#23 Attempt to see the Northern Lights- Iceland (day 4)

The final day in Iceland and the excitement of thee past few days were beginning to hit and the tiredness was setting in…

 We had the day to drive back to Reykjavik, where we were due to catch a flight early the next morning. So a slow drive began, visiting sights we missed the first time around.

First on the list was Skógafoss. One of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland*, you could walk right up to it. There was no safety tape, no guards patrolling, it just expected people to use their common sense.

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This is actually taken from half way up

Next to the waterfall was a staircase which we decided to climb…. This of course led to finding a trail and deciding the only thing to do was follow it…

At the top there is a platform that looks over the waterfall

At the top there is a platform that looks over the waterfall

Walking along there were more, smaller waterfalls. Some completely frozen over.

Walking along there were more, smaller waterfalls. Some completely frozen over.

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IMG_9724We ended up walking for about 30minutes till we came to a valley that was completely frozen, making our journey to unsafe to progress.

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Before arriving in Reykjavik, we did make one more stop,to Hveragerð, but it seems that this was where the photos finish.  The Lonely planet book had said it would be a 3mile walk to reach a hot steam which you take a dip in.What they didn’t mention was the it was completely up hill, and that during winter you better have the proper gear since trainers won’t cut it. I was sliding everywhere! On our way up (after a 40minute up hill walk), we meet a family on their way down who said that due to the conditions it had taken them over 4hours… We turned around right away

We spent the rest of the afternoon/evening in Reykjavik before heading back to the hotel at the airport we had started the trip at…

And so ended our time in Iceland. I may have not got to see the Northern lights, but I tried. What I did get to see was amazing. Waterfalls you could walk behind and right up to. Glaciers that seemed like they were unreal and seeing icebergs just sitting on a beach. I would definitly recommend a visit, maybe even one in summer for me…

Jenna

*According to Wikipedia 

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4 thoughts on “#23 Attempt to see the Northern Lights- Iceland (day 4)

  1. Hitch-Hikers Handbook says:

    Lovely photos, Jenna! We haven’t been to Iceland yet but it’s high on our list! 🙂
    If you like photography, we would like to invite you to participate in the next edition of our Travel Photography competition. Every week we publish 3 winning shots on our website and write a nice bio with a link to the photographers’ websites/FB/Flickr pages.
    Find more details here: http://hitchhikershandbook.com/your-contributions/travel-photography/
    Have a nice weekend!

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