Solveig frá Noregi
Solveig Vikene held her breath, while the airplane in which she was travelling by, landed in Keflavík on February 26, 2000. The exact date is easy for her to remember because mountain Hekla erupted the same day. Solveig Vikene is a Norwegian and has been travelling to Iceland regularly since year 2000. She first came to Iceland with the intention of visiting friends but she also dreamt of visiting the country as a tourist. She had heard some things about Iceland and seen pictures of the landscape, but one thing that surprised her the most had to do with Icelanders themselves:
„I was so surprised by the energy of the Icelandic people. In a way they are really rough, unafraid and creative. I wouldn’t have believed it before I came there first.“
Solveig prefers visiting Iceland outside of high season, when prices are lower, people are fewer and the weather is crazier. Maybe it's because she's a Scandinavian, but unlike many people, even many Icelanders themselves, Solveig really appreciates long, dark and cold winters.
„I love the swimming pool culture in Iceland! One of the best things I know of is to sit in a hot tub during a blizzard and just feel the wind blowing on my ears.“
Iceland is just a small dot on a map. Sometimes it's not even included. But, by now, thanks to Björk, the financial collapse and the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull the world knows about its existence. It is undeniably heartwarming for Icelanders to know that all those visitors are interested in our small country. And we just cannot get enough of the question: how do you like Iceland. We even hold our breaths a little while waiting for an answer (please don't tell anyone!).
That being said, I'm now convinced that Solveig was an Icelander in her former life! Solveig mentiones how she loves going on a snow mobile tours during snow storms and to crawl into caves in Mývatnssveit. Solveig just loves living on the edge and Iceland is definitely there, on the edge.