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13 September 2016

Aurora Chasing in Iceland

Take a chance on exploring the glacial side of the land of fire and ice as well this winter with aurora chasing through the Nordic nation.

There’s no better time than now to chase after the elusive Northern lights in Iceland. The natural phenomenon that sends gentle waves of green light dancing across a clear winter’s night will end its 11-year cycle of high visibility sometime next year. Over the course of six nights, travellers will actively seek out the auroras to gain more opportunities to view this mesmerising light show in person. In addition will be a night of active chasing for four hours by bus and even a Northern lights academy programme that will educate travellers on the mysterious natural wonder through films, presentations, and quick courses, such as a course on aurora photography to best capture the bright beams for that Instagram-worthy shot.

Iceland has more to offer than just the Northern lights, of course. In winter, the subzero temperatures create an all-natural winter wonderland out of ice and snow. Take a ride on a massive eight-wheel drive monster truck for a safari expedition to Langjökull glacier, the second largest glacier in Iceland. Then indulge in an once-in-a lifetime cave adventure through the world’s largest manmade ice caverns. The caverns are composed of an extensive system of tunnels and chambers that stretch close to 300 metres into the solid ice cap towards a breathtaking natural ice cave at the heart of the glacier. Through this trek, ice walkers will be able to explore various chambers and a huge ice crevasse. Walking deeper into the ice tunnel reveals centuries-old ice, most noticeable through the gradual change in colour from a cloudy white to shocking deep blues.

Travellers can also go on a beginner’s glacial hiking experience from the Sólheimajökull glacier to the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Millenniums of ice breaking through hard rock have carved out a spectacular rugged rock formation to be explored. During the hike, travellers will come across ice sculptures, water cauldrons, ridges and deep crevasses on the glacier. Guides, loaded with information, will ensure a safe and illuminating experience as they educate on the behaviours of glaciers and their impact on nature, as well as on the proper use of basic glacier equipment, like crampons and an ice axe.

After a fruitful trip to Iceland, pick up unique souvenirs at the Icelandic wool outlet store. Fill shopping carts with sweaters, beanies and gloves knitted from Lopi, the fleece of Icelandic sheep. The fleece is made up of two layers: an outer, water-resistant coat, and a soft, insulating layer that quickly warms up the body without causing an itch against sensitive skin.

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