House on Ice
When everyone went to Mexico
for spring break, I went to Iceland
...by myself. Some of my friends didn't believe it when I told them my plans until they saw the pictures. Then they were just jealous. It was one of the best trips of my life. For a geology or landscape buff, there can be no better place. Late March weather in Reykjavík is chilly but not horrible, there's just as much daylight as darkness, and there's still a chance of seeing the Northern Lights. The atmosphere lends itself perfectly to contemplative solitude, and so many people speak fluent English that it's an exotic get-away without being complicated or intimidating. Many roads to the center of the island and even around the island might be closed at that time of year, but there is more than enough to do for 10 days in and around Reykjavík. Wander the city, catch a concert, visit museums, soak at the Blue Lagoon, and take a small plane tour over Mount Hekla and the volcanic islands forming off the south coast. Then take a daytrip with Reykjavík Excursions (www.re.is) and see on the ground what you saw from the sky. Some of my favorite photographs (including the one posted here) are from a day tour of the south shore, with its stark and hauntingly beautiful backdrops. I think another visit to Iceland--perhaps in the summertime, for a pony trek?--might be in order....