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Chasing the Best View of the Northern Lights – Iceland

One of the main attractions for visitors to Iceland is the opportunity for a sighting of the magnificent Northern Lights. Iceland is perfectly situated in the northern hemisphere to be able to offer excellent views and frequent sightings of this phenomenon. There are many ways to find the best locations, however, and this is key for an optimal experience.

Timing Is Everything

The best times of the year to see the Northern Lights, Iceland’s greatest light show, is between the months of October to March. It is especially important to select a location with consistently clear skies and one that is well away from any artificial city lights. Consequently, it is not unusual to be led to quite remotely located hotels if viewing the Aurora Borealis is your goal. As timing and location are everything, it is strongly advised to travel with expert specialised companies, who are skilled in creating the best possible experience for their guests.

Expert Guides

The lights may not be immediately apparent or visible to first time viewers, so it is a much more rewarding experience if you allow a local expert to guide you to the best known sighting locations at the most appropriate times. These guides are also very knowledgeable about the fascinating science behind the Northern Lights. Iceland also has a rich culture and history full of folklore and superstitions surrounding the lights, which many guides love to talk about. They will also be able to assist visitors in finding the best photography locations and opportunities to capture images of the lights.

Best Methods of Transportation

The country has a fairly rugged terrain that is best navigated by an expert. Most of the excursions will be via off-road trails in a four-wheel drive ‘super jeep’. These vehicles are equipped to handle the rough terrain and flexible enough to access some of the more remote areas, which provide the best viewing opportunities of the lights away from artificial lighting. Obviously, weather conditions will also affect viewing opportunities.

A Unique Experience

For many, the opportunity to view the mesmerising Aurora Borealis is a once in lifetime experience. However, for the best view of the Northern Lights, Iceland provides more than just an ideal location. From the stunning volcanic landscape and geographical spectacles, such as glaciers and geysers, to the exquisite cuisine, a visit to this incredible country is truly awe-inspiring. The slightly milder temperatures of the country (compared to other sighting locations), also makes the experience somewhat more comfortable and accessible for many.

Solo Travel Destinations – Fiji, Not Just for Honeymooners

If you think that Fiji is strictly for honeymooners, read on: Solo travelers are heading to Fiji for scuba diving and an array of options for an active vacation. If you survive “swimming with sharks”, intrepid solo travelers can always rappel down thirty feet next to a waterfall and then swim in a completely dark cave!

Long before tourists discovered Fiji, local legend credits Chief Lutunasobasoba with bringing the first settlers to the islands, apparently coming from Melanesia and Polynesia.

The earliest known contact with Europeans was with the Dutch in 1643. They were followed by British explorer Captain James Cook a century later. He became a permanent part of Pacific Island history when his name was given to the “nearby” Cook Islands, a popular vacation spot in the 21st century especially for New Zealanders. (When I visited them some time ago, the planes used for inter-island flights were so small that each passenger had to be weighed before taking off from Rarotonga on a 6 seater flight to Aitutaki!)

Fiji’s history includes a visit by the Mutiny on the Bounty’s Captain Bligh in 1789 while the French Revolution was occupying much attention on the opposite side of the world. The next century saw the arrival of missionaries primarily from Europe as well as numerous new residents from India.

Fiji’s diverse population has resulted in a warm and welcoming community that greets visitors with “Bula”, wishing them health and happiness. If Fiji looks familiar to you upon arrival, you may have “seen” it through the eyes of Hollywood in films such as “Castaway” with Tom Hanks or older classics with leading stars like Douglas Fairbanks, Senior.

Although getting there requires a long flight unless you live in Australia or New Zealand, it is well worth it. Inbound formalities are minimal. Most countries’ passport holders are automatically granted a four month visa upon arrival with proof of a passport valid for six months. Tourists can also obtain a refund of certain VAT taxes paid.

With the competing allure of so many other Pacific Island like Hawaii and Tahiti, what is special about Fiji, and why should single travelers go there?

Unlike the famed Hawaiian Islands, Fiji is comprised of an archipelago of more than 300 islands. Only about one-third are inhabited. This surely appeals to most travelers’ curiosity or maybe even the secret desire to claim an uninhabited island as their own?

