My 24 hour stopover in Iceland did not go as planned, but it was exciting and awe inspiring none-the-less. After a quick dip in the Blue Lagoon, the plan was to drive deep into the night, see the aurora borealis, and then check out a waterfall the next day. Sadly, the weather didn’t cooperate. Visibility was terrible due to rain and snow, and to top it off...I started getting sick after the hot springs. So I found a hostel and hunkered down for the night with lots of NyQuil! The next day brought a snowstorm, but undeterred I set out for the waterfall at Gulfoss. All that was left after that was a circuitous trip back to the airport.
Thoughts on Iceland:
It’s a place that demonstrates just how adaptable human beings can be. I definitely planned well and brought layers of technical clothes designed to keep warm and dry in the elements. But those first settlers didn’t have any of that, and I’m sure those were very cold winters. Something else that struck me as interesting: the feeling of being in a very wild/remote place yet the infrastructure was exceptional. Now, I didn’t have much time to explore and maybe with a little more effort I could have found some poorly maintained roads or no phone service. But for now (in my head); that island is a mixture of well-developed, open-sandbox wilderness that I will definitely to revisit. #solotravel#wanderlust#iceland#bluelagoon#chasingwaterfalls