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Iceland: A Luxury Weekend Chasing the Northern Lights

Natural phenomena. They’ll bring us running in all directions and to all corners of the world. Though, from solar eclipses to wildlife migrations, there’s one that continues to mystify us all those years since we first saw them. The Northern Lights, or the Aurora Borealis. Dancing across the winter skies in the far reaches of the Northern Hemisphere, there’s a natural curiosity in them which we cannot resist. Come winter, Iceland is our favourite setting to see them from. Travelling between November and March offers you the best chance of catching a glimpse – though to make sure you really have got the best chance, we’ll set you up with expert guides who know the best spots – away from the crowds – to catch them. They’ll even share a photography tip or two. Hunkered down in luxury lodges by night, it’s a magical way to spend a wintery weekend.

And Relax

Straight from the runway and into the bubbling thermal pools of the Blue Lagoon, you’ll instantly feel ready for the weekend. Soak the working week away here before heading away from Reykjavik down to the south coast, checking in at Hotel Ranga.  A luxurious country lodge, it’s the perfect spot for a weekend spent chasing the Northern Lights with the concierge even offering a wake-up service on request for when the Aurora comes out to light up the sky.

Chasing the Northern Lights

Before you even get a chance to try out the handy concierge though, we’ll take you out on a private tour to chase the Northern Lights. Taking you into remote corners of the Icelandic countryside, following the Lights wherever they lead you, you’ll be left mesmerised as the streaks of light dance across the sky. A natural phenomenon, the Aurora is never guaranteed but by planning to see them on your first night, you’ll at least have plenty more opportunities to catch them if unlucky this first time. So, wrap up warm and pack some patience as science does its thing.

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Geothermal playground

The next morning, get to know the mesmeric Icelandic landscapes by super jeep as you head out to the renowned sites that mark the Golden Circle. A stop in the geothermal Haukadalur valley will reveal Geysir and Strokkur geysers hurling boiling water up to 70m into the air. A visit to the dramatic Gullfoss waterfall follows before the Hvítá river abruptly plunges deep into the earth and down into a canyon covering you in a mist of cool water. From there, it’s onto the icy expanse of Langjökull glacier which doubles as the perfect arena both for photography enthusiasts and for a dose of high octane fun in the super jeep. The landscapes here are some of the most beautiful in the world with the mix of blues, whites and sunset induced neon pinks leaving you spellbound.

Start Your Engines

In the afternoon, you’ll then join an expert guide out on a private snowmobiling tour across Jokulsarlon Glacier. Speeding across the icy sheets of blue and the puffs of white powder, you’ll feel connected to Iceland’s landscapes on this high-octane adventure.

Going Off Piste

Tomorrow, your comprehensive Icelandic adventure continues with a private tour of Iceland’s dramatic south coast. From the vast black-sand beaches of Reynisfjara beach to the puffin-inhabited Dyrhólaey rock, this is authentic Iceland. Take in the power of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls as they thunder down 60 metres before rounding the corner to Sólheimajökull glacier tongue. Here, you’ll strap on your crampons as you begin a hike across the glacier, exploring the towering ice formations, deep sinkholes and jagged ridges.

After one last night at Hotel Ranga, slumbering beneath the blaze of the Aurora, it’s time to return home. Come Monday morning, we know you’ll have an office full of jealous colleagues. The only question left, where will the next weekend take you?
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