Fiji’s sites for scuba diving and snorkeling are world-class with a reef only surpassed by Australia’s and New Caledonia’s barrier reefs. Known as Cakaulevu, it boasts at least one endangered species.

Beyond multiple world-class dive sites, rare Heliopora or blue corral can be found in Fiji at Rotuma.

Fiji has marine life such as species of turtles that date back more than 100 million years.

For fish aficionados, the islands can claim one fish that grows as tall as a man, the Napoleon Wrasse, which can reach 6 feet in length.

Colorful wildlife is abundant, including endangered species, like the curiously named “Monkey-faced Bat”.

Tourists can visit certain of the uninhabited islands. However, some are less uninhabited than others. One such “uninhabited” island, Yanuca Lailai/Lost Island, does have at least one tourist resort.

Commuting between islands is via boat or small airplanes; however, international flights arrive in Suva, Fiji’s capital, on the island of Viti Levu. Tourists quickly flock to its top beach at Natadola while white water enthusiasts can also find rafting nearby. Beyond pristine beaches, Beqa Island, just one hour away from Viti Levu, provides a chance to see traditional firewalking.

There are multiple other options for those traveling alone:

Yasawa Island’s Sawa-I-lau Caves are a major tourist site. It is possible to swim in a sunlit cave one moment and the next to be swimming in a neighboring cave in complete darkness. While still in the Yasawa Islands, you can swim with sharks or manta rays depending upon your sense of adventure.

From there, it is time for even more adventures: parasailing on Denaura Island, rappelling 300 feet into the Tau Caves or ziplining high above the towering palm trees.

Amazing Place In USA – ideas for the holidays

If you like a hot and happening sort of place, Las Vegas is the right destination for you. If you compare a hotel accommodation in Las Vegas with other regular city, you can easily notice that there are more hotels that offer better and more economical accommodation in Las Vegas. New York is another famous tourist attraction in USA. It has so much to offer; countless museums, Statue of Liberty, nightclubs, bars, theaters, Times Square, shopping till late night, art galleries and so on. United States of America is a diversified country which offers amazing natural and cultural wonders. USA is a large kingdom consisting 50 states and more than 20,000 cities in it.

 New York City (New York): The pride of United States and famously known as “The Big Apple”, New York City is one of the greatest vacation destination of America that no one wants to pass over. The city offers fabulous attractions such as mountains and beaches, thousand of Islands including world famous Niagara Falls and National Parks along with countless enjoyable places such as greatest theater, museums, etc. Apart from all these attractions, there are numerous American icons like Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and Times Square which makes the New York City stands tall among all other tourist destinations in the world.

Los Angeles (California): Los Angeles is the second highest travelled location in United States after New York City. The historical white house, great monuments such as the Vietnam War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, National Parks, National Forests and Wild Life are the main tourist attractions in the City.

Las Vegas (Nevada): Las Vegas is an extraordinary city of United States located in the state called Nevada. Lightening casinos, hotels, cultural shows and museums grab the attention of people from all over the world. Apart from Las Vegas, Nevada state also offers many other enthralling spots such as Hoover dam, Lake Tahoe state park, Wild horse state recreation area, etc.

Taking New York and Las Vegas holidays allow you to explore the city that never sleeps and drink in the bright lights and glamour of the world’s entertainment capital – all in one trip.

Each holding their own unique and exciting attractions, New York and Las Vegas have much to offer holidaymakers. As one of the most famous cities in the world, New York receives hordes of visitors each year. Some shops are even close to being tourist attractions themselves, with stores such as Macy’s being a popular place for holidaymakers to visit.

Perhaps the city’s most famous attraction, however, is the Statue of Liberty. Once you’ve finished exploring New York, you can set off on your Las Vegas holidays.

Manhattan is the main commercial, financial and cultural centre of the USA. Manhattan has many famous landmarks, attractions, museums and universities.

Brooklyn  This amazing multi-cultural borough is home to some great attractions including Prospect Park which includes Prospect Park Zoo, the Long Meadow, Litchfield Villa and a 60 acre lake.

Staten Island is the least populated of the five boroughs of New York. This ferry is popular with tourists as it offers amazing views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Click here for complete information esta visas