I was going through some of my old writings and there is one particular entry that caught my eye. It has always been a dream of mine to go to Iceland. I wrote this exactly 2 years ago today, exactly, day for day. Is this a coincidence?
I never thought about going to Iceland before until I saw the mid-life crisis movie with Ben Stiller “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. If you haven’t seen it yet, I recommend it. I somehow visualize myself on a skateboard riding down the hilly Icelandic roads with my hair in the wind and a camera in my hand. Jokes aside, Iceland is on my list and even more today, after I read what I wrote two years ago.
I am sitting here with a nice glass of Italian red wine and I have about 6 different tabs open in my internet browser.
I am planning my trip to Iceland – solo. Where to start? I have been wanting to go to Iceland ever since Wow Air had announced their super cheap flights from Montreal or Toronto to Reykjavik, capital of Iceland. For under 400$ Canadian, you can fly from Montreal to Reykjavik, round trip, taxes included. Why pass on an opportunity like that I told myself. Exactly.
The Blue Lagoon
What is there to do in Iceland actually? In my case, I wanted to hike, chase waterfalls, snorkel under the midnight sun, see some aurora borealis and go to the world famous Blue Lagoon. But the list was much longer than that. Apparently you can also dive in between two earth cracks. Yes, dive into our planet’s deepest scars. The Silfra fissure is a popular dive site that is actually located where the North American and Eurasian continents meet. Yeah, no thanks. The Blue Lagoon is more my thing. The geothermal spa that is located in a lava field in the southwest of Iceland is waiting for me. There are so many waterfalls in Iceland that it will definitely be on my list to go chase some of them. Maybe I’ll try to cross off all Top 10 Waterfalls to see in Iceland during this trip.
One Day Adventures
I also found some amazing one day adventures on the Guide to Iceland website which contains quick facts about sightseeing destinations and customer reviews that are really helpful. Travelling on my own doesn’t bother me. Iceland is recognized to be a safe country, with a low crime rate and lots of friendly bearded Icelandic residents. Their national food is apparently hot dogs! Interesting! I’ll have to try that. I also ordered the Lonely Planet Iceland book on Amazon so that I wouldn’t miss out on anything bucket list worthy. It always pays off to do your homework, especially during a solo backpacking trip.
The Ring Road
Plane Ticket: Check!
Due to unforeseen circumstances, this trip had to be cancelled and I even lost the full price of the plane ticket. It was a disappointment back then, but today I look at this as a plan that is not yet finished and it’s just waiting for me to take action. I am anxious to make it finally happen.
The best way to get over disappointing events is to learn from them, not dwell on them. I didn’t go to Iceland, but I will one day. Actually, a special milestone is coming for me this November. It would be a dream come true if this Iceland idea of mine from two years ago would actually become reality. When you want something badly enough it just gives you fuel to go get it even more. Until then, I will keep planning for this dream road trip, and time will tell where my travelling toes will bring me next!