Room for Adventure: Iceland’s Southern Coast

Ironically, in a place where a stable government had been established by 930AD, the human footprint on Iceland feels so- temporary. Maybe it’s the lack of buildings over two stories tall, or that towns seem to be placed based off of good ideas two thousand years ago. In the relative youth of the land, Earth’s primordial state can be seen, where humans are still only renting their space on the land.

It would be cheap to call Iceland otherworldly. Sure, in the pitted, lava rock deserts, similarities to the moon and science fiction are easy to draw. However, I would argue that Iceland is one of the most pure, most untouched bits of this world, and its relative youth to the giants like North America is the reason. Iceland shows us what the world once was, in its infancy. A place that is both barren and beautiful, and buzzing with the kinetic energy of new life, and the potential for anything.

Icelandic people are as unique as the island they live on.The Icelanders are a quirky group of people. Many Still believe in faeries, and they smoke more weed per capita than any other European country. In the white nights of summer, people will party in Reykjavík until 8am, some of them passing out on the sidewalks for a nap on the way home. In my experience, it is not the Irish or Germans who can drink, but the Icelandic! There might only be around 320,000 of them, which is about a ten block radius of any NYC area on a Tuesday night, but for what they lack in numbers they make up with tenacity. Not uncommon to Scandinavia, the people have a deep connection with the Earth, and wish to conserve it as much as possible. Most of the their power comes from geothermal energy harvested underground. Sure, their hot water smells like farts, but the Icelandic people have made Iceland one of the cleanest, least polluting countries in the world.

In fact, Iceland boasts the ‘cleanest, clearest’ water on Earth. Within the Silfra Rift, otherwise known as the gap between the North American and European tectonic plates, glacial melt filtered through some of the clean soil on Earth ends a forty-year journey. The products of such a phenomenon are beautiful and delicious.

There is no shortage of adventure in Iceland. This post shows merely a snippet of the South Coast. We have yet to explore the entire ring road, and have barely scratched the surface of the island’s interior. We spent five full days in Iceland in June of 2015, and explored the South Coast. Below is the photo gallery with some information on how to get to these places and how best to enjoy them.

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