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Top 5 Natural Wonders to Experience in Reykjavik

Northern Lights: Although there’s no guarantee of seeing these natural phenomena, they should be on every traveller’s bucket list. The Aurora Borealis is one of nature’s finest works of art and will leave you speechless if you’re fortunate enough to witness them. Illuminating the dark winter skies in soft hues of green, red and yellow, the Northern Lights perform a swirling dance often compared to a whirling dervish. No performance is ever the same and even locals are still mesmerised by their appearance. The best months to see the Aurora are from late September to March when the skies are at their darkest.

The Great Geysir: Throughout Iceland there are many geothermal areas, but the Haukadalur Valley in the Golden Circle is the best. Home to the most famous Great Geysir and Strokkur, you can watch spouts of hot water erupt almost 200 metres in the air. Great Geysir is much less active nowadays, but Strokkur continues to put on a fantastic show with eruptions almost every five minutes. Other must-visit natural wonders in the area include hot springs and bubbling mud pools which are formed from geothermal activity beneath the ground.

Blue Lagoon: Arguably the most renowned hot spring in Iceland, the Blue Lagoon has been listed as one of the 25 Wonders of the World by National Geographic. Its milky blue waters lie inside a lava field just under an hour from Reykjavik and its combination of sea water and fresh water is rich in minerals that are great for the skin. Although this is a naturally heated spa, there are excellent facilities such as steam rooms, a sauna and a relaxation area. Sinking into the hot lagoon during the winter is a surreal experience especially if the Northern Lights make an appearance while you bathe.

Midnight Sun: Also referred to as the polar day, the Midnight Sun is a natural phenomenon which only occurs during the summer months in Iceland. The sun is visible for 24 hours a day and never completely sets below the horizon. While it can take some getting used to, especially when it’s still daylight at midnight, it’s a magical experience. It’s definitely worth setting your alarm and going for a walk in the middle of the night to bask in the sunshine.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon: Across Iceland you can find many glacier lagoons but Jökulsárlón is the largest and most impressive of them all. It’s often referred to as the ‘crown jewel of Iceland’ and is strewn with huge icebergs and meltwater that have come away from the tip of the glacier. A Zodiac boat trip is one of the best ways to experience Jökulsárlón as you sail on the icy waters below gigantic icebergs. Walk to Diamond Beach, just half a mile from the lagoon to see icebergs that have been swept onto the shore, studding the black sand like glistening diamonds.

A whistle stop tour through the extremes of Iceland’s landscape and weather! The itinerary is essentially waterfalls on day one, glaciers on day two and the ‘golden circle’ on day three. We had atrocious weather (lashing rain and 100mph winds) on day one so perhaps visiting three waterfalls wasn’t the best idea. They were very crowded and the weather made it impossible to really appreciate them. The glacier walk on the second day had to be abandoned due to high winds but not until after about an hour in the weather putting all the kit on and probably another hour attempting to get up the path. The northern lights are elusive and I found them disappointing – you can’t really see them with the naked eye, only through a camera lens set to the right exposure. We saw them on a separate bus tour on our last night in Reykjavik, not on the tour itself. Thankfully we had sunshine and calm for the last day. The landscape is beautiful and the food was delicious, if not all that varied. The long drives were broken up well with rest stops and road side sights.

Laura Waters Iceland Northern Lights

Great tour guide, nice small and friendly group, great locations to explore and lucky enough to see the lights.

Adam Fouracre Iceland Northern Lights

Great trip. Except the information re the fly is was incorrect. You have to change at the bus terminal to get to the hotel. It doesn’t go straight to the airport as I was told prior to going.

sarah hodgkins Iceland Northern Lights

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