Just a Lone Ranger floating out there in the North Atlantic, Iceland is one of those mystic and mysterious places I’ve always wanted to visit. Though not officially part of the European Union yet (they applied to join in 2009), they have been a part of the Schengen Area since 1996. If they finally get their fishing affairs sorted and eventually join, they will become the smallest member state population-wise and Reykjavik would become the westernmost and northernmost EU capital.

 

Why do I want to go?

Because I want to confirm reports that Iceland is actually green and Greenland is actually ice (this means I also need to get to Greenland at some point, but nevermind). My interest was especially piqued after I saw this gorgeous time-lapse video my friend Sean Stiegemeier did during the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in 2010.

 

Iceland appears to be like heaven for anyone who dabbles in photography so I’d imagine my iPhone and I would have a grand time together taking in and apping out all of this country’s natural beauty.

I also hear the place likes to party. My dream is to partake in a rúntur, preferably during the long winter months when the night never seem to end. With a population of only 120,000, Reykjavik seems like a real cozy yet sexy place to get your party on and with a bangin’ music scene to match. There’s so much more than Björk in terms of sounds coming out of Iceland and I fully intend on discovering them.

 
Where will I go?
Obvs my journey would start and end in Reykjavik, the country’s capital and where 2/3 of its population dwells. From here I’d like to take in all the typical tourist activities like a visit to the Blue Lagoon and a tour around the Golden Circle.

 

Snaelfellsnes Peninsula seems to be the place dreams and romantic winter honeymoons are made of. If I had a car and partner in crime, I’d love nothing more than to make it up to this part of the country and just drive/wander aimlessly. It’s supposed to be breathtakingly beautiful and the place to see all the best Iceland has to offer in relatively small area.

Iceland

Assuming I go in winter, which I already mentioned is the season I’d be interested in going, I’d HAVE to go to a place like Reykjanes, 30 minutes outside of Reykjavik, to view the northern lights. Preferably whilst kicking back in one of the peninsula’s many geothermal pools and Brennivín in hand.

How will I go?
Via Icelandair, of course. I’ve had my eye on their flights for a couple of years now, ever since I saw they were offering free stopovers in Reykjavik when flying from North America to Europe.
Anyone ever partied in Reykjavik or know of any other good bands from Iceland? Ever done Icelandair’s infamous stopover?