Looking back on the year, I feel like I’ve had a pretty good 2019. I’ve felt better this year, mentally. Not as better physically, but we’re working on that, now aren’t we. I’ve had the great fortune to travel a bit this year, and have […]
Iceland is one of the most geologically interesting places on earth. Because of it’s location on the mid-Atlantic range, the geothermal activity is rampant. This is why there are so many volcanoes, lava fields and hot springs throughout the country.
One place you can see the continental divide for yourself in the Reykjanes Peninsula. (It’s not too far from the Blue Lagoon!) There is even a bridge between the North American and Eurasian Tectonic plates.
This is a cool little spot as you’re driving throughout the island. It’s not too far from Reykjavik, so it makes a nice little stop. It wasn’t very busy while we were there either. There was maybe 5 or 6 other people. It’s worth it for the photo of your travel partner on a different continent than you!
One of the ‘can’t miss’ things to do in Iceland is the Golden Circle. The Golden Circle consists of a few prominent sites, including Þingvellir National Park, the Gulfoss Waterfall, and Haukadalur Geothermal area. There are a few other stops you can make. One we […]
One of the reasons we chose to visit Iceland during the time of year we did was to see the Northern Lights.
A couple weeks before we left, I saw this article from The Lonely Planet about a new Northern Lights viewing centre just outside of Reykjavik. We thought the Aurora Basecamp looked really cool and decided we wanted to get tickets.
Tickets include access to the Basecamp Lounge, a warm spot to hang out. It also features an excellent demonstration of how and why the Northern Lights happen. We also had bottomless hot chocolate, that was probably some of the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had. The best feature was that a guide and photographer at the camp, Erik, showed me how to best shoot the Northern Lights on my camera. With his help, I was able to get a few photos of the Northern Lights that I was really happy with.
I use a Sony A5000, and have for about 5 years now. We also brought a tripod with us which I 100% recommend having with you if you’re using a camera. Ethan was able to get some pretty nice photos of the Lights with his Google Pixel phone.
I’m really glad we visited the Aurora Basecamp. For us it was totally worth it and we had an awesome time there. The staff was very friendly and helpful. It was one of our favourite parts of the trip.
Tickets were about $40 CAD each (3,900 ISK). The camp is a 20 minute drive outside of Reykjavik. You can book tickets online here.