Descriptive Essay - About Iceland

1431 Words Feb 21st, 2007 6 Pages
"An Anecdote of the Land of Ice"

My friend Josh and I didn't say much as we loaded our luggage into the rental car at Keflavik Airport. We'd just landed in Iceland, and already we were silenced by the landscape. "It looks even more amazing in person!," Josh said as we took it all in.

Since we met during at a gathering at an old friends' house, Josh and I had dreamed to traveled extensively through the world together, from the canals of Venice and Amsterdam to the mountains of Austria and Italy, but Iceland was our main place of excitement to visit.

The surrounding lava field resembled something you would only see you in your wildest dreams, with huge moss-covered rocks haphazardly compiled on the ground, and funnels of steam rising to
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Every six to eight minutes, a geyser named Strokur erupts, spewing boiling water 20 meters into the calm air. That was an incredible experience as I'd never seen a geyser in action before. Josh had the pleasure to have visited Yellowstone National Park, and he felt that even though Old Faithful reaches higher, Strokur wasn't even able to be described in words.

I was surprised at first to see no guardrails anywhere, just small signs reminding visitors of the obvious need to stand back from the geysers. Iceland, especially the parts that aren't frequented by tourists, is truly an "At Your Own Risk" country. You can walk right up to a geyser, swim under a waterfall, scramble up a mountainside and nobody will stop you. Granted, it may be the last thing you'll ever do, but those with common sense can experience and enjoy the outdoors free from guardrails, velvet ropes, or glass barriers that you might encounter somewhere else in America.

After we were finished with Geysir, we arrived at the highlight of the Golden Circle Tour: Gulfoss, the Golden Waterfall. On a sunny day, rainbows form over the waterfall from the mist rising. Luckily for us, it was more than perfect outside and up above was the most ravishing rainbow any man could lay his eyes on, it was even more magnificent to watch the rushing water fall 100 feet into a mile and a half wide ravine. Once again, we were the only people there, free to watch for as long as we liked, free to stand
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