interstellar on earth

 
I hope by this point many of you would have seen Nolan’s Interstellar, that would save me a whole lot of explanation and make this post easier to understand… In case the answer is no, you really should as it’s an amazing piece of cinema that raises a lot of questions in one’s mind, outside of being a visual delight. And by the way, the “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” poem from Dylan Thomas is something I picked up about a year ago and shared a great video on that you should definitely watch — here.

Anyways, back to Earth. I had my Interstellar moment (or a few of them, actually) back in August when I was in Iceland. I already have a few posts on this trip and I’ve said on multiple occasions the scenery was very Moon-like, but now that I’ve seen the movie I stand corrected — it’s a completely different world. Just look and appreciate the size of the mountain and the waterfalls…

 
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Imagine the depth of the gorges that are all around you.

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Feel the density of the atmosphere while looking at the melting ice and cloud-engulfed mountains.

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Sense how hot the water must be when you see the vapor above it.

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Acknowledge the lack of color around… that was one of the most surreal things, to be honest. The fact that unlike magically colorful Africa, this place was quite the opposite.

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See a glacier from up close.

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It’s just like that second icy planet from the movie, crazy to think about and look back to.

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It’s hard to get a feel for the size of things but let me tell you, each of these is quite big in comparison to us.

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Interesting shapes as well, almost like the noses of old battle ships.

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After the walk around the glacier above, we decided to explore the infamous plane wreck site at Sólheimasandur black beach.

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Driving there takes you through what I can describe as one of the flattest open areas I’ve ever seen — a sea of black dirt / gravel stretching 15km in every direction.

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Technically you could only reach the plane with a 4×4 using the dirt roads, though we (and the guy in the car below, obviously) decided to risk it anyway… well worth it.

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Doesn’t look very abandoned / Interstellar-esque in this shot, but it was certainly a sight to see!

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Those are not bullet holes, don’t worry.

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Apparently it’s a US plane that crashed in the early 70s due to a pilot’s error. Everyone survived, luckily.

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Now it’s a metal carcass for tourists to scribble their names on.

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The stripped insides.

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Even the cockpit was gutted.

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Climbing on top of it revealed a spectacular view… I don’t what it is, but there’s something about that photo that draws me in. It’s almost like we can take off any second now…

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One final look of the wreckage before we head off… back to reality..

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More Iceland to come soon… in the mean time, thoughts are always appreciated!

 
 
 

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6 thoughts

  1. I wouldn’t call myself a traveler, but I love seeing new places, trying new cuisines, learning languages, learning about the culture firsthand from the local people. I have been very fortunate to receive scholarship for my education in Japan last year and now in the United States. My studies prevent me from traveling much, but I am saving up so that whenever I get holidays I can travel to more places. Currently, planning on visiting Mexico. 🙂

    Iceland, New Zealand, Italy, Chile and certain parts of India are my dream destinations. I am dying to go to Iceland after this post of yours.

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