Over the past 36 hours I spent about 20 of them in a Mazda MX-5 Icon, the latest special edition of the sports car, and first to be applied to the lesser powered 1.5-litre engined variant.
The point of this extended journey was to get a close look at this fourth iteration of the Icon special edition - think jazzy looks and an extra kit list for a moderate price rise - and to reappraise the MX-5 through prolonged exposure against one of the world’s most spectacular backdrops.
Here's how it went:
Apologies for the long gap: the weather turned and the run in to Reykjavik was foggy, wet and a bit more difficult than expected. But we're here, having travelled 828 miles in 36 hours, having spent 24 of those hours in the MX-5.
It's a great feeling, but perhaps not one of elation - but purely because this car on these roads, ably supported all the way by stunning, regularly changing scenery, have made light work of it. I should be exhausted, but right now that's not the case.
Earlier today I posed the question of whether the MX-5 can truly be considered a sports car when it's powered by this dinky 129bhp 1.5-litre engine. The answer, emphatically, is yes. I can count on one hand the number of times it felt breathless on this trip - and then always on long uphill runs when I'd ballsed up and lost momentum beforehand.
Yes, some will want more and be able to handle more, but the MX-5 has enough. Enough to thrill, enough to make you feel alive and enough to teach you a few driving lessons about delicacy, precision and thinking ahead to get the most from what you have. Valuable lessons, all of them.