Iceland. I can still remember, that moment when I landed in Iceland. I felt a major shift in my body. I stepped out of the airplane and the air was light. It had a texture, a scent, a colour. It gave my breathing meaning, as if my breathe was made of that very life Iceland breathed.
1. Reykjavik felt like a peaceful city at the end of the world. Walking on the streets, there was a sense of silence during the prolonged nights and shortened days. I imagine this is what you must be feeling on a movie set when most of the crew has left.
The vicinity with the water made the air smell like salt and quietness, that certain feeling that you get when a French movie ends and you don’t know what will become of the characters you fell in love with.
2. The Blue Lagoon was a magnificent experience. As my body was all immersed in the warmth of the thermal water, it started snowing. The sky was at moments starry, with a bright full moon, and very quickly the clouds would march in, only to reveal after a while some faded Northern Lights in some corners of the sky.
3. The Geysir Hot Springs have been active for over 10.000 years and the eruptions hurl boiling water up to 70 metres in the air. You could feel the hotness of the water as sprits fell after each eruption.
4. Gullfoss, also known as the Golden Waterfall, is one of Iceland’s iconic waterfalls. Gullfoss is part of the Golden Circle tour, located in South Iceland on the Hvítá (White) river which is fed by Iceland´s second biggest glacier, the Langjökull.
5. Skógafoss is one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls on the island, 25 meters wide and a drop of 60 meters.
6. Vik has, by far, won my heart. I had never before seen “black sand”. One of the myths in Clarissa Pinkola Estes’s book, “Women Who Run With the Wolves”, is said to have happened in this exact cave that you can see in the pictures.
7.The glacier Sólheimajökull is the southwestern outlet of the Myrdalsjokull icecap. About 8 km long and 1-2 km wide, the glacier responds quite quickly to climate change, thus being named the incredible shrinking glacier.
Now, Iceland, is not one of those countries, where you go to with a check list of things you need to see. Iceland, is an experience. You’ll sink deep into the profound night and silence, if you go during winter, as I did. You’ll sense more than you’ll see.
And your soul will jubilate more than your body or your mind.