Make Northern Lights Trips Even More Memorable
Make Northern Lights trips even more special by adding on some optional excursions. Here we highlight some superb options.
Looking into embarking on one of the wonderful Northern Lights trips to Iceland? If so, and you want to make your winter wonderland experience even more special, consider some of the other, optional extras you can take part in. Along with the sighting of the incredible Aurora Borealis, they're guaranteed to make your holiday in Iceland unforgettable.
If you enjoy getting out there and exploring on foot, this excursion is for you. Small groups trips head out to discover the glacial tongue known as Seimajokull. While hiking over the glacial surface, you will find yourself marvelling at the beautiful ice formations, ridges and even sinkholes. If you're really keen there is the opportunity to try out some ice climbing on an ice wall. (All equipment for this is provided, but you must have appropriate footwear so that the crampons can attach appropriately.)
For something completely different, horse riding through the Icelandic wilderness offers a truly exhilarating experience. These purebred horses are descended from the Viking steeds of the 9th century. Hardy, reliable and very gentle, these lovely animals are perfect even for beginners wanting to get in the saddle. Although the horses look fairly small in stature, this belies their innate strength, and they are strong enough to take riders of all shapes and sizes.
In terms of where horseback experience will take you, the opportunities are varied. One route will take you around a lake and on to a black volcanic beach, where you may be able to spot seals bathing on the shores. A slightly longer ride takes you up to Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, which offers dramatic views and spectacular scenery.
One of the most popular 'add-ons' to include on Northern Lights trips is a whale-watching excursion. You will be taken out on the ocean in a comfortable, warm boat in search of these magnificent mammals under the care of an experienced crew. There are guides on hand to proffer information and answer any questions. The guides also involve guests in the inspection (under a microscope onboard) of specimens, which they have taken from the ocean. It's a fascinating exercise as a host of treasures can be found in the ocean, including whalebones and teeth.
Lava and Lobster
How about heading out into the icy landscape on one of the organised Northern Lights trips combined with a visit to a lava cave, then followed by a lobster supper? It's every bit as fabulous an evening as it sounds! The lava cave features stunning natural formations created after the last volcanic eruption. As you explore the cave by torchlight, the glittering crystal icicles are dazzling in their brilliance. To round of the experience, you can return to Reykjavik for an outstanding meal of the city's specialty, lobster, in one of Iceland’s most well-reputed restaurants. If you're lucky, you may even see the Aurora dancing in the skies outside.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Abigail Collins is director of Aurora Nights, who offer a select range of trips to see the Northern Lights. For Northern Lights trips, Iceland and Swedish Lapland offer an excellent chance to encounter the aurora borealis. Aurora Nights is part of Weekend a la Carte, a family-run company passionate about client service, with a vast in-depth knowledge based on extensive travels to region of the Aurora Borealis.