Iceland

Northern Lights

A couple of posts ago, in the post about Norway, I was saying that this winter, I am going to see the northern lights. Instead of Norway, we went to see the aurora borealis in Iceland. So we checked off two items from my to-do list in one go: finally visiting Iceland and also catching a glimpse of the northern lights.

We only stayed in Iceland for five days, but it was enough to be positively impressed by this amazing country and to start making plans for our next visit.

Iceland offers experiences and sceneries that we haven’t seen before. Northern lights, lava fields, volcanos, hot springs, geysers, waterfalls, the ocean, and continental drift are not just words taken out of a geography book, they are the norm in Iceland. It is simply impressive how many natural wonders you can experience in one single place. This makes Iceland a must-see and a unique place.

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Reykjavik – the northernmost capital in the world!

Reykjavik is Iceland’s capital city and the entrance point to this fascinating country. We had already visited the Scandinavian capitals and expected that Reykjavik will be similar. However, we were surprised to discover that it is not. It has its own charm and doesn’t look like any other capital that we’ve seen so far.

Reykjavik

This unparalleled city glowing with lights and covered in snow, surrounded by lava fields and backed by the Atlantic Ocean and rocky mountains made me think of winter holidays. The overall atmosphere was like that of a ski resort or of a mountain town. Maybe it reminded me of a ski resort also because many of the tourists were wearing ski/snow gear. It was easy to distinguish the true Icelandic residents from the visitors who were there only for a couple of days simply by looking at their clothes. The holiday atmosphere was emphasized by the knitted hats and pullovers that were on display in Continue reading