In the fall of 2016, I ventured to the Nordic island of Iceland. With only a week there, we limited our adventure to the southern side of the country. The official records say the first Icelandic settlements were founded in the year 874, when King Harald I of Norway looked to expand across the North Atlantic.
Since then, the arctic nation has grown primarily in the capitol city of Reykjavik, with a total country population hovering somewhere around 323,000 total in a area near the size of Texas. The island plays host to what must surely be some of the most beautiful landscape Earth has to offer. The harsh winds and weather are matched only by the gorgeous environs that range from the low altitude volcanic marshes to the windy peaks of Vesturnhorn.
While another trip to Iceland is certain for me in the coming years, the south side of the island kept us more than busy. My main suggestion for those looking to travel there: if your destination is 2 hours away, give yourself at least double that time to get there, as you will be stopping repeatedly to snap photos along the way. The Ring Road is mighty, so take your time. Luckily for me, I had a sassy navigator in of my close friends, Jessica the Red.
Posted below are some of my favorite locations, with a complete gallery of my top shots while in Iceland.
I really loved spending time in Iceland, and look forward to returning there. The question I often get is how the people are there. I'll say this, for an island nation that pretty much didn't exist to all of you before the volcano eruption in 2010, and has a population of less than 350,000 people who stem from the Vikings, they are very hospitable.
Also take into account that their Prime Minister recently resigned after being caught up in a scandal after revelations in the Panama Papers. There was an emergency election the week we were there, with some of the biggest protests in a country more than a millenia old. Fight is very strong in the island's people.
I enjoyed talking to an AirBNB host known as Snow Bear, whose farm we stayed on during the first few days in the country, mainly because of how blunt his attitude was. Every Icelander has an epic story or family history that they speak proudly of; something I wish I saw more of in everyone.
Thank you to the people of Iceland for allowing us to tour your beautiful country. Next time, we fly, scuba dive and snowmobile in the north to our hearts content.
Below is a gallery of my favorite selections on the journey. Feel free to ask any questions about the trip below or in my contact section.