After a long gruelling winter of intense study and hard draft writing our dissertations, my classmates and I decided to do some fundraising to go towards a class trip. Most normal people after months of chilly Scottish winter would decide to go somewhere hot and exotic! However we did the opposite, we are a class of photographers; ‘normal’ rarely enters our heads so we went somewhere even colder!
We packed up our thermals, gloves and snow boots and travelled to Reykjavik in Iceland hoping and dreaming to see the beautiful Northern Lights, geysirs, waterfalls, glaziers and volcano’s it has to offer, and believe me, we saw them all in abundance!
We took guided tours around the famous Golden Circle, Gullfoss, the Blue Lagoon and last but not least, a night time bus trip outside Reykjavik to see the Northern Lights in all its glory and I can assure you, it was a trip I won’t forget in a hurry.
Reykjavik is the most affordable and accessable place to see the Northern Lights. We were only there for 4 nights and were fortunate enough to see the bright dancing lights of the aurora all 4 nights in a row.
The Gullfoss waterfall is in the South of Iceland on the Hvita river, red by Langjokull (Icelands second biggest glazier) The scale of this iconic waterfall cannot be traslated in a single image, however to give an idea of just how large it is, the walls reach up to 70 meters with the water crashing down at least 32 meters in two stages into the canyon. It is a beautiful sight to behold.
Another tourism spot not to be missed is one of the 25 wonders of the world: the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, I didn’t take my camera there for fear of getting it damaged but it is simply amazing.