A place in Iceland where you can still hear the flies flapping their wings
The places in Iceland where you can personally experience true tranquility on your travels are fast disappearing. Forget all about it in the South and West and even most places in the North are pretty much trampled by thousands upon thousands every day. Ditto for most of the highland.
If you are remotely in touch with anything natural in this world you are the kind of person that gets absolutely stunned in a positive way when there is a sudden power outage in your city or town. For a few seconds or minutes while it lasts, for many it feels like the whole world just stopped and instead of experiencing fear there is something far more profound and wonderful glowing inside. Silence so deep you cannot recall hearing such utter quietness before. Darkness so black you never thought it possible and if the sky is clear you suddenly see much greater numbers of stars than ever before.
Such a place, minus the power outage, is Modrudalur valley in the Northeast of Iceland. Locally often known as Modrudalur in the Mountains due to the fact that this place is the highest place where humans make their living in all of Iceland. Three lone farms are scattered here over vast empty area although they all cater more to tourists nowadays than farming.The highest of those is 470 meters above sea level.
you will come away from this place with a tiny bit more knowledge and understanding
This is unforgiving terrain for farming and certainly no match for palm-filled courtyards of fancy hotels in Malaysia for those craving la dolce vita. But for people wanting more than the usual tourist stuff Modrudalur will most certainly light your fire.
This is a place where if you stand still you can almost hear the grass grow and flies flap their wings. Except there is little grass and not a lot of flies either. Walk briskly in any direction from here and you will hardly come upon another soul or be aware of human existence for hours and even days on end.
Instead, you may come upon small undisturbed lakes and ponds where life thrives in spite of everything. You may stop on a knoll and find unparalleled view over mountains, valleys and even far away glaciers.
But most importantly, you will come away from this place with a tiny bit more knowledge and understanding of what exactly humankind is missing out on and will soon enough lose altogether.