And your wait for an exotic vacay is over. We have found the right destination for you. It is Iceland! Yes, Iceland! Being one of the top tourist destinations around the world, this place is popularly addressed as the land of Ice and Fire. Though controversially nicknamed, this place is one of the favorite places to visit during your European vacation. From hot-hot volcanoes to cool-cool glaciers, this place is absolutely made for the thrill-seekers. The variety in landscapes and adventures Iceland offers is one of the prime reasons to visit this country. Iceland is a Nordic island country - meaning they geographically belong to the Northern Europe and Northern Atlantic region.
Nordics include Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Greenland, independent bodies of the Faroe Islands, and Iceland. Iceland, from a tourism perspective, is geographically divided into 8 regions - Capital Region, Southern Peninsula, West, Westfjords, Northwest, Northeast, East, and South. And one of the most attractive reasons Iceland is visited is for its Northern lights. Pickyourtrail offers amazing Northern lights Iceland packages that help you unearth the best nature scenes you would ever get to witness in your whole life. Your ‘places to visit before turning old’ bucket list should suggestively have to witness the Northern lights Iceland and PIckyourtrail help you check this dream in a way you wouldn’t forget your whole life.
Northern lights are an astronomical phenomenon - a fantasy indeed!
A natural happening - a nature’s gift perhaps!
By definition - Northern lights are formed when ions of the solar wind meet the atoms of Oxygen and Nitrogen on the Earth’s atmosphere. Too scientific right! Let’s make it simple.
The best time to see the Northern lights is during the winter and fall months of that particular country. Since the Northern lights are a natural phenomenon, it is very unrealistic to predict it beforehand. Nature has a time and Northern lights simply follow the schedule. The months of September to March are one of the best times of the year to witness these Northern lights. However, the months between April and August sees summer, and hence it is difficult to spot this happening in the night sky. And in some places, it begins to get dark during the daytime itself - from the early afternoon for you to have a promising night. And the best time during the night is from 8 PM to 2 AM. Make sure to visit the viewpoint to behold the maximum beauty of nature. Plan your itinerary accordingly such that you happen to stay for 2 to 3 nights to ensure you get the best view of these Northern lights.
It requires the best time and best nature support to view this beauty of nature exhibition. Factors like rain and clear sky should assist you in having the best experience. Many hotel staff members wake you up at midnight for you to behold the Polar lights when the conditions are favorable. Witness the best nature sights of these Northern lights at the following places.
If you are a first-time visitor witnessing these Northern lights, you need to know a few tips before you even plan. Read through to understand the right way to see these Northern lights.
1. Planning your trip knowing the climatic conditions of the place is highly important. The best time to visit is during the months of September to March. However, understand that the months between late December and early March could turn out to be freezing cold, and hence planning needs to be done more logically.
2. Since the Northern lights are a natural happening, expecting it to appear on the day you plan is highly a flop. Hence, plan your itinerary such that you stay in that place for 2 to 3 nights to witness the best Color splash.
3. Pack for the right place. You are planning to visit the poles of the Earth and our geography books have taught us that the temperatures near the poles of the Earth are freezing cold. Hence, planning the right way and carrying the right things is highly essential. A quick checklist - winter boots, gloves, scarves, hats, jackets, and sweaters.
4. Carry your DSLR. Nature is bringing you a natural light setup for getting you the best picture to upload on your social media. Try not to miss recording this chance.
5. Last but not least, keep your fingers crossed and wait for the best view under the dark skies, patiently!
Other than simply waiting for the Northern lights of Iceland, here is a quick suggestion to spend your time more wisely.
1. Utilize your daylight and do some whale watching at Reykjavik.
2. Witness the popular fountain Geysir at Strokkur
3. Hop on to Iceland's very famous destination - Landmannalaugar National Park and fall in love with the landscapes.
4. Head out to the Vatnajokull National Park and explore the ice cave.
5. Go awed by the freshwater sense at Gullfoss Waterfall.
Iceland is one of the members of the Schengen countries. The 26 Schengen visa countries are Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Greece, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Hence all the Nordic countries come under the Schengen region.
But the good news is that U.S citizens can enter the country for business and tourist reasons without a visa for up to 90 days. However, you need to have a 6 month (beyond your travel dates) valid passport.
If you are someone who loves nature - every little thing about nature, right from enjoying every little drop of rain, every single ray of sunshine, every full moon night and snowy days, Northern lights are undoubtedly going to fascinate you!
Northern lights are highly unpredictable and hence planning for the destination would be more appropriate rather than going to the destination to watch the Northern light. But the fact that should be accepted is that your itinerary to any of these Nordic countries will be made magnificently amazing because of these Northern lights. This nature’s beauty is definitely worth the visit. Imagine staying awake in a glass igloo the whole night and all of a sudden you witness this rare phenomenon of Color splashing on the night sky! You take so many pictures until you get bored of posing. Wear warm clothes and lie on a thermal bed under the freezing temperature of the Northern pole. Sip your favorite drink and eat your favorite food under the starry rainbowish night. Cruise on the most gorgeous lake surrounded by cold mountains and freezing trees - in an absolutely silent place. It is just you and your loved one! Truly a place to fall in love with nature. Experience this happening once and you would never ask this question again!
The Northern Lights Iceland tour is definitely a must-have on everyone’s bucket list. Pickyourtrail has hand-picked itineraries specially crafted to make your experience a life worthwhile. This natural phenomenon is highly unpredictable. But you need not worry. Leave the hassles of planning to us. If you are somebody who prefers a personal touch in whatever you do, well, the customization option is right for you. Pickyourtrail’s customize option helps you to tailor-make each line of your itinerary just the way you want. Being you is more important than accepting whatever best is given to you. And we highly respect that. Take the 6-night northern lights perfect family vacation covering Reykjavik, Husavik, Akureyri, and Vik and spot aurora. Alternatively, you can also choose the 6 nights aurora tour package to Iceland. Witness the beauty of nature while satiating the Instagrammer in you. You will have a lifetime's best photographs.
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