Everything You Need to Know About Korean Travel-Reality Show ‘Youth Over Flowers’

Iceland Edition

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In the Iceland edition, four South Korean actors were sent to Iceland, seeing Aurora as their ultimate destination. The word “aurora” is derived from the name of the Roman goddess of the dawn, Aurora, who traveled from east to west announcing the coming of the sun. Ancient Roman poets used the name metaphorically to refer to dawn, often mentioning its play of colors across the otherwise dark sky.

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At their first meeting, actor Jo Jeong-suk was the first to arrive. He said that, honestly, he had come prepared, just in case, even though the staff had told them they would be leaving tomorrow. He also added that he had been packing starting a few days ago.

Jo Jeong-suk also made confessed that he learned where he was going to go to and who he was going with accidentally from his manager, which they should have only known about the day they got their plane tickets. Not long after, Jung-woo came and looked surprised to see Jo Jeong-suk who was already there, because he didn’t know he would go with Jo Jeong-suk. That was followed by the arrival of Jung Sang-hoon shortly afterward, who was also surprised to see Jo Jeong-suk and Jung-woo there.

Na PD explained that there should be actor Kang Ha-neul who would also be participating, but he had to attend the Blue Dragon Awards so he wouldn’t be joining them.

Na PD finally explained they would go to Iceland and aim to see Aurora there. The reason the show chose Iceland was because of the reaction of the three of them had when, one by one, they were given several pictures about the destination. Their expressions showed their amazement.

Jung Sang-hoon finally asked what time they would leave tomorrow, and Na PD immediately gave them their plane tickets. Sure enough, as expected by Jo Jeong-suk, they would leave the next day, November 25, 2015, but at 00.55, which meant they had to leave for the airport right then and there. Of course, Jung-woo and Jung Sang-hoon protested because they hadn’t packed anything.

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The day after, they were supposed to go to Gulfoss, but it was snowing hard enough that the road began to be covered with snow. Although, initially, they tried to keep going, the longer they drove, the harder it was to see the road clearly because of snow and they were afraid that it would be difficult to get home if they continued. They felt it was too dangerous to keep going with such weather conditions, so they decided to leave tomorrow, instead and turned around.

On their way back, Jung Sang-hoon suggested going to a church called Hallgrimskirkja. The name is taken from Icelandic religious poet “Hallgrim” and “skirja” means church. Hallgrimskirkja is one of the city’s best-known landmarks and is visible throughout the city, it’s the largest church in Iceland and among the tallest structures in the country, which includes 10 of the most beautiful churches in the world. The church is also used as an observation tower. An observer can take a lift up to the Reykjavík deck and view the surrounding mountains.

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After the surprise arrival of Kang Ha-neul, their next destination was Reykjadalur or, as we might call it, ‘Smokey Valley’. Reykjadalu is a beautiful valley in the south of Iceland, characterized by geothermal activity and famous for its hot river where hikers can bathe surrounded by nature. it is located right by the town of Hveragerði, an approximately 40-minute drive from Reykjavik.

To reach the hot spring, they needed to go up on foot, which meant hiking. The view they got on the way to the top was very beautiful and amazing, but after crossing the first hill, both they and the staff began to show fatigue. Jung-woo estimated that it would take another 30 minutes to an hour to get to the top, and they would have to come down before the sunset. They discussed whether they should go up or not because they were only 1/3 of the way through the trip, and they decided to continue the journey because it was a pity to go that far if they had to go back.

After continuing their journey, they finally arrived at the hot spring and tried to get inside. They said that it was very warm. In the interview, Jo Jeong-suk said “If I went back I think I’d regret it for the rest of my life. This is the feeling that I can’t forget.

On the way back, Kang Ha-neul said that he felt lighter after going into the water, and others added perhaps it was because the warm water gave them strength.

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One night, in the middle of Jo Jeong-suk’s interview, suddenly someone said there was an aurora in the sky, this made everyone, the staff, and the other guests at their inn immediately run out to watch the aurora.

When they all came out, they finally witnessed the true aurora before them. They met another guest, who immediately rushed in their car and said there was a place to see the more beautiful aurora, so they followed the other guest.

Although, in the end, they just followed where the aurora came from, they finally saw the aurora in a clearer and more beautiful place. The expression of happiness when they saw the aurora was radiating in them at that moment. Every one of them made a wish and prayed in front of the aurora.

In his interview, Jo Jeong-suk said “There are a lot of things which I see for the first time here in Iceland. Whenever I see that, I start thinking about people who I love and my family because I wish I could go see it together with them. That was what came to my thought.

the youngest, Kang Ha-neul, said “There’s only one important thing. I hope my dad, my mom, and my younger sibling can live comfortably without any worries.”

Jung-woo also revealed, “The Aurora itself is really meaningful, but I hope I can enjoy this kind of thing together with the people whom I love.”

Finally, Jung Sang-hoon said “I’m really thankful that I can have holidays with these guys here. Previously I thought ‘even if I can’t see the aurora, it’s okay’. Seems like I’ve seen it, In Iceland, it seems like I’ve found my own aurora, I thought, ‘even if I can’t see the aurora, it’s okay.’ It’s really beautiful. I wish I could see this together with my wife, and my baby. I totally need to show them this.