Iceland Reflection: A Beautiful, Alien Landscape

Long nights with late night deadlines plus a relentless itinerary, all things that cumulate to make for a beneficial learning experience, translated through understanding working in the media field. This perspective could lend itself to putting in the best work possible on the most challenging schedule possible, an unknown element of a class focused on portfolio expansion. Translating the stress of no sleep and meeting blog deadlines, the covering international festivals course definitely showcased real world journalistic scenarios of working under pressure in a foreign land.

The Divide National Park was one of the first settled areas in Iceland.
The Divide National Park was one of the first settled areas in Iceland.

Being able to look back on the week, I think my favorite leisurely activities were probably the Golden Circle tour, followed by the Blue Lagoon and lastly the Aurora Borealis hunt. Being in a landscape totally alien to everything I knew, the mountainous and rocky terrain resembled something out of a science fiction classic, leading to my only conclusion: Iceland’s like a vast planetary system situated between the worlds of North America and Europe. There are few moments in life where transcendence, awe and knowledge intersect, but at the last stop on the Golden Circle tour at Thingvellir National Park Rift Valley, chills ran down my spine looking out over the pristine, untouched landscape.

The Blue Lagoon's heated by geothermal pools deep below the earths crust.
The Blue Lagoon’s heated by geothermal pools deep below the earths crust.

Ever since learning about Iceland, I’d wanted to go to the Blue Lagoon and swim in its mineral-rich waters. Being able to wade through the light blue waters was so relaxing and really helped recharge a bit of the lost energy over such an exhilarating week.

Although it was forcasted for a 4 out of 10 strength rating, our cameras detected the changes in light.
Although it was forecasted for a 4 out of 10 strength rating, our cameras detected the changes in light.

Having seen the lights over Reykjavík on Friday night between The Knife and Retro Stefson, I was elated at the chance to actually head to the countryside and chase the beautiful phenomenon. After getting frustrated with some people on the tour using flash I wandered about 100 yards from the viewing area and built a makeshift tripod out of lava rock. The end result was faintly capturing the incredible phenomenon. long winding spirals of green and red light cascaded vertically and horizontally to the horizon line and into the upper atmosphere .

The documentary crew
The documentary crew

Iceland is a truly alien landscape, with expansive beauty. Who knew a country the size of Kentucky could hold so much beauty within its unique arctic borders.

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