An Iceland Road Trip
by Ian Maclellan
Actor Viggo Mortenson will fly to Iceland just to rent a car and drive around the highlands until he gets lost.
I’m more of a walker than a driver, but I get Viggo’s sentiment. It’s a land of lost planes, glacial lagoons, incomprehensibly long words, hitchhiking, 100 year old mountain swimming pools, candy, black sand, soaring birds, and so many French tourists.
I did my best to take “a week off work”, which is really impossible to do when you are freelance. There are always e-mails to send and clients who need files.
The hardest part of an Iceland road trip, isn’t where to go or what to see, it’s deciding whether it’s worth it to rent a cheap car from a no-name car rental company. There are a million sort of sketchy rental companies, chiefly SAD Cars. Why would you name a car company SAD? These companies are less than half the price of Hertz, but have the most abysmal reviews. I decided to go with the big name company because I didn’t want my suspension to give out on me on some back road.
This was my windy and cold first morning in Reykjavik. I was having trouble just walking around and kept asking myself “What am I doing here???”