Land of nothing and everything. It is exceptional how they could turn this “nothing” into everything. Ever since than the Icelanders live from tourism. Any time of the year is special in Iceland. Iceland totally took my breath away last summer (that much that I wrote only one blogpost about it, hah), so when my mom came with the idea to go again I was ALL IN!
This time we were headed to the West fjords. And let me tell you what a remote place it is. When driving there, you get to see only few more other cars and few fishing towns. I felt lonely. Even I did. I cannot imagine how living there 24/7/365 days of the year can be like. Only Icelanders can survive.
It is still not so discovered part of Iceland by tourists, because of the uneasy availability. And yet locals are proud that the nature of this corner of Iceland is so remote and untouched by humans. I can absolutely understand that. We humans are destroying the nature without even realising it. That’s what I like about Iceland, they try to preserve the nature as much as they can. Not too many roads. Not too many touristic centres. Using mainly renewable energy. Being in general very chilled and not stressing about things. Oh and spending a lot of time in natural hot tubs!
The reason why we visited the West fjords was for this 68 years old long distance cross country ski race called Fossavatnsgangan (omg the description still not getting any shorter). We skied in this beautiful area right above the fjord on a huge snow field between mountains. Let me tell you that that was something totally different than anything I have ever experienced in a continental Europe. We were so lucky to have beautiful weather for the main race, so we got to enjoy the race even more. At one point I almost started to cry by how beautiful the race was. I am not kidding. I almost started crying in the middle of the race. WHAT?! Anyway, great time in Iceland we had.
Oh and have I told you we got a free car upgrade when the guy at the counter saw that we have skis with us? Good times. And the sun didn’t go down until 9:30pm and that was only end of April.
Thank you Iceland for being so Icelandic.
In advance I am sorry about the amount of pictures. I can not post just 5 pictures when it comes to such a different country like Iceland. And one more thing, a lot of the pictures were taken as we drove to our destination (about 8h drive), so that is why it is such a big part of this Iceland gallery. Driving around Iceland is a great way to see more of the scenery. No regrets!