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One year ago we were returning from our around the world trip – five continents and 25 countries over 9 months of travels. We saw some incredible things along the way, but the most incredible event came two nights before we came home. I’ll probably write a post about what it’s like a full year after returning, but for now, I’ll let you enjoy the pictures the we took while experiencing the Northern Lights in Iceland.

Northern Lights, Iceland

They started as a faint green line across the sky – so faint that you could hardly see it with the naked eye. After I noticed some green in the picture I took outside the hotel, I grabbed Jocelyn and we headed out to find a good place. We then waited for about an hour before it really started happening.

Our picture end front of the Northern Lights

It started with a single band and then started expanding out across the sky

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Overall score (Dan) = B
Overall score (Jocelyn) = A

Total days = 4 nights, 5 days
Total cost = $1,132
Cost per day = $226 / day
Flight costs = $1,164 one-way from UK and through to US
Cities visited: Reykjavik, Vic, and other small towns along the south coast of Iceland

Summary

We made Iceland our last country to visit on our round the world trip because it made sense geographically as it sits between the UK and the US. We also knew Iceland is very expensive, so we limited our time to five days and hoped it would be enough.

It turns out we could’ve spent weeks exploring the island because it’s incredibly beautiful! Iceland’s nickname is the “Land of Fire and Ice” and visiting in early November meant we got to see some ice. We explored around volcanoes and saw many of them from the road, but we never actually got to see any lava – I think you have to pay the big bucks to go on a 4×4 excursion or helicopter ride to see that.

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