You know what my favorite part about being me is? Aside from the fact that I rarely get hangovers?
That when I want to take a random trip to Iceland — I can take a random trip to Iceland. I had a three week period with no weddings. I was already in Europe, so basically next door to Iceland. Take that statement with a grain of salt. I also went to China from Finland because I felt like I was “close.” A trip to be Iceland had to be taken.
I’m on a quest to visit all of the Nordic capital cities. Because I love Vikings.
And because there’s something about these strange, lonely, cold, far away places that really fascinates me — Scandinivians and their insanely high suicide rates and standards of living.
Scandinavians and their perfect English. Their delicious coffee and disgusting food. Scandinavians…and their Alexander Skarsgard men.
It’s a region that I fully plan on continuing to explore.
Though technically, Iceland isn’t Scandinavian (Scandinavia is a peninsula, did you know that?). But it’s a common mistake, and in my head, anywhere that has freezing weather and hot blond giant men is basically Scandinavian.
So far, out of the Nordic cities I’ve been to, I have to say, I think Reykjavik is my favorite. Helsinki comes in at a close second (or might be first, depending on the day you ask me) and Oslo trails in a distant third.
I liked the arts scene in Reykjavik. And by arts, I mean, AMAZING fashion design and whole lot of photography exhibits everywhere. Some of them good, some of them bad, but regardless of the quality, photography is clearly something that’s appreciated there.
In Reykjavik, I felt like I had found the birthplace of the original hipster.
Aside from the adorable old people, Iceland also seemed to attract a very specific kind of tourist — young hippies, basically. There was an abundance of them running around the streets of Reykjavik. They made me feel like clean hair is overrated.
Thanks to Cole, who randomly happened to be in Iceland at the same time as me, for one last photo of the beautiful Francine.