Wrapping up Iceland

I’m riding at the very back of a large tour bus jam-packed with heavily-dressed tourists, with the modest goal of seeing just a bit of the exotic Icelandic landscape. The bus is moving slowly over the narrow frozen roads, in no particular hurry. Outside the large windows, the landscape…

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The Blue Lagoon

Passing through the Keflavík airport perhaps 10 times over the years (it's the shortest flight between Oslo and Seattle), I've seen the ever-present ads for the Blue Lagoon. The way it's marketed, it just seemed to me like something touristy to avoid (e.g. crowds, hype, disappointment). Perhaps because it's…

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Reykjavik solo

As a lone traveler, you can shed all your identities, become an anonymous observer, set your own pace, form your own impressions. Lonely at times, sure. But loneliness in small quantities is cathartic. At last, one of those rare opportunities to strike out alone in a new place: no family,…

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