0-9 are just numbers, which do not guarantee anything 100%. You have to understand, it is still only a forecast. And you know how those are. Nature is the master in the end, isn’t it? Which we had the “pleasure” to experience on our own too. The second night, right after our arrival, we had the no.7. Very rare phenomenon! And how kind it was from all the hotels and shops’ staff to have pointed it out for us. Their excitement and encouragement not to miss on our chance were very disarming. But as I have said already, not even no.7 was a guarantee. All excited, we waited eagerly for 4 hours on our hunt outside (in a car). Nothing. The problem is, you never really know, when Aurora appears in the sky, and how long it is going to stay. Our first try was accompanied by a full moon. Which was gorgeous, but it was also illuminating the sky too much unfortunately.
Our second attempt brought our first success. After thorough planning, spot finding and hours of waiting, we finally got to see it. Our first Aurora Borealis! To tell you the truth, it hasn’t changed our lives as such. But you’ll get to understand, it is really something extraordinary, when you find yourself, grinning away like a child, standing in the middle of nowhere, in awe, with vocabulary limited to interjections like wow, ooh, whee and woo. Both of us pointing to the sky, as if the other one wasn’t experiencing and seeing just the same thing. Experience so powerful, that you are holding the camera in your dangling hand, not wanting to miss on anything happening up there, and not wanting to spoil it by trying to take a picture. Our first Aurora wasn’t too strong, neither did it take too long. No light shows or dancing creations, nothing of the kind that you can normally see on the internet. Still, it was enough for us to feel satisfied and think of it as mission accomplished. Everything extra would be just a super bonus and a pleasant surprise.
And a surprise it was in the end. It is quite difficult to put it into words. This show, directed by nature itself. Quite impossible, to express what has happened there in the Icelandic sky, and explain it to someone, who has never experienced such thing in their lives. We spent 4 hours outside. In those 4 hours we took some pictures and made a time-lapse video, which you can see attached to this blog. We saw this phenomenal performance of nature in all its beauty and all its variations. Plus, our last but one hunt attempt was accompanied by burning meteorites whooshing through the sky. That was really something unbelievable. And after all, it did change our lives a bit. Because we most definitely want to get tickets for the next show again and again.