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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? 

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is switzerland beautiful?

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Yes it certainly is.

We have only been here one week so far but have fallen head over heels for Switzerland. It seems that they may have missed summer this year, and will explain why we’ve had hit-and-miss weather. There’s been sunshine, cloud cover, rain, and we’ve even woken up one day with snow covering the mountaintops when we were in St Moritz.

But it doesn’t matter about the weather because it is a wonderful country regardless! It seems that every which way we turn there is something different to be in awe about. If it isn’t the scenery, it’s the history or the shopping or the restaurants. There is something here for everyone!

It amazes us how this small-in-size country, covering approximately 41 000 square metres, can have 4 official languages (German, French, Italian and Romansh) and everybody speaks at least one of these and English as well. It really is a melting pot of Central/Western Europe, being bordered by 5 countries; Italy, France, Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein.

Anyway, enough words from us for now as we don’t think any words are necessary to describe the natural beauty of Switzerland. We hope our photos (from our first week) speak for themselves and provide a glimpse into scenic Switzerland with its dramatic mountainous backdrops, lush green grass and expansive calm lakes!

Near Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
Near Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
Around Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
Around Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
Around Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
Around Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
On Lake Walensee
On Lake Walensee
On the road from St Mortiz to Mustair
On the road from St Mortiz to Mustair
On the road from St Mortiz to Mustair
On the road from St Mortiz to Mustair
On the road from St Mortiz to Mustair
On the road from St Mortiz to Mustair
On the road from St Mortiz to Mustair
On the road from St Mortiz to Mustair
On the road from St Mortiz to Mustair
On the road from St Mortiz to Mustair
On the Bernina-Express to Tirano
On the Bernina-Express to Tirano
On the Bernina-Express to Tirano
On the Bernina-Express to Tirano
On the Bernina-Express to Tirano
On the Bernina-Express to Tirano
Crossing a bridge on the way Bellinzona
Crossing a bridge on the way Bellinzona

If you haven’t been to Switzerland, add it to your list!

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