After a delicious dinner at Sjavargrillid, we headed out for our first attempt at finding the Northern Lights. Our big tour bus took us out to this little restaurant and hotel designed for searching for the Northern Lights. They kept exterior lights to a dull minimum, had nice restrooms, and a bar with plenty of hot cocoa, tea, coffee, and other drinks to keep the searchers warm. A river ran right by our spot so Ben stayed glued to his camera to get some stunning long exposure shots of the night sky. Although we didn’t get a glimpse of the Northern Lights, I had fun playing in the snow & it was beautiful.
On our final night in Iceland, after several unsuccessful attempts to find the Northern Lights, we headed out one last time. We were unsuccessful and discouraged as we piled in to head back to the hotel.
Back on the bus, we heard several people talking about how they saw the lights. I was baffled because I definitely didn’t see them. After looking at the shots caught by the camera we realized that what I thought was just a streak of light or a cloud that I’d been staring at was actually very faint Northern Lights! What do you think? Does it count?
It was about 2am at this point, we were way out in the countryside, heading back, when all of a sudden there was a comotion at the radio in the front of the bus & the bus driver pulled over on the side of the road with another bus. I’m not clear if our bus driver caught the lights starting to appear in his rearview mirror or if the other bus radioed in that they saw them, but we all piled out & quickly set up our cameras to capture the elusive lights! We were lucky!!!! Several others that we talked to the next day had also been out that night and missed them. The lights started off slowly, then quickly sped into dancing across the night sky.
After a majestic show, the lights started to slowly twinkle and dance their way off the sky. I feel so lucky to have been able to catch their show. It was worth the effort!
As a lifelong Presbyterian, when I saw this recipe for Presbyterian Soup, I knew it was something I needed to serve for my small group. I couldn’t get over the hilarity of Presbyterians chowing down on our namesake dish. Is it just me that is amused? Its a recipe that has been handed down throughout […]
For those of you who saw our exciting Paris Baby Announcement, We’re Expecting! Now that the cat’s out of the bag, it’s time for our next big announcement….the gender reveal! We (okay, it was me & I talked Ben into doing it with me) got this super cute balloon on etsy! We sent them our […]
We headed to the coldest part of our entire trip. That’s right, colder than searching for the Northern Lights at 2am, colder than horseback riding on the tundra, colder than dog sledding…. The Golden Circle Tour continued on from the Thermal Power Plant to the Gulfloss Waterfall. This popular waterfall is more powerful than Niagra […]
Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday so I’m sharing these yummy cinnamon rolls now so that you have time to make them this weekend. That way on Tuesday you can just warm them up & enjoy a romantic breakfast with your hunny! This is my grandmother’s recipe. My grandmother always seemed to be baking something. […]
I have been using lemons like crazy this year! I love the fresh addition of that citrus zing. As a part of starting my mornings off right, I try to always have a glass of lemon water first thing in the morning. While not quite that healthy, these mini Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cakes are super […]
One of the “must see” things to do is take a tour of the Golden Circle. It’s the road leading out from Reykjavik that incorporates the national parks & waterfalls. We opted for a big bus tour that left far too early in the morning for our sleep deprived eyes, after hunting the Northern Lights […]
2017 is wrapping up January & heading into February! According to statistics this is when New Year’s Resolutions lose their momentum. I hope that isn’t the case but I can definitely attest to the empty gyms! While I don’t always believe in setting hard goals for a year because you never know where life is going to […]
Alright, we are four weeks into the New Year. How’s everyone doing with their New Year’s Resolutions so far? This is typically the time when the gyms start to settle back into their usual routines & you the new year rush fades away. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I am trying to incorporate […]
This week’s Wanderlust Wednesday post has turned into a Travel Thursday post! Let’s call it baby brain! This week I’m continuing our adventures through Iceland with one of the most important parts of travel…the food! One of my favorite things to do in any new country is to dive in and try the local […]