A visit to
Iceland is literally a breath of fresh air.
Compared to the urban regions of world most
of us live in today, Iceland’s pristine
wide-open expanses provide an incredible
contrast, offering fresh air and pure water,
along with incredible geologic features
including steaming geysers, hot mineral
springs, active volcanoes and glaciers that
have sculpted the landscape. Do not let the
country’s name fool you, in addition to all
these geologic wonders, Iceland is also a
land of vast green valleys, many dotted with
famous Icelandic horses and sheep.
invite you to join us September 27-October
4, 2008, as we discover nature’s
magnificence by day and marvel at the
aurora borealis by
Of the many
wonders this trip offers, viewing and photographing
the aurora (weather permitting) and experiencing the
haunting beauty of Iceland are the main highlights.
With this in mind, most days of the tour will begin
around 10:00 a.m., giving travelers who stay up late
watching the aurora a chance to sleep late each
morning. As Iceland is not a large country, each
day’s activities in Reykjavík, in the Icelandic
Highlands, and in the southern region of this island
nation will cover relatively small areas. This means
that even though we’ll see a lot of wonderful
scenery, our longest day of sightseeing will be no
more than eight hours, with most days shorter.
Each clear night outside of Reykjavik, we’ll
stand watch for the aurora borealis — eerie,
ever-changing glows in the sky caused when energetic
particles from the Sun slam into Earth’s upper
atmosphere, literally electrifying it. Because these
particles are channeled by our planet’s magnetic
field, they work their magic where the field is
oriented into Earth, near the magnetic poles.
Iceland, close to the north magnetic pole, is
blessed with frequent and spectacular auroral
displays. They take on many forms: undulating
curtains, pulsing rays, and dramatic overhead
coronas, or crowns. Their colors — green, red,
purple, or blue — range from subtle to vibrant.
This tour is
limited to only 24 people, so contact us today to
discover the wonders of Iceland and the aurora
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