I’m sorry, I’m beginning to think the Iceland volcano eruptions are my fault….
Wendy Swenson CTC*, has had a visit to Iceland on her Bucket List for a long time since hearing about the Icelandic horses, the Blue Lagoon, the geo-thermal activity and the Northern Lights. The recent Ben Stiller movie, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” also piqued my interest with its beautiful scenery.
As business travelers to Europe have seen as we go over the north pole, it appears that Greenland is covered with ice and snow and that Iceland is not. I’ve been told that Erik the Red named them that way to discourage people from moving to Iceland, but it was more to encourage people to go to Greenland.
A little research indicates that there is a lot to see in Iceland such as ice-caves, bird-watching, waterfalls, glaciers, active volcanoes, Monster Museum, etc.
In early 2010 a friend and I made our reservations to visit Iceland early May. We planned a visit to the Blue Lagoon, a boat trip to a small island to do some bird-watching, a ride or two on the Icelandic horses and some area tours. About a week prior, the first volcano eruptions happened and it disrupted air transportation to and from Europe for about a week. With all the ash raining down and the spectacular pictures of the volcano, we knew we would be unable to ride the ponies or do the sightseeing we had planned so we cancelled our trip.
A year later, things had died down and again we made our reservations to go to Iceland, and a month prior to our trip, another set of Iceland volcano eruptions occurred and we cancelled our trip.
I gave it up for a couple of years. Some of our agents visited Iceland and came back with great stories. They also sent their clients to Iceland and in the course of handling the payment of the reservation, I made some friends in Iceland, who encouraged me to try again and to come visit them.
Just this week I talked to my friend about planning our trip for next June. The very next day we heard the news about Iceland’s earthquakes and the expected volcanic eruptions happened again!
I’m so sorry, my bad!
UPDATE SINCE ORIGINAL POST
Over the recent Labor Day weekend we were dining with friends, one of whom is a geologist. We talked about Iceland and how they are all excited to visit Iceland next Spring. The very next day I watched the news and once again…more volcano eruptions!
OH MY… Here we go again!
*Wendy Swenson, CTC is the VP of World Travel.