On November 4, 2002, the northern lights danced over Efri Bru, Iceland. To capture this image, Steve Adams
used a camera with Kodak Max 800 film, a 24-mm lens at f/2.0, and an exposure of about 15 seconds. To see more aurora images, go directly to page 10
Until recently, the wonders of Iceland
went largely unnoticed. Today, this small North Atlantic island is blossoming into a destination noted for its wealth of natural beauty explosive geysers, gurgling mud pools, snakelike lava flows, majestic waterfalls, towering glaciers, steaming thermal baths, and
magnificent northern lights.
On November 1, 2002, thirty travelers journeyed to Iceland with TravelQuest and Sky & Telescope to explore this exotic land of the Vikings. During the six-day tour, we discovered that it's true Iceland is an amazing place. And despite clouds that came and went every evening, we saw beautiful auroral displays on each of the four nights we were under dark, rural skies far from Reykjavík.
The Blue Lagoon
Even on an overcast day the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon glow sky-blue. The surrounding lava field and the rising steam give the scene an eerie, alien appearance.
Courtesy Sandra Salamony.
After an overnight flight from the United States, there's nothing like a soak in the Blue Lagoon, a mineral-rich pool of hot (40°C, 104°F) water that rejuvenates everyone who takes the plunge. Local patrons swear by its curative powers. The pool is fed by runoff from the nearby Svartsengi power plant, which pumps the geothermally heated water up from below ground. After being used to generate both heat and electricity for nearby Reykjavík, the excess (absolutely clean) water is ejected into the lagoon for the enjoyment of all. The Blue Lagoon opened early just for us, and after a relaxing 45-minute dip followed by breakfast, we set out to explore Reykjavík.