The overwhelming beauty of Iceland

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I had no idea what to expect of Iceland on my first visit, except for some general characteristics. I just went on short trip because I wanted to see Sigur Rós. This Icelandic band has stirred my soul from the moment I accidently stumbled upon them early 2006. When they announced a free gig in a park in Reykjavík at the end of July 2006, it triggered me into going on a short trip to Iceland just to visit that concert. I imagined Iceland to be rather barren & cold – which are not my favourable conditions to be in. But the thought of seeing Sigur Rós on their native territory made me go for it with an open mind. I booked a weekend trip to Reykjavík and added a few extra days to explore the surroundings, while I was there anyway.

Little did I expect to be blown away in more ways than one… and that it would trigger many more trips to come.

Þingvellir continental rift

Þingvellir continental rift.

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Pleasantly surprised, incredible craggyness & overwhelming beauty

I loved the atmosphere of Reykjavík, the coziness of the colourful corrugated iron houses in the town centre and the beautiful views to stupendous mountains in all directions. And I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t as cold as I expected. I was intrigued by the luminosity of the light that never really went away, the way the language sounded, and those funny extra letters. I stood on the edge of where the continental plates drift apart, and even though it rained, it was utterly beautiful.

I rented a car and drove inland to the geyser area & along the south coast to Vík. And got lost in some of the most overwhelmingly beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen…

Road trippin’…

Iceland road trippin’

Way beyond awesome…!

Way beyond awesome

(c) Nancy Claus – Wilderness Coffee & Natural High

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