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Northern Lights Adventures

Taking winter retreats with friends, family or loved ones is becoming more popular as we hunt for the ultimate winter wonderland – and you don’t need to go too far to find it. Iceland has many attractions that will make your trip one to remember. Royal Robbins takes a look at some of the most popular tours and attractions that Iceland has to offer.

 

Northern Lights

 

The Northern Lights are perhaps what the pyramids are to Egypt and they’re the number one tourist attraction in Iceland – although you’re not guaranteed to catch a glimpse the magical visual display. Created by electrically charged particles colliding with Earth’s atmosphere from a solar storm, the reaction causes displays of colourful lights in the night skies, known as auroras.

 

One thing we must say is don’t plan your trip to Iceland solely to see the Northern Lights. The Northern Lights aren’t visible every night and it’s not possible to predict when they’ll appear any sooner than 2 days prior, as it all depends on solar storm activity. If you want to increase your chances of seeing the Northern Lights, then we recommend you staying a little longer. Iceland can go around a week without the Northern Lights being visible, but they can create auroras for up to 3 days once the solar storm hits Earth.

 

Blue Lagoon

 

Without a doubt, visiting one of Iceland’s hot springs should be priority, as they offer an experience that you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else. Blue Lagoon is Iceland’s most popular and famous geothermal spa, attracting 40,000 visitors per year, and is just 25 miles from the country’s capital, Reykjavik. The geothermal activity causes the volcanic vents to heat the water to a toasty 38 degrees and the water, which is 70% seawater, is rich in blue-green algae, mineral salts and fine silica mud which work wonders on your skin! Enjoying yourself in the geothermal water is only the start, Blue Lagoon houses restaurants, shops and spas for you to spend the whole day relaxing with jaw-dropping views.

 

Golden Circle

 

The Golden Circle is the name given to the tour which will take you on the ultimate geological adventure. Lasting around 8 hours, you’ll start with a stunning display of one of nature’s most impressive forces , the Strokkur Geysir – a geothermal area which shoots water up to 30m in the air. Continuing your tour, you’ll move onto Golden Falls, a waterfall which plunges into a geothermal crevice which is 32m deep – making for a perfect selfie!

 

Adrenaline Filled Transport

 

For all you adrenaline junkies out there, Iceland is home to some of the most unique ways to travel in the world. How about booking a tour where you’ll visit stunning Icelandic sights travelling by snowmobiles or even dog sledding? If you want to see the wonderful sights of some of Iceland’s geothermal locations from the air, you can book a helicopter tour which take you over the hot springs, colourful mountain ranges and lava fields.

 

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