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!
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 […]
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 […]
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The largest city in Iceland is Reykjavik. Our tour guide informed us that 2/3 of the entire population lives there. We opted to base ourselves out of Reykjavik & take trips from there. We loved staying in town and getting to come back at the end of each day. We stayed at the gorgeous Fosshotel. […]
We’re continuing our adventures in Iceland this week on Wanderlust Wednesday! After our flight, then searching for the Northern Lights until 2am, we enjoyed sleeping in a little bit the next morning! Walking around the picturesque town of Reykjavik was so much fun. Each store held unique Nordic gifts such as Icelandic chocolates, wool sweaters, and […]
Let’s start the New Year off on the right foot with some Urban Hiking! One of the best things about living in the San Francisco Bay Area is the easy access to some incredible hikes, including the Bay Trail, Purisma Creek, Twin Peaks, Billy Goat Hill, Angel Island, Muir Woods, and Mount Tam. Right in […]
Iceland is easily one of the most incredible countries we’ve ever visited. One of the things I really didn’t want to miss while in Iceland was seeing the Icelandic horses so we hoped on a tour & got to ride through the tundra to the snow covered forest & back in. These hardy horses were […]
In January Ben & I packed up our warmest clothes & headed to Iceland to hunt down the Northern Lights! It was such an incredible experience. I would love to go back again sometime! We flew through Boston (more on that later!) then hopped on Icelandair where we got our first taste of the stunning […]