Categories: General Date: Sep 1, 2009 Title: The Boston Globe Suggests Iceland as One of 10 Places to Go"Iceland is where the landscape seems alive, where volcanoes, geysers, & waterfalls abound. Of all the bewitching natural phenomena, the northern lights are the most spectacular."
REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND: Delight in the ultimate light show...
In a 2007 survey conducted by the University of Iceland, 64 percent of citizens polled had some belief in “alfar,’’ or elves. That is perhaps not surprising in a country where the landscape seems alive, where volcanoes, geysers, and waterfalls abound. Of all the bewitching natural phenomena here, the northern lights, or aurora borealis, are among the most spectacular. Iceland is one of the world’s best locales to see this display and September marks the beginning of prime viewing, which continues through March. Haukur Parelius of Nature Explorers tours in Reykjavík says, “What’s needed is a clear sky and darkness. Tour operators don’t have a secret place to go to or any tricks to ‘turn them on,’ but of course we have a few places outside the city which are dark and away from light pollution.’’ The country is a magnet for photographers looking for a little night magic. Icelandair offers the only direct flight from Boston, www.icelandair.us/offers-and-bookings . Nature Explorers is one of several companies that offer private tours (2 1/2-3 hours) to see the northern lights. www.natureexplorer.is/photography/northern-lights-aurora-borealis.
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