The exchange students at the Skógafoss waterfall on the Skógá River in the south of Iceland. Caity Price is on the left. Photo by Cassidy Rey.

The exchange students at the Skógafoss waterfall on the Skógá River in the south of Iceland. Caity Price is on the left. Photo by Cassidy Rey.

Travel Journal: Iceland

The otherworldly beauty of Iceland resonated with Caity Price, who overcame trepidations about not knowing the language while on exchange in Sweden, to enjoy her stay in Scandinavia and create lifelong travel memories.

A year ago I had no plans to even apply for exchange, the concept was something I couldn’t quite grasp.

Ordinary ANU students had not just travelled but lived in places I could only dream of and, despite the inexhaustible variety of locations, languages and culture, the one uniting fact I was told about exchange was the fun.

One late, cold night in the Fenner Hall common room, three blanket-wrapped friends were talking about their applications and convinced me to apply ‘just in case’.

A few months later I was clicking through Google images of Lund in southern Sweden and feebly trying to imagine my future life on the other side of the world.

Now, after five months living in Scandinavia and travelling throughout Europe, I finally understand what exchange is all about. However, I already know that I will struggle to describe to family and friends experiences that became memories I will reminisce about for life.

It’s hard to choose a favourite experience amongst the months of beautiful places and daily fun, but my trip to Iceland is one definite contender.