So I’m back State side from Iceland. It was an amazing adventure, albeit expensive! However, going in the winter really allowed me to save a lot of money as compared to if I had gone in the summer. But, I do plan to return this summer!
During the winter months, the weather… Oh man, the weather. It’s brutal. You can read up on how cold it’s supposed to be and how to properly prepare for a trip to iceland in the winter, but nobody tells you about the 30-60mph wind gusts, the lack of good roads or daylight, or how much it really rains; be it cold rain, freezing rain, sleet or snow!
This is what the sky looked like flying in...
Simply existing in the weather is really exhausting. It’s worth it though! The natural beauty of the island of Islandia is hard to put into words. It’s awing, breath taking, humbling, even going as far as to instill an aspect of existential questioning and even angst. The land there is so huge and vast. It makes you feel tiny, yet powerful. The mere thought that people settled this land is mind boggling and empowering.
Just look at the image below. In the middle of the image, just to the left of the road, that tiny white and red line? That's a small farming village... That huge mountain range is looming over it, providing it with pure natural spring water, some cover from stronger winds, rich and fertile soil, and an amazing view...
Some things about Iceland that I observed or that I did not expect;
Overall, I enjoyed my trip to Iceland. It’s really affirmed my desire to travel. Just as the 8,000 mile trip around the US did. I had an amazing time, met some amazing folks, and took way too many pictures (it almost became an obsession!) I’m plotting and planning my next adventure and while I’m doing so, I’m doing odd jobs, updating my sites, and overall I’m going to be spending time creating things, spending quality time with my friends and family, and just recouping for a bit before the next big move.
Oh, and be sure to check out my Instagram and Facebook to see some live updates, other shots I took on the trip, or even first person 3D views of some of the sights I saw!
Happy Thanks Giving!! So I haven’t made an update in awhile, and that is because I have been very busy with odd jobs while back in Ohio and also planning my next trip to Iceland!
That’s right, I’ll be heading to Iceland in December; freezing temperatures most of the time, six hours of daylight a day, nine days in total, and a rental car to road trip around pretty much the only road on the island. I plan to spend some time in hotels and in the mainland, but mostly I’ll be staying in hostels while adventuring around to the different national parks they have there! I am looking forward to experiencing the Northern Lights, the landscape, the culture, and the cuisine!
All my clothes are super warm and I feel like I’m going to be fully prepared to take on this adventure! So far I have bought a lot of cold weather gear, you can check out what I’ve bought so far below;
Some interesting things I’ve learned so far, Iceland is actually just smaller than Ohio in terms of square footage. There are also only about 300,000 residents that live on the island, which is about the same amount of people who live in Cincinnati. Of those 300,000, two thirds (200,000) live in or near the capital leaving only 100,000 people spread across the rest of Iceland’s country side. Also, I found out that the M1 road (the main road around the island) is only 820 some odd miles around; so at 65mph, you could drive around the entire island in about 12.5 hours. I previously wasn’t aware how small of an island Iceland really is, but I’m confident that my 9 day adventure is going to be more than enough time to really get a feel for being there.
While doing research, I also found you can rent a camper van, so there’s a good chance I’ll be going back sooner than later! It costs roughly the same to rent just the van as it does to rent a car and spend 7 days in Iceland at hotels or hostels (depending how much of a budget traveler you're trying to be).
Outside of planning my trip and buying things I need to, I’ve been doing odd jobs. Mostly day laboring for a friend who is remodeling floors, doing tear out, laying the floors, or even just sanding and refinishing. It’s been good money and it’s been hard work. But I appreciate it as it’s helped me to get back in shape, I get to spend the day with my friends, and really the only terribly difficult days are the days we do a lot of tear out or demolition. Here shortly I will be making a new post about how to find odd jobs and work them. I do a lot of different odd jobs all the time, from Uber’ing, to laboring, to consulting and even setting up websites. If you’d like to see some of the flooring work I’ve been doing, check out the pictures below!
In fact, speaking about odd jobs, I recently help a friend make her art business completely official! Be sure to check out Instagram.com/JenniferBlixArt or Facebook.com/JenniferBlixArt Her site should be live Friday next week! Below is a shot of Blix filling out the proper forms to get her business all legal.
And lastly, I got new business cards! Check em out!!
So that's about it! Lots of working, planning, getting things done, and here in just a few short days I'll be heading down to Atlanta to take the first steps for my trip to Iceland! It's been really good working hard, making plans, and I'm really starting to see things pay off. Like I said before, keep an eye out on the site as I'll be making a few new posts soon, one about how to find and get odd jobs, and another about how to actually plan trips. Then I've also come up with a few different projects that I hope to get working on soon! So lots of content to come :) And I hope you all have a very wonderful Thanksgiving! <3
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