Fire and Ice(land)

August 14th, 2008

So… A friend and I just booked our Labor Day weekend tickets to…


Hello to Reykjavik, geysers, geothermal swimming pools, waterfalls, fjords, elves, the Blue Lagoon, and corrugated tin houses. Hello to the only living language that still uses the runic letter thorn (Þ) and that in 1974 abolished the letter z (thanks, Wikipedia!). Hello to high hygiene standards that keep the Blue Lagoon blue and wandering sheep for which you have to pay the owner should you inadvertently run over one. Hello to caves and volcanoes and summertime midnight sun and roast puffin.

And this world of wonders isn’t as far away as one might think – the flight is just five hours and the time is only four hours ahead.

I’m so excited.

4 Responses to “Fire and Ice(land)”

  1. Joanne on August 14, 2008 8:35 pm

    Yea, you’re going! Take some good PICS of that Blue Lagoon! See you Saturday my dear. 🙂

  2. Dave on August 15, 2008 8:11 am

    Sounds wonderful! Enjoy yourself, and when you return be sure to post several unpronounceable names of the cities you were in. (You’re already +1 with this post.)

  3. Anna on August 15, 2008 12:33 pm

    Awesome! Some friends of mine went on a trip to Iceland several years ago, and they loved it. I had a layover there in January, so now I am confused about whether I can say I have been to Iceland or not. On the one hand, I feel like just being in the airport shouldn’t really count. On the other hand, I have two Iceland stamps in my passport, and I did admire the Icelandic snow out the airport window, and I used the bathroom in the airport–all of which ought to count for something, right?

  4. Marc on August 15, 2008 3:10 pm

    Oh, I envy you! Some day I’ll go to Iceland too!

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