My friend Daryl and I didn't say much as we loaded our luggage into the rental car at Keflavik Airport. We'd just landed in Iceland, and already we were silenced by the landscape. "It looks even more amazing in person!" Daryl said as we took it all in. Since we met in high school, Daryl and I had dreamed to travel extensively around the world together, from the canals of Venice and Amsterdam to Greece or Ireland, but Iceland was our main place of excitement to visit since we both have some family who lives there. The surrounding lava field resembled something you would only see you in your wildest dreams, with huge moss-covered rocks compiled on the ground, and funnels of steam rising to meet gray clouds in the far distance. It was an alien landscape with no trees, no grass and no flowers. We'd heard that Iceland was nothing like the other landscapes God has created for us, and now we could see why.
With the simple verbal directions given by the rental car clerk, "Just follow the road to Reykjavik." The clerk wasn't kidding there was literally one road out of the parking lot with a sign pointing to Reykjavik. Despite the barren landscape of volcanic rock that welcomed us, we already loved Iceland. Iceland has the reputation of being a remote country, but it's actually North America's closest European neighbor, located about halfway between the U.K. and the U.S. There are many misconceptions about Iceland, and surely the name of the country doesn't help any. Far from freezing or being covered in ice, Iceland has a relatively decent climate, averaging 60 degrees in the summer and 32 in the winter. We were visiting in April, and the temperature during our stay was around 40 degrees, requiring a jacket, but far from scarf and gloves. In Iceland, the sources of heat are still more plentiful, and their proximity to large masses of ice, seems almost to point out the future destiny Iceland. The heat of its volcanoes may supply the power necessary to melt the large...
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