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Last winter in Iceland, we embarked on a true Iceland adventure in search of new locations to send clients. I was lucky enough to experience THE MOST unique locations and things to do in Iceland. I’m not really sure how to describe this location other than “otherworldly.”
I’m not really sure how to describe this location other than “otherworldly.”
I have been to Iceland many times and it never ceases to amaze me. The landscape dramatically shifts every time you change direction, literally. I can honestly say this is the most stirring and wild environment I have ever experienced. Maybe that’s why the locals call it the home of the Gods. Fittingly, our Momentum guide is called Thor!
Currently writing this blog on my way back home to the UK, I try to recall everything I have experienced.
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We are picked up before sunrise and whisked away in an insanely massive truck that looks like it would be more at home on the Moon than on a road. Thor explains to me that we need this “beast” to cross the areas where we are going. Still in darkness, we approach our destination, pulling off the road and ploughing through metres of snow, leaving an incredible cloud in our wake.
Passing on both sides of our super truck are huge volcanic spires the size of office buildings, jutting out of the snow. As we gently come to a standstill I look up and see something that literally takes my breath away. Waves, massive waves, crashing and exploding onto a volcanic beach, leaving a milky mist flowing majestically off the tips, this is a true Iceland adventure…
The beach is private and totally empty. I stand in awe as the sun rises over the ocean and lights up the beach, the tiny black stones like black diamonds, sparkling as the rising sun hits them. Speechless, dumbfounded, and in total silence, Thor and I watch the sunrise, smiling in complete contentment.
As night falls we set off and I find myself trekking through mini canyons and streams of crystal clear water, with icicles the size of houses clinging to the canyon walls. This place reminds me of Lord of the Rings – I half expect a little Hobbit to pop round the corner at any minute.
Our Iceland Adventure Continues
Thor’s next installment of showing the path less travelled was beyond anything I could ever have imagined. Momentum prides itself on staying away from traditional tourist spots and getting under the skin of a country. That was my brief to Thor; he has done a perfect job so far. What came next was just remarkable.
We drove into the wilderness to a remote part of private land. We then proceeded to walk through lava fields covered in snow, our head torches capturing the tips of lava columns, making them sparkle and glisten in the night. The only sound for miles was the crunch of snow underfoot. When we arrived at our destination, there was nothing to see at first glance. Thor then walked gingerly over to what looked like an open seam in the snow. It must have stretched for 200 yards! Thor confidently said “this is it”, unpacking the rope and feeding it into the gap. “OK off we go!” I asked where I was going and what I should expect..
He smiled and said, “a once in a lifetime experience, no one comes here, it’s a magical place”
After a short abseil of maybe 15 feet, I found myself standing on a rock platform. About 2 feet beneath me was the clearest water I had ever seen, steaming and shimmering in the light! Thor shouted down, “jump in!” The outside temperature was maybe -5 but the water was an inviting 40 degrees.
I peeled off to my birthday suit and went in. WOW, oh my gosh, wow, wow, wow! I was literally floating in a geothermic mini river, between two towering volcanic walls, whilst being warmed by the Earth’s belly. Thor joined me shortly after and we just floated gently between the volcanic walls, in total silence. Thor then told me “this is where I took my wife before we were married” and the rest is history…
I could write for days and still never truly be able to explain the magic that Iceland holds. Come with Momentum and see Iceland from a new perspective.