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We recently spent some time exploring southern Iceland. We’ll have a lot more to say about the trip in the coming days, but for now here are a few of my first impressions:

1. Iceland is really, really green.

2. Daylight all the time is incredible.

3. Except when trying to sleep.

4. There are several huge wastelands along the south coast. I wasn’t expecting that.

5. These geysers are pretty great. Especially at 1 am when it’s still light outside.

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6. How does anyone keep track of their sheep when they all run free?

7. I wonder how far a sheep can walk.

8. So, Reykjavik is really small.

9. Where are all the cheap hotels?

10. I wish I had done more booking in advance.

11. What is “langoustine”? Is that an English word?

12. Whatever it is, it’s the best lobster I’ve ever had.

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13. I’m really glad I brought that scarf. And those gloves. And that poncho.

14. Oh wait, it’s 2 am? I thought it was, like, maybe dinner time.

15. Is that another waterfall? (Yes)

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16. Is that another waterfall? (Yes again)

17. And that? (Yes)

18. So, this is the birthplace of icebergs.

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19. What was that popping sound? (It was an iceberg breaking off of a glacier.)

20. Camping anywhere you want is apparently not a problem here.

21. All the hot tap water smells like sulfur.

22. Wildflowers: they just keep going and going and going.

23. Fields of stack rocks: what do they mean and how long have they been here?

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24. I never thought two two continental plates splitting apart could look so… peaceful.

25. Everyone really does speak English.

26. Grass roofs: how exactly does that work?
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27. No one uses cash, which means Iceland may be the greatest country on earth.

28. Wow, I never thought I could actually like pickled fish.

29. How can there be so many waterfalls? Like, where is all this water coming from?

30. Oh, from the unreal-sized glacier that is pouring out of numerous giant canyons.

— Jim Dalrymple II

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Written by Jim Dalrymple II

Editor in Chief of Tripping Over the World. Also, reporter at BuzzFeed News.

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