Nobody guessed it from the pictures. Hopefully someone will figure out where Becca is now. Here is what Becca had to say about Iceland:
Day 1- Explore Reykjavik
a. Hallgrimskirkja church: This church was built last century and was made to look like the lava flow of Iceland’s volcanoes. It is monochromatic and striking in a way that is unlike all of the older churches I’ve seen. The view of Reykjavik from the top of the tower was fantastic- all of the different colored houses look like toy buildings daintily placed along the unbelievably picturesque ocean, with the snowcapped mountains in the background.
b. Kolaportið Flea Market: The offerings here were strange, from thick knit sweaters to plastic dress-up masks to dried fish. It gave the first clue to the funky nature of the people who live here.
c. Maritime Museum: Learned about history of Reykjavik and got a boat tour from a jolly ol’ Icelandic fellow.
d. National History Museum: Saw a manuscript of the first bible printed in Icelandic
e. Also: cool shops, graffiti skate park, quick dinner, cancelled northern lights tour (thanks, rain), hung out at hostel, met French Canadian who was doing a month-long artist residence in the northern part of the country
Day 2- Adventure
a. Blue Lagoon- The coolest/hottest geothermal pool. Got there right as it opened and was able to enjoy before the crowds arrived. The ground of the pool is a mix of silica mud and volcanic sand-like material, and the lagoon’s steamy water was an amazing reprieve from the cold early-morning air. I could have stayed there for hours.
c. Golden Circle Tour- An afternoon excursion to some of southern Iceland’s top natural highlights. We went to the site of Iceland’s first parliament, which also happens to be the place where the North American and Eurasian plates come together on top of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The fissure where the plates meet literally shows how the ground is pulling apart. I never thought I’d say this, but I’m actually glad I took that Intro to Environmental Science class last year- I got to see plate tectonics, geothermal activity, and more geeky science stuff in action. After a stop at a large waterfall, we went to see Geysir, the famous aptly-named geyser. I’ve never seen one before, so definitely enjoyed that.
d. NORTHERN LIGHTS- I SAW THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
Reykjavik is small, both in size and in population. It constantly feels like you have the entire city to yourself. I’m not sure why I was so surprised by this, but I could not get over the fact that the place seemed virtually empty (then again, there probably aren’t that many people moving to Iceland on a regular basis). Everyone was incredibly nice, and many were slightly aloof. Also, hipsters definitely stole their style from the people of Iceland- now I know the origin of the species.
More people should go to Iceland. The flight from New York is short and easy, and it’s a place unlike anywhere else. I would definitely go back to see more- didn’t get to the volcanoes or the caves or anywhere in the north. Let me know if you’d want to go sometime.