Changing Iceland

Only nine years ago, Icelandic tourism was a simple thing: you drove around the country viewing the things Icelanders found interesting, and they served you coffee, put you up for the night, and cooked a lamb for you. An old bridge, for instance…

… or a waterfall.

… a troll at Dimmuborgir…

… and some smooching among the birches, the trees that helped to gain them a country.

Now, pain.In the waste water from a power plant. You, dear visitor, are an industry now. Iceland shows your face in a mirror.

Yet in the small towns now, far from Reykjavik, people are tired of us all; they want us to go away. In Grindavik, an old woman even rammed me with her shopping cart in the grocery store. “Fair enough,” I thought. But I remember the generosity and gratitude that began this madness…

… and trust it will continue.

2 thoughts on “Changing Iceland

    1. Harold Rhenisch Post author

      Mine, too. Small consolation: we discovered that by staying in the suburbs, if one had to be in town, shopping in Icelandic stores and making use of Icelandic parks there is still an Icelandic Iceland open to visitors, because there are almost none there. Even Kringlan is a positive Icelandic experience.

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