Where to begin?
Yes, it’s cold. Yes, there’s ice. Yes, they speak English (as well as Icelandic). Yes, some of the natives probably believe in trolls (I might, too, if I grew up there. You’ll have to go to understand why).
Iceland is a volcanic island rich with waterfalls, caves, sheep, and fish jerky. They drive on the right side of the road, don’t really care about customer service, and close the roads when it snows instead of wildly salting and plowing them.
Black sand beaches, reindeer sightings, hot dogs (or pizza, which is actually their current craze), craters, hot shower water, and breathtaking views. Iceland does not disappoint.
With a rising population at a modest 334,200, 66% live in Reykjavík, the country’s capital, leaving a scarce 100,000 to be speckled about in the tiny towns throughout the country–Vik, Höfn, Ísafjörður, Selfoss, and more even harder to pronounce.
Tourism is responsible for over 30% of the country’s income.
I’ll be writing many posts on Iceland in the near (or far–I haven’t really decided) future, posts ranging from a focus on transportation to food tips, different sights to hiking spots, hot springs to the native language, sheep crossings to cellphone service–and probably more.
Iceland is an amazing experience and I want to talk about it. So stay tuned?