Ways to experience the northern lights become more varied every year – one of the most intimate is a wilderness cabin in Iceland where guests are far enough away from bright lights to see any auroras to maximum effect.
A trip there with specialist operator Aurora Nights includes three evenings in which the lights may put in an appearance, and the offer of a wake-up call should they show up after bed time. The cabin has views of Eyjafjallajökull – the volcano that closed much of European airspace in 2010, and whose name most newsreaders shied away from trying to pronounce (for the record, it sounds something like ‘Eh-ya-fyat-la-yer- kootl’).
Daytime activities include an optional tour of the (currently inactive) volcano, as well as trips to the Gullfoss waterfall, the Strokkur geyser and a concluding soak in the photogenic Blue Lagoon.
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Aurora Nights’ five-day ‘Wilderness Northern Lights Iceland Break’ includes flights from a choice of eight UK airports, one night at the Hotel Reykjavík Centrum and three nights at the Eyjafjallajökull Wilderness Cabin, which sleeps up to seven people in four rooms.
Also covered are transfers by 4×4 SuperJeep, two light lunches and three dinners.
The trip is available until the end of April.