Return to Iceland.....Savor the memory as there is no going back……


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October 1st 2017
Published: November 30th 2017
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This entry needs a little background……in 2012 we were fortunate enough to spend more than two weeks in Iceland. Iceland is an amazing country that offers lava fields, glaciers, waterfalls, hot springs, tundra and all sorts of geological wonders. We think of it with fond, fond memories and dreamed of going back. It is a truly an incredibly unique spot in the world and frankly….there is no oth... Read Full Entry



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30th November 2017

Beautiful
That water looks so inviting! It is a place that Bill needs to see with his Icelandic heritage.
30th November 2017

Iceland .... the land of Bill
Yes Bill needs to go trace his roots. A very unique country and both of you would love it.
30th November 2017

A tale of an amazing country
A good reminisence of the Blue Lagoon reflected during your wonderful trip to Iceland, Dave and MJ. Often I found that dream gets broken when i revisit a place to walk down the memory lane. Only couple of days ago I was in Chiang Mai and revisited my old love Tharn Thong Lodge close to Chiang Mai. To my surprise, i found that time has not put any dent to the tranquility of the place that i enjoyed staying. So i understand the pain you felt for Blue Lagoon, MJ. Enjoyed your story.
30th November 2017

A tale of an amazing country
Thanks for following along. Glad your dreams were not broken when visiting Tharn Thong Lodge. Serenity now. Iceland is one of our favorites but no desire to do the Blue Lagoon again. We will erase the recent visit and remember it as it was....hopefully.
30th November 2017

Sad about the Blue Lagoon
I didn’t get to the Blue Lagoon when I went to Iceland in 2016, I feel like I missed it now! My employee is going to Iceland on Saturday and was asking me how busy I thought it would be and I wasn’t sure, but as she’s in her 20s, it should be all good for her although I recall it being super expensive when I went!
30th November 2017

Sad about the Blue Lagoon
I wish you had gone in 2016 but even still would encourage you to experience it once. You won’t know the difference and maybe you will get lucky and not have a croweded day. I doubt it but I’m attempting to be positive. I’m sure your 20 something employee will fit right in. Yes Iceland is expense and the hotel at the Blue Lagoon has gotten extremely expensive. I don’t think a ticket into the lagoon is all that pricey. Most people take the bus from town and return to the city. Thanks for following along. MJ
30th November 2017

Never Return
Hi Guys, It gets rather better the further you go from the 'golden circle', but I'm inclined to agree; it's an awesome, wonderful place, on its way to being the victim of its own success. It will take more than that to stop you two travelling though. We even suffered the same problem during the school holidays in Scotland this year! Life is an adventure whichever way up.
30th November 2017

Never return
On our first visit we had over two weeks so we saw much of the country and the North and northwest were our favorites. Such an amazingly diverse country.I’m sure getting away from the city is the way to go but this was intended to be a quick stop to enjoy the thermal pools. Lessons learned. MJ
30th November 2017

Timing is everything
When we were in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia together I recall your excitement you were returning to Iceland. But your blog reminds me of the old adage when travelling "Timing is Everything." Our travel experiences can be twarted by insurrection, catastrophic or political events...unpredictable but making one wish we had not delayed travelling there. Or oft it can be if one waits too long the destination becomes 'the flavour of the month' making remote seem crowded like a tourist city in the evening. Makes me think I'll let Iceland quieten down...or maybe (cos I don't like crowds in paradise) it is too late for us to visit there. No matter...the next on our wish list should be remoteness heaven. Yep...timing is everything...the challenge for us is to ensure time does not run out.
30th November 2017

Timing is everything
We were taken aback by the crowds. I’ll bet western Iceland is still pristine and it is off the beaten path and few go there. I’m glad we had a real Icelandic experience a few years ago. Thanks for reading and commenting. MJ
30th November 2017

Revisting old loves vs finding new friends
We haven't made it to that part of the world yet, so my first reaction was one of dismay. But as you say, we won't really know any different and despite the crowds it all sounds fabulously exotic to me. I'm glad you were able to salvage your thermal pool dreams in your hotel pool. Love your pics! :)
1st December 2017

Revisiting old loves vs finding new friends
Iceland is amazing even with the crowds. On our first trip we went far and wide and really enjoyed the North and Northwest parts of the country. You can still find less crowded locations. This time we admit we were on the Golden Triangle which is the heaviest traveled. I would recommend doing Iceland sooner than later. MJ
1st December 2017

Ahh....the Memories
When we have really enjoyed a destination, we romanticize it so much that a return visit could almost never live up to our vision of it in our dreams. I think that is why we have rarely visited destinations twice. Like a lost love from our past, they are often best left in our memories. That being said, Iceland is gorgeous and the photography opportunities are too great. I know we will get there eventually. Enjoyed reading this entry and all your recent travels!
1st December 2017

Ahh.... the memories
We can't wait until you go so we can see your amazing photos. Iceland is rare and has the most unique topography. You will love it. If you read our past blogs you'll know there are some areas fewer tourists go to. One of the reasons is most people only allowed 4 or 5 days to see this country.... and that cannot be done. As you say... a lost love from our past. MJ
1st December 2017

