How to hunt the Northern Lights? Seeing the Northern Lights was my once-in-a-lifetime experience and here are the tools I found helpful in maximizing our chance to see it when we spent the Thanksgiving week in Iceland. Three factors contribute to the chance of seeing the Aurora: Cloud coverage – clouds are photographers’ favorite to make… Read More Guide to Hunt and Photograph the Northern Lights
Our winter in Iceland started with another colorful sunrise! This was right outside from our house! Itinerary for today: hunt for the plane wreck. In 1973, a US Navy Douglas Super DC-3 crashed on the beach in southern Iceland and it was a miracle that everyone on board survived the crash. The plane was left there… Read More Found the Plane Wreck and Waterfalls
Before we started the ~2.5 journey back to Skogafoss, we visited the Fjallsárlón Glacial Lagoon for our last time to say goodbye to this secret glacier lagoon. I hope the next time e come back, that heart will be still there! Early in the morning just right after sunrise, well not that early, the colors of the… Read More Back to the Southern Iceland
One of the unique activity in Iceland only available in winter (Nov-March) is visiting the blue glowing ice cave. Northern Lights are not guaranteed so I have been telling myself our primary goal is the ice cave and Northern Lights will be a bonus. I booked the ice cave tour through https://www.extremeiceland.is/ as soon as they are… Read More Iceland – The Blue Glowing Ice Cave and Full Sky of Aurora!
Capturing the sunrise is likely the toughest time for photographers….it’s so hard to wake up at the crack of dawn during vacation. It was super easy in Iceland – sunrise at 10 am, no problem waking up at 8 am, have breakfast, and then out to wait for the sunrise 🙂 Oh….not to mention, “sunrise” was… Read More Iceland – The Sparkling Diamond Beach
4.5 hours from our cottage to Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon but we made a few stops along the way. First stop was Vik where we filled gas, had a light lunch, and shop at the Icewear Factory to get the cute and warm hats. They make good souvenirs too made in Iceland! The black sand beach in… Read More Iceland – Long Way to Ice Lagoon
Having breakfast at 9 am and still dark outside was a bit weird! Afterward, we begin our drive again….in the darkness into sunrise. The road to Geysir takes over 3 hours again and before we headed out, we checked the road condition before trusting the GPS. You can check the road condition at: http://www.road.is/ Clear to go! The… Read More Iceland – Let the Lights Dance!
When it’s cheaper to go to Iceland than California during Thanksgiving week, it was a no brainer! I didn’t get to see the Northern Lights on our first trip to Iceland last year (Labor’s Day week) so it was another motivation to go back. Since we have been to Iceland, I knew exactly where I… Read More Iceland – OMG It’s The Northern Lights!
Over the last 3 days in Iceland, we drove few hours per day and today we had to drive all the way back to the airport area – Keflavik……more than 250 miles and speed limit in Ring Road 55 mph so need at least 5 hours! Last night I notice the bookshelf with encyclopedia wall and that… Read More Iceland Day 4: Long Way Back to Blue Lagoon
Yesterday’s weather limited our sightseeing time so we had to make up for it by waking up early….well for the rest of our travel group, it was early for them. We got a fresh start with the chilly Icelandic air and a wonderful breakfast served in the hotel restaurant. The choices were plenty especially the… Read More Iceland Day 3: Skaftafell, Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, and moonlight on Diamond Beach