic financial system to an entire new degree which was fairly an appropriate timing because the nation skilled fairly a tricky restoration after the 2008 financial disaster. Strategy to go, Iceland! <3
Reyniskirkja with a view over Reynisfjara Seaside.
My first journey to Iceland was very spontaneous – I used to be sitting with my good friend in a bar, ingesting fruit beer (sure, it exists and…it isn’t Coke :D) once I all of a sudden requested: “Do you wish to make a journey to Iceland to have a good time my birthday?”. My good friend had no arguments in opposition to this proposal, reputable cause/motivational issue was in place, free weekend when each of us had time and risk was not that removed from my birthday and, what’s most essential, costs had been tolerable and tickets and resort rooms had been nonetheless accessible – that is how I met Iceland for the primary time. And it was one of many best spontaneous selections I’ve ever made!
This tour came about late January and the vacation spot we had been about to return to did not promise any pleasantries of typical “South-getaway” – fortuitously, we obtained mentally ready some days upfront. After roughly 2 hours of enjoyment from watching “Police Academy”, Icelandair drifted us by the fluffy Scandinavian clouds to the gorgeous landscapes of Iceland which met us with some stormy climate and robust winds – my hair was rotating 360° and much more than it ever did throughout any of the onerous rock concert events I have been to. However when does unhealthy climate cease motivated travellers? First night was spent exploring the streets and eating places of Reykjavik – it is a metropolis with a slightly small however cozy central space, partitions of that are coated with lovely graffiti. On the subject of meals, an important for me is vegetarian prospects, and in Reykjavik … these are many and people are tasty!
Graffiti on the streets of Reykjavik.
The historical past of the Iceland’s capital will not be very a lot shocking – it is the world’s northermost capital and it was the primary place for everlasting settelment in Iceland that has now grow to be one of many greenest, cleanest and most secure capitals on the planet. I just like the story about how this primary settelment really came about: round 870 AD Norsemen, led by Ingólfur Arnarsonhad been drifting Northern waters when in the future the time had come to resolve for a spot to settle. Ingólfur made a alternative utilizing a conventional Norse methodology: when he noticed a shoreline, he forged his Öndvegissúlur … ehm … excessive seat pillars and settled the place they got here to shore. Although rumours say that actually-actually it was all concerning the scorching springs … nicely, I might assist him very a lot in that call – in merciless winter circumstances of the North, soaking within the heat waters with a glass of beer/rum and singing some good previous ballads is like heaven on Earth for a hard-working viking. Nicely, anyway, because of Norsemen (and naturally, to different nations that had been concerned at a later time part) we, common folks, now learn about and are capable of soak our personal limbs within the heat mineral waters of Icelandic geothermal sources ^_^
Within the Geysir geothermal areas.
Subsequent vacation spot for us was the Blue Lagoon, which I’ll point out later within the put up, and the Golden Circle of Iceland: Geysir geothermal space, the Gullfoss waterfall, and the UNESCO web site – Þingvellir Nationwide Park. I can’t get into a lot element about what that locations are however I might say that it is a should for a first-time traveller to Iceland – right here you get the true impression of how Icelandic nature seems like: mountainious, wild, brutally lovely and so totally different from the remainder of Europe, with steps of previous volcanic eruptions. Wandering there, among the many ice and the rocks, the fields and the geysers I felt myself as the true viking able to take onto a brand new journey or to overcome some lands.
Once we had been standing in entrance of the Gullfoss waterfall that was coated with ice and steam from the water falling within the canyon of the Hvitá river, I promised myself to return at this very place once I get previous, with my very own comfortable chair and a very good ebook, and accept some high quality learn for a few days or, most likely, weeks. And it is easy to see why:
The Gullfoss Waterfall.
I used to be leaving Iceland that first time with a bunch of constructive feelings, non-expiring pleasure and fairly a “metal”-feeling that it’s not the final time I’m visiting this unbelievable nation. Oh my, I could not be extra proper about that feeling!
My second journey to the Nordic island was a birthday reward to my beloved one – his dream was to wash within the waters of the Blue Lagoon and … the least I might do was to make his want come true and on the similar time embody a few superior “into the wild” – getaways to get a good broader impression of Iceland and what it has to supply for 2 introvertic nature addicts as me and my husband 😛
View from our resort over the Reykjavik metropolis heart.
I ought to say that this journey was stuffed with adventures – nice and never that very nice so I am undecided if I might have ever wished anybody to expertise what now we have skilled however I can at the very least share with you a narrative about how Icelandic Gods of Climate made us not see all of the locations we deliberate to see however made us see the locations now we have not deliberate to see in any respect…
The day of our arrival had most likely essentially the most great climate of a complete of Four days we have been there. It was snowing a bit, and the temperature exterior did not make you assume “Why the hell did I get out of my two blankets and a comfy pyjamas and went exterior with out an additional fifth layer of garments?!” . So we took a tour to the Reykjavik heart and had fairly a tasty dinner at “Sushi social”. And after that our adventures began taking place.
