We went back to Iceland! My twin sister and I decided that we didn’t want to spend our 30th birthday on the separate coasts that we live. We came up with various plans, but when it came down to it realized that we actually wanted to go back to Iceland and do it right this time. Not time our trip to the end of Airwaves, when the good citizens of Reykjavik have had more than their fill of tourists. Get out of the city and see more of the landscape. Interact with more people, avoid the paid tours and stay in a variety of places. We shuffled days and planned work absences and managed to get 8 glorious days driving around the ring road. Inspired by the rather fantastic tourism campaign Inspired By Iceland (and particularly this video) we thought it’d be fun to make a goofy video while we drove around the country.

We took a ton of photos, too. The whole album is up over on flickr, but here are a few of my favorites.

AAHHHH!!!!!

Guess who’s going to ICELAND!!!! THESE TWO LADIES!!!! AHHHHH!!!! I’m SO EXCITED!!!

Also, we booked tickets to see Bjork. In Iceland. Trying not to totally freak out right now, since I thought the concert was sold out but somehow we got to buy vouchers through IcelandAir…. seems too good to be true.

We booked a horse ride! And snorkling! And I can’t believe we’re really going!!! AAAHHHH!!!!

Now to transfer the money I had saved in my ING account over to my checking to pay for the trip…. so so so happy.

Has anyone else noticed the massive push on Icelandic tourism? The country has a facebook page, and a Twitter account… I’m a fan of the FB page, and the dialogue on it is nice and seems personal. They respond to comments, encourage people to share stories. It seems more like a personal page than something pushing trips to a country. I hear the same of the Twitter feed, though I’m not a member so I don’t really know. And then there’s the new tourism site, Inspired by Iceland…. oh my. Live feeds of spots all around the country. A great video that uses an Emiliana Torrini song I’m now obsessed with…. I love the energy that comes across in the video. It has the feel of people just dancing and having a great time, yet its sponsored by the state. Which seems to me to further support the fact that its an absolutely amazing place.

photoshopped version of my dreamscape

Maybe thats why I’ve been dreaming about the country lately. A strange dream in a rowboat on a large still body of water, trying to dock on a rocky pier (with only one paddle, very hard to steer), while Eyjafjallajokull erupts in the background… The whole time struck by the beauty of the whole place, and just feeling so lucky to be there. Any time I look at pictures of the landscape, my breath catches. How can a place so amazing exist? I don’t really have enough money to travel, but I’ve had a bank account labeled “Iceland” for the past few years, saving bit by bit for a trip there. I don’t know when I’ll be able to do it, but some day I will make it there.

There’s a contest up on the Iceland Naturally site, you can enter every day to win a trip. I plan on entering religiously. (If you enter and win- please take me with you! Please Please Please!) The thing is, even if you make it through the first round, you have to get the most votes on their facebook page to win the trip. How do I get people to vote for me if I make it that far?

No matter what, I will make it to Iceland someday soon. I don’t know why I’m so drawn to the country or when it started, but I feel like once I’m there, it will all make sense.

I’m making a mix of Icelandic music for my friend. Finding some new music at the same time (mental note: get Lay Low’s album). I have to go there. I know its expensive, and I know I don’t really have a plan. But I have to get there. It seems like everywhere I go I meet someone who has been there, and raves on and on about how wonderful it is. I hope that by this time next year, I will be one of those people.


Last week I found out about the Iceland Airwaves festival… my dream vacation. Package deal with air flight, hotel stay and wristband for all concerts. Oh yeah. I’m going to Iceland. Next year of course, because I found out about the festival the day it started. But next October. Iceland. Here I come. I can’t wait. Seriously, the best vacation I could ever think of. I’ve been dying to go there, its such a beautiful country. And I am obsessed with Icelandic music… both at once? I can’t even explain how many happy dances I’ve done. I’ve made quite a fool of myself.