Nearly a year ago I published my then-current Icelandic bucket list. And hey, I’ve managed to cross 4 things off the list since then:
- Whale watching
- Visiting in winter (so good I’m going back in the ultimate winter month of December now)
- Walking Mosi the sheepdog
- Learning a little bit of Icelandic (too hard – gone back to German now)
As with all good bucket lists, it’s a continuing work in progress. I’ve got a few things to add to it, which is good as it gives me more excuses to return.
1. Visiting Ísafjörður. No, not for anything specific and yes, I can see that it’s a lot of trouble to get to involving either a scary flight or a very long drive and it’s really just an ordinary little town. It just looks very charming and has a great setting.
2. See a handball match either in Iceland or see the Icelandic national team play anywhere. Thank you to the Olympics for adding another bit of excitement to my Icelandic universe.
3. Open my own Icelandic wool shop – I can’t imagine any knitter not thinking this is the best wool ever. I’m willing to admit I may need to broaden my horizons a bit here and admit not everyone is obsessed with wool or Iceland as me. I still think it’s a good idea although I can see I may need to include other Scandinavian stuff to get people in.
4. See proper large scale Northern Lights – seeing a little display last year was good but makes you realise how weirdly eerie a full-on one would be.
5. Volcano watching – I’m not a huge fan of volcanoes but if I ever happen to be in Iceland when one is erupting it would be pretty cool to see (from a distance).
6. Brynja ice cream shop in Akureyri – supposedly amazing, ran out of time on last trip but must be worth checking out. I am completely enraptured by the ordinary dipped ice creams so if these are even better I’m in trouble.
Of course the great thing about Iceland is there are some things you can do over and over again and not get sick of seeing…
Some things remain from the original bucket list. I still really, really want to have a huge car with 40 inch tyres and it’s annoying that England isn’t built for them. I still wish I was good enough at knitting to do lopapeysas or just about anything in my Iceland Knits book. And I really will do at least the half if not the full marathon in Reykjavík one day.
If I had discovered Iceland when I was in my 20’s, I think my bucket list would have been pretty different and involved lots more bands and Iceland Airwaves related missions. I’m so jealous of anyone who is foreign but studying in Iceland. I knew absolutely nothing about Iceland when I was at university and was sure I’d be working in Africa…hmm…
Has where you like to go and what you like to do on your travels changed as you get older?