Iceland, My Love

It’s been nearly three years, and I still find it difficult to verbalise why I fell so in love with Iceland in just four short days (the first time around). Photos usually serve as suitable assistants, but even then, many people still don’t understand my infatuation. I’ve even had one friend call me weird for simply wanting to visit Iceland, period. (I know…it’s weird that she thinks I’m weird).

But I digress. What was it that I loved about Iceland?

Smoky Bay Reykjavik Iceland Humour

The Icelandic have the best sense of humour.

The people are fascinating, and not in a ‘look at their wrinkles of hardship, their pure and honest eyes, and their weathered, yet faithful, faces’. Hardly. I’m not that patronising. There are several things about the Icelandic that I just find cool. Nearly everyone in Reykjavik, and many people outside the city, speak almost perfect English. They are admirably (and enviously) dedicated to their traditions, yet they are one of the most progressive societies in the world. They’re nice, but not overly friendly, which I find far more believable and genuine, leading me to believe that they’re happy to help me, without wanting to rinse me for all my tourist dollars (either that, or they’re excellent actors…all of them). They seem happy. They have a wickedly intelligent and quirky sense of humour (don’t believe me? Follow @thisisiceland on twitter). I want to be Icelandic, but I know I never could be; no one can, and that’s what I love.

Funny things in Iceland

They make hats like this in Iceland, aka, they’re hilarious.

Icelandic Humour Reykjavik

Icelandic sense of humour in Reykjavik

See? Cheeky and mocking…my favourite sense of humour. These signs were in our hotel room at the Icelandair Marina Reykjavik.

In addition to the people, Iceland has some pretty epic scenery. From glaciers to geysirs, beaches to waterfalls, hot springs to those Northern Lights (you know those things), Iceland is so pretty, it hurts. Trust me on this. My current photos only show a fraction of the gorgeousness of Iceland, and each time I come home, I just can’t wait to get out and explore more of the country on my next visit.

Black volcanic ash beach Reynisfjara Iceland

Reynisfjara, South Iceland

Needless to say, I was rather excited to go back to Iceland recently for the second time. This time, we were getting out into the country by doing a four-day self-drive with Icelandic Farm Holidays, sending us out on the Ring Road and into the south of Iceland. I was so impressed, awestruck, and enamoured by the south that I want to go back and see it in the summer!

Iceland Ring Road

Driving the virtually empty Ring Road in South Iceland

Oh, and one more thing: Iceland is home to the Phallological Museum, aka the world’s largest collection of mammal penises from a single country. Yeah, we went there.

Icelandic Phallological Museum

Yup. Mammal willies in jars. Stay tuned for more, friends.

So, in conclusion, I <3 Iceland. A lot.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. fotoeins says:

    It is not weird to want to visit and immerse oneself in a different place. I like geology and I like volcanos; Iceland would be one big droolfest of tectonic awesomeness.

    1. Totally not weird! You would absolutely love Iceland if you’re a geology/volcano nerd. Go, go, go! I’m a teensy bit of a nerd in that sense and I just loved it.

  2. Ayngelina says:

    I want to go!

    1. You would love it! The scenery is epic, and the food in Reykjavik is totally up your alley. Either make it your destination, or use Icelandair to stop over on your way to Europe next time. You can do up to a 7 day layover free of charge. You can’t NOT do it!

  3. Beautiful sceneries! Iceland is definitely a place I’d really, really love to visit someday.

  4. Sarah says:

    I’m going to be going to Iceland the end of October – which I think is around the same time of year you were there on this post! I’m curious how the roads were? We want to do some exploring on the ring road – is a smaller car going to be okay on the roads that time of year? (the jeeps are so expensive!) Thanks!!

    1. Yay! You’re going to love it. We were there mid-late November and the roads were fine. We had a Honda CRV 4WD and were glad we had it – there was a decent amount of snow in the Golden Circle and South (to Vik and just a bit further east). No more than 5cm, but because we wanted to drive in to see the waterfalls, etc, we needed a 4WD/SUV because the snow was a bit deeper off the Ring Road. October shouldn’t be as snowy, but in my opinion, it’s worth it to have the better-equipped car just in case. Hope that helps!

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