"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely of places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."
- Roald Dahl
Iceland. Finally. A trip that we have been dreaming of for years was able to come together thanks to time, opportunity, and our wonderful travel companions. Iceland has been gaining in popularity as a tourist destination in recent years and it is so easy to see why.
Iceland. The land of black sand and waterfalls. A tiny country whose glaciers and volcanos have written history and sculpted the earth. Where puffins roost in the cliffs and lambs frolic in the fields, and you can walk, drive, or swim between tectonic plates. The landscape seems ancient, the sky hand-painted, and the mood ever-shifting with the clouds and the sun.
Icy winds and steaming pools. The muted grays and greens of the fields punctuated by brightly painted houses. Tangible science and unearthly beauty. Iceland is a realm of contradictions perfectly blended into a harmonious balance of fact and fiction that is embodied by the culture of its inhabitants.
Many choose to visit for the geology and that has a majesty all of its own, but you do not need to understand the workings of the Earth in order to appreciate what Iceland has to offer.
If you've ever dreamt of floating away on a cloud, if you've ever wished that you could be sucked into a storybook land, if you believe in magic - then Iceland is for you.