As this seems to be the time of year when I think about what I haven’t done in Iceland yet I thought I’d look back on my former two bucket lists (2011 and 2012) and see if I have ticked anything more off on those. Well, I only managed to accomplish two more “goals” since the last update in October 2012:
Visited not only Ísafjörður but all around the Westfjords. I still seem to have a lot to blog about from this trip. The region is somehow different from the rest of Iceland and was well worth the visit.
Saw the Icelandic national handball team play in Iceland. This was due to a happy coincidence in planning that led to seeing Iceland play in their home arena. Again I was amazed at how close you can get to things in Iceland – you’d be miles away from a national team anywhere else.
A few of my original goals are proving more difficult:
The Northern Lights remain elusive, but I’m telling myself maybe they are one of those things that are better in your imagination than in real life? No? Well, I am going to try again in 2014. I’m sure when they are ready for me to see them they will appear.
Knitting my own lopapeysa is unlikely. Knitting requires a lot of patience and ability. I’ve accepted that unless I go on some kind of intensive knitting course I’m pretty much stuck where I am. One thing I have learned from knitting is the amazing properties of wool and my house now has a lot more woollen products generally than it did five years ago. I’m now also checking the wool content of sweaters when I buy them – funnily enough all my cheap thin ones have 0% wool.
Running the marathon or half marathon in August. The only reason I haven’t done this one is yet I’ve either not been allowed to have the time off at work or the race clashes with something else. This is a frustrating one but it’s more likely to happen than the lopapeysa.
I’ve thought of a few more goals in case these don’t work out:
Discover I have Icelandic DNA – I’ve always wanted to do one of these DNA tests you see advertised where you find out where your distant ancestors came from. Unfortunately I am 99% sure mine had nothing to do with Iceland (or Denmark, Norway or Ireland) but it’s a fun idea. On the 1% chance I’m wrong I’ll start looking at what Icelandic name I would choose and learning how to do better hair braids, just in case (braiding has to be easier than knitting, right?)
Get snowed in – I can imagine nothing cosier than being snowed in somewhere in Iceland. I’m not sure how I can make this happen aside from spending a long time in a remote northerly place. Also need to make sure that place has lots of food and books.
Work at something obscure – I know, Iceland itself is pretty obscure to most people. If I had the time (and money) to spend a longer time there I think working at one of the more “specialist” tourist museums would be fun. Other dream roles would be: leading sea monster viewing tours, working at the Freyja chocolate factory, or working at air traffic control at Ísafjörður airport.
I’ll keep you posted on these and other more realistic happenings…
How’s your Icelandic bucket list going? Do you have any goals for 2014?