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Photo of the Month: Airwaves & Aurora in Iceland

This is the time of year when travellers in Iceland hope to get a glimpse of the majestic northern lightsalso known as aurora borealis. With luck and patience, an aurora hunt can pay off!

As it turns out, our Nordic Photo of the Month winners for December 2016, Madeleine and Nick Bielby, were at the right place at the right time.


The husband and wife co-winners from Australia travelled on a customised version of Nordic Visitor's Iceland Full Circle-Winter self-drive tour. After attending the famous Iceland Airwaves Music Festival, the duo set out on a 10-day journey around the scenic Ring Road, taking in waterfalls, hot springs, moonlike surroundings, glaciers, iceberg lagoons, volcanic beaches and much more.

Besides waiting for aurora displays at night, Nick and Madeleine saw beautiful Icelandic horses...



...and black sand beaches...



...went on a glacier walk....



...and even checked out Icelandic rappers at Airwaves!



Congrats Nick and Madeleine!

Pro tip: As the seasons change in Iceland and elsewhere in the Nordics, you need to think layers, layers, layers when packing for your trip. To dress as the locals in Iceland, we recommend garments from our friends at 66 North. As this month’s winner, Nick and Madeleine each will receive jackets to use on future photography adventures.

Good to know: A self-drive tour in Iceland gives you the freedom to choose your own photo stops and spend as much time as you need setting up that perfect shot. Nordic Visitor can even custom-make your own road trip if you have specific areas or attractions in mind, or if you want to do like Nick and Madeleine and arrange a tour around a major event, like the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival held each November.

Have you travelled with Nordic Visitor and want to be in the running for our Nordic Photo of the Month contest? Tag your travel photos with #NordicVisitor to share them with us onInstagram, Facebook or Twitter!

Read all about this contest here

Post by: Jenna

Originally from New York City, Jenna Gottlieb made her first trip to Iceland in 2007, promptly fell in love with the island and relocated in 2012. She lives with her Icelandic husband in rural West Iceland.

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Getting there

We'd love to give you the same amazing travel experiences as you read about in our blog! To visit the destinations and attractions mentioned in this post - and to discover a few new highlights along the way - check out these recommended Nordic Visitor tours.