After a delicious dinner at Sjavargrillid, we headed out for our first attempt at finding the Northern Lights. Our big tour bus took us out to this little restaurant and hotel designed for searching for the Northern Lights. They kept exterior lights to a dull minimum, had nice restrooms, and a bar with plenty of hot cocoa, tea, coffee, and other drinks to keep the searchers warm. A river ran right by our spot so Ben stayed glued to his camera to get some stunning long exposure shots of the night sky. Although we didn’t get a glimpse of the Northern Lights, I had fun playing in the snow & it was beautiful.
On our final night in Iceland, after several unsuccessful attempts to find the Northern Lights, we headed out one last time. We were unsuccessful and discouraged as we piled in to head back to the hotel.
Back on the bus, we heard several people talking about how they saw the lights. I was baffled because I definitely didn’t see them. After looking at the shots caught by the camera we realized that what I thought was just a streak of light or a cloud that I’d been staring at was actually very faint Northern Lights! What do you think? Does it count?
It was about 2am at this point, we were way out in the countryside, heading back, when all of a sudden there was a comotion at the radio in the front of the bus & the bus driver pulled over on the side of the road with another bus. I’m not clear if our bus driver caught the lights starting to appear in his rearview mirror or if the other bus radioed in that they saw them, but we all piled out & quickly set up our cameras to capture the elusive lights! We were lucky!!!! Several others that we talked to the next day had also been out that night and missed them. The lights started off slowly, then quickly sped into dancing across the night sky.
After a majestic show, the lights started to slowly twinkle and dance their way off the sky. I feel so lucky to have been able to catch their show. It was worth the effort!