Over the last few months, travel magazines and articles have been filled with all things Iceland. If you want to see the Northern Lights, apparently 2012 is the best year to see them. It’s predicted that this year the lights will be at their brightest level seen for over 50 years. With this in mind and our overwhelming lust to visit Iceland we booked our flights with easyJet.
Since booking them in February, we have been pouring over Iceland guides and blogs such as Don’t Ever Look Back, A Dangerous Business and The Scrapbook of Life. And finally we now have a brief itinerary. We booked our car hire with Blue Car Rental on the recommendation of The Scrapbook of Life. We found them much cheaper than other companies paying 43000 ISK (roughly £220) for an old Suzuki Jimmy and an extra driver.
Here’s our rough plans for our six day trip during mid October 2012:
Once we have our hire car, we’ll go straight for a dip in the Blue Lagoon.
We then plan to drive to Vik and stay for two nights taking in the sights along the way and exploring Vik when we get there.
We will visit Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Skaftafell National Park where we plan to do a glacier walk.
On day three we’ll visit Reynishverfi Beach, Skógafoss, Eyjafjallajoekull and Seljalandsfoss. When night falls we plan to head to Reykjavik for a three night stay.
From our Reykjavik base we’ll do our own Golden Circle tour in our hopefully trusty Jimmy.We plan to snorkel through the tectonic plates in Thingvellir National Park and go snow mobiling. This might be ambitious for one day so we will play it by ear.
Providing day 4 all goes to plan we will hopefully go on a whale watching tour and explore Reykjavik.
In the evenings across our adventure we will chase the Northern Lights. Iceland seems so full of opportunity and whilst seeing the lights is one of the main reasons for going, there seems to be so much beauty that even if we don’t see them we won’t be too disheartened! The whole trip will be full of photo opportunities too so Stu will be in his element!
So how does our itinerary look? Would you recommend anything else? Do you have any tips on chasing the Northern Lights? Would you recommend any hotels or activities?
Some useful links from the car hire company:Stuck in Customs