Iceland Explored ( Part I)

December 2013.

Planning our winter break and feeling adventurous. “Let’s do some place we would not think of going to. A terrain we would not think of exploring. An activity we would not ever imagine ourselves doing,” said the husband.

“A tall order, hah?” exclaimed the daughter!

“Iceland, let us go to Iceland”, said I.

“Iceland? In this cold? You want to get colder Mommy? Don’t we freeze here?”

“Iceland? Where on earth (literally) is Iceland?” enquired the husband jumping up. “Atlas, Atlas, wherefore art thou? “

Questions galore; excitement, palpable; destination, appealing.

And so Iceland, it was. That it was far but not really all that far. That it was an island. That we would be in snow-clad country. That we would live in an apartment with heated floors. That we would be experiencing almost 21 hours of darkness. That we would have a possibility of viewing the Northern Lights. So many reasons to go and not one not to!

Almost 20 hours after boarding our KLM flight from home (including transit time at Schiphol, Amsterdam), having covered 7630 kms, we approached Keflavik International Airport in Reykjavik.

It was 3.30pm in the afternoon and a faint glimmer of light on the horizon was the only sign of life. The ground below us was barren and dark brown till as far as the eye could see with some patches of white breaking in.

“Are we landing on the moon”, asked the daughter? “And why are there no cars or people?”

I had no answer to give her. The three of us held hands in excitement as the wheels of the aircraft hit the tarmac. We knew this was going to be one of the most memorable holidays ever experienced by us.

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Some, “Did you know”, facts about Iceland:

• All the aircrafts of IcelandAir are named after volcanoes. Ours was named Herdubreid, after an extinct volcano in the highlands of North Iceland. It is a ‘tuya’, a volcano formed under a glacier.
• The population of Iceland is 320,000 of which two-thirds lives in the capital town of Reykjavik.
• The second largest town is Akureyri which has a population of 70,000.
• Pure water, straight from the springs, flows through all the taps.
• The currency, krona, has coins which feature beautiful sea creatures.
• Iceland has no army, no airforce, no navy.
• There is one golf course per every 4824 people.
• 112 is the universal emergency number.
• The Prime Minister is listed in the telephone book.

( Coming up soon, blogposts on the highlights of our stay in Reykjavik, the Golden Circle Tour and my appointment with the Goddess of Dawn, the Aurora Borealis.)

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7 Responses to Iceland Explored ( Part I)

  1. sudhagee says:

    Finally. Finally. I get to read about your Iceland trip. I mean, I saw your photos with description and all that, but reading is way different. Waiting for more.

    PS: I first read about Iceland and Reykjavik and Keflavik Airport in a Hardy Boys novel. 😀

    • zaynti says:

      Sudha, These posts have been building up since a while but I promised myself that they would get published before 2014 ran out. Thank you for reading my words and I would love to hear your editorial and critical comments as well 🙂 Thanks for being there.

  2. Priti Kathpalia says:

    jayanti,,,i look forward to your blogs.. they paint a vivid picture and take me to places where i am sure i will not go physically…thnx

    • zaynti says:

      Priti, that you read faithfully , like a true friend, my post after post, even after long gaps, or some too frequent, really reassures me and encourages. You will not know how much your words mean to me. Thanks. And may you travel to many places even more ‘exotic’ . Love

  3. You made us wait for so many months for this post and finally here it is ! I am so looking forward to seeing Iceland through your eyes !

    • zaynti says:

      Ruch, I too have been waiting long to get these written; I think this trip and related experiences were so special, they took a long to get internalised before they could be viewed from a distance; the distance that one needs to keep to put pen on paper. Thank you for your patience. Hope you enjoy the journey as much as I did.

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