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Part way through a summer tour run by iamiceland.is, no one expected that with only three hours of 'dark' each night, that we had any chance of seeing auroras. Nature was very kind and we had an almost three hour show that went from horizon to horizon, changed and danced, and provided a full range of colours.
Each day of the trip Axel would take the tour to a location that was not on the tour, one of his secret spots. These are locations that no other tour would make it to, and certainly no one in a tour bus.
The spots included a sheep farm during lambing season, a fish processing plant, a horse barn, private fishing lodges, unseen waterfalls well off the beaten path, historical villages, a church built by his father and grandfather, scenic lighthouses, whale bones on the beach, thermal electirical plants, hidden gyms, game passes for premier league football, yellow sand beaches, fishing villages and abandoned churches.
The culture of Iceland also includes the people of Iceland who have been able to create and maintain a unique culture in a country of only 320,000 people.
During our street walks and a number of tour events we had chances for some environmental portraits.
A very important of culture is the food, and when one of the tour leaders is a Cordon Bleu trained chef, you can bet that the food will be very good. Very, very good.
Axel provided a whole range of taste sensations from great restaurants, to eating hotdogs and cod in the great outdoors, to hosting at his home to some of his amazing cooking and hospitality.
For the photographers who had a late flight we had a walk around day in a new area of Reykjavik before the trip to the airport. We had a little fun with the RA Photo Club's topic for 2016 of doors.
Day 7 of the tour of with Iamiceland.is was a mostly urban day around Reykjavik, with a power plant thrown in at the request of one member of the group.
The tour ended with a great meal prepared and hosted by Axel and Katrin. The meal included lamb, chicken, wild bird, scallops, salads, and a wonderful apple pie with ice cream.