With Iceland being added to the ‘green list’, we’re all very excited that travel to this land of fire and ice is on the horizon. No-one more so than Cath Rule, Geography Tours Development Manager at Rayburn Tours. We’re pretty sure that she holds the official title of ‘Iceland’s number one fan’, don’t you know. Cath tells us what she’s missed most about this captivating island in the middle of the Atlantic and why she can’t wait to get back out there exploring!
A New Volcano
Let’s start with a big one. On the evening March 19th, after months of severe seismic activity on the Reykjanes Peninsula, a fiery glow above Fagradalsfjall indicated that a volcanic eruption had begun. Early predictions that the event would be short lived. But what started as a quiet eruption in Geldingadalir, a remote valley, has shown no sign of slowing down. The spectacular sight of fiery rivers of lava, pulsating lava fountains and glowing lava flows carpeting the valley floor is something I’ve been waiting a long time to witness in person. This would be an ideal tourist eruption… all that is missing is the tourists. For now us volcano junkies have to make do with getting our fix from live camera feeds and Twitter accounts. I’ve got everything crossed that safe travel to Iceland will be possible very soon. The walking boots are on standby.
Iceland is jam packed with take your breath away, wow inducing, drop dead dramatic scenery. Waterfalls, glaciers, fjords, hot springs, canyons, rivers, mountains, craters and black sand beaches compete for attention and the adventurer is spoiled for choice at every turn. I love how the landscape is constantly changing from moody and ominous to mysterious and uplifting, as the seasons and the weather change, sometimes within the space of ten minutes. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get back exploring.
Iceland may be a small country geographically with a population of almost 370,000, but it certainly packs a big punch. This country leaves a lasting impression on anyone fortunate enough to visit. The Icelandic people are brimming with national pride and maintaining their heritage and traditions, along with protecting the environment, are priorities. This doesn’t hold back their creativity and there is a rich procession of successful authors, artists and musicians.
They will be happy to tell you that Iceland is the best in the world at any given opportunity and the country always ranks very highly for gender equality and on the World Happiness Index. The people have many distinctive traits and quirks that make them special. No matter what the weather they are extremely fond of a dip in a thermal pool. Not to mention their love for an ice cream, antidotes to many an ailment. Despite the harsh weather and dark winters there is an optimism about the country that is contagious. We could all definitely do with catching some of this right now.
I’ve always found it amusing that the tourist shops will try to sell cans of Icelandic air. Boy could we all do with a big gulp of that air right now. Taking a deep, lung filling breath of the air in Iceland never fails to energise and bring about a sense of peace. Obviously you need to pick your moment; taking a deep breath whilst surrounded by sulphurous hot springs might have quite the reverse effect.
Let’s get back to Iceland
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