Discovering more of IcelandOnce was not enough…
Yes, we were off to Iceland again, admittedly it had been around 11 years since we were last there. However, this time we headed there in March instead of May, longing to catch those elusive Northern Lights.
Gary had wanted to return for years as he had loved the scenery and the ease of the driving. Bearing in mind our previous trip was in May and the threat of snow completely obscuring the road wasn’t really an issue. The fact that we never saw darkness was what we found quite bizarre.
In 2007, while we based ourselves in Reykjavik, we toured the Golden Circle, dipped in the Blue Lagoon, took a whale-watching boat trip and tasted a few of Iceland’s local delicacies. Now fast forward to 2018, and we are road-trippin' the Ring Road for 12 days.
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Touring IcelandOur destinations
We'd love to see in IcelandThe Northern Lights
In search of the Northern Lights in Iceland
If you are Northern Light hunting, you need to be aware of the sunset & darkness times and the KP Index for the evening. It also requires dark and partly clear skies.
KP Index scale ranges from 0 to 9;
4-6: A big solar storm is coming
7-9: Highly unusual
You can monitor this via the Icelandic Met Office which is updated around 6 pm.
Discovering IcelandThe landscape
Ok, so this does go without saying really, however, as we only visited Reykjavik and the Golden Circle in 2007, there is so much more for us to see.
Glaciers: We’re particularly looking forward to seeing glaciers; and heading to Diamond Beach to see the incredible chunks of ice big and small, that lay glistening on the black sand.
Exploring Icelandand its history
Diving into IcelandThe Art & Culture
Are you interested in Iceland?
After picking our destinations, we headed to Booking.com, our preferred option.
It made easy work of selecting the accommodation that suited us with the suitable facilities.
Why not check them out to see if they work for you?
Planning your trip to Iceland
So you're planning a trip to the Land of Fire and Ice? There is so much to see and do in Iceland that you'll wish you were staying longer. To ensure you make the most out of your visit, head over to the official website of Visit Iceland for a little help and guidance.
Man-made IcelandIts architecture
Finding the right car for your Icelandic Road Trip
Discover Iceland’s enchanting Ring Road with its rugged landscape or the waterfalls and geysers around the Golden Circle for yourself.
If you want to explore Iceland's F-Roads, you must have a 4x4, but we'd recommend one anyway for the improved driving position, and if the weather turns, you have a touch of added protection.
We recommend Rental Cars as they search multiple well-known car hire brands and discovers the deals that suit you the best.
The taste of IcelandFood & drink
Well, Gary and I do like to try local delicacies, and during our short stay back in 2007, we did manage to tick a few boxes. One, to this day I am still a bit ashamed of, and that was puffin (lundi), I can only apologise.
What will tempt our taste buds in 2018?
I’ve heard there is a tasty ice cream parlour in Akureyri called Brynja, I’m never one to turn down an ice cream, even if the outside temperature is below freezing.
Lo-Alcohol: I think we’ll probably be avoiding the local tipple of brennivín, which is made from distilled potatoes. Most evenings we’ll be tracking down the Northern Lights, so coffee it is then.
Would you like a spoiler?
Here is a look at a few random posts from our trip as we completed out journey around Iceland's route one and more.
We had a wonderful time as you can see from our tales - and adventure every day.
That's why we love Iceland.
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