Swept away

I’ve been to Iceland twice, and can’t wait until the next time I’m able to visit… I have nothing planned, but I fell in love with the island and would love to visit again and travel further.

Iceland is becoming an incredibly popular destination… and hypocritically, although I have been and would be a tourist myself, the thought of all the other tourists really discourages me… The last time I went, popular sites such as Geysir were crowded with people – in fact it was the first time I saw the ridiculous selfie-sticks, and although many people were like us, marvelling at what we saw, too many were badly behaved, not respectful, indifferent to others…

We saw tour guides, trying to tell people about the country, battling against the visitors chatting and ignoring them, we saw people walking by waterfalls and climbing over fences to go where it was clearly labeled DANGEROUS in English and other languages as well as Icelandic, we saw stupid and dangerous behaviour.

I was saddened but not surprised to see reports that a tourist had been swept to his death from the magnificent black Reynisfjara beach. tragic for his family, but unfortunately I’m not surprised… four tourists have died so far this year…

More hanging rocks at Reynisfjara beach
Hanging rocks at Reynisfjara beach
Rocks at Reynisfjara beach - reminiscent of the Giant's Causeway, County Antrim
Rocks at Reynisfjara beach – reminiscent of the Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim



  1. Rosie Scribblah

    I sometimes wonder at the motivation of some tourists who show no respect or interest in the country they’re visiting. We saw this just a couple of weeks ago in Marrakesh and a couple of months ago in Iceland. Why don’t they stay at home?

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