Iceland is not just a destination; it’s an adventure. It is a country of sharp contrasts; a place where fire and ice co-exist and the dark winters are offset by the summer’s midnight sun. We have been to Iceland twice, hoping to witness the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, a surreal natural light display that occurs predominately in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
Upon arrival in Reykjavik in February, we rented a car and started our journey heading towards the southeastern coast, planning to drive along the entire southern part of the island. Winter weather in Iceland is unpredictable and one should always be willing to change plans, if things take a turn for the worse. Days during Iceland’s winter are short, as the sun never reaches a high position in the sky, but the light during these hours creates a warm glow covering the icy landscape, which is stunning.
Unfortunately we did not see the Northern Lights, as it was either snowing or cloudy every night we were there, but a few soaks in outdoor hot tubs and climbs to spots where glaciers meet the open ocean, certainly made our trip memorable after all. #livethejourney