This time last year I was preparing for a trip to Iceland. It was a pleasure to meet the staff of the International School of Iceland (ISI) and the share my ideas with the Association of English Speakers in Iceland.
For anyone travelling to Iceland, here are a few tips:
The weather report for cloud cover can be key when trying to see lights, because the clouds can block it out. Apparently, it is still possible to see the lights through the clouds.
Due to the random and fleeting nature of the lights, online alerts only seem to be useful for a matter of hours or even minutes. People posting last night’s photos online weren’t really much use, but sometimes people post live updates online.
The lights can come and go gradually, so if you see a bit of discoloured sky, it could turn into the lights a few minutes later. The lights show up much more clearly on a DSLR camera, so if you have one it is worth bringing it with you to ‘test’ potential lights.
We frequented many an Icelandic supermarket during our stay! Hagkaup was the best by a mile. The selection of Oatly produce is next level.
I imagine the place would’ve been difficult to navigate without our own vehicle. Sixt car rental were awesome! They also gave us a device that allowed mobile 4G anywhere on the island – sooo handy (we could take it from the car and tether our phones to it when exploring).
The Embassy of India host free morning and evening yoga classes every weekday.
Parking on the residential streets near to the centre is stress-free.
Seltjarnarnes is a tiny peninsular sticking out into the sea which is a nice little walk. You can park at Grotta, Nordurstrond walking path. It’s about a 10 minute drive from the main high street, Laugavegur.
The Golden Triangle
It is well worth a drive to this area. Geysir is cool (Geysir Center, Haukadalur, 35). The traditional lamb soup was about £15 but worth every penny!