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The First Northern Lights Show of 2014

The First Northern Lights Show of 2014
Thorsteinn Sverrisson (Thor)

My American girlfriend came to visit me over the holidays. My favorite part about that visit (besides seeing her, of course) was allowing myself to become a “tourist” in my own country again. She wanted to drive the Golden Circle, which is something I rarely do during winter. Gullfoss was particularly magnificent wearing its winter coat, covered in ice and snow. She also wanted to see the mystical northern lights. I don’t have much control of northern lights activity and cloud covers, but it “forced” me to keep an eye on the northern lights forecast daily. That’s also something us Icelanders don’t do very often. I gave some tips on the best way to look for the northern lights in this post.

We drove about 20 minutes outside of Reykjavik to minimize light pollution and traffic and found this great spot a few kilometers before arriving to Thorlakshofn, a small town in the south. After waiting for about 40 minutes, we started noticing a faint green line in the sky. After another 15 minutes or so, the northern lights had appeared in all its glory. I have seen the northern lights before but I am in awe every time I see them. I brought my camera (although not all the equipment needed for the best shots) and got some snapshots. I hope you get to see them one day too 🙂

My girlfriend Kristie was ecstatic to finally see the northern lights!
The northern lights and light from Reykjavik