we would go back to iceland

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It’s early October and the long summer days are no more. The chance of spotting the northern lights increases while the temperature decreases. The days are getting shorter and the blue skies are fighting to be seen.

Iceland is like nowhere else we have been. It is “out of this world” without sounding too cliché.

Our romance with Iceland was ignited when we were welcomed with nature’s light show on the evening of our arrival. We couldn’t believe our luck when the day we flew into Reykjavik there was not a single cloud in the sky. It was only the night before we arrived, the auroras were so fierce and strong that the mayor switched off the lights in the city for the phenomenon to be experienced by all, not just the over-zealous aurora-hunters.

Our number one travel wish list item was finally ticked off.

We know we are very fortunate to have witnessed the aurora borealis in all of her dancing glory. The following 7 nights, Aurora became shy and only appeared briefly or poked out occasionally behind dense  clouds.

How do we begin to describe the sheer beauty of this country?

Jam-packed in its modest 103,000 km2 are massive glaciers and mountains sprawled across the horizon; waterfalls gushing loudly and proudly; thermal activity performing on cue. Even the knowledge of the volcanoes impatiently rumbling nearby with the earthquakes increasing in frequency and strength didn’t hamper our spirits. This country was truly something special and in a league of its own.

Every time we stopped to get that little bit closer to nature, we were greeted with harsh winds wanting to leave our cheeks numb and our teeth chattering. It didn’t matter though, we were easily distracted by what we saw.

Maybe we’ll just show you a little bit of what we saw.

Aside from the beauty of the country, the people are welcoming, friendly and frank. The food is also great but we might leave that for another post. And well, the language and pronunciations had us equally fascinated!

Our experience in Iceland was unforgettable, although we do wish the prices were forgettable. Ha! Thus is travel… One of these days we will be back for those long summer days, expensive or not!

Have you been to Iceland? What is your opinion? 

Feel free to leave us any comments here.

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18 thoughts on “we would go back to iceland

    The Dragonfly said:
    August 3, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Wow, this sounds truly amazing. I have always been drawn to travel to Iceland and I keep telling my family/boyfriend that one day I will make it there. 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 3, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Oh, you really MUST try and get there one day. It’s such an incredible place 🙂 Thank you for your comment!

    walshswanderlust said:
    August 1, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Stunning photos

    the eternal traveller said:
    July 16, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    The other day I saw a post on Facebook about an Icelandic beer spa. You sit in a hot tub of beer and drink beer straight from a keg on the side. Mr ET thought that was a good enough reason to visit Iceland!!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 3, 2017 at 9:34 am

      LOL – so does that mean Iceland is your next destination 😉

    AndysWorldJourneys said:
    July 14, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    i too hope to visit again one day. its a truly unique and remarkable part of the world

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 3, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Well Andy, we hope you get there again! As soon as we “ticked” it off our visit list, it went straight back on after we left 🙂

    Jess Carey said:
    July 14, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Your photos are STUNNING! We’re off to Iceland for the first time in November and can’t wait – I really hope we’re as lucky as you guys and get to see the Lights!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 3, 2017 at 9:36 am

      Thank you Jess! Fingers crossed that you do see the lights. They truly are special, however be warned, the colours are definitely more vibrant in photos than to our naked eye. 🙂 We hope you have a MEMORABLE TRIP.

    CrazyChineseFamily said:
    July 13, 2017 at 4:58 am

    Oh Iceland, really a place I want to visit. Had few chances in the past years but always was ill (swimming competitions 😦 =

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 13, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      Please add it to your list sooner than later. It’s just so amazing 🙂 Hope you and your growing family are all well!

    Mabel Kwong said:
    July 12, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Amazing and so, so, so lucky the two of you got to see the Northern Lights when you were in Ireland. What a treat, what a show, what a sight 😀 Very brave and strong to brave the cold winds. Those waterfalls and sparse land look so grand, and it must have been a wonderful time exploring Iceland for what it is. It has always been on my list to see the Northern lights. Maybe…one day 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 13, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      Oh Mabel! We hope that you have a chance to go there one day. It’s a place we would recommend to anyone and everyone 🙂
      Hope you are well and Melbourne isn’t too cold for you.

    juliamhammond said:
    July 12, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Loved it too. So much in fact, that we went back and got married there. Beautiful coiuntry, glad you were wowed by it.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 13, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      Awww how beautiful to be married there! Bet tit was simply gorgeous!!

    Caitlin Wallis said:
    July 12, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Wonderful pictures. I went in August so sadly missed the Northern Lights. Would love to go back and see them! Such a great country 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 12, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Thanks Caitlin! We would go back in a heartbeat. We hope you get to see Northern Lights there if you go back!

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