Crowds
Indeed Iceland has changed drastically over the years. I consider myself fortunate to go to Iceland most years with work, but I have noticed the impact of mass tourism in some of the most beautiful parts. Economy vs environment - the struggle continues! Winter in Iceland is just starting to get noticed, but it is still fairly quiet (for now). Keep exploring, Dave.
1st December 2017

Crowds
We were hesitant to discuss the crowds because we wondered if we just hit a bad week. Until our guide told us they no longer have a slow season we were not sure. I’d hate for anyone to miss this amazing country so I would go sooner than later. You’ve taken note of the changes also and we agree with you that it has been rather dramatic. With that said Iceland is still unique and stunning. Wish travel magazines would slow down with those articles. MJ
2nd December 2017

Stunning Iceland!
Gosh, very inspirational, I love your descriptions of this unique country. Also loved the photos of the velvet clouds and grass-covered houses :) I've often considered revisiting places I've travelled to to rekindle the memories, but very useful to remember that although memories stay the same, the places will always move on, and it would be important to remember this before returning. Thank you for getting me to think about this one.
2nd December 2017

Stunning Iceland
Yes the places continue to move on. Iceland is spectacular and I recommend everyone going. I'd go sooner than later but it is worth the trip. Love your description of the velvet clouds.
2nd December 2017

Blue Lagoon or not!
Yes, it is getting more crowded in Iceland. I think many tourists are doing these short layover kind of trips and so they stay mostly in the Golden circle area. During my June trip this year, I did not see many tourists outside of Golden Circle; except one place near Lake Myvatn where I saw tourist buses with European tourists. But Iceland is a place that beckons due to its natural beauty. Worth taking multiple trips there. As for Blue Lagoon, well, you have to contend with people there trying to soak in the quintessential Icelandic experience!! Photographs in the social media make it look like an other-worldly place.There is no escaping the crowd there! At least you have managed to keep the tourists out of your lovely photographs!
2nd December 2017

Blue Lagoon or not!
Glad to hear what we suspected that if you got away from the Golden Triangle you'd have fewer tourists to contend with. Iceland offers endless unique and natural beauty. Loved your blogs.
5th December 2017

Iceland a popular destination
I've heard that Iceland is fast becoming an extremely popular destination. It is still on my bucket list. The crowds are a bit daunting but I'd still like to explore it. Our son has recently returned from Iceland and he keeps wanting to go back. Lets hope we can get the opportunity before it is too full of tourists. Thanks for the blog and comparison. I agree, no place is ever the same when you return to it, so it's worth savoring the memory.
5th December 2017

Iceland is a popular destination
Thanks for following along. I'm glad your son enjoyed Iceland and I hope you can go sooner than later. It is one of those locations that you want to return to. I think getting away from The Golden Circle the way we did the first time would be a different experience.Happy Travels.
7th December 2017
Geyser

We also loved Iceland
We also loved Iceland. It was the last trip we did before we joined TB so we don't have any blog entry from there (but our mascots actually have one (https://www.travelblog.org/Europe/Iceland/blog-118494.html). They had their own blog for a while). We will go back in the future and we already look forward to it. /Ake
8th December 2017
Geyser

We also loved Iceland
Glad you and your mascots enjoyed Iceland. It is a unique location.
11th December 2017

Gotta love Iceland
Iceland tops my list of favourite destinations too. I'm a Geography teacher so you'd understand where I'm coming from. Very nice to read that you had a chance to stop there again on your way back home :)
11th December 2017

Hello Elton,
Great hearing from you again. It was good going back to Iceland. It is an amazing country.
16th December 2017

Ah Iceland...
...great post guys, brought back many great memories...we too rank Iceland among the top of our list of destinations, really hard to put my finger on it but it somehow it just grabbed hold of me and really hasn't let go...will hopefully make it back some day, we didn't see the northwest and would really like to explore more around Vik...and agreed, Reykjavik is just plain cool...we stayed one night at the same hotel at the Blue Lagoon (night before we left to come home, figured we would treat ourselves and it was closer to the airport) and loved the private thermal pool (despite the enormous cost to stay there!). BL seemed destined to become an overcrowded tourist trap, it was busy when we were there in September, but still cool to see once...cheers! Jeff
16th December 2017

Ah Iceland....
Iceland does something to you. It is so unusual it leaves you wanting more. You must go back and see the NW. Glad you experienced the hotel next door. It was amazing and made us happy even on our second trip. Keep traveling.
6th January 2018

Thank You!
As always, your blog inspires and educations in the most delightful way. Happy New Year! Happy Trails! Safe Travels! Looking forward to your next adventure!
6th January 2018

Thank you Joanne
We have not heard from you in awhile. Glad you had time to read one of our blogs. We did a bit of traveling off the beaten path this year. We had a good time. Enjoying reading your current warm weather adventure. We live in Florida now so hopefully we can meet sooner than later. MJ

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