Iceland – It Stole My Heart!

Iceland Stole My Heart

Iceland glacier landscape

I’d always sort of thought of Italy as my first and only true love. And then.. I met Iceland.

I’ve never considered myself much of a nature-y type of gal. I don’t enjoy getting dirty; hate sweating; I don’t like camping; I need to wash my hair every day; I’ve never liked being isolated. I’ve just always considered myself a city girl; there’s something alluring about city life–the culture, bright lights, skyscrapers, hustle and bustle.


Icelandic Houses

Iceland changed me though. When I first visited in 2011, I fell absolutely head-over-heels in love. I was in awe of the country almost every second of every day of that entire trip. It was two weeks of constant surprise as I rounded every corner and caught sight of a waterfall, a volcanic crater, a moss-covered lava field, a glacier, or a black-sand beach. I didn’t want to leave.

Skogafoss waterfall iceland

dyrholaey iceland

It was a place that I knew I had to return to–I felt a constant draw back to Iceland; back to those ethereal landscapes. Since I’d visited during the summer and was treated to 24-hour sunlight, I decided to return in the fall for my second visit to experience shorter days, longer nights, and the Northern Lights.

jokulsarlon iceland

dyrholaey iceland

The south coast of Iceland, and specifically Jökulsárlón, has a gravitational pull on me. There’s something so profoundly perfect about that area of the country that it’s almost hard to put into words. When I visited in 2011, I got to see quite a bit of the south coast, but on my return trip, I knew that I wanted to spend an extended period of time exploring–really getting to know it.

iceland south coast horses

And that’s exactly what I did. I spent six days taking my time exploring and going on mini adventures every day. I stayed in a couple of different “towns” between Reykjavík and Höfn and each day I set out to see something new. I parked in the middle of nowhere and took hikes on moss-covered lava; walked along black-sand beaches and photographed the waves crashing in, ice washing ashore, and birds flying overhead; I crawled atop basalt columns and inside of caves; shielded myself against the spray blowing off of waterfalls; and stopped my car repeatedly to catch photos of reindeer and adorable Icelandic horses.

iceland jokulsarlon ice on beach

iceland jokulsarlon ice on beach

Spending a week in Iceland certainly filled my need for the country for a little while. But when I recently saw The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (which was filmed almost entirely in Iceland), I felt those pangs of sadness–you know, like those ones you feel when you see a photo of someone you love deeply but haven’t seen in a long time. I don’t think it’ll be long before Iceland draws me in yet again.

plane crash iceland

cave in iceland

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