Hoping to see the Northern Lights this new year? Don’t make the same mistake I did.
Earlier this December I booked a short break to Iceland to witness the lights. Although I wasn’t lucky enough to catch a glimpse, I’m in fact slightly relieved.
Booking my Northern lights excursion through a Icelandic company on the web, I was misled and misinformed about the proceedings of the trip. From the description provided I was led to believe there would be trekking through deep snow off the beaten track, this belief was enforced through the photos and claims that we would be ‘hunting’ the Aurora Borealis.
The trip was led by gray line, a large tour company. The nightly excursion consisted of 11 large coaches driving 40 minutes outside of Reykjavik before stopping at a small restaurant. 2 hours is spent waiting and hoping in the cold for this miraculous event before the disappointing drive back to the city.
Although the proceedings of this excursion was nothing like I had hoped, it has given me ideas on how to go about trying to spot the Northern Lights next year.
Instead of booking through a tour company and taking a trip from the capital, consider staying at a hotel in the country who provide wake up calls if the lights appear. By spending a few nights at a hotel, you have more time and more chance to see this sight whilst allowing you to witness and experience the magnificent wonders found in the countryside.
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