Iceland is one of the places on the list that I’ve been carrying around in my head for decades, but then it got pretty popular all of a sudden and I went off the idea a bit. Stop being so elitist, Leroy told me, it’s popular for a reason. Many reasons. He then went on to list them:
- Sigur Rós, Björk and the Sugarcubes
- Revenue from whale watching exceeds any from whaling
- Roughly 85% of Iceland’s energy is from renewable resources (way over half is geothermal)
- First names not used in Iceland previously have to be approved by the Icelandic Naming Committee
- There are no mosquitoes (yet)
- There’s a volcanic eruption every 4 years on average (there are pros and cons to this)
- It has stunningly beautiful landscapes.
In the end it was an easy sell. We set off for Reykjavik via otherworldly waterfalls, multicoloured rhyolite mountains, lava fields and volcanoes.
Later this afternoon – after a visit to the Icelandic Sea Monster Museum – you’ll probably find us lolling around in the geothermal waters of Blue Lagoon at Grindavik (if you feel like dropping in for a dog paddle).