Essential Iceland is my short story about a one day trip I did in a very large truck from Reykjavik in Iceland generally to the heart of the country.
This was advertised as an all day trip. The Visitors bureau did not mention we needed to bring lunch and I presumed it would be supplied – anyway Valdi, our fabulous guide, took us to a gas station to buy some sustenance. ( it is on their website but I had not been privy to that.) Once on our way Valdi gave us lots of geological information about the mountainous region surrounding us. We headed north and then inland on sealed roads.
We passed the home of the only Icelandic Noble prize winnerHalldór Laxness. Awarded in 1955. Laxness wrote poetry, newspaper articles short stories and novels.
‘Independent People’ is his most famous book set in the early twentieth century, it recalls both Iceland’s medieval epics and such classics as Sigrid Undset’sKristin Lavransdatter. And if Bjartur of Summerhouses, the book’s protagonist, is an ordinary sheep farmer, his flinty determination to achieve independence is genuinely heroic and, at the same time, terrifying and bleakly comic.
I wonder if the recent movie ‘Rams’ was inspired by this famous Icelandic read.?
Iceland is perhaps similar to New Zealand..it has many waterfalls, lush green hills, volcanoes, glaciers and geysers and it is an island. The roads are two lanes however unlike NZ they drive on the right. And to be honest it is totally different so do some research and plan a vacation! To discover why Iceland and Greenland are mis-named check out this. They were cunning back in those days!!