Iceland is treat to the soul.The perfectly calm lava fields, breathtaking glaciers and the crisp reflection of flora cutting through the crystal clear waters offers a window to the phenomena that occurred here over thousands of years.The waterfalls roar like thunder.The mysterious stillness of landscapes almost feels like wobbly Pandora's box screaming to be unfolded.The dancing northern lights in the sky is no lesser treat than a Broadway musical.
Many of the GOT's episode were shot in the country and I wouldn't be surprised if RR Martin borrowed the title "Song of fire and ice" from Iceland itself.The country is full of colors.There were so many rainbows all over(even got to see two rainbows stacked on top of each other) that two weeks after it I still have rainbow dejavu sometimes on the streets of New York. Weather was ferociously uncompromising.It changes faster than a chameleon changes it's color.It is rightly said that if you don't like the weather in Iceland, wait for 5 minutes.
You'd probably hear a lot about landscapes and I'd let these pictures speak for themselves.For me the equally fascinating part was the people.It would be unfair not to appreciate the Icelandic people and society in general. Iceland is home to 350000 people. That's about double the number of people showing up in Ramlila Maidan during election rallies in India. Imagine people in those rallies itself running the entire nation, from looking over trade,business and policies to education,technology,research and so on.Sounds tricky but they have done an amazingly good job managing the scarce resources.They even have a football team playing world cup.(It's much tougher than it seems when both the terrain and weather is against you, with the land losing 18 to 20 hours of sunlight to utter darkness half the year)
The country runs on trust. The Parliament is just another building next to a series of restaurant on the busiest streets of the capital(Imagine Indian parliament on Chandani Chowk with no barricades or security). Most of the people were overtly kind(except a few car rental companies) and friendly.The politicians have no security. People do not bother about guarding their property. Police do not carry guns. The first ever reported shooting by police was in 2013 (I remember reading an article online which said "Man shot to death" was the most unprecedented headlines in recent Icelandic history. At first i thought it was Icelandic equivalent to the satirical website 'Faking News', only to realize it wasn't).Out of 10 days of our camping in the wilderness. I had little interaction with the natives.(As you'd move away from the cities, you'd hardly see a "tree", let alone people). But of what little I experienced, I was in awe of the Utopian society
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