Next Destination: Iceland

25.3.10



Well, in two weeks time I'll be heading to Iceland!

Generously, I was extended an invitation to teach at Yoga Shala Reykavik for two months. I've never been, and I'm looking forward to it. Everyone I've talked to who has traveled to the magical country of Iceland eyes light up when describing it. I'm really excited to experience it. I mean, who would have thought? With a name such as, ICE - land, it doesn't exactly come off as being a popular destination. Haha. However, quite literally it's like no other place in the world.

As usual, I always like to pick up a few fun and interesting facts before heading to a new place. It's kinda been the drill. Already there's been quite a few things that have piqued my interest.


Reykjavik
Hallgrimskirkja


  • Iceland is alive with volcanic activity, sprouting geysers, waterfalls, hot steaming solfataras, and raging rivers. Sounds pretty awesome. Mother Nature is in full affect on this island nation about the size of Ohio. 
  • Iceland is not as cold as one would think in the winter, and warmer than expected in the summer.  In January the average temperature in Reykjavik is higher than New York. 
  • Iceland hosts more than 10,000 waterfalls, and numerous hot springs. With the country being a hot spot of geothermal activity, with 30 volcanoes erupting in the past two centuries, natural hot water supplies most of the population with pollution free heating. 

Opportunities to travel and teach yoga has been such a blessing over the past several years. To think teaching would take me to the ends of the earth to Iceland, never would I have guessed. Pretty cool stuff happens when letting go, following your heart and chartering into the unknown. Truly, when doing so, a higher power comes through, and doors open in ways you'd never expect.

Lonely Planet Iceland

To learn more about Iceland visit here


6 Insightful Comments:

Claudia said...

Wow, congratulations! what a great opportunity. I liked the facts and those pictures too, what an adventure!

Ursula said...

Great, I am already curious to hear about your adventures there.
Namaste
Ursula

Eco Yogini said...

wow very cool!! congratulations :)
I had a few friends in high school from Iceland, and a professor in grad school from there as well. they always had such beautiful things to say!

Peaceloveyoga said...

Thank you everyone! Really looking forward to it! I keep hearing such wonderful things about Iceland! xox

Arturo said...

hi Laruga
if you google images from Iceland, the results are astounding. i agree that it should be an exciting place to visit. in the early 90s i was friends with a lot of classical musicians and helped stage concerts for them. once i met the lady who was the principal violinist with the Iceland symphony, because she went to school with one of my friends and was visiting him. i learned a lot from her about her country then. one thing you will observe is that the vegetation, if it exists, is very short, because of the extreme weather. also, people paint the roofs in all kinds of colors, (were in other places people would paint the sides of houses) because if not everything would be drab in their capital. so, look for colorful roofs. the lady recounted how, by choosing to be a violinist, she had been able to travel the whole world with her fiddle, while most of her classmates stayed home.
hugs
Arturo

Peaceloveyoga said...

@ Arturo - Thanks for the Iceland info. I'm really excited see this mysterious country. I've been told some parts feel like a different planet.

 

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