Snowy mountains near Akureyri, Iceland.

A postcard from Iceland (part three)

Driving into Iceland’s ‘northern capital’ Akureyri in November is like arriving at some sort of fantastical winter wonderland.

Here, a small city sits on the shores of fjord surrounded by snow capped mountains. There are children in puffy onesie snow suits and mittens looking like little marshmallows, red heart traffic lights and decidedly Scandinavian homes all boxy with white rimmed windows and colourful exteriors.

It’s a little bit lovely…

Our party of four arrived in Akureyri just before sundown (about 4:30pm when we visited in early November). Although it didn’t give us much daylight to explore, we were rewarded with a gorgeous sunset.

Akureyri harbour, Iceland, at sunset in November.

Our accommodation for our two nights in the north was a super-stylish cabin, just across the Eyjafjörður from Akureyri, high on a hill. We got the most stunning views over Akureyri, all twinkly and lit up.

Akureyri, Iceland at night.

Adam, who’s been a keen northern lights watcher for years, had been keeping his eye on a special app that tells you when the aurora borealis may possibly be seen. We got lucky that evening and were treated to a five hour light show. My pictures really don’t do this amazing natural spectacle justice. Slightly green streaks across the sky appear and then gradually they light up, sometimes dancing and moving.  It was utterly breath taking. The fact we watched much of the sky show from our own hot tub was really the icing on the cake. We must of looked a right band of clowns jumping in and out of the water to take pictures! It was truly a special night.

The northern lights from Akureyri, Iceland.

The northern lights from Akureyri, Iceland.

The following day, a big dump of snow was expected. We curtailed plans to drive the hour and half or so around to Mývatn (which was a bit disappointing, as it looks absolutely beautiful) to mooch around Akureyri.

We took a drive around the surrounding the area, marvelling at the snowy landscape surrounding us.

Snowy mountains near Akureyri, Iceland.

Snowy mountains near Akureyri, Iceland.

Mountains near Akureyri in northern Iceland.

There was just enough time before the snow started to fall to have a wander around downtown Akureyri.

House near Akureyri, Iceland.

Door of house in Akureyri, Iceland.

House in Akureyri, Iceland.

Our afternoon was spent watching the snow, reading, doing a puzzle and generally embracing the Scandinavian concept of hygge, which is easy when your accommodation looks like this!

Cabin near Akureyri, Iceland.

Puzzle of Iceland on a table.

Early the following morning we bid our lovely cabin goodbye.  There’d been a significant amount of snow overnight and we had a long drive ahead of us. Watching the sun rise in the mountains was pretty amazing though and made the dark start to the day worth it.

Highway 1 in Iceland, near Bikka.

View of northern Iceland from car rear view mirror.

We followed the same road we’d driven into Akureyri on, but now it looked completely different. It was a little slippery on the roads at time, but we managed to arrive at our next stop, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula with enough light for a little sight-seeing.

6 thoughts on “A postcard from Iceland (part three)

  1. Juliana says:

    Beautiful again! Watching the northern lights is a wonderful experience. We saw them in northern Norway a few years ago, and I’d love to go back and see them again. It’s something I’ll never forget.

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    • wattleandash says:

      Thank you Juliana, you’re too kind. They’re an amazing natural wonder aren’t they?! The colours and the ‘dancing across the sky’- it’s such a beautiful sight. You have a wonderful Thursday. X

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    • wattleandash says:

      Hi Cherie! Thank you for your kind words. I loved Reykjavík- but the north was definitely a highlight of our trip. There was just something about Akureyri that I really fell in love with. It’s in an amazingly beautiful location too, which helps! Have a great day. X

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  2. Jane Ervin says:

    Love your photos as always. Jim and I are headed to Iceland on our way to Norway in the spring. Can’t wait after seeing your photos. We are headed to Tahiti later today (our time) for a vacation on Wind Spirit, a 4-masted sailing ship. We are so excited to take to see the French Polynesian Islands and photographing all we can. Again, your photos are amazing – I remember you and Jim taking all those photos on the fall foliage trip and they were beautiful.
    When are you and Adam headed back to Australia? Best of wishes to you both!

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    • wattleandash says:

      Thanks Jane – safe travels on your latest adventure, you and Jim are certainly seeing the world. Adam and I spent a few nights on a yacht in the Whitsundays a few years ago and had a wonderful time. Adam and I will be back in Australia a few days before Christmas. I daresay it’ll be a quiet one, readjusting to the heat! Take care. x

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