Over the past few years, I’ve had the privilege of traveling through 4 continents and many countries. Each trip has provided me with lifelong memories and so much insight as to how people of various cultures live. But one of the places that truly captivated me beyond belief, and still has me dreaming about it to this very day is Iceland. An island famous for its volcanoes, waterfalls, geysers, and some of the happiest people in the world… so it’s not too difficult to see why it’s had such an impact on me!
How I ended up in Iceland definitely reinstated my belief in the power of attraction. Not that I didn’t already believe that you attract the type of energy you put out, but sometimes it’s nice to be reminded. I’d been dreaming of visiting the island for a few years, but had never really sought out to make it official. I always managed to find excuses as to why I couldn’t. Whether it be because it’s too expensive or I had no one to join me and I didn’t want to go alone, etc. “Someday, I’ll make it…” is what I kept reminding myself. I even kept a photograph of Skogafoss as my lock screen on my iPhone for ages. Then, in February, I flew to Dominican Republic to visit my mom, who’d just moved back to the island a few months prior. We only got to spend a few days together, which was nice considering I only get to see her 2-3 times a year. But, I did have this fleeing thought to actually go on adventure with her to a new place.
Weeks passed and I’m back home in Miami. I find myself on Google Flights, checking out flight prices around the world just for the fun of it. The daydreamer that I am, couldn’t resist at least checking how much a trip to Iceland would cost in the next few weeks. To my surprise, they were under $300, which is a complete bargain when compared to their usual costs of $800-1,000. I quickly phoned up my mom, who instantly agreed to join me! It was bound to be an interesting journey. Considering we never really travel together and manage to argue about practically everything, but Iceland’s magic seemed to keep us both at ease for (most) of our time there.
Just a 20 minute drive out of the Island’s capital led us to the most breathtaking snow-capped mountains and lush valley sides. Coming from Miami where most roads are confined with buildings and shopping plazas, driving through the vastly open roads of Iceland felt as if I’d stepped onto another planet.
Aside from the endlessly inspiring landscapes, I was also really captivated by the vibrant art culture the country provides. The amount of talented people that hail from the island ranges across so many fields. From music, to visual arts, to literature…And According to BBC, 1 out of every 10 Icelanders will publish a book during their lifetimes! I’ve yet to educate myself on Icelandic literature, but in the music scene Emilíana Torrini and Sóley are two of my favorite at the moment.
I’d often heard the stereotype that Icelandic people are generally quiet and reserved, so I didn’t exactly have the highest of social expectations. But, I was pleasantly surprised. We ended up staying in multiple AirBnB’s throughout our time in Iceland. Each of our hosts was amazingly kind, humble, and genuinely interested in sitting down for a chat. Between having tea with a Danish/Icelandic single mom, breakfast with a third generation cattle farmer, and getting to know a Scottish/Icelandic couple and their horses, I feel that I left Iceland with an even deeper sense of appreciation for its people and the magical place that they call home.