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Our EPIC Iceland Bucket List

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#1 on our Iceland Bucket List, you guessed it… discovering the Northern Lights! While there are plenty of tours to go on for this, there is something special to be said about the element of surprise and the amount of gratitude that floods your soul when you’re unexpectedly blessed with such an incredible event. Here are a few tips to help set you up for Northern Light success:

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The third attraction along the Golden Circle is Gullfoss, the most famous waterfall in Iceland (though we found Skogafoss to be the most beautiful).
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12 Comments

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    S Miles

    August 31, 2017

    Seen a lot of iceland blogs – and just giving some feedback that this is great – a really nice style, thanks

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      Brittany Rouille

      August 31, 2017

      Really sweet of you to take the time to leave positive feedback ? We’re so glad you found this so helpful and entertaining! Have a woooonderful time in Iceland!

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    Linda

    August 4, 2016

    Your trip looks amazing! I’m planning a trip soon and wasn’t sure if I could do with the cold but seeing all the great activities you guys did, it’s making me very excited to go.
    May I ask what month did you guys go in and for how long?

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    Lauren Ayres

    April 28, 2016

    Your blog inspired my fiance and me to go to Iceland for our honeymoon! I don’t see anything about the Vatnajökull National Park on your blog – did you go? We love hiking and nature but I actually haven’t found very many “real person” descriptions of the park, which makes me wonder if it’s worth fitting into our road trip.

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      mrandmrsadventure

      April 28, 2016

      So happy we had part in creating your honeymoon!! Congratulations on tying the knot! You both will have an incredible time 🙂 We didn’t spend much time at this specific park; however, their were some nice waterfalls and walking trails. With that said, I wouldn’t take a day out of seeing other things on your “must see” list to get there. Let us know if we can help with any other questions.

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    Cristina

    April 26, 2016

    Looks amazing! How long did the hike you guys did in Myvatn? 🙂

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      mrandmrsadventure

      April 28, 2016

      Hard to remember exactly but we’d say we wandered around exploring for about 6 hours but you can make it as long or short as you like. Most people drive from site to site but we walked 🙂

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    RandR Adventure

    August 16, 2015

    Your blog inspired our Iceland trip for my 30th birthday. We’ll be camper van-ing around the ring road at the beginning of October! We have 7 days! We’re so excited!!!

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      mrandmrsadventure

      August 26, 2015

      We are so happy and excited for you to go! Have a wonderful time and birthday 🙂

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    Barbara Herring

    May 21, 2015

    Terrific! I feel cold and in awe. What extraordinary sites!

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    bethdaly748210367

    May 21, 2015

    Wow…Again, amazing prose… I feel like I was there! Thank you !

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