Iceland - definition of #earthporn / by Maciej Loboda

Oh how stupid I was.

Seriously. I have seen many places in Europe, from Greece to United Kingdom. I have seen Spain, Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Austria and even a little bit of France and Switzerland.

But I have never, ever though I would be astonished this much by pure nature as I was during the Iceland trip.

Polish church in Iceland

We started our trip with our friends Mateusz and Klaudia. We met them online and never seen each other before so we were expecting to get a real adventure no matter what.

For the first day we didn’t even thought we arrived at Iceland as the only people we met were other Poles.. It was so strange to leave one of the most heavy-Polish (British) isles to just get on another one with your brothers and sisters.

Airport - polish guy on information told us where to find our car rental, then another polish guy did a transfer from airport to rent a car where - you guessed it - rented it from some other pole.

When we first stopped at Reykjavik we spotted a very nice church which turned out to be occupied by… Polish parish catholic church! How lucky we were.

At the place of our stay at Bakki Hostel & Apartments in Eyrarbakki (highly recommended) we encountered with another polish girl at the desk.

By that time, despite heavy fog we have seen a lot of beauty of Iceland’s greatest views. But as it turned out the best was yet to come.

The Polish flag on 3 May Constitution Day somewhere in Iceland

The Polish flag on 3 May Constitution Day somewhere in Iceland

For the next four days we were mostly driving. The Iceland spaces are vast, and to be honest just travelling by car is one of the greatest joys in this country.

Making “small” mountain range over the horizon come close to you to see it’s majesty and then look what is beyond was really adventurous and breathtaking.

The biggest mistake we made that we managed to understand later - 5 days of holiday for Iceland is not enough!

This is standard view during the Iceland trip - no you don’t get used to it.

This is standard view during the Iceland trip - no you don’t get used to it.

Every little point on the Iceland’s Reddit’s Supermap is worth visiting. But beyond that there are many little things you can spot with your eyes and just go over and beyond what other people even put on this guide!

It was such a joy of adventure to go anywhere we liked to and spot something extraordinary with zero to none people all around you.

Mountain range that holds on their arms great Ice Sheet that covers big part of the isle

Mountain range that holds on their arms great Ice Sheet that covers big part of the isle

We only covered most of the south of the Iceland during the trip. But it was still enough to make us ponder about living in such a place permanently.

Imagine that we spotted one little hut just beneath the cliffs, where horses and sheeps wander around with peace. Nothing expect nature in at least 10-50 km radius.

We wondered how in the world are those people living there. What they do for a living? What happens when they are just out of milk/butter and the closest shop is somewhere 100-200 km from you?

Roads, roads, roads..

Roads, roads, roads..

Yes, Iceland is very expensive. And the vast distances are one of the reasons for it.

But despite the prices, nothing beats a hot lamb-soup after you got wet under one of the hundreds (or even thousands!) waterfalls - each so massive and interesting that you could watch it for the whole day.

So yeah. Expect spending at least £15-£30 per meal per person. And watch out for the sweets. Unless you like liquorice (bleh!).

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There are no words to describe most of the things we saw. And compared to the whole island we saw very little.

And yes, I will come back to Iceland one day. I am happy I saw this beauty now.

My advice is: go for at least 2 weeks. And the only thing you will regret is that you probably won’t see anything better in nearest future and your surroundings will be super mundane..

Reykjavik

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