This guest post is from Grace at StorytellerGirl, who is a much more serious and focused writer than I am – someday I will be able to say I knew her before she was published! She is also a Nordic music fan, and is now gearing up for her first trip to Iceland. You can also follow her on Twitter – @storytellerGRL
Over to Grace…
So who wants to go to Iceland? I do! And so do a lot of other people, too, apparently. Iceland seems to be a popular tourist destination.
As I’ve been planning this trip, I have gotten reactions ranging from excitement, people asking if they could stow away in my suitcase and come with me, and people asking me why on earth I’d want to go to Iceland.
I thought I’d answer those questions – about why Iceland, that is, not about stow-aways in my suitcase. Sorry, but TSA is hard enough to get through without a person hiding in my suitcase.
So, why Iceland?
There’s lots of stuff to see and do, and I’ve never been there before. Reason enough right there, right?
I love Nordic stuff.
While my ancestors that I can trace go back to England and Germany, I wouldn’t doubt that I’ve got some Scandinavian in me somewhere. My mom has been to Denmark, and I’ve been to Norway, so I might as well check Iceland off the list next.
It’s a short, direct flight.
I’m very excited about the idea of not having to change planes to get to another country. I live in America, where we usually have to change planes just to get to another state. I don’t mind flying – it’s the take-off, landing, sitting on the tarmac waiting, navigating through the airport, and going through security that I don’t like. And the only thing worse than having several hours to kill in an airport between flights is having eight and a half minutes to get to another building three miles away to catch the next flight. So yeah, direct flight to Keflavik airport? I’m in.
I’ve been reading this awesome blog for so long that I want to experience everything she writes about.
The wonderful Idratherbeiniceland has a compelling blog: creative, comprehensive, well-written, lots of pictures. I don’t know if her original intent was to promote Iceland to the point that all her readers wanted to go there, but it worked with me. Check back in the fall to see my thoughts about Iceland once I’ve actually been there!
We thought it would be fun for Grace to share some thoughts before her trip, and to give an update after her trip on whether Iceland managed to live up to her expectations!What was your inspiration for visiting Iceland for the first time? Did you have any pre-trip nerves? How soon afterwards did you go for a second trip? 🙂
Update: Grace is back! Read the story of her trip here.