I can't seem to keep up with myself considering I haven't really presented or organized my travel photos since last year. I am actually required to present my travel experiences at work during one of our Happy Hours but I am already one year overdue!
Iceland has always been a dream of mine to go to since I stopped over on my way to Finland a few years ago. I figured that it's not a solo trip sort of thing so I was waiting for someone to be available. After summer last year I expressed to my friends that I wanted to go to Iceland but could not because of companion and timing planning. I had the perfect opportunity to do it this year on my birthday so I could not resist!
Iceland is one of the most beautiful and peaceful countries I have ever been to. It's just so otherworldly and it feels like Mars and moon on earth. The animals are amazing as well. The people are generally honest in my opinion. They keep to themselves but will help you if you ask for it. The "busy" area is quaint and the nightlife I think is the most fun out of all the countries I have been to mainly because of my preferences. I do not drink or smoke so my idea of a night out is to listen to live music. Music is a huge thing in Iceland and there is this running joke that almost everyone in Iceland is in a band and can play at least two instruments. I was exposed to Reykjavik's local metal bands and they're pretty hardcore and supportive. The shows are free as well and you get to eat porridge while watching. I'm not sure if that's a norm but that made the experience unique. Porridge and moshpits. Can't go wrong with that.
We opted for tours instead of renting cars because of the dangers of the unpredictable weather. We went to the Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon outside Reykjavik. We would have done the South Coast tour if it weren't for the rainy and snowy weather which took place in five consecutive days. We did not even get to see the Northern Lights! Everything else made up for it because it was such a cozy experience being a local in Reykjavik. When I came back to New York City, the feeling of hygge, being close to nature and comfort just went away so fast. It truly is a different experience.
Overall, I learned a lot about life in general from my trip to Iceland. It opened my eyes to what peace of mind and heart is like outside my home which is the epitome of urbanism. There are two things I will miss the most about Iceland: local horses and the rotten egg smell of high pressure hot water.