By Joan Larsen
So 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!
Writer 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.”