Our penultimate day had arrived we had still not seen the Northern Lights due to the nights being cloudy, but we were still hopeful for today and the World Wide Web reckoned that we were in with a "moderate" chance of seeing them today. We had an exciting day ahead. First on the list was the Snæfellsjökull Glacier in Snæfellsjökull National Park. As we drove towards the glacier the first thing you noticed was the molten shaped ground all around, it almost looked like it was still bubbling away. The glacier was playing hide and seek behind the morning clouds but still looked stunning. We stopped off to take a hike around Londrangar and were surprised to stumble across an assault course. We could not resist having a go on the zip line with such a dramatic backdrop!
We walked along the coastline of Londrangar and witnessed first hand some of the large deposits of drift wood piled on the beach that float down from Russia. In the Viking days this very wood was used to build the houses. The views around here again were cinematic. Iceland is probably a difficult place to live but for that hardship you are surrounded by beauty.
We had heard good things about a little cafe named Fjöruhúsið a few miles along in the next little village so we headed there to check it out. It was a really quaint tiny little cafe, the food looked really good however it was way out of our budget. Sarah had a tea and I took a Swiss mocha. Sitting there with the sun shining onto Sarah as she snuggled into her cup of tea reminded me just how lucky I am to be married to her. We've done so many amazing things that neither of us ever dreamed we would do and yet here we are again in another beautiful country soaking it all in while the hamster wheel turns back in blighty.
We take off from the cafe to drive back towards a small town where our whale watching boat tour is leaving from. On the way I stop the car in the middle of a really straight road that leads over the horizon hoping to take a picture to capture the scale of this place. The glacier has totally cleared up now and we stop probably well over five times to take pictures from different angles. It's cool to think they take groups of tourists walking up there.
Laki tours is plastered with imagery of Orcas which gets us rather excited. However we are quickly told it's the wrong time of year for them. We get kitted out in massive Michelin man water proof suits and head for the boat. Sarah looks really funny in hers due her being a dwarf and already having 10 layers on. The boat ride is fun but we don't see anything not a sniff I actually fell asleep due to the rocking motion a moment of drooling that Sarah kindly captured on film. After the greatest sleep is had in ages we hoped backed into the van. We were hunting the Basalt towers and still crossing our fingers for the northern lights.
We drive along a straight lone road towards the setting sun, the moon is in the sky also, it's almost full. The horizon has the look of Tatooine but we are in a van not a space cruiser. We take a left onto another bumpy road and find the strange basalt cliffs of Gerduberg. If only they were a lot taller this place would be great for climbing. I have no idea how these columns of rock are formed but they look amazing.
We finally park park up for the night in a poorly chosen car park outside of Borgarnes. It's about 9pm and we know it maybe a long night sitting waiting for the Northern lights. Sarah peers out of the curtains and thinks she can see some green in the sky. We both wrap up and hop out into the freezing night. Low and behold there it is, only faint but definitely there is shimmering in the sky. The only problem is we are on a highway and big trucks with bright lights keep flying by polluting the air. We decide to drive the van to a darker place to try get a better sighting. We head west away from the town and pull onto a dirt road away from the trucks, it's actually hard to see where we are going. Now we can truly enjoy this marvellous experience. It's so strange to see the sky, something you stare at every night change so dramatically. Filled with bright green flowing lights that dance around. It's the fairies I'm sure of it!! Ha ha!
This was an amazing and fortunate way to end our trip. It's one of those things that is on most peoples bucket lists and now it's done. Iceland I tip my hat to you.