This trip to Iceland was a long time coming. For years I'd been dreaming about the land of fire and ice. Consequently, this trip did not disappoint. To sum it up? Dancing green lights, giant water-blowing holes and free labour were aplenty.
Let me explain. The aurora has been on my bucket list since I was a child. Living in Canada you may think to yourself "doesn't this girl live north enough to see them?" Incorrect. Thanks to light pollution and being nearest to the most southern tip of Canada, I have never had the privilege... and truly, it is a privilege.
For whatever reason, geysers have always boggled me. Having limited background knowledge of geology, they seemed almost magical. It was an exciting moment when the first one bubbled up and erupted in a cascade of hot water. What a tease though! Every time the water would bubble slightly, you were poised at the camera in anticipation... and then... nothing. Suddenly, when you least expected it (and when tourists were least prepared), it would erupt! An exciting spectacle, to say the least.
Free labour, you ask? Well in order to get myself over to Iceland as cheaply as possible, I signed up for a volunteer work camp experience. I met a group of travelers at a hostel in Reykjavik and we journeyed through the dramatic Icelandic landscape without saying so much as hello. You really wouldn't expect that we would all become great friends by the end of the trip; working, cooking, sleeping, showering (...eek), and exploring with the same people for a week and half can really bond you together. We helped clean up the small town of Eskifjordur while also working on renovating the school house we were living in. Shower facilities? You had to walk to the local pool and shower publicly. Oh yes... I forgot to mention that you had to do this in the nude. The Icelanders had a rule that you had to shower naked before the use of the pool facilities. Why? Not too sure... but you looked like a fool if you were the only one showering in your bathing suit.
Overall, it was an incredible experience and I truly recommend visiting this beautiful place.