Northern Lights in Iceland
The Northern Lights in Iceland is a beautiful visual phenomenon of bright dancing lights in the sky. These are actually the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun's atmosphere. Variations in colour are due to the type of gas particles that are colliding. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. They are known as 'Aurora borealis' in the north and 'Aurora australis' in the south.
If the solar winds have stirred far off in the velvety night then showers of light – gold and violet, rose and green – pait the sky.Kathleen Valentine, Each Angel Burns: A Novel
- Destination: Iceland
- Nearest City (Airport): Keflavik Airport, Reykjavik
- Dates: On request
- Duration: 4D/3N
- Months: October to March
- Level: Easy
- Guide: Available
- Price: On request
Iceland, the land of fire and ice is geographically well placed so to witness this amazing spectacle of Northern Lights in the winters. The long periods of darkness and the frequency of clear nights provide many good opportunities to watch the auroral displays. While we land in this beautiful country for the Northern Lights, but it has more to offer than just that. We would relax in the famed thermal waters. We would walk up to the thundering waterfalls including Gullfoss and see the spouting geysers. We would also go upto the base of the famous Eyjafjallajokull glacier that erupted in the form of a volcano in 2010.
Following is a brief sample itinerary that we have. Having said that this could be customised based on the time you have and another country in the vicinity could be added on request. After all, if you are travelling all the way there might as well travel a bit more around 🙂
- Day 1: Keflavik airport and the Blue Lagoon
- From the airport we would drive to the famous Blue Lagoon to get a first glimpse of Iceland’s volcanic scenery. We would also take a dip in the warm geothermal water. After the refreshing bath we would drive to our place of stay (a simple hotel) buying the dinner along the way. The location where we stay for two nights has been chosen so as to maximize our chances of seeing the Northern Lights. Single rooms are available on request. Meals are not included.
- Day 2: Explore the South Coast
- Today we would visit the Eyjafjallajokull Museum that is located at the base of the glacier famed for the volcanic eruption here in 2010 that caused wide spread travel disruption due to the ash cloud it produced. The volcano is now quiet again. Following our visit we continue to Vik I Myrdal with its incredible basalt cliffs. We'll stop nearby for you to buy lunch before visiting Skogafoss waterfall and the Skogar Folk Museum. This quaint museum is home to 12,000 artefacts as well as life-size examples of traditional Icelandic houses with turf roofs, a church and school. Next we stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall before heading back to our hotel. Single rooms are available on request. Meals are not included except for breakfast.
- Day 3: Tour of the Golden Circle and Reykjavik
- Today we will go to the famous Golden Circle, which includes three of Iceland's most iconic sights. The Gullfoss Waterfall that cascades down in the white-coloured Hvita River originating from the Langjokull Glacier. The next stop is Haukadalur, home of the Great Geyser and the reliable Strokkur Geyser that erupts with 3 to 7 minute intervals, spouting boiling water to a height of 25 to 35 metres. Passing Laugarvatn Lake we arrive at Thingvellir National Park, home of Iceland's ancient Viking parliament and listed as a UNESCO's World Heritage Site. Here we take a walk to experience first-hand the geological wonder of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. After free time nearby for lunch we will go to our next guesthouse in Kruines, on the outskirts of Reykjavik, chosen because it potentially offers the best view of the Northern Lights. We'll have time to check-in and freshen up before heading into the capital for a short tour of the city. There is also the option to go on a Northern Lights boat trip later this evening. On leaving Reykjavik Harbour, we head into the North Atlantic with views back over the city lights and surrounding mountains as we search for the prime location for viewing for the lights. This trip is subject to the right weather conditions so if it is too windy out at sea, then we will do a similar trip by bus. Single rooms are available on request. Meals are not included except for breakfast.
- Day 4: Keflavik airport
- After breakfast (included) head to the Keflavik airport for return or onward journey.
- Accommodation with breakfast wherever mentioned.
- All transfers and sightseeing in a bus.
- Guide services.
- Goods and Service Tax.
- Meals & Drinks (Lunch & Dinner).
- Flight tickets and visa arrangements.
- Other personal expenses.
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