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Why I Love Iceland? The First Stories

By Iceland Review

We already have a number of replies to the question: Why I love Iceland? The following two don’t list a number of reasons. Ian tells us a story about his first trip to Iceland and Sam sums his views up in one sentence. We have also received some lists, but we will return to them later.

Let’s read on:

Ian Ashwell wrote:

I came to Iceland first in 1952 and have been coming, and often working , in Iceland ever since.

On my first visit (very few other tourists), I hitch-hiked. I was recommended by Peter Scott, the Naturalist, to visit Mývatn and Dettifoss. I had a wonderful first hitch with four fishermen travelling to Adaldalur for salmon, who gave me a recommendation to Gudrun Pálsdóttir at Höfdi on Mývatn who let me sleep in a tent in her garden and I saw Mývatn as it simply was then–‘unimproved’ -and you could walk everywhere, into the crater of Hverfell and through Dimmuborgir, then totally unfenced.Then by bus to Grímsstadir and up the Hólssandur road to try to get a lift.

myvatn-birdlife_psMývatn. Photo by Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

Nothing came by that afternoon, so the farmer at Grímsstadir gave me a couch to sleep on and some breakfast, while eating which a truck came in and gave me a lift. When he put my down by a decrepit sign he looked as though he thought I was crazy but I soon saw the falls and spent the whole morning there without seeing a soul, and then walked down to the coast road for another lift. That was the Iceland I have always loved!

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Sam Yoga wrote:

Why waste time to write 15 reasons, there is one reason and it is because of all other reasons.

THIS COUNTRY IS SAFE AND FRIENDLY TO LIVE- Any society which provides this luxury, does most of things right.

With Love,

Sam

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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