Friday 11. September 2015

Aurora blew us away this evening! A full on display of colour and light for a full hour. 

The lights started while we were still on the highway. We pulled over at the first opportunity for a short preview before carrying on the 15 more minutes to our destination. Our haunted house at Vatnsleysuströnd was deserted as ever… though there were a few spooky changes I might tell you about in a different tale. Read more

Saturday 14. March 2015

Northern Lights sighting: Garðskagaviti (pink eye on map)
Time of sighting: 23:14
Duration: until about 00:30 when it clouded over again

In a team of two Land Rovers we drove out of Reykjavík in the pouring rain. The skies were black, the outlook was bleak. The day had seen the worst storm Iceland had in several years. But we had hope. We had spent the afternoon analyzing cloud forecasts, magnetic observations and satellite images as well as chatting with the Met office. We decided the chance of sighting was good enough to validate a night out with the group of 12. Read more

Monday 2. March 2015

Northern Lights sighting: Ásláksstaðir (blue circle)
Time of sighting: 00:02
Duration: about an hour, or until we left 🙂

We had to be very patient for this show, but boy was it worth it! In the end we all left with a (literally) frozen smile. Read more

Tuesday 24. February 2015

2 4×4’s
2 guides
1 mega telescope
11 hopeful sky explorers
3 litres hot chocolate
30 kleina‘s (Icel. plural: Kleinur)

Northern Lights Hunt
Based on forecast and gut-feeling we predicted the best bet would be along the Reykjanes peninsula. Off we went with our Brits, Indians, Brazilian and Aussie. Read more

Friday 20. February 2015

The forecast said cloudy sky until midnight so we leisurely picked up our Swiss, Swede, Kazakh, Brit and Aussie new friends, expecting a long wait for The Lights. The group was a happy one, chatting away as we drove towards our destination Garðskagaviti where we expected the sky to start clearing up first. Read more

Wednesday 11. February 2015

With 6 people from USA, UK and Denmark tucked away in the Land Rover we optimistically drove out of the city. The sighting-chances were 50/50 but the following days looked worse, this was our only chance. In the Eyrarbakki area we found a clear sky and shelter behind an old farmer’s shed. The sky was clear, the stars beautifully bright… but not a Northern Light in sight! Read more

Sunday 1. February 2015 – Fireball

It was Josephine’s birthday. Her new husband, Saher, had brought her to Iceland as a surprice, she had always wanted to see the Northern Lights. They had tried to go the night before but sighting conditions were bad and none of the companies were going. They were leaving the country the morning after, this was their last chance and the forecast said 50/50. Read more

Wednesday 28. January 2015

Unlike our cheerful guests from Portsmouth, Aurora started out quietly this evening. For the longest time the lights softly draped the sky in a green arc. While waiting for the lightshow to pick up the pace we explored the planets around us; Jupiter, the Moon and Orion Nebula. We also looked for Lovejoy, though unsuccessfully.

Nearing the end of the night Aurora suddenly pulled the curtains, literally, putting on the flickering lightshow we had all been waiting for. We believe the photos say it best: Read more

Monday 15. December 2014

On tonights tour, while patiently waiting for the Northern Lights, we spent our time observing some 30 or more astronomical objects.

Among them Jupiter and it’s moons, visible late evenings in December. Jupiter is the brightest object in the sky and spectacular to view in a powerful telescope. Jupiter’s red storm was easily visible tonight. With it’s band of red, white and blue Jupiter looked a bit like the Pepsi logo to us 😉 Read more

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