When we were considering the trip to Iceland I looked into when’s the best time to see the Northern Lights, but my research showed August wasn’t really it. We decided to go anyway because there’s plenty else you can see & do and that we’d come back another time just for this. After touching down and being rained on for the majority of the first couple of days we’d basically given up hope we were going to see the Aurora. And like it often does in life, just when you least expect it something amazing happened — the sky cleared up, the sun broke through and we spent the latter part of the third day roaming around as much as possible.
After the long day, we’d found a camp site to stay for our last night and being extremely tired we were about to give in around 10pm when someone had the brilliant idea of driving another 10-15km to the nearest (and semi-hidden) thermal pool spot that wasn’t in the guidebook so we can enjoy it for the last time. This is us relaxing in the tub…
And then all of a sudden the sky started turning faintly green and my buddy and I could not believe what was happening! We jumped out of excitement and immediately ran of the cameras 😉
The lights started getting stronger and stronger and sometimes took a purple-ish tint that made them even more beautiful.
It’s hard to describe in words really what a spectacle of nature this is, the way the light literally dances across the sky. Look up some videos, though seeing it in person is a completely different experience.
After a few shots we actually sat down and just chilled in the tub looking at the sky… I wanted to remember it not just by seeing it through my camera.
The Aurora started getting weaker and we headed back at the camp site thinking this was it, but luckily nature had something more in store for us with another burst of light.
The change of location provided for some exciting shots with the clouds.
All in all, we probably spent close to 1.5hrs looking up — what a sight! I cannot wait to see them again 😉
The next day they told us these had been some of the brightest lights in the past few months. So yes, sometimes you need a bit of luck — but you also make your own, like we did by deciding to go the extra mile that day instead of going to sleep like many others around us in the camp site who’d missed it. So I urge you, take a chance and do something crazy because you never know what might happen 🙂