Lights still on in the land of fire and ice with Collette
Collette is experiencing unprecedented demand for their tour, Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights, as clients in Australia and across the globe learn that these lights are dimming in Iceland and other Arctic countries.
The midnight sun will still continue to beam bright in the northern sky in the summer months, but those bucket-list Aurora Borealis lights are fading. A veritable winter and summer wonderland, Iceland is one of the best places for seeing these magical emerald, violet and rose-tinged lights pitted against the ebony Arctic sky.
Winter is also the best time to see this Polar sky show which occurs as a result of massive solar eruptions taking place in an eleven- year solar cycle. With the change in the solar cycle, the frequency of the Northern Lights is diminishing and will continue to dim for a decade.
“Darkness, location and a clear sky are the most important factors in determining whether or not you’ll be lucky enough to see this unpredictable and powerful attraction. Collette’s Magical Iceland Northern Lights tour features some of the most likely sites for viewing this extraordinary, natural phenomenon,” said Alison Mead, Collette’s Australia Business Manager.
Starting with unforgettable Reykjavik where exploring the quaint old town is a must, the tour moves on to take in thundering waterfalls, glaciers and steaming lava in the land of fire and ice. The first evening features a post-dinner cruise which sails into the silent velvet night in search of the lights.
The hunt for the Aurora Borealis continues throughout the tour including via the legendary Golden Circle, a route renowned for meandering through many of the country’s most sought-after attractions. One of the most well-known is the UNESCO World Heritage site, Thingvellir National Park which is a geological and historical treasure trove.
Geothermal activity is high in this area with warm geothermal pools and spectacular geysers erupting every few minutes. This contrasts with the nearby Gullfoss and Seljlandsfoss waterfalls where sheer walls of water pound their pristine backdrops.
As night approaches, the hunt continues for the Northern Lights in the nation’s southern-most city, Vik. Vik is the departure point for exploring the volcanic area where Eyjafallajokull’s exploding ash was propelled across the sky in 2010, grounding hundreds of planes. Traces of volcanic activity can also be seen in the blackened volcanic beach sand which is home to multifarious, majestic seabirds.
Glistening glaciers and the scenic glacial lagoon of Jokulsarlon provide the setting for the next leg of the tour which lasts six days in total, an ideal length for maximising the chances of a close encounter with the Northern Lights. There are many stupendous surprises in Iceland, not the least of which is that in winter it can be warmer than in New York, London or Paris.
For bucket-listers, now is the time to visit the land of fire and ice; the lights are still on but fading.