My Trip to Iceland

erica the conquerorRemember that time we heard the story about Iceland that was passed down through the ever-trustworthy medium of American oral tradition?

The story of the Vikings naming Iceland “Greenland” and Greenland “Iceland” so that they could confuse their enemies? Well…I have two theories about this story.

A. American oral tradition has failed us.

B. The Vikings arrived to Iceland during the dog days of summer.

Iceland is aptly named in the winter. While the temperatures are similar to Nashville in the winter (between 25-30 degrees), the 30 mph winds made me feel like I was traipsing through the North Pole half-naked.

But, the winter wonderland scenery made it all worth it!

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Iceland surprised me in a lot of ways.

  1. They generally like America. (and even have statues commemorating the great friendship between the US and Iceland)
  2. They seem proud of their Lutheran heritage.
  3. They make killer music.
  4. They eat whale.
  5. They eat horse.
  6. It’s CRAZY expensive!

While there, I got to do some pretty awesome things.

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I got snowed on at the beach.

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I became a Viking.

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I rode an Icelandic horse through snowy mountain passages.

I saw the iciest waterfall ever. 

I saw the iciest waterfall ever.

 I went SWIMMING in the Blue Lagoon during a sleet storm. 

I went SWIMMING in the Blue Lagoon during a sleet storm.

I saw the Northern Lights!

I saw the Northern Lights!

​I also ate some pretty crazy things too- like Puffin and Whale (don’t worry, I didn’t have Horse!) I would say Puffin and Whale are both pretty slimy…so…probably won’t have those again. But, the best thing I had was an Icelandic hot dog with potato salad on top!(Ok, I’m not 100% sure what kind of meat the hot dog was made out of…I hope it wasn’t horse.

All in all, the trip was a once in a lifetime experience. I never thought I would ever go to Iceland, but I did! But now, I’m ready to be warm. Bahamas…here I come!

About Erica Bryan

Erica’s passion for performing started when her mom brought her to her first theatre audition in Pennsylvania when she was eight years old. She didn’t make the cut. But the next year, she went back to the same audition and got the part. From an early age, Erica learned that with hard work and persistence, anything can happen. After her first show, there was no question that performing is what she would do for a living.
When she was twelve years old, her family moved to Roswell, GA, where she heard Country music for the first time. After listening to Reba and singing lots of Shania Twain karaoke, Erica decided she wanted to be a Country singer. Some years went by and, although Country music was always in the back of her mind, she started focusing more on her theatre opportunities, which led to her decision to study Musical Theatre in college.
While still in college, Erica performed professionally with Opera Birmingham, and spent her summers performing at theme parks and theatres. After graduation, she moved to New York City to continue her professional theatre career. While in New York, Erica got to train with Broadway’s finest actors and was cast in leading roles in Regional Theatres around the country. During one of her shows, Erica had the opportunity to perform with a Country band on the side. Call it coincidence or fate, but Erica was back singing Country music in the middle of a theatre contract, and she fell in love all over again.
After another year in theatre, it became clear to Erica that it was time to move to Nashville, TN and pursue her original childhood dream of being a Country artist. Shortly after arriving to Nashville, she landed a day job working for country hero, Reba McEntire, at Starstruck Entertainment. By night, she began crafting her own songs and writing skills. Within a couple months of songwriting, Erica’s songs started receiving the highest honors from the Nashville Songwriters Association. She recently released her debut single “This House Is Haunted,” and is receiving radio play in multiple countries. For the Country Record describes Erica as, “one of those rare multi-talented people who most only dream about becoming.” Erica is currently touring with her original music and plays keys, ukulele, and guitar to anyone who will listen.

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