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Adventures in Iceland

26th March 2014

I recently returned from a trip to Iceland in January. Despite the name and being the dead of winter it wasn’t as cold as what I had expected. My main reason for travelling to this incredible country was to fulfil my bucket list of seeing the Northern Lights and what a spectacular sight to experience.

Arriving early in the morning we flew into Keflavik airport, which is about an hour out of the capital Reykjavik. I was transferred directly to Hotel Fron, which was in a fantastic location right at the top of the hill in the main street of the city. I hadn’t booked many tours before I got there however I soon realised that there was so much more to do than I had expected. I would have to come back again, perhaps through summer next time.

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My first day was spent exploring the town. Walking up the hill there is a lovely church which has a clock tower. There is an elevator that takes you up the tower to see the spectacular views of the town and surrounding mountains.

That afternoon I took a tour out to the Blue Lagoon. This is a geothermal bathing area and because of the minerals and silica in the water, it’s fantastic for your skin. The only downfall is having to run from the shower area to the outdoor pool but once you are in ... Wow! A must visit when in Iceland.

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The following day I went on a lava cave adventure to explore the extinct volcano lava tube formations. The Blue Mountains was a quick 25 minute drive from town before we came to our cave entrance. Our guide was great in explaining how the tubes formed and leading us through these cave systems. This is not for the faint hearted though and a reasonable level of fitness is required.

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That evening was my first Northern Lights experience. One thing to note is that the Northern Lights can usually only be seen in the winter months, on a clear night and even then you are not guaranteed. I took my camera and with my very limited photography knowledge and the help of the guide I was able to snap a few shots of the colour formations. But the best thing to do in my opinion is just sit back and enjoy it with your own eyes! Oh and wear layers upon layers of warm clothing as you could be sitting outside for 2-3 hours.

The following day I joined a full day South Shore adventure to the Southern most point of Iceland stopping at some amazing waterfalls, Solheimajokull Glaciers and black lava beaches. This one is also a must do. It’s a long day, around 14 hours but worth it!

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I truly think you could spend a week in Iceland. There is just so much to do for true adventure seekers such as the Inside a Volcano Tour (only runs during summer) or even the diving trip between the two tectonic plates of Europe and America. There is also horse riding, whale watching, snorkeling tours (during summer), the golden circle adventure taking in the geothermal active areas, glacier hikes, the list goes on and on!

Icelandic Air flys from over 30 airports in Europe and the UK to Reykjavik daily and also direct into over 20 airports in the USA and Canada, making it a fantastic stopover if you are travelling between the two continents on your vacation.

If you are interested in learning more about Iceland please don’t hesitate to contact me at Escape Travel Strathpine 3205 3244 or on andrea.mcdonald@escapetravel.com.au