Beautiful Icelandby Theresa Doyle07 October 2014
I booked my holiday with Aurora Zone with 1-month lead time. The team was exceptional and planned an amazing excursion! Our local tour guide Heimir Wium, was outstanding. He loves his country, shared his passion for it, and gave us a fantastic cultural experience. Iceland is the land of extremes, as Heimir, told us, therefore, there is no bad weather in Iceland, only bad clothes. Preparedness is critically important and the Aurora team, once again, provided excellent guidance. The Golden Circle was beautiful but the off-roading route to get there was exceptional. The southern coast is filled with indescribable beauty and having a local tour guide like Heimir, who points out the many trolls and elves as well as the many sights only helps one fall in love with the country. The Hotel Ranga is absolutely lovely - fantastic accommodations and food as well as one of the best places to see the Northern Lights. Throughout my journey, we came across many people who told us that they'd been to Iceland multiple times and NEVER seen the lights. I learned that they planned on their own. I am happy to report that this was my first trip to Iceland and on Day 4 not only did we see 12 rainbows, we saw the Northern Lights right from the comfort of the Hotel Ranga!! We saw them four times within two hours! Absolutely spectacular and exhilarating experience. I highly recommend the Aurora Zone!! My only advice - be sure to request a review of the meals being planned so that there are no surprises. All food choices were very good however if you are picky Americans like us, you may want to know!