Monday, 10 December 2012

The Northern Lights Tour in Iceland

Photo by Billy Idle
Seeing the northern lights has been on my travel bucket list for a long, long time.

So last weekend was the weekend I was going to see them when I went on a trip to icy Iceland. On our first evening, my travel buddy and I were very excited as we hopped on a Reykjavik Excursions bus full of some 50 other similarly excited passengers. We didn't see them.

We drove around the Icelandic countryside for over three hours, peering hopefully up to the sky, where we saw nothing but clouds and some faint stars, but no green curtains.
We did some jumping jacks in the freezing cold, while gazing upwards, but we saw nothing but black darkness.
We listened to the guide talk about Icelandic Christmas decorations and traditions, taking our minds off the absent Aurora Borealis.

Disappointed we went back to our hotel, telling ourselves we might see them on the remaining nights of our stay. But we didn't...

On the downside the northern lights remain on the bucket list. But on the upside, I've got a very good reason to go back to Iceland.

We booked our tour through Reykjavik Excursions which was a very well organised tour company. It must be noted that if, like us, you fail to see the northern lights, they offer you free subsequent tours till you get to see them.

Good luck!

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