Designed as a birthday surprise for our friend Melissa, we once again packed our bags to go and discover the martian surface of Bjӧrk's native land. And what a land it is! Populated by only 340,000 people who can all trace their ancestry to the first settlers, walking among its lava-formed trails gives us urbanites, and even countryside folks, instant literal perspective thanks to the distance between us and the horizon, which is either frozen or on fire. Unexpectedly romantic, I would recommend a week divided between Reykjavik and the middle of nowhere, where we found shelter in the imposing Ion Adventure Hotel.
First landing in the capital city, we rested our bones at the 101 (101hotel.is) which is the perfect place to have your first morning shot of fish oil. Later on, we found an incredible dinner and intense wine list waiting for us at the Grillamarkadurinn (grillmarkadurinn.is/en/) before traveling an hour and a half to the aforementioned Ion (ioniceland.is) where the bar is but a glass box overlooking the frozen dunes and where i bet lovemaking would be a worthy risk.
We spent five days in this martian landscape, between dipping our bodies in the geothermal pools of the Blue Lagoon (bluelagoon.com) and hiking on the edge separating the European and American tectonic plates, and we intend to go back.
See the photos here:
Filmed with an iPhone 6 equipped with Moment lenses (momentlens.co)
(in order of appearance)
Tosca - D-Moll (itunes.apple.com/us/album/d-moll/id3543744?i=3543710)
Kronos quartet performs Philip Glass - String Quartet No. 2 (Company) I (itunes.apple.com/us/album/string-quartet-no.-2-company/id79033083?i=79033057)
Max Richter - Laila's Journey (itunes.apple.com/us/album/laikas-journey/id511969380?i=511969388)
Jay Dee - Dreamy (youtube.com/watch?v=_TRzd0xgSQk)
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson - Hoc n Pucky (itunes.apple.com/us/album/hoc-n-pucky/id398682451?i=398683260)
And as usual, allow me to mention that my book, The Considered Life (amazon.com/gp/product/B00K1HTNDW/ and on iBooks) contains a chapter on TRAVEL (read it here for free: medium.com/@theconsideredlife/the-considered-life-7dd2ef5f637e) and you might enjoy the whole thing too, especially on a big trip...