This September, my family and I traveled to Iceland. It has been on my bucket list for a long time, and it was a dream come true seeing the beauty of Iceland with my own eyes. We rented an AirBnB in Reykjavik (6 minute drive from downtown), and drove the south coast over the course of 6 days. Our first stop was the Blue Lagoon, an outdoor geothermal seawater pool surrounded by volcanic landscape. It was the ultimate welcoming to Iceland. Over the next week, we saw the Solheimasandur plane wreckage site, bathed in the Reykjadalur (Hveragerdi) hot spring river, saw incredible waterfalls (Skogafoss & Seljalandsfoss), and ate delicious food in downtown Reykjavik. What I loved the most about Iceland, aside from the breathtaking landscape, is how queer positive and inclusive Iceland is. Many stores fronts had signage explicitly stating that they would not tolerate homophobia, racism, sexism, and any other form of discrimination, and that they would ask patrons would be asked to leave. This may have been the only place I have traveled where I felt comfortable and confident to hold my wife’s hand in public. I hope that more places can learn from Iceland.
Here are a few photos of our exploration in Iceland.