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Even the name excites me. Iceland. A land of Ice.
I am told Iceland is a place that you fall blissfully in love with and keep returning to, again and again.
This tiny island that floats on the edge of the Arctic has intrigued me for years. Its vast open spaces; the rugged natural beauty; iceberg choked lakes; thundering waterfalls; the largest ice cap outside the north and south poles; the elusive northern lights…who wouldn’t be intrigued by Iceland?
But I never imagined going there alone.
That wasn’t the plan. But I have learned time and again that changing your travel plans can often bring the most unexpected surprises. So after a little hesitation, I have decided to still go to Iceland.
I will be travelling solo. Something I love to do.
But my ideal trip to Iceland had included hiring a car and circumnavigating the country over several weeks, pausing to hike and camp at will.
I won’t be doing this on my own.
It’s too expensive for a start and, call me cautious, but with the dodgy weather I wouldn’t feel safe driving on my own.
So I have to think about this trip to Iceland in a different way: as more of taster…a warm-up for bigger and better trips to come.
Not much to ask for really…
I may be being a little optimistic, and which of these things I actually get to fit into my 10 days in Iceland will be very much dependent on the weather.
There’s no getting around the fact that Iceland is a little chilly.
By early May when I arrive, the weather should be getting a little better heading into the northern summer but being so far north Iceland’s weather can be hugely unpredictable. Much of the winter snow hasn’t cleared, roads can be closed and hiking in the more remote areas can be difficult.
Even in August, at the height of summer, the temperatures rarely max out at more than about 15 degrees Celsius.
I could be in for any kind of weather. So as I drag out all my trusty merino thermals and rain gear that haven’t seen the light of day since I was in Alaska last fall, I can’t help getting excited about layering up and heading to this cold place.
Because you all know how much I love cold places.
If you are still not sold on the idea of Iceland, check out this inspiring video by Klara Harden of her 25 day hike alone through Iceland.
(Klara also has a new project in the making: a film of a cycling trip through Madagascar. Find out more about With Love From Madagascar)