We have an ocean between what’s familiar to us now. As we flew into the Icelandic coast I felt, for the first time, like I had truly left home. We landed at 12:30 am and the sky was still light and inviting. I am ready for Iceland. With my coat wrapped around me and one little hand holding mine we’ll walk with our arms wide open for you.

We have some work associates here and they graciously took us around their country. Teaching us cultural insights and jokes. My first Icelandic joke – you ready- What do you do if you get lost in an Icelandic forest? You stand up!  A huge TAKK (Icelandic for thank you) for our lasting memories of your beautiful landscapes and delicious food.

I learned that Iceland has 13 Santa’s! Starting on December 13th until the 24th, one at a time, they leave little gifts in the kid’s shoes. If they are bad they get rotten potatoes. The Santa’s look like mountain trolls. Plain dress with squishy bumpy faces and awkward shaped noses. Lumbering and big. Mrs. Clause is actually pretty frightening and likes to eat children!? That should make any child be good! The traditions here feel magical. Elves live in the mountains and trolls that roam the mossy cliffs.

The land here is alive. It breaths and sighs.  As if it is exhausted too and could use a dark night to take in a peaceful slumber. This frigid air tells me this land is old. It has roads that meander and encourage roaming. The waterfalls baptize the land daily. The black sand beaches move between my toes. The wind blows movement into me. I am framed with dancing hair and a smile as I take in the mountains, rivers, and waterfalls. Iceland you are crisp. This land reminds me that it’s noisy out there. But quiet here.

P.S pro’s of Iceland no snakes and no mosquitos!


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  • Liz
    Posted at 12:06h, 02 August Reply

    No snakes or mossies: definitely a plus

  • Christian
    Posted at 12:46h, 02 August Reply

    So beautiful! Definitely can’t wait to start getting post cards 🙂

  • Helen Woolfe
    Posted at 12:48h, 02 August Reply

    Iceland is a place I would love to go myself ! Such beautiful magical landscape ! The photos are truly amazing 😉

  • Tale Malmstrøm
    Posted at 17:24h, 02 August Reply

    I really hope you guys will be traveling to Norway. If you liked Iceland you’ll love Norway! Let me know of you need some tips for what to do or where to go! Hope you have a great time traveling!

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 19:01h, 02 August Reply

      We will be in Norway next week and would LOVE Suggestions! We will mainly be in Bergen and Oslo

      • Tale Malmstrøm
        Posted at 17:35h, 05 August Reply

        Thats so great! I live in Oslo. Very close to frognerparken also known as Vigelandsparken. It’s a must see in Norway. You just take the 12 tram from the City Center and or Aker Brygge which is also a must see. Just let me know if you need anymore advice or help getting around. If you want to do something fun with the kids you could go to the Aquarium in Bergen.

  • Mary Paz
    Posted at 01:03h, 03 August Reply

    I’ve never thought of going there. But now I might add it to my bucket list.

  • Sandie Tillotson
    Posted at 01:22h, 03 August Reply

    You have captured in words some of the magic of Iceland. Thanks you “friends” for showing “Five Take Flight” your beautiful and rustic country !

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