What is something that you learned about Iceland that surprised you?
You feel like it's a different world, but it's not that far away. You think that you would have to go South America to experience something different, so it's a refreshing experience that is not that far away: it's getting closer and closer with the number of flights and destinations increasing all the time. You don’t have to go very far to experience a whole new world; the food is very different, the language is very different.
Being from Canada, helped me to feel very much at home in Iceland, at least climate-wise. The people are nice, the air is fresh, and the food is good. And although we share many characteristics, I’m surprised of how little I know about Iceland; and how much I want to know more.
If you had more time in Iceland, what else would you like to see and do?
We do plan to return to Iceland. We want to be able to experience the other season, that is to say summer; I think we would like to do a helicopter trip, visiting some lava fields, and getting a closer look at the volcano as part of our fascination with geography and natural history.
I would love to go scuba diving in the fissures and in between the tectonic plates; I have done quite a bit of scuba diving in the Caribbean and in other places around the world and this would be one of those strange places to dive and a great places to dive.
What tips do you have for people who want to visit Iceland?
If you are going to go, don’t go cheap, do your research and really be strategic about what you want to see and how you will line up your schedule, you want to see as much of it as you can, after all. Iceland is the kind of place where you can’t go for a week long break and do nothing. You better go and do something, whether you go for the food, or the culture, or the nature. Plan properly, spend appropriately, and you will enjoy it.