For the subsequent three days there have been introduced storm warnings everywhere in the nation, all of various grade of severity. So our hope for that the whole-day excursions that now we have deliberate for the subsequent two days will occur in full, turned blurrier and blurrier with each gust. Our room was on the 13th flooring and , it is a fairly uncommon feeling if you find yourself attempting to sleep and your mattress is at its finest and dancing cha-cha-cha. And the partitions are howling. And it is darkish. And lonely. And scary. Nicely, at that second for me it appeared like a fairly good begin for a qualitative nightmare. In actuality, it was not that a lot life threatening, the wind casts had been between 18 and 25 m/s. Though we walked by an enormous signal saying “Motel” that was about to fall to the bottom, proper onto the sidewalk…perhaps that motel was not that good in spite of everything?..
The Blue Lagoon.
Our first vacation spot on Saturday was 3-hours go to to The Blue Lagoon with the Golden Circle tour proper afterwards (the identical tour I took in the course of the first journey). The climate did not appear to be in a greater temper however nonetheless, we’ve not heard something from our vacationer firm so we obtained prepared for some enjoyable and rest.
The Blue Lagoon. A dream place for a lot of ladies and boys, of all ages. It is perhaps one of many first (and sometimes solely) issues folks all world wide learn about Iceland. Simply seek for it on YouTube and one can find thousands and thousands of movies from guests and even some documentaries. I’ve been there twice and sure, it is completely price visiting, and in my view, you’ll be able to expertise the Lagoon at its finest in case you go to it in winter. This sense while you come there early within the morning, it is darkish exterior and you’ll’t see a factor so you don’t have any thought the place you’re, and whether or not it is deep geothermal waters surrounding you or simply puddles. However then, all of a sudden, the sky will get brighter, the environment grow to be extra seen and also you notice that you’re in the midst of milky-blue waters with a skinny topping of fog, heat and floating, with sturdy and exquisite mountains defending this “not-so-hidden-anymore” space. And in case you are fortunate and it is snowing, you’ll be able to expertise the wonder and magic of this space much more. We had been fortunate in one other method – the wind casts had been nonetheless round 19m/s so our wine glasses tried to flee from us a number of occasions, as a lot as our hair. However since we had been heat, had a “supermegarichwithvitaminsnutritionmask” on our faces and held a glass of wine every, the state of affairs did not appear that problematic in spite of everything.
So, sure, embody this place in your checklist if you wish to go to a bit diffirent form of spa. Although, be ready for that it might be many individuals there, even when it isn’t a excessive season. So in case you’re an introvert, particularly in conditions the place you’ve solely your swimming swimsuit on, this may not be essentially the most comfy place to go to 😉
Stormy views on the way in which to Southern Iceland
After “stormy” rest we obtained excited for our tour to the guts of Icelandic nature aaaand …. right here got here shock #1: because of extreme storm in southwest Iceland our tour will get cancelled. That was a second once I actually wished to do it like they do in overdramatic movies: increase my fist within the sky, waive it to the climate Gods and scream “Whyyyyyy????”. Sadly, I did not do this. Oh, you girlish modesty! Anyway, there was nothing extra we might do about it so we took our raincoats on high of our winter jackets, stormed into native Chinese language bistro proper throughout the road from our resort, purchased some Chinese language meals and went again to the resort to dive beneath heat blanket, watch “Blue streak” and cry 😀 Nicely, it was really a really cozy night so perhaps this tour is supposed to occur once we journey to Iceland subsequent time? ^_^
Luckily, after sacrificing our tears to the climate gods they obtained in a greater temper on Sunday and the climate calmed down a bit. It was time for the complete day tour to the south coast of Iceland. And once more, I can’t describe it intimately since you get quite a lot of helpful and sensible info while you google the tour specifics however I must underline that this tour is a real pearl of Iceland!
What could you expertise in the course of the tour?
– Mysterious black seashores of Reynisfjara and immense power of the Atlantic Ocean waves. Critically, we obtained warned that approaching the ocean an excessive amount of could result in deadly penalties – waves are so sturdy that in the event that they attain you, they might drag you straight into the ocean and from there it is a “zero probability” of returning because of reefs, depth and wave pace. Although, only some days in the past I noticed that some guys really took that danger, filmed it, did not count on an enormous wave coming, obtained hairs on their necks increase up and ran again to the start of the seaside just like the Lengthy Runner from the Looney Tunes.
On the seaside of Reynisfjara.
