A seductive and fickle land, isolated and yet cultured all at once. It is similar to the South American countries I've traveled to in that regard - a clash of modern and traditional - although Iceland has modernized in a much more sophisticated way. There is more social equality, less political corruption, and a sustainable economy. The cultural and historical ties to the earth are evident, reflected in the simplicity of the Icelandic lifestyle, a sort of nordic minimalism that is modest and intentional. And how could it be any other way? Wherever you turn your breath catches at the vastness of the landscape, from endless fields and snow-covered fjords to desolate bluffs and thunderous waterfalls. There is such beauty in feeling your smallness amongst the land and knowing your vulnerability in the face of nature's might and breadth. It is a kind of surrender to succumb to that feeling and let the earth move you as it will.