You know, I’ve always been that kind of people, who try to find a lot of information about a new city or place long before arrival.
Where to eat, where to stay at night, where to find the bus, how much will costs train tickets for 3 days, where is the nearest and largest supermarket (and that discounts they have) and this kind of stuff. Eventually, when you’ve finally come to that place — nothing can surprise you. And this is horrible. Moreover, I think it’s the worst thing, which can happen to you during the travel. No new impressions.
This I-need-to-know-everything staff can really screw up your trip. Understand me right. I don’t say that you don’t need to make some research before traveling. You have to. But only the basic things: hotel address and local currency. Ok, you can check some art places and points with early-bird coffee lovers if you want. That’s all. Leave some space to imagination and fluke.
That’s why before my autumn Iceland travel I didn’t do any research over the necessary information at all. Just booked a few hotels and car in advance. I uploaded offline maps right in the airport and stepped towards the unknown. And you know what? That was the most amazing trip I’ve ever had. I don’t even always put a point on the map — just driven, listened to my intuition and watched, how Iceland was opening to me from different sides.
I threw black pebbles in raging Vik’s waves, ate original skyr on the small parking somewhere in the snowy peaks, stood on the edge of the world on the western fjords and fell asleep, seeing bald mountain ranges from the window. I knew, that tomorrow will be a new day and I have to enjoy it all without tedious planning and wasted nervous. So I did. That’s made this Iceland trip so magical and unforgettable.
I want to tell you a little more about one moment, that will stay in my memory till death. On the late evening on the second day, I missed the turn and, finally, lost. I rode slowly in the darkness when my headlights lit the big sheep on the road. I’m not kidding. This really can happen in Iceland, so, drive carefully. Don’t know, which of the two of us was more scared, but sheep ran away to the other side, and I had to stop the car for a little break. I’ve turned off the lights, opened the door and decided to stretch my tired legs. But when I took eyes on the night sky — I forgot about everything. There was a massive green-and-violet Aurora in the sky. It covered almost all the sky and looked like goddess hairs. I stood enchanted and lost track of time. Just silently peered into the night sky until the northern lights faded away. Certainly, this is one of my lovely Iceland memories — the breathtaking Aurora in the night sky somewhere in the mountains.
Hope, that this story inspired you. Just try the thing, which I call «a leap into unknown» and I assure, you’ll not be disappointed.
P.s. This story was written for World Nomads competition. You can check it here.