this is not only a love letter, but also a letter which should give you moments
I love you. Your nature is most beautiful, most astonishing, most cruel and also
soft nature I have ever seen and I will likely ever see in my life. Your rivers,
mountains, waterfalls and highlands are incredible. Your harsh winds keep one
cold and shivering even if the sun burns. The sky looks more blue than anywhere
in the world and the waters look more clean than air itself.
I'm by no means a poet, so I really hope anyone who reads this understands what
I want to say: I'm in love with Iceland.
Although the land can be harsh and cruel, the winds can freeze you and I bet the
snow in the winter can kill you easily, I have to say that Iceland is now my
Sadly, there are bad things about Iceland, too. But these are human made and
therefore they could be fixed.
First of all, please Iceland, fix your Roads! It is unbelievable how bad they
are. We always laughed when the road signs said “80” or “60” (Km/H) because one
could hardly drive 40 on those roads because of all the bumps and holes in it.
We had holes that where about 10cm deep into the road.
Secondly, please fix your camping sides. With two toilets for two hundred
people, that's not gonna work for any longer. Especially not for 30€ (3000 IK)
for two people per night. For this price, one can have a nice camping side in
France, Spain, Italy or Germany (and other countries in central Europe) with
tens of toilets, ehashing places, a common room and incl. electricity. So if
you want the hikers to stay at camping sides, you either have to lower the
prices or provide more luxery – and I'd suggest lowering the prices because
not-so-wealthy people will still camp in the wild if the prices are too
high. The mini-campers will continue to shit into your landscape if camping
prices are too high.
And then, of course, the many people. We talked to a ranger during our trip
which said the same: There are too many tourists coming to the country. I guess
the problem is not that there are too many people, that's just annoying for
everyone. The real problem is that there are too many people who do notbcare
about nature, but about their pictures and how they can brag about their great
vacation and about the big car they drove and rivers they crossed. They don't
care about your nature, running through protected area, not caring about the
breeding birds they disturb and such. You, Iceland, should put fines on that.
And by fines I do not mean “fines” but FINES. Let them pay. Let them help with
their money fix your roads. Let each of them play 1000 € or $ if they run trough
protected area. And don't tell me it is hard to do so if nobody watches: We saw
a ranger who clearly saw what was happening and who did not care about it.
Despite these issues, which clearly can be solved. It just needs someone to step
in in your politics and do it.
So, dear Iceland, please think about your issues. It will help to keep you as
beautiful as you are. And you're clearly the most beautiful county on this
planet. I really want to come back some time and see more of your nature.
tags: #life #traveling #iceland