Myths about Iceland

Myth 1: You can not see Northern Lights until September

Fact: You can infact see northern lights in early and later summer- but you will have to work harder for it!

The point is that the sun in Iceland almost doesn’t set in peak summers which means the sky doesn’t get dark enough. At 12:00am you will feel is 7:00pm outside, with still some light in the west where the sun sets. But by August second half Iceland does indeed begin to see dark black skies by between 2:00am-3:30am. This is when you need to keep a watchout for the northern lights. Apparently there were Northern Lights almost everyday of our trip in late August, but we were too tired to stay up after we saw them once šŸ™‚ And this despite EVERYONE ,even the locals telling us that there was less than 1% chance we could see the Northern Lights. Keep watching this siteĀ http://en.vedur.is/ to track the Northern Lights.

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Attempting to capture the Northern Lights- Aug 2017

 

Myth 2: Iceland is freeeeezing cold

Fact : Most parts of Iceland in the coldest season of the year are much warmer than New York!! Yes, do not be misled by the name ‘Ice’land. The Gulf Stream warms the North Atlantic Drift which flows along the southeastern coast of Iceland, and keeps the west side of the island much warmer. 2015 saw Iceland’s coldest winter in over a century, with the average temperature in Reykjavik at 4.5Ā°C, (40.1Ā°F)

Myth 3: It will be hard to find vegan/vegetarian food in Iceland

Fact: In no country- not even in US- have we found vegan/vegetarian with as much ease as we did in Iceland. I generally turn from vegan to vegetarian during travelling because of almost fainting of hunger twice- but Iceland offered me not only vegan food but also lipsmacking vegan desserts! <Blaa Kannan Cafe- Akureyi, Havari- On route from Vik to Hofn>

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Havari- amazing vegan food with this stunning view

Myth 4: Vatnajokull- Skaftafell makes for a better Glacier Walk experience thanĀ Solheimajoekull

Fact: Possibly yes, but only in winters when you can see the Ice caves, which thanks to the Global Warming, do not stay put anymore in summers. So in summers, pick the one which is more convenient to you and fits in better with your itinerary. Also, Solheimajoekull has black ice, with volcanic ash mixed with ice, making for a unique one of its kind experience, however, Vatnajokul- Skaftafell has a larger expanse making for possibly a better view

Myth 5: Blue Lagoon is over-rated and not worth the price

Fact: We went to a lot of hot springs and natural pools in Iceland, and each is different from the other, and so is Blue Lagoon- it is worth the buck.

a) We simply did not come across anything even close to the sheer scale of Blue Lagoon

b) The water is turquoise, that in itself has such a unique calming effect

c) It is crowded, yes, but not over-crowded. You can find tons of secluded corners in the pool if you do not hang around the bar or the mask area

d) The mask is so much fun!

However, if Blue Lagoon seems expensive, consider Myvatn Lake Baths- smaller but better priced

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Blue Lagoon

Myth 6: Iceland is super cheap/super expensive

Fact: The flights to Iceland are fairly inexpensive but food and stay in Iceland can be expensive- very expensive. Comes to a nill-nill in the end. But Iceland is a fantastic place if you want to camp and save 200$ a night stay in pretty average places. So keep a total trip budget and the amount you save on flights, use that in the food – it will pinch less šŸ˜‰ If you are on a tighter budget, stock up on Trail Mixes, Granola Bars, Ready to Cook food from your home country or from a super market in Iceland for the long rides

 

 

 

 

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