A Sky Full Of Stars, A Short Memoir

Last year March, I travelled on my own for the first time to a beautiful country called Iceland. The country is full of beautiful mountains, volcanos, waterfalls, landscapes, and of course kind and lovely people. Iceland is simply amazing. No words could have described the beauty that you see every inch of the road that you travel. To whoever is reading this, I implore you to go to that country at least once in your lifetime. I promise you will never regret it.

“A shot I took and edited from downtown Reykjavik. This sculpture is called “Solfar” (Sun Voyager in Icelandic). Absolutely stunning.”

While I was there I went on tons of different little tours. We went to go see waterfalls like Skogafoss and Seljandasfoss. We saw volcanos like Eyjafjallajokull. And we even went to see incredible structures like the church, Hallgrimskirkja.

“A shot I took from Pingvellir National Park. Honestly it felt like the road to Morodor from Lord Of The Rings!”

On one of my last days in Reykjavik, I had just come back from a tour to Vik, which was a small village southeast of Reykjavik that was famous for it’s black sand beach. I was with a bus tour company called BusTravel Iceland and they were honestly such great and nice people. They spent a lot of time telling us about the history of the country , the wildlife (the horses there love humans), and they made sure that we were safe as the weather was ever changing. As the tour ended, I told them that I would be upset and sad to leave. Of all the tours that I joined, they were by far the most professional. To my surprise they actually invited me on another tour the same night to go catch the Northern Lights. Without a second thought I immediately said yes.

“Literally 5 mins from my Airbnb was a river with a beautiful mini waterfall and a long path to go run on.”

Fast forward to 12pm in the dead of night, we departed from Reykjavik to scale an unknown mountain in search of the Northern Lights. There was singing on the bus, hot chocolate and Icelandic snacks being served, and chatter all around. Eventually we reached a point where there were no trees, no people or cars, no buildings, no sounds, and no lights. Now this might sound a little weird but I’ll be honest with you, it was one of the most breathtaking scenes that I had ever witnessed. It wasn’t the snow white mountains, the majestic waterfalls, or the endless landscapes that astounded me. It was the deep dark sky filled with stars. Unaffected by any light, it was truly a magical being of it’s own. The stars were shining so brightly that you could physically point and try to count them but would fail because of the sheer volume of them. We stayed there for a good hour and a half just standing (some sitting ) there in silence. Just letting everything fall into place. Just allowing myself to feel everything and nothing all at once. In the end, we weren’t able to find the Northern Lights but to be absolutely honest, being able to witness a sky full of stars was definitely more than I could ever ask for.

“I was lucky enough to meet a wonderful lady there (whom I now call friend) who actually took this picture and sent it to me because my iPhone camera couldn’t capture the beauty that was before me. Thank you Chiara Klos (Insta:Chiara Klos) for taking this picture for me and for BusTravel Iceland (Insta: BusTravel Iceland) for taking us to such a beautiful spot to capture the night sky. Also I’m not sure if you can tell but that’s me (99% sure) down the middle of the little beaten road!”



I think it’s incredibly important for people who are so used to having the “busy life” to just step out once in a while. Find somewhere quiet and just let yourself feel. Feel like you’re a part of something larger. Feel like you’re all by yourself in the world but knowing you’re not. This is truly an experience that I will never forget. If you’ve had a similar experience please share with me how you felt or where it was that you had this “out of body” experience. I’d love to know! Thank’s so much for reading! Until we meet again.

Your Friend,

Collin Yan

P.S: This is not a sponsored post by Bustravel Iceland. I honestly just loved them a lot and encourage you to check them out if you’re ever travelling around Iceland!

PSS: Thank you Robyn Haynes (Robyn Haynes) for inspiring me with, “The Idea of Home,” to finally write this piece. You’re writing and the language you use is absolutely mesmerizing.

2 thoughts on “A Sky Full Of Stars, A Short Memoir

  1. Hello Colin! Wow! What an amazing trip you had! I love the descriptions which helped me to share your experience. The imagery was wonderful. The photos were fantastic but most of all I loved your passion for the place and the way you just immersed yourself and surrendered to the whole experience. The paragraph on your thoughts and what it meant to you, the way you reflected and found deep meaning, makes this post very special. Thank you for mentioning me. I really think the inspiration came because you were open to it.

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    1. Thank you Robyn for your reply! I’m so glad you took the time to read it and to also provide me some feedback on my post! I hope one day you’ll visit Iceland if you haven’t already! Thank you again!!


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