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    Posted December 12, 2012 by
    gfondoules
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    Iceland
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    What was your best moment of 2012?

    Jökulsárlón Ice

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter gfondoules went to Iceland and couch-surfed -- where you stay at people's homes they have kindly offered out to travelers -- for his entire trip. He said the experience was extraordinary: "Experiencing this scene in the isolation of that country's southeast, with the fog limiting my world to little more than a piece of lagoon and my two travel companions, was a great moment for nature to share with me!" 2013 will also bring more adventures for our iReporter - he plans to hike the U.S.'s Appalachian Trail.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    Iceland is the third country I have set foot in, behind the United States and Guatemala. My travel experience in Iceland manifested in the form of couchsurfing. Couchsurfing is a low-budget form of travel which emphasizes interpersonal and intercultural connections. In my case, I found myself traveling across the south of Iceland in March. My partner there was a Polish woman who happened to be visiting the country at the same time as me, and we were sharing the experience as well as our resources.

    On the first night of our trip we stayed at the Hostelling International site at Hvoll - the most remote place I have ever stayed which had modern amenities! On the second day, while traveling further east, I visited the lagoon Jökulsárlón. The edge of a glacier forms the inland edge of the lagoon, and the lagoon is filled with ice working its way from the glacier to the nearby Atlantic Ocean. My Polish partner, a gentleman from Mexico City, and I walked along the edge of the lagoon for hours. The weather was foggy, and in Iceland outside of the tourist season it felt like we could have easily been the only people in the world.

    Eventually we stumbled across a magnificent piece of ice, shaped and tilted to resemble a longship of times past. I am sure the three of us were the only souls to ever witness this sight, as it was in the process of melting and drifting toward the ocean. Sometimes photographers have a moment where they see a scene and immediately think, "This is it!" I had one of those moments when we stumbled across this beautiful work of nature.
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