|Strokkur geyser erupting.|
Malta has 520,000 people on an island that is 326 times smaller than Iceland. And Malta didn't feel crowded. So, with that perspective, Iceland, with a population of 331,000 is definitely very remote and bereft of people. We never went more than an hour without seeing other cars (as opposed to some of our very rural road trip time in the northern middle of the U.S.), but we had gorgeous breathtaking views of unspoiled nature in every direction almost every moment of every day while driving (even if the views were hard to see through the rain).
|Öxarárfoss waterfall in Thingvellir national park.|
I would definitely recommend Iceland as a destination for people who love road trips and large vistas of unspoiled wilderness. It's also 100% renewable energy supported (primarily geothermal and hydroelectric), so if you are an energy infrastructure nerd, there's plenty to see and do related to that as well.
|When it's sunny, Iceland is breathtaking.|
|Cairn in the snowfields between some of the West Fjords.|
|One of the west fjords.|
Finally, today, our last day here, it was sunny when we woke and I got out for my first actual run in 16 days! 2 easy miles, but on beautiful trails and in the perfect sun and air. I ran to Laugardalslaug, the largest public pool facility in Reykjavik, so we could enjoy the local hot water culture. E met me there and we popped around between fresh water hot-tubs at 38C, 40C, 42C, 44C, and the hot geothermal salt water pool. It was a popular day for it (sunny and brisk at 13C), and we enjoyed the people-watching. This was our consolation prize since we didn't get around to trying to book a visit to the Blue Lagoon 'til the day before and it was super sold out. The only availability was for 10 PM (1 hour) for over 100USD each, which in addition to being much too expensive for our blood, was also at the time when we are typically snuggling into our beds.
|Dedicated running and bike trail in Reykjavik.|
|Eurasia on the left, North America on the right.|