Tonight for the first time in a couple of weeks, we drifted off to sleep under the glow of the moon, as opposed to the shining sun. I must admit, it felt peaceful to be wrapped in the arms of darkness and as soon as we parted ways with the day, our bodies rejoiced in the tranquility of twilight. Despite the much-needed rest, we left Iceland with a true sense of melancholy. Never before had we been completely speechless in the presence of nature, words escaped us, tears swelled in our eyes and moments of sheer awe vanished as we became one with the stunning natural world that surrounded us.
Iceland was in so many ways an eye-opening journey for each of us and for us as a family. The island taught us a great deal about travel and more importantly, ourselves. We learned what happens when dreams become fulfilled and have vowed to teach our children to dream big. We learned that taking risks often rewards us with more than we ever imagined possible. We learned that in this life there are no guarantees, so if there is something we long to see, now is the best time. We embraced the unknown, dared to be a bit more adventurous than normal and relished in the fact that Iceland (despite the looming threat of volcanic eruptions) felt safe in terms of giving strangers rides, asking for help, being entrenched in the most remote landscapes, but never feeling far from security. Iceland reminded us why we choose to live a life of deliberation (no private schools, no cleaning services, no car, no home) because this world is exceptionally beautiful and now that we have seen nature in all of its glory, we yearn to see more.
I know our readers will want the details of our trip to Iceland – where we stayed, ate, what we saw, how we filled our days and I do promise that will come, but before we post those aspects of our trip we wanted to share with you what it means to travel and to be changed. Changed because of time, place and experiences. Changed because email, social networks, news, sounds other than nature seemed only to distract us from what we went to absorb and the absence of such interferences was a welcome departure from all the noise.
Iceland also provided the true sense of adventure. As Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia once said when referring to adventure, “When everything goes wrong, that’s when the adventure starts.” Iceland forced us to find our way when the unexpected presented itself, encouraged us to take chances on people and places on more than one occasion and for that, we are forever changed as people and as travelers.
Iceland is exquisitely beautiful, eerily remote and geologically inspiring. Her people are durable and hardworking with keen entrepreneurial spirits. And as for us, well, we are most humble for the experience that was and will forever be etched in our hearts as Iceland.
We left the country wholeheartedly grateful for such a remarkable journey and for us, Iceland was the true essence of what it means to travel, to explore and to throw yourself into the unknown.
What’s to come…The Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik and heading West.