Iceland road
Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Sunday Morning Photograph August 8 2021: Roads in Iceland

A variety of driving experiences emulate life in such a small country.

Nothing can be more satisfying than the old-fashioned venerable road trip: cruising mindlessly across the landscape along vast ribbons of winding asphalt that stretches for miles along virtual windows which showcase mountains, seas, and various flora and fauna — perhaps accompanied by favorite tunes to help further set the mood.

Sunday Morning Photograph August 8 2021: Roads in Iceland

Iceland road
Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The United States is arguably the first thought when imagining a legendary road trip — and, of course, any accolades to that are justifiably worthy — but other countries also offer the potential for an amazing experience for the leisure motorist.

Iceland road
Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

One of those countries is Iceland, where — outside of Reykjavik and the highway between that capital city and Keflavik International Airport — no road is wider than two lanes. In some places, you can barely see mere meters ahead of you; and in other places, you can see for multiple kilometers.

Gravel road warning sign Iceland
Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

In other places, smooth asphalt accedes to rutted gravel and dirt — even on the main highway in one area of southern Iceland — and for some roads, vast potholes which seem to rival volcanic craters and lurk to fully attack any wheels which violate its territorial space.

Iceland road
Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Gently sloping green fields give way to bright golden hills, which then segue into azure blue waters and rugged brown mountains — some of them topped with white snow and others speckled with a few structures constructed by humans — and wind, sun, rain, snow, heat, cold, mist, and fog can be experienced with one relatively short drive…

Iceland road
Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

…but the occasional road sign will remind you that life is not completely carefree at all times — even in an idyllic and bucolic country such as Iceland — and the clouds reach down towards the ground as if to obscure and restrict your freedom and clear outlook on life.

Not to worry, though: clear bright blue skies may very well await you around the next bend on what seems to be a lonesome highway; and you can once again effortlessly breeze by along the byways.

Final Boarding Call

I have taken road trips in quite a few countries around the world: in addition to Iceland, the United States, and southern Africa are only three regions of the world which have been the most memorable for me — and I would recommend that if given the opportunity to do so, take advantage of it, as the experience is well worth everything; and will give you memories of a lifetime.

All photographs ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

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