Posted on 01/15/2020
Iceland is unique, insanely interesting and filled with extraordinary landscapes, including the rare opportunity to see the spectacular aurora borealis – or northern lights. This tour will bring you on a search for that once-in-a-lifetime moment, but here are the top five wonders that will blow your mind.
1. Northern Lights
Ah, the elusive northern lights! The northern lights can be challenging to see. There are several parameters that determine whether you will view them or not. Location, weather (no rain, no wind, clear skies) definitely affect the visibility. However, when revealed, you’ll be dazzled by the flickering light display of bursting colour that unfolds before your eyes.
2. Iceberg Lagoon
The famous Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is about five hours from Reykjavík and some of the ice is over 1,000 years old. The lagoon connects with the ocean and is therefore composed of a sea and fresh water mixture which causes its unique, vibrant blue colour.
3. Waterfalls: Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss
Iceland is called the land of fire and ice because of its 130 volcanoes and snowy winters, but it should be considered the land of water as well. Each waterfall delivers another astonishing impression. Seljalandsfoss was wet and misty and is one of the country’s best known waterfalls. “Foss” means waterfall in Icelandic. In the summer you can actually walk behind the waterfall on a small path, however in the winter it is closed because the path is too icy to walk on.
4. Black Sand Beach
Reynisfjara is a world famous black volcanic sand beach surrounded by basalt formations, cliffs scattered with caves, and rich bird life including the Fulmar, Black Guillemot, Razorbill, Gannet and various types of seagulls. The basalt stacks create this textured ethereal landscape and the location is so exceptional that it was featured in Season 7 of Game of Thrones – “North of the Wall”
5. Diamond Beach
The Diamond beach is a strip of black volcanic sand surrounded by glaciers. Bits and pieces of the passing glaciers and icebergs break off, some eventually landing on the Diamond Beach. The sand is covered in glittering shards of ice in starks contrast to the black sand beach.
Iceland is an island of dramatic contrast. Discover the spectacular landscapes and incredible culture on this small island nation during this fascinating Icelandic journey with Collette.