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The site where two massive tectonic plates collide is home to an incredible land of ice and fire – Iceland. If seeing the northern lights is on your bucket list, then you have to travel to Iceland. It’s one of the best places in the world for admiring these curtains of light dancing across the sky, and as our group witnessed first hand, dance they did...

Its endless natural resources, breathtaking waterfalls, magnificent glaciers, dozens of volcanoes, fjords, and geysers are wooing tourists to come and enjoy this amazing northern destination.

Our four day trip started with a flight into the largest airport in Iceland. Keflavik International Airport, 50 km (31 miles) from Reykjavik. To travel around Iceland, you can use domestic flights from Reykjavik to other major cities such as Akureyri or Egilsstadir. Also, you can go by bus or car rental, we used private transport and had was met at the airport by our driver who called himself 'Mr S'

We then transferred to our accomodation which was the Hotel Viking, Strandgata 53, Hafnarfjörður 220, 5651213

Website: www.fjorukrain.is/

Email: booking@vikingvillage.is.

The décor of the rooms on the first floor is Viking, when you enter the Hotel, you are greeted with fine art and crafts from these three countries, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands, there was also a geothermal hot tub for us to use.

Within an hour of arrival i got an Aroura notification and the sky was clear, we headed outside and was blessed with a special moment little did we know it was just getting started.

Day two kicked off with a trip to the Blue Lagoon, the world famous geothermal spa in the south west of Iceland. The spa is located in a lava field near Grindavík and in front of Mount Þorbjörn on Reykjanes Peninsula, in a location favourable for geothermal power, and is supplied by water used in the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power station.

The lagoon is man-made. The water is a byproduct from the nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi where superheated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to run turbines that generate electricity. After going through the turbines, the steam and hot water passes through a heat exchanger to provide heat for a municipal water heating system. Then the water is fed into the lagoon.

Shortly after the opening of the Svartsengi power plant in 1976, the runoff water had made pools. In 1981, a psoriasis patient bathed in the water and noted that the water alleviated his symptoms and the lagoon subsequently became popular. Bathing facilities opened in 1987.

After a relaxing afternoon we headed back to our accomodation and hoped for clear skys that evening, the forecast looked great, everything was perfect for a northern lights hunt in the mountains.

Our transport was booked for our Northern lights tour at 10pm, the northern lights aurora also known as the polar lights or aurora polaris, is a natural light display in Earth's sky, predominantly seen in high-latitude regions (around the Arctic and Antarctic). Auroras display dynamic patterns of brilliant lights that appear as curtains, rays, spirals, or dynamic flickers covering the entire sky, an easy entry for anyones bucket list this is the one thing most people who visit Iceland will want to see, during dinner i got the notification that a show was indeed on its way, off we went and as we got into our vehicle the sky was already dancing green.

At this point the photos can do the talking.. we were blessed with crystal clear skys.


We woke the next day and it was onto our next adventure, the Golden Circle tour, The Golden Circle, a tourist route in southern Iceland, covering about 300 kilometres, looping from Reykjavík into the southern uplands of Iceland and back.

The three primary stops on the route are the Þingvellir National Park, the Gullfoss waterfall, and the geothermal area in Haukadalur, which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur. Though Geysir has been mostly dormant for many years, Strokkur continues to erupt every 5–10 minutes...


Our final day was not to be as road closures and storms meant our South Coast tour had to be cancelled, we return to Iceland in November 22 and July 23, if you would like to Join us please click here.

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