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Seeing the Northern Lights

Published on by Natalie Sands

Seeing the Northern Lights is pure pot luck. You’re either lucky or you aren’t. One things for sure though, you need to be patient. That’s something that I’m not.

Our first night in Iceland was spent in the amazing Volcano Hotel just outside of Vik. After an early morning flight and a long day, I went to bed. Stu on the other hand is VERY patient. When I woke 3 hours later (at 1am!) I was frantic with worry when I couldn’t find Stu. I searched the communal area, wandered around outside, he was nowhere to be seen. I called him but his phone was switched off. I became a little hysterical. Had he been kidnapped? Had he fallen and hurt himself? Should I wake the hotel owners and ask for their help. As I paced the room wondering what to do next, Stu burst in. I didn’t know whether the shout or be relieved but I soon got wrapped up in his excitement.

I put on my walking boots and fleece as I told Stu how worried I’d been. He wasn’t listening though, he was trying his hardest to make me go quicker. Dragging me out as I tied my laces.

As soon as I stepped out, I saw the most amazing site. The faint green light danced in the distance. I pinched myself to check that I was awake. That I was actually lucky enough to see the Northern Lights. We stayed out for about 20 minutes before the lights faded. It was difficult to sleep because we were so excited that we’d seen the lights.

Northern Lights, Vik, Iceland

On our third night in Iceland, we were staying at Hotel Gullfoss. This was a bigger hotel and there were more guests. It was also a little more remote. It wasn’t long before we saw a hint of green light in the sky.

Tonight was the night that we’d get the real show. We were outside for about 40 minutes and the lights only grew stronger. Bright green and red mixing, dancing. They spread across the sky. We lay on the floor to watch the show going on right above our heads. This time we were incredibly lucky. We were seeing them for a second time but tonight, it was a real show. One where we lay amazed and thanked our lucky stars.

Northern Lights, Gullfoss, Iceland

We were lucky enough to see them again when we were in Reykjavik. They were very faint over the harbor. On our final night we took a road trip out of the capital so that we could see them again. After a little wait, they out on a display for us.

What are your experiences of seeing the Northern Lights?

About Natalie Sands

Natalie loves writing about her travel adventures around the world. Writing has increased her hunger to travel more, see more, taste more, and simply try out new and exciting adventures with Stu. Adventures she has experienced includes snorkeling in Iceland, driving a Trabant in Berlin and bringing in the New year in Sydney. You can follow Nat on Google + or follow Wheres My Passport on Twitter, Facebook.

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