As I landed in Reykjavik I was looking forward to the adventure and of course to hopefully catch a glimpse of the natural phenomenon of the Northern lights…what I experienced over 5 days was far greater than any expectations I had!
Swiftly though the airport we were greeted by 3 guys from Super Jeep, we all climbed into 3 aptly named Super Jeeps and on convoy were on the road to discovery… stopping at some wonderful points along the way.
Began with a hearty Icelandic breakfast of porridge and ski yogurt before taking to the road
The scenery although not typically pretty was stunning and ever changing with the natural light and weather, in fact there is a popular saying in Iceland if you don’t like the weather wait 5 minutes and that certainly is the case.
We took the time whilst driving to quiz our guide on the ever growing visitor numbers and how with the introduction of low cost flights along with IcelandAir offering excellent connections through Reykjavik to America and Canada has only increased its appeal…now on route to these countries you can experience anything from a city break to a whistle stop golden circle tour.
Enjoying an afternoon break at Laugarvatn Fontana Spa was a pleasant experience some even taking the plunge and cooling off in the Lake, not for the faint hearted!
Arriving at the Langjokull glacier was a speculator sight with the sun glistening on the Ice, and the roaring sound of engines of the snowmobiles ready to take us up to the ice caves, a fascinating experience… What better way to end the day than with a superb dinner together in a local restaurant reminiscing about our day’s experiences, after we rugged up and went on the hunt for a glimpse of the Northern Lights… and found them! Wow what a sight, we all felt very fortunate to see them although at this point we didn’t know how extremely lucky we were going to be!
Clear skys greeted us this morning for our time on board the Viking Sushi Adventure Boat Trip, where I tried the fresh scallops making it a special event with added soya and wasabi, before continuing our journey to the bright lights of Reykjavik. After a quick change we headed out to a local restaurant for a yummy dinner before trying out a local bar in Reykjavik as we said good bye to our wonderful hosts from SuperJeep it was almost like it had been pre-arranged the sky lit up over the city with the Aurora
Seeing the northern lights in Reykjavik dancing over the buildings was absolutely remarkable and something I will never forget!
The city was cold and crisp with a beautiful blue sky as we headed down to the port for our whale watching excursion
After spotting a whale, we were all ready for lunch by the port followed by a couple of hours taking in Reykjavik
Heading out of the city our last afternoon was spent at the Blue Lagoon
Having read various mixed reviews on the Blue Lagoon, some describing it as an over commercialised tourist attraction…. and whilst it probably is…I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Bathing in the healing waters whilst covered in silica mud looking like something out of a zombie film and enjoying a glass of bubbly …what is there not to like!
Our final evening finished with a wonderful display of the Arura over our hotel…ending what was an unforgettable trip of a lifetime.