Joan Larsen’s Travel: Get Lost in Iceland

Posted on August 27, 2014

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By Joan Larsen

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Iceland-map-1So close yet so remote. So magnificent that it beats out all comers on our planet. Until now, it has been my own secret hideaway on this earth – Iceland, the magnificent. For years, Iceland has drawn me back again and again like a magnet.   And once you too have received the welcome of its people, wandered at will amidst its natural wonders around every corner, you too will feel you are the most privileged person on this earth.

I certainly do.

Its name – Iceland – is a misnomer. Think instead “emerald green” and an array of colors so rare that they haven’t ever been given names. Its beauty puts all other countries to shame. Think “fountain of youth”. Every time I go, I return home feeling that my cares have left me — and that is a big statement to make. I am young again. And so is Iceland – it is young — with active volcanoes still in the making, changing the landscape a bit each time I go. The food and its serving makes dining sheer pleasure. Did I mention the abundance of friendly and smiling people???  Think “happy”!!

Each time I go, I return to a dream world.

I know Iceland by heart – where to go, what to do, how to get there. But I find it more exciting to first whet your appetite with a show of some of its natural delights – all easy to get to, fun to roam around in, and very difficult to leave. Come along with me for a few ohhs and ahhs!

Sun Voyager sculpture welcoming you to Reykjavik

Sun Voyager sculpture welcoming you to Reykjavik

The beautiful Seljalandsfoss Waterfall.  Photo credit:  Amnon Eichelberg, MyShot

The beautiful Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. Photo credit: Amnon Eichelberg, MyShot

The most adorable puffins of Iceland.  Photo credit: Rui Cavaco, MyShot

The most adorable puffins of Iceland. Photo credit: Rui Cavaco, MyShot

The most beautiful Icelandic horses filling the landscape

The most beautiful Icelandic horses filling the landscape

Pristine ice in early spring on the shores of Iceland

Pristine ice in early spring on the shores of Iceland

Basalt columns, the result of ancient lava flow, draw a waterfall like no other

Basalt columns, the result of ancient lava flow, draw a waterfall like no other

The Strokkur Geysir in a geothermal area of Iceland.  Photo credit:  Ritva Ikonen, MyShot

The Strokkur Geysir in a geothermal area of Iceland. Photo credit: Ritva Ikonen, MyShot

In Vik, one of many tiny Icelandic churches seemingly in nowhere

In Vik, one of many tiny Icelandic churches seemingly in nowhere

Iceland's Blue Lagoon, the most relaxing warm swim in the world

Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, the most relaxing warm swim in the world

A heavenly Icelandic vacation cabin

A heavenly Icelandic vacation cabin

Arnarfjörður ('Eagle Fjord') in the West Fjords. Sea eagles mainly breed in West Iceland.  Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Arnarfjörður (‘Eagle Fjord’) in the West Fjords. Sea eagles mainly breed in West Iceland. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

THE best place to see the Aurora Borealis -- gorgeous and then some!

THE best place to see the Aurora Borealis — gorgeous and then some!

The glorious Snaefellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland.  Photo credit:  Johnathan A. Esper

The glorious Snaefellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland. Photo credit: Johnathan A. Esper

 

JoanAvatarWriter Joan Larsen has spent a lifetime searching for the most remote places on Earth.  But it is the polar regions of our world that she has been drawn back to again and again.  She has done research in these lands of ice, and considers Antarctica to be her “other home.”

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