Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I is for Iceland


Iceland was one of the last large uninhabited islands. It is rumored that its name was conceived in order to deter people from visiting. Instead they were told to venture a little further to the more promising, "Greenland". However, despite its name, Iceland is yet another place I have been dying to go. That is why for today, I is for Iceland.

The exact date or person who first discovered Iceland is unknown. There are several different stories each with proof backing them up. Sometime around 870 though, Norse settlers made their claim and began inhabiting the island. Anyone who has looked through any pictures of Iceland would know why.


Image Courtesy of  The Guardian.
While Iceland itself does have a pretty unique history, in this case, the sheer beauty of the place is what attracts me. No where else in the world would you get such a huge cross of arctic beauty with the green of an island. This has a lot to do with how much volcanic activity is present. The danger of active volcanoes is obvious. The effect they can have was seen several years ago when an Icelandic volcano effectively shut down airports all across Europe. The plus side to this are the geothermic hot springs which are arguably some of the best in the world.

Another attraction for me is not necessarily unique to this area. Seeing the Aurora Borealis with my own eyes is pretty high on my bucket list. What better way to see this than to be sitting in a natural hot spring in what I feel is one of the more underrated island travel destinations.

Image courtesy of National Geographic


Have you been to Iceland? Feel free to share your experiences. If not, what are some things you would want to see?

8 comments:

  1. Sound like a wonderful place Elliot. I do hope you get to go someday. Love that picture of the aurora borealis, it's beautiful.
    I saw it once myself on a jet plane coming back from Hawaii about 30 years ago. I was on the red-eye...the pilot woke the whole plane up to see it! very cool!

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    1. One day I will... That is pretty awesome though that the pilot woke you guys up to see it. ALthough I'm sure some people were not quite as appreciative as you were.

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    2. Elliot! I isn't for Ireland???? *weeps inconsolably

      ok then, Iceland is cool... gettit? gettit? :D

      auntyamo
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    3. Hah, I see what you did there :) Ireland is quite a special place too. Really I'd visit either or better yet, both! Thanks for stopping by

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  2. Head over for my "J"post and you'll see one of the reasons I loved Iceland so much (Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon)!

    Iceland was top of my bucket list for SO long and I finally got there last year and absolutely loved it. The landscape fascinated me, every corner I turned looked different. I would love to go back again and explore it during different parts of the year.

    http://www.mydestinationunknown.com
    (Destination Unknown)

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    1. You're pictures looked amazing. I want to go even more now. It sounds like May was a fun time to go.

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  3. It always made me laugh that Greenland had ice and Iceland wasn't as bad. Thanks for sharing your photos!

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  4. I'd love to see Iceland and the aurora.

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