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Hockey discoveries in Iceland

This month I went on vacation to Reykjavik, Iceland. Iceland is a beautiful country. There are so many things to do there. I saw the Northern lights (checked that off my bucket list), I swam in a geothermal pool, tried new foods, met new people, pet some cute horsies and saw beautiful landscapes. The one thing that I didn’t do was go ice skating. The funny thing was, there was hardly any ice rinks to go to in Iceland. Kinda shocking, right?

I tried looking up places to go iceskating but they were more than 45 min away from where I was staying. There are about three ice rinks in the city of Reykjavik. For a place that is icy and cold, wouldn’t you think there would be more ice rinks?

“Maybe people skate on frozen ponds or lakes.” Yes some people probably do that.

“In a cold climate region, why isn’t hockey bigger here?” I ask myself as I walk on a frozen pond, “It would have been beautiful to be skating on this right now.”

While I had an amazing time in Iceland, hockey always came to my mind. This is such a perfect place to play hockey, why don’t more people play it here?

Surprisingly, the national sport of Iceland is soccer. Icelandic people love their soccer, it’s their culture. I’m pretty sure there are some people out there who do play hockey and watch hockey in Iceland. Don’t get me wrong, any sport is great.

If something makes you happy and you enjoy it, that’s great! But I’m just shocked how different things can be when you go to new places. It opens up your mind and you are exposed to unusual things that are normal to others. I came off the plane after landing in Iceland, ready to experience new things and see how different life can be other places. I had no idea how big soccer was over there and I was shocked. This comes to show that when you travel, you see how different things can be.

Iceland was a beautiful country to visit and I would 100% go back there again. Maybe the next time I go, I’ll bring my skates, find a frozen pond and take it from there!

See you guys next week when I talk about the end of my hockey season! Stay warm!


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