April 19, 2014

"The Nordic nation is the latest 'it' destination..."

Edmonton Journal "...tourist numbers are rising exponentially and the economy is improving. Yet some locals wonder if there can be too much of a good thing." By Elizabeth Withey

'“This is a hunting tour,” guide Sigurdur Jack explains from behind the wheel of a Reykjavik Excursions passenger van heading out into the rugged Icelandic countryside. “At 9:30 we need to get our guns loaded.”

'By guns, Jack actually means cameras, which a group of a dozen European tourists will aim at Iceland’s inky heavens after sunset. They’re hunting for the northern lights.

'White-capped volcanic peaks are visible in the distance as the van speeds out of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik. Aurora borealis sightings are never guaranteed (as Canadians know); if the tourists don’t see anything tonight, they can rebook for free. “If we have darkness and a clear sky, there is always a hope,” Jack says.'

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