Icelandic Times – Issue 26
As the weather is finally getting more mirthful after this unusually long and harsh winter, as are the spirits and hearts of the Icelanders. They now look upbeat forward with delight and optimism, ready to meet and greet the foreign friends who have come to visit this remote destination. It is common knowledge that this little island of fire and ice rests on top of a geothermal hotspot and is hence subjected to a great deal of seismic activity. This has shaped the landscape drastically as frequent volcanic eruptions have created an outlandish terrain of great lava fields and dramatic mountains, geysers, and vast geothermal areas that sport quixotic colors. The geographic location of the country as well as mountain ranges and pervasive high-level plateaus make for ultimate conditions for glaciers – and there are plenty to contrast with the rest of the environment. All of these elements contribute to the creation of an unusually diverse landscape and sights that are rarely found so densely packed in a small area. Our foreign friends know this and the nature remains the number one reason listed as a reason for visiting.
However, this relatively young country also has a surprisingly rich history which has shaped the culture and the national spirit even to modern times. Regardless of where you choose to bound, you will be sure to find an abundance of museums and carefully preserved relics and historical sites. It is evident that the hardworking locals strive to show visitors the best of what their area has to offer. So remember to really take your time when you visit the villages and towns and absorb the local hospitality along with the stunning scenery. – Edda Snorradóttir