Iceland – Reykjavik – The Quest for the Northern Lights

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Iceland – Reykjavik Tour – Day 1 Part 1   December 6, 2015

Four of us left Terminal 2 of Minneapolis/St.Paul airport on IcelandAir on December 5th at about 8 pm. Some of you may wonder why anyone who lives in an area of the world known for it’s snowy and cold winters would choose to go to Iceland in December. The Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis, beckoned us with it’s alluring colors. Yes, we can sometimes see them in the Minnesota sky but we still have to travel north to see them well. The chances are rare that we would see them in our area due to so many populated cities. The added incentive was an airfare/hotel/tour package that was impossible to pass up. We arrived in Reykjavik, Iceland at approximately 8 am on Sunday, December 6th. The flight was only 5.5 hours long, but we traveled over about 7 times zones. We got bus tickets to the Fosshotel Baron and loaded our luggage for our 45-minute bus ride to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. We arrived at the bus station and immediately boarded the shuttle to our hotel. We wouldn’t be able to check in until after 12 pm. We stored our luggage in the locked storage area and then went to the dining room to have breakfast and figure out what we would do with our day.

View from The Perlan (The Pearl) Reykjavik, Iceland
View from The Perlan (The Pearl). Reykjavik, Iceland

The hotel’s breakfast was more than adequate. We had our choice of waffles, several different types of bread for toast, sweet rolls, croissants, cereal, yogurt, fruit, sausages. omelet, boiled eggs, and juice. For the Scandinavians, there was smoked and pickled herring, flatbreads, and cod liver oil. Beverages included tea, coffee, water, hot chocolate, and juice.

View from Fosshotel Baron. Reykjavik, Iceland
View from Fosshotel Baron. Reykjavik, Iceland
View from front rooms at Fosshotel Baron
View from front rooms at Fosshotel Baron

We settled on a day tour of Reykjavik which lasted about 6 hours. These are some of the photos from that tour. Click the link below for all the photos and descriptions from Day 1- Part 1. One thing I need to point out is that during the winter in Iceland there are only about 5 hours of daylight. Sunrise is at 11:03 am and sunset is about 3:38 pm. So the sun was rising when we boarded the bus, but by the time we stopped for lunch around 2 pm it was going down. During our daytime tour, our guide told us that a big storm was expected on Monday so if we had a Northern Lights tour planned for Monday we should change it to Sunday. We made our changes as soon as we got back to the hotel and rushed to get ready for our spa experience and Northern Lights tour. We left with our bathing suits under our long underwear and our outer clothing and coats.

One thing I need to point out is that during the winter in Iceland there are only about 5 hours or less of daylight. Sunrise is at 11:03 am and sunset is about 3:38 pm. So the sun was rising when we boarded the bus, but by the time we stopped for lunch around 2 pm it was going down. During our daytime tour, our guide told us that a big storm was expected on Monday so if we had a Northern Lights tour planned for Monday we should change it to Sunday. We made our changes as soon as we got back to the hotel and rushed to get ready for our spa experience and Northern Lights tour. We left with our bathing suits under our long underwear and our outer clothing and coats.

For 30 more photos with descriptions of Day 1 – Reykjavik Tour:

https://www.facebook.com/tumblealongtales/photos/pcb.928980623857670/928970310525368/?type=3

Coming Next Week:

Iceland – Day 1 – Part 2 – Fontana Spa and The Northern Lights  

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Author: Karen E

I have traveled for much of my life. My plans were always to travel more extensively after retirement. I retired from 20+ years of nursing in 2013. I am currently a member of the International Travel Writers and Photographers Alliance. I travel both internationally and throughout the United States of America. In 2013, I combined a trip to Miami with an ITWPA workshop, and my husband and I took a cruise to Alaska. In 2014, I did a road trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, flew to LA and then took the Amtrak from Oxnard to San Diego, CA. In 2015, I spent 32 days on the road throughout the western and southwestern states. In March 2015, I traveled to the Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Australia, and New Zealand for 32 days. I took a trip to Iceland in December 2015 to photograph the Nothern Lights. In between the bigger trips, I love to visit cities in Minnesota and neighboring states.

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