We saved, we researched, we planned, and we avoided planning. 1 Year and eight months after our marriage we stepped towards our honeymoon, walking out of our apartment in Bangalore, India into the backseat of a taxi cab, bound for the International Airport; our gateway to the stunning landscapes and Scandinavian efficiency that is Iceland.
Why Iceland? It’s quite simple. India has a population density of 199 people per sq./km. The air quality in India is often less than par. The ability to find a place in India that is 100% quiet is rival to qualifying for the Olympics. The food, though amazing and delicious, is time consuming and precise.
Iceland has a population density of three, or so, people per sq. km. The air quality is of the freshest we’ve been amongst (similar to the air in Tasmania or NZ). The serenity and freakish peace is almost enough to send a city-dweller into the arms of a straitjacket. And the food. On this trip we discovered that we are indeed foodies, but more on that elsewhere.
Ever3ything we read about Iceland was almost an understatement, but it may be because we were coming from Iceland’s polar opposite. So where in Iceland did we go?
15 days in a Renault Kangoo, filling up endlessly with petrol, we scaled 3500+ kms, and surrounded the entire island in the process. It’s no lost frontier honeymoon of sorts; many people do it. But there’s a reason they all do it, just like there’s a reason why so many people flock to Tahiti and the Seychelles. It’s one thing to see the postcards and imagine what it would be like to place your feet inside it, but it’s another realm altogether to interact with such unique terra firma. To eat, sleep, breathe amongst it. It’s just so beautifully desolate and perfect.
We chose to go in the first two weeks of September. This is technically the last two weeks of the peak of tourist season, so we read. If this is the case, I’d rather not travel to Iceland during the peak, as there was plenty enough tourists while we were there. This is also the onset of winter and it shares it’s greeting happily and with gusto. The benefit of this season is that, like March and April, this is the period where you have a better chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis. Which is indeed a bit special. I can say I’ve ticked off one from my bucket list. There are some points worth mentioning that we didn’t see in other blogs about choosing when to travel to Iceland. They are worth noting!
This highlights nothing of what we actually experienced. So pedal around our blog and you’ll no doubt stumble on what we stumbled on, in Iceland.