‘Iceland is not a myth; it is a solid potion of the earth’s surface’ Pliny Miles.
Although we are living in the 21st century, meaning we can travel around the world and be interconnected with others, Iceland remains one of the most attractive and untouched places in the world. A lot of tourists come every year to see for themselves the Icelandic way of life, the magnificent nature and the harmony that exists between nature and the people.
Everyone sees a country with their own perspective. I shall try to write about my own impressions. My Icelandic way of opening the new world.
Just let me introduce you to this little country: located in North Atlantic Sea with a population of 330,000 people, Iceland has several unique points: glaciers and volcanoes, thousands of kilometers of inhabited space, long, straight roads, that you can travel along by car or bus, leading to nowhere. The wind follows you wherever you go, often with the rain and rarely with the sun.
I feel that time stops when you are on the Icelandic roads. Nothing is there. Endless landscapes, which constantly change between huge flat grey and green coloured land and mountains, which appeare from time to time. Time stops here. Time is going to wait until you find human civilisation.
I am amazed by the harmony that exists between the people and nature here.
Maybe at some point they realized that they have no power in this world: we are weak/nothing/powerless in the face of the majestic greatness of nature. We can only serve it, protect it, appreciate it, no matter how well it treats us in return.
One local Icelandic girl said to me once: «There is no such thing as bad weather. There are only bad clothes and bad attitudes. »
The only way to live here happily is to accept the weather. It is not supposed to be better. Icelandic love ice. Try to keep this in mind: ice is more popular than hot drinks.
Because there is no bad weather at all.
As the country is so small, and the history is absolutely unique, the people are proud of their country, language and everything that they have here. They admire Iceland, yet are still open to other cultures and they cultivate a multicultural environment: everyone in Iceland speaks English and most of the people can speak a second foreign language as well. Again, I see a system of harmony at work, a system which brings a lot of benefits to the people: the world-famous tourist attractions work in harmony with the people’s strong sense of national identity.
The easiest way to explore Iceland’s history is by reading: old Viking sagas, legends and folklore. Do not forget that Literature is one of the greatest culture treasures of which Iceland can boast. Maybe because of the weather conditions: as it is mostly cold and windy, people spend more time inside and have time for creating and writing stories. 😉