Only about 9 weeks left for my semester abroad in Iceland and I am already back in Germany. I really enjoy my time here, but on the other hand I look forward to be back again. I noticed that I simply do not like the idea of staying somewhere just for a short time. Often I have the thought “Not worth it. You are only here for a few weeks still.”. Living just temporary somewhere, kind of like living from your suitcase, apparently does not suit me. I like having my own home base, all my stuff. Additionally, I really miss living on my own. Do not get me wrong, it is not like it do not like it here. I enjoy my time a lot, draw a lot, and get to see all kind of beautiful and interesting things. I actually plan already on coming back with my mother and my sister.
Another attraction that is quite common to see in Iceland is the Golden Circle. Actually, I cannot imagine that you come to Iceland and do not go there. It is basically a must do! I went there two weeks ago with a friend of mine, visiting me with her mother. I joined them on some trips, including the Classic Golden Circle tour by Reykjavik Excursions. The Golden Circle is called Gullni Hrigurinn in Icelandic and is one of the most popular travel routes in the south. The three most important sightseeings are the Þingvellir Nationalpark, the geothermal area Haukadalur and the waterfall Gullfoss.
One of the most visited attractions in Iceland is the Blue Lagoon, or rather Blàa Lónið. Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa located in a lava field in the southwest, not that far away from the international airport. The 37-39°C warm water is rich in minerals and good for people suffering skin diseases. The lagoon is not natural, it is water output from the nearby geothermal power plant. Considering it that way, you bath in expensive „residue/waste“ water.
People, who do know me, are primarily surprised that I go abroad to Iceland because I don’t like the cold. However, most people who do know me, know also that I’m not a big fan of crowds … and Iceland only has around 300 000 inhabitants. My father often jokes how perfect it is for somebody who doesn’t like other humans, like me. It is not like I don’t like other humans, I am just rather by myself.
But why Iceland? Why not go to a warmer isolated place? I seriously can not tell you much about that. Of course, I always wanted to go to Iceland. Just look up pictures of the nature there and you want to go too. Believe me, it is really this beautiful and now I’m here I can’t get over the beauty. Maybe I have to admit that I also wanted to go there because it is not that crowded. However, as mentioned there are probably also warm isolated places (but probably not as beautiful as Iceland). When I went to the information presentation about going abroad in my first semester, the Erasmus lady mentioned that you could also go to Iceland. I looked it up and just had the strong pull to go there. Therefore, I was really bent on going abroad to Iceland a year later. Turned out my university did not even have a partnership. However, once I set my mind up on something, I stick to it. I just have to put it into practice. Same with Iceland.