Within the early 2000s, my household and I have been dwelling in Iceland for a span of three years. Earlier than touchdown in a spot the place we’d be dwelling for properly over a decade as soon as we moved again to the US, the land of fireside and ice was the place I referred to as residence.
Iceland was a captivating place to stay, from the bodily panorama to the historical past and tradition of the nation. I’ve vivid reminiscences of mountaineering up the edges of an inactive volcano and seeing huge geysers for the primary time. As soon as we moved again to the States, I knew I wished to return sooner or later.
Residing in Iceland was actually an enormous a part of what would quickly change into a steady wanderlust that I nonetheless must today. Journey is one thing that I’ve at all times beloved, even when it is simply taking a brief day journey. So when the Covid-19 pandemic began and quarantine grew to become our world norm, I knew any journeys I might had deliberate for 2020 and any I wished to make for the foreseeable future weren’t taking place.
As quarantine carried on, I undoubtedly discovered myself lacking the thrill of attending to day-trip and plan longer escapades. It is one thing that many individuals have been lacking, however journey was a no-go.
Enthusiastic about journey although? Utterly doable.
I discovered myself pondering again to the hypothetical journey I wished to take to Iceland. This hypothetical journey was one thing I have been dreaming about since I used to be a child, and even earlier than the pandemic I actually had no concept when it was going to occur.
However in November 2020, one sport that I might been extraordinarily enthusiastic about lastly launched. As a longtime fan, I used to be wanting ahead to Murderer’s Creed Valhalla just a bit bit greater than traditional. With the sport centering round Vikings and the primary character Eivor, a part of the setting relies in Norway.
Norway and Iceland have similarities of their landscapes, with each being Nordic nations and being so near the Arctic Circle. Mountains, snow, and sprawling fjords are widespread sights. That’s why I spent the primary 10 hours of Valhalla simply exploring the opening part of the sport in Norway. I performed by way of the primary story line and enormously loved it, however I used to be very eager to only journey across the map, trying out completely different areas and the aspect encounters that have been out there.
Valhalla’s Norway part was attractive. And to me, who actually missed the precise geography and websites of Iceland, it captured a little bit little bit of what I bear in mind being in Iceland was like.
As soon as evening falls in Valhalla, you just about see the aurora borealis on a regular basis. I had seen clips of the northern lights within the first trailer for the sport, however it’s completely different to see one thing within the trailer in comparison with seeing it throughout your first play-through.
After I was dwelling in Iceland, I noticed the northern lights a number of occasions. It’s type of exhausting to explain simply how superb they give the impression of being, however “magical” does catch a few of what it’s like. So in Valhalla, I took time to trek as much as one of many quick journey factors that was on the peak of a mountain to each acquire entry to the purpose and to get a very good view of the northern lights.
It’s a easy factor within the context of taking part in a sport; trying out the surroundings as you play and discover. However seeing the northern lights as I used to be climbing throughout mountains (and falling to my demise a handful of occasions) very a lot introduced me again to a particular second.
I can’t bear in mind the precise 12 months, however it was simply after Christmas in early January. There’s an Icelandic vacation referred to as Þrettándinn, which marks the top to the Christmas season. In celebration, massive bonfires crop up. Christmas timber are additionally taken down. So this specific Þrettándinn, my household and I went to a bonfire that was within the metropolis close to the place we have been dwelling on the time. It was completely huge! I can bear in mind seeing outdated picket furnishings and other people’s Christmas timber (the stay sort) within the large pile that made up the bonfire.