Some places are so gorgeous that writing words to describe the scenery almost seems disrespectful. So yea, just look at the pictures.
But cultural experiences though, I could go on forever. Here it goes, my Fourth of July trip to the land of ice.
First of all, Icelandic is so hard. As a language fanatic, I always enjoy learning a word or two of the local tongue wherever I visit. But I've never encountered a language with such semantic and phonetic structural differences. I usually take a lot of pride in my pronunciation skill, but it took me four whole days to learn the correct pronunciation of "eyjafjallajokull". Completely defeated.
As for weather, Reykjavik is quite cold during summer. Most people had parkas on but I only had two sweaters (thanks to WOW Air's no free carry-on policy). During this time of year the sun's pretty much out 24/7. You get a little dawn feeling at around 2am but everything becomes piercingly bright again by 4am.
Our wallets took a big hit from this trip. Because resources are so scarce, vegetables, coffee, gas,(and pretty much everything else) are ridiculously expensive. A nice dinner at downtown Reykjavik is around $80 per person. Every night we were starving tourists rushing into town, exhausted from a day of exploring, and ready to eat just about anything they served.
Speaking of food, the seafood there is just bomb. From lobster to cod, from fermented shark to whale, the quality is exceptional. We also had puffins, which is surprisingly toothsome. How can something so cute taste so good? Anyways, will write a separate post about this in "Delish."
In addition, we met some of the most down-to-earth people, who speak perfect English, and don't mind talking to fobs like us. On our last night, we chatted with a Young girl at a local bar. The way she described winter in Iceland made me actually appreciate February in New York. I can't imagine growing up in a place when half of the year is dark, freezing, and filled with snow storms. Much respect to the Icelandic for being such badasses.
That Viking spirit is too real.