The Picture That Cost 3.000€ And Was Never Taken in Iceland

The wind was so intense that my effort to hold the door was almost non-existent. I couldn’t pull the door back and the wind seemed to be picking up speed in a matter of seconds.

 

During an unforgettable road trip to Iceland a few months back, I was mesmerized by the otherworldly beauty of Iceland’s landscapes but Iceland’s harsh and tricky weather conditions showed me that Iceland was not only about beautiful landscaped and waterfalls.

No, fellow travelers, this is not some sort of fake internet advertising to capture your attention; this is a brief story about my experience in Iceland.

During an unforgettable road trip to Iceland a few months back, I was mesmerized by the otherworldly beauty of Iceland‘s landscapes; on every turn, road, and mountain there’s a unique landscape to take a great picture. Renting your own car and exploring the country at your own phase stopping anywhere you want to snap that “picture perfect” shot is just as amazing as it sounds, or at least so I thought. Iceland‘s weather can be quite deceiving and tricky. The weather may drastically change in a blink of an eye and, as a conscientious traveler, we should look out for potential danger on the roads and also be prepared to change from wearing a heavy jacket and rain poncho to short pants and sandals.

Búlandstindur, the pyramid mountain in Iceland., Europe

Búlandstindur, the pyramid mountain in Iceland., Europe
But with all the beauty around me, I forgot to keep all these factors into consideration. So when driving along one of the most fascinating ocean-side roads I found in the country, I couldn’t help but jump out of the car and start snapping as many pictures as I could. But as soon as a stepped out of my rental car I realized the wind was blowing stronger than I anticipated and standing still was quite a mission. Nonetheless, I was so eager and fascinated by the views that it didn’t really matter.

Sunrise in Iceland

As I felt the strong wind blowing in my face and tried hard not to lose my balance, I thought it was time to hop back in the car. The wind picked up speed and started rocking my rental car side to side. But the adrenaline to be in such a location was so high that I wanted more. So I decided to drive down to the beach to take pictures from a different perspective. As soon as I pulled the interior car handle to open the door, the wind blew my rental car’s door nearly tearing it. I immediately hopped out of the car and grabbed the door as hard as I could to impede the wind from blowing it to the ocean. The wind was so intense that my effort to hold the door was almost non-existent. I couldn’t pull the door back and the wind seemed to be picking up speed in a matter of seconds. I knew if I let go of the door the trip was over and we would be left out in the middle of nowhere in a car without a door with harsh weather conditions.
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All of the sudden, the wind slowed down and I was able to sit back in the car and pull the door towards me. However, the wind was still strong enough to avoid me from shutting the door completely but at least I had managed to get back in the car and still find the strength to hold on to it. I thought the only way to shut the door was by lowering the window and allowing the wind to blow through, and so that is what I did. As soon as managed to lower the window the door seemed to weight 150 kilos less and I was finally able to stick my hand through the window hole and pull the door back into its position. At that point I had no idea of how “bad” the damage had been, I was just extremely glad I was safe inside the car.
I drove off from that beach and tried to find a safe place where the wind seemed to be more “friendly” to me. I later discovered the door was so dented and it was impossible to open the door again. A week later when it was time to return the car in Reykjavik the big news came; the insurance didn’t cover such damages and I was kindly asked to pay 3.000€ repair fee.
I won’t go over and question the car rental company’s rental policies and dramatize about this experience but I sure have learned we shouldn’t underestimate the power of nature. Using common sense while traveling and driving with caution should help keep us away from being involved in dangerous situations.

 

Don’t forget to check The World Hopper’s Iceland Travel Guide for great Iceland travel trips and how to travel safely in this magnificent country.

THE WORLD HOPPER

Written & Photographed
by Lipe Planells

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