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Eternal Darkness In Icelandic Perfection Kyle Taylor – gaytravel.com Blogger I touchdown at 5pm and it’s pitch black outside. The uber-modern airport terminal feels more like a chic gay hotel or art gallery than somewhere you’d board a plane, though I’m probably just overly used to the 1970’s “flair” of most US airports. I grab my bags, sign the car rental paperwork and make my way outside. The large glass door slides open to reveal monsoon-like wind and rain that makes me feel like I’m on a sea troller in the North Atlantic. The only thing missing is a giant wave to sink my ship. Welcome gay and lesbian travelers to a gay destination like no other - Iceland. After checking in to a hotel located a stone’s throw from the country’s main Lutheran Cathedral (which was designed to resemble an erupting volcano) I hit the streets in search of food. It’s only 7pm but it “feels” like it’s about three in the morning. The streets are empty, stores are closed and there is an odd absence of people. Restaurants, however, are busting at the seams. After eating at several gay friendly restaurants it is easy to understand why. The food is out of this world. I go to bed early, though it feels terribly late once again because I haven’t seen the sun since I landed. I wake up at 9am and it is still pitch black outside. It isn’t until 11:45am that a bit of light begins to creep up over the horizon, but 4pm it is completely dark again. It’s difficult to describe the sensation of near constant darkness. It is as if nature is playing a trick on your mind. You know it’s mid-afternoon, but because it’s pitch black you begin question reality. “This watch has to be wrong,” you tell yourself. “It’s too dark to be 1pm.” The whole experience - which only lasted four days – never stopped being confusing. Of course on the flip side is 24-hour daylight in June and July - a period of nearly six weeks when the sun never sets and instead whizzes along the horizon in a complete 360 every 24 hours. While that is no doubt the “time” to see Iceland, the lack of daylight was unable to spoil the shear beauty of this mystical land. From gushing waterfalls to erupting geysers, geothermal hot springs to massive indoor greenhouses, otherworldly glaciers to picturesque countryside, Iceland is perfect. Perfect sites, perfect food from perfect gay friendly restaurants, perfect gay hotel, perfect people. If you look up “perfect” in the Kyle Dictionary for Gay and Lesbian Travel Destinations and Places to Go on Gay Holidays (yes I know that it is a terrible name for a dictionary) you’d see a map of Iceland and a caption that reads “visit in person.” Now it’s your turn.


Eternal Darkness In Icelandic Perfection