The country between fire and ice!
A wild slogan and yet a very suitable description of Iceland as of five years ago.
If you were looking to come up with a different slogan to describe the current state of affairs, it would probably go something like “Iceland – Welcome to Instagram”. That’s pretty much how it feels when you travel along the South coast of Iceland. There is hardly a waterfall without a hobby adventurer, clad in either a red or yellow jacket, trying to increase his number of followers in front of it. Even the tiniest lake or mountain is presented as if you hiked for days to the backcountry, even though the rental car is parked just 50 meters from the photographer.
The first impression
We leave Germany with our SUV and roof tent and drive to Northern Denmark, where a ferry takes us via the Faroe Islands, through the Norwegian Sea, to Iceland. There are many outdoor enthusiasts with a wide variety of interests, ranging from fishing to photography to skiing. All of them are bringing their vehicles, which would probably cause quite a commotion parked in front of German icecream shops. This fleet of vehicles made my ride seem pretty puny.