– Energy and tranquility of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. There’s a saying “Water wears away a stone” and I’ll undoubtedly agree with it after I’ve visited these two waterfalls. If you find yourself standing there, in entrance of them, watching the enourmous volumes of water break unfastened from the highest of the mountain, with unbelievable power crashing onto the bottom – that is while you notice that, on this hood, it is them who dictate the principles! Extremely mesmerizing and meditative expertise!
– Huge landscapes and climate moodiness of Sólheimajökull glacier and … tideliboom … it is Higness – Eyjafjallajökull volcano! When you’re fortunate sufficient, the climate will change at the very least 5 occasions in the course of the 15-20 minutes interval. Throughout our journey all the way down to the glacier, now we have skilled solar, rain, snow and hail. One thing to sit up for, heh? 😉 The world itself is totally price it, in any climate – mixture of ice and rocks, snow and volcanic floor…I wager you’ll be able to nonetheless see trails lava has paved in the course of the earlier volcano eruptions.
Panorama of Sólheimajökull glacier and Eyjafjallajökull volcano.
– “Sideflowing child waterfalls”. Some weeks after now we have been to Iceland I got here throughout an article in an area newspaper the place the man filmed it and the video went viral and he turned well-known and began his appearing profession and writing books and giving autographs and and and…nicely, really all I do know is that he filmed this pure phenomenon and it was defined from the purpose of science in an article. However perhaps that was the rationale I’ve began my very own weblog? 😀
Sideflowing child waterfall.
– Distinctive probability to purchase contemporary Icelandic mountain air. No extra phrases wanted, it is simply the perfect reward you’ll be able to ever get. And in case you do not want it your self, I wager any particular person in Beijing on a really trafficked summer time day will probably be completely satisfied to have an additional can of this at dwelling.
Recent. Icelandic. Mountain. Air.
That was just about it for the South Coast tour. The remaining it is best to expertise for your self and I’ll gladly hear about your impressions from this tour! ^_^
The final little bit of my Icelandic adventures is about learn how to get again dwelling when Iceland doesn’t need you to. As I discussed earlier, now we have been so fortunate to expertise a very good Icelandic storm whereas we had been there however I feel it is end result fell on the day we had been planning to go away. It was not that life-threatening although – the wind pace was just about the identical as the times earlier than – 19-20 m/s however the scenes you might see from the airport home windows had been like from a catastrophe movie: empty bins and luggage flying backward and forward, hopeless makes an attempt to connect jetbridge to the airplane, airport staff combating by the wind and rain to finish any of their each day routines and … it simply wasn’t taking place. So our flight will get delayed for two, 4, 6, eight hours …
And once we slowly begin dropping our hope to “flying again dwelling for Christmas…lalala…” … hm, no, nicely simply getting again dwelling on a Sunday, – round midnight we hear an announcement that we are able to go to boarding. Yay, a second of satisfaction – I would really handle to get again dwelling and get some sleep earlier than “the brand new working week clock” begins ticking! We race to the boarding gate and all of a sudden grow to be a part of the scene that jogged my memory of “The 300 Spartans” – a bunch of drained, aggravated folks with “I’ll come again dwelling tonight!” – adrenaline of their blood speeding their method down the steps by mendacity, sitting, standing, typically drunk and aggressively drunk standing individuals who had been ready for an additional flight, and attempting to be the primary one to really feel the plane flooring beneath their toes.
After some scanned flight tickets although we get to listen to that we’ll not really feel the plane flooring beneath our toes tonight as a result of the flight is cancelled for good… to chop a protracted story quick Icelandair and staff of the Keflavik Worldwide Airport have carried out an incredible job: although we have been ready for a transportation and resort in an enormous queue for a number of hours, although we have been taken to some sacred place within the mountains, on the alternative aspect of Iceland, Three hours drive from the airport and although we entered our resort room at roughly 02:00 am, we skipped sleeping on the airport flooring coated with our baggage. I’ve by no means seen staff operating so quick from one nook to a different, attempting to pick-up folks, observe them to the bus, make notes and on the similar time hold on the telephone with totally different accommodations in Iceland. I like multitasking however even once I labored in Christmas time in probably the most common eating places within the metropolis cannot be in comparison with what efficient multitasking these guys had in place – I am so impressed!
The day after we ultimately made it again dwelling with some hours’ delay. I’ve additionally made a legit excuse to get an extra day free from work, blaming the Icelandic climate gods for delaying my return.
I might actually suggest to place this glorious nation nearer to the highest of your journey checklist – the character right here is so particular, with its personal distinctive character. Folks listed below are very welcoming and pleased with their nation. And listed below are so many locations to your soul to relaxation, to relax, to stay within the current second, to increase your consciousness. For me at the very least there will certainly be a number of journeys to Iceland however throughout a hotter and sunnier season, to reduce the chances of being caught in the midst of a conventional Icelandic winter storm ^_^
Wishing you a peaceable sky.