Friday, April 6, 2012

Little bit of me and Iceland, more to come

I suppose there is nothing stopping me from getting started now :) I have been traveling since I was young. They say home is where the heart is and that is hard for me to pinpoint after living in so many countries: England, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, USA, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Thailand and of course Iceland. I will hopefully be able to share the culture, religion and local habits and places of interest, as i am currently living in Iceland i will start here, I visited this place three years ago before i moved here, I remember thinking what everyone thinks "Iceland is just a placed covered in snow" but that myth was squished fast after I got off the plane in Akureyri, Many people believe Iceland is cold and Greenland is warm, but it's really the other way around. There is an old Icelandic tale of why the names are back to front. It originates from Scandinavian settlers, it is said that Erik the Red was exiled from Iceland for murder, so he set out with his family on ships to find the land that was rumored to be to the northwest. After settling there, he named the land Greenland in order to attract more people to settle there. And it worked. 

The Icelandic language is one of the hard mainly because of its archaic vocabulary and complex grammar. It took me a long time to master it, longer than other languages i have learnt, an example was when the volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupted and listening to non-Icelandic speakers trying to pronounce it made me laugh :D 
There are many unique natural wonders in Iceland from Volcanoes, Thermal Springs, Geysers and Waterfalls, i have visited many of these places while living here, the most famous is the Blue Lagoon it is a natural pool that is headed by lava, there are natural minerals in the water like silica and sulfur which is said to heal people with skin diseases, it is such a nice place i went there last year with the annual Blue Lagoon race, which is a 40km bike race that ends at the Blue Lagoon with a free swim and drinks which was just perfect. 

There is so much more i am going to write about including other locations i have visited and the culture, religion and other things :D but that should be enough for now, hope i held your interest!

1 comment:

  1. Could you in a next post insert some photos from Iceland?