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ICELAND | Wednesday, 18 November 2009 | Views [479] | Comments [1]

Day One

Less than two hours drive from Reykjavík is Eyjafjallajökull glacier, and just a little further the Sólheimajökull glacier tongue extends down from Mýrdalsjökull.

We took an easy walk on crampons up on to the ice field where a wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses awaits discovery. We were provided with and taught how to use basic glacier equipment.

On the way back we stopped at the striking waterfalls, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.

Day Two

On the Golden Circle tour we walked around the world-famous Geysir geothermal area, a geothermal field where hot springs are in abundance, geysers explode and pools of mud bubble.

One of the Golden Circles many highlights is the Gullfoss waterfall, the queen of Iceland's waterfalls. Finally, but no less spectacular is a visit to the Thingvellir National Park.

Iceland is the original site of the oldest existing parliament in the world. The Great Atlantic rift is clearly visible, a rift that is slowly pulling Iceland apart along tectonic plates.

The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis are a spectacular natural phenomenon, often seen dancing around in fantastic colours across the Icelandic Arctic sky.

The Northern lights are caused by the interaction of particles from the sun with the upper atmosphere near the North Pole. That creates this wonderful light effect, known as the Aurora Borealis.

I saw the lights when the cloud broke, it was a very cloudy night so we were lucky to see anything. I did book to see the lghts the night before which was much clearer but they changed the time without telling me so missed it. Oh well maybe I'll give Norway a go to see them again.

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Day One

Less than two hours drive from Reykjavík is Eyjafjallajökull glacier, and just a little further the Sólheimajökull glacier tongue extends down from Mýrdalsjökull.

We took an easy walk on crampons up on to the ice field where a wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses awaits discovery. We were provided with and taught how to use basic glacier equipment.

On the way back we stopped at the striking waterfalls, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.

Day Two

On the Golden Circle tour we walked around the world-famous Geysir geothermal area, a geothermal field where hot springs are in abundance, geysers explode and pools of mud bubble.

One of the Golden Circles many highlights is the Gullfoss waterfall, the queen of Iceland's waterfalls. Finally, but no less spectacular is a visit to the Thingvellir National Park.

Iceland is the original site of the oldest existing parliament in the world. The Great Atlantic rift is clearly visible, a rift that is slowly pulling Iceland apart along tectonic plates.

The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis are a spectacular natural phenomenon, often seen dancing around in fantastic colours across the Icelandic Arctic sky.

The Northern lights are caused by the interaction of particles from the sun with the upper atmosphere near the North Pole. That creates this wonderful light effect, known as the Aurora Borealis.

I saw the lights when the cloud broke, it was a very cloudy night so we were lucky to see anything. I did book to see the lghts the night before which was much clearer but they changed the time without telling me so missed it. Oh well maybe I'll give Norway a go to see them again.

  james74 Nov 23, 2009 5:40 AM

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