Aurora hunting: chasing Iceland’s northern lights

One of the main reasons we chose to holiday in Iceland was the chance to see the aurora borealis, or northern lights. It was a bucket-list item that I had planned to tick off one day, but initially didn’t plan to do so soon – for some reason I expected I would do it later … Continue reading Aurora hunting: chasing Iceland’s northern lights

Getting up close and personal with glaciers: Svínafellsjökull, Svartifoss and Jökulsárlón

We start our day at 10am with a tour of Svínafellsjökull glacier  by Icelandic Mountain Guides (IMG). We meet at the IMG office in the Vatnajökull National Park Visitors Centre, get kitted up with a pair of crampons and an ice-pick each, then drive the short distance to the part of the glacier we will … Continue reading Getting up close and personal with glaciers: Svínafellsjökull, Svartifoss and Jökulsárlón

Waterfalls, swimming, and black sand beaches: Iceland’s south in one day

The second day of our road trip, after a fantastic breakfast at Hotel Ranga, we got on the road, heading for Skaftafell. We followed Route 1, in view of Eyjafjallajökull (the volcano that erupted in 2010, causing massive issues with flight paths across Europe), and made our first stop at Seljalandsfoss. Seljalandsfoss and Gljúfrabúi Seljalandsfoss … Continue reading Waterfalls, swimming, and black sand beaches: Iceland’s south in one day

Driving Iceland’s Golden Circle

If you’re planning a trip to Iceland, you’ve probably got the Golden Circle on your list. It’s a great starting point for exploring the country if you’re there for a while, or even as a day trip for shorter stays. The beauty of the Golden Circle is that you can see three quintessentially Icelandic landmarks … Continue reading Driving Iceland’s Golden Circle