The land of fire and ice

January 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

 

 

The land of magic I would say, no wonder Iceland is the country with biggest number of writers per population. One of them  Halldór Laxness awarded in 1955 with the Nobel for Literature.

There is also a magic museum compiling traces of rituals and symbols; one of them is nacropants: it was needed the permission from a living man for his skin to be used after his death as a pair of skin pants, according to the belief that wearing narcopants will bring prosperity-in xvii th century, when pirates from several countries raided its coastal settlements and abducted people into slavery.

Christianity was adopted by consensus around 999/1000 in a cave where representatives were locked in for 24 hours to decide. It's considered one of the oldest democracy in the world. Today they don't adhere to the Christianity but the church is considered a place of reflection of spirituality and humanity.

The most sparsely populated country in Europe (300.000 people)  was crowded in June 2016 and still seemed like the end of the world. Tourism took Iceland over from the financial crises in 2008 and  economy is growing ever since till double the population in summer times. All energy Icelanders use is green and soon after June 2016th they started a minister of sustainable tourism.

Society:  is considered one of the most equally gendered countries in the world, women and men working several jobs to cover the needs. It is also considered very safe, people never lock their homes and criminality rate is at a very low level. National football team trainer was also a practicing dentist and a national hero when in 2016 Iceland won against France in Euro 2016th football championship. Camping is free in Iceland offering multiple possibilities for exploring for nomad travellers, abundance of equipped camp sites and friendly owners.

In June eternal daylight make all animals crazy being the most fertile time of the year since the other half of the year is in the dark:  ducks, birds, insects, male hunchback whales arrive after two months of traveling from the Caribbean’s to feed from the Iceland fertile shores, the western shore being home to one million birds nesting. Puffin the national bird that became a cartoon character, mate for life travel the whole winter and come back in spring to its partner and nest.

    When you think the day is over, it starts again, the sun rises even before its dawn, pink beaches, black beaches, cliffs, moonscape volcanic views, endless greenspaces, sheep’s running around, geysers, thermal lagoons, glaciers, violet plains of lavender, fjords and more to be discovered since a lot of areas are still difficult to reach, that's why I called Iceland a magic land. western fjords   Roads: are perfect for bikers and caravans- one ring roads and multiple side roads going to isolated spots. km travelled 3000km. 

Costs- with a tent in the bag, food from the supermarket, liqueur from 2 hour open liqueur shop makes it a memorable travel.


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