A trip to Iceland would not be complete without Seeing the Northern Lights. I had been recommended a company to use by a friend who was in Iceland when I arrived and so I decided to go with them.
Happyworld Iceland are a small company that offer an amazing experience, our group was 6, they only have small jeeps and so the groups are never big, this means that they can take you to spots that the big bus companies won’t go, it also means that on days when the other bus companies don’t go out, they will look at the cloud forecast and choose a location for us to try and see the lights.
The lights are out 280 days a year but they may not be seen as they can be out during the day when you can’t see them. They might last a few hours or a few minutes but when you see them it’s worth the wait. If you want to see the Northern Lights while you are in Iceland then it is best to book a tour for your first night, this way if you don’t see them it gives you more nights to go out and hopefully see them.
We were picked up in the jeep by Anita and taken to a lighthouse about an hours drive away, there was a lot of clouds near Reykjavik and so we had to go further afield. I was there in March and it was freezing despite 2 pairs of thick hiking socks, numerous layers of clothing and 2 pairs of gloves!! We were stood around looking in the sky hoping for something to happen and while we did that Robert set up his telescope so that we could keep our mind off the cold. This is a great idea, while nothing is happening with the Northern Lights, Robert was pointing out different planets to us, and it was so clear, it was amazing. That night despite waiting for 3 hours, the lights decided not to appear and so it was back in the jeep and back to Reykjavik.
As we had not seen the lights we were told that we could get another chance at seeing the lights and we didn’t have to pay any extra!! We would be picked up again the following night.
After a day exploring Iceland we got back to our hotel to a message from Anita telling us the lights were out we would be get picked up early. So exciting, I had always dreamed of seeing them and tonight was going to be the night!! We were picked up and as the sun was setting you could see them in the sky. We stopped on the way out of Reykjavik so we could see them and get some pictures in case they weren’t out for long.
These were my attempts on my phone!! After 3 years, I still hadn’t read the instructions on my camera so couldn’t get a shot on that!!!
Wow such an amazing sight, to see the lights dancing around the sky. It was then back in the car and a few miles further out of Reykjavik to a place where there was only us, so good not to be sharing the spot with a coach load of people.
We got out of the car and just stared at the sky while Anita set up the camera and Robert the telescope. What an amazing site I have never seen anything like it, it looked like there was a dome coming down around you and the way the lights move around in the sky put a smile on all our faces!! Luckily we weren’t thinking about the cold and were enjoying the show that we were seeing. Here are some of the photos from the night.
Unfortunately I can’t take credit for these amazing pictures, they were taken by Anita & Robert. As you can see we had pictures taken of us with the Northern Lights in the background, that is something that is so amazing to have, which if I had of gone with one of the big bus companies I wouldn’t of had. The photos they took were included within the price of the trip and emailed out to us a few days later. Thank you Anita & Robert, it is so special to have these memories.
After a few hours staring into space and watching the show, we were given hot chocolate to warm us up, which was just what we needed to keep us going until the light show faded for the night. It was then back to Reykjavik after such an amazing experience. I have friends who have been to Iceland and not been lucky enough to see them, just try from day 1 and keep trying and fingers crossed you will get to see one of the most amazing sites I have ever seen.
I would also like to tell you that Happyworld Iceland in summer do paragliding, I have seen some of the pictures from there trips and the views look amazing, I hope that one day I will go back in summer and get to this.
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