Yes! I actually did paraglide and I didn’t die!
I am a pussy. I am scared of heights. On the first couple of flights by plane I was crying because I was so scared. It simply doesn’t make me feel good to not have anything under my feet. But sometimes I get crazy ideas to challenge myself. That’s what makes me feel alive.
“Living with fear stops us taking risks, and if you don’t go out on the branch, you’re never going to get the best fruit.” —Sarah Parish
Paragliding has never really been my plan, goal or anything like that. The voucher for this experience with True Adventure Iceland just popped up on my browser one day and decided to get my attention. It worked.
After buying the voucher I waited way too long to purchase it. I was too busy at work and always occupied by something else until the summer was over and I booked my flight in September. As one could guess, it unfortunately had to be rescheduled for bad weather conditions. After consultation with Marta, one of the True Adventure team, we made an appointment for mid October, but the wind was very mild that day, which caused the flight to be very short. It would have been too risky to wait any longer, because the weather might have been too bad later in the month.
Sunday morning – D Day – the weather was stunning. I drove over to Vík, where I met the amazing folks from True Adventure. We wandered around for a bit to find the best spot to fly. Sammi, my pilot, told me some interesting facts about surroundings and we were ready to go.
My feelings after paragliding? I’ve never ever screamed that much in my life before! And I’ve never felt so happy before. Adrenalin is very addictive! I am ready to do this again as soon as possible. And a lot more. The fear is still there, but it’s absolutely worth it.