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So they weren’t kidding when they said that photographing the aurora is difficult. This is my first try, hopefully I will get another one day. Most or all of these are blurry from the wind and out of focus from inexperience but even still they are as Lt. William Hooper recalled, a “scene of sublime and awful magnificence.” These were taken in downtown Akureyri between two and three o’clock in the morning on the front steps of the Icelandair Hotel surrounded by new friends in pajamas and freezing arctic air, both blustering with excitement. They were rather difficult for me to see, more so than the others I suppose because I have a UV filter on my glasses that hadn’t occurred to me until just now, as well as because of all the city lights. Still, it was a magical experience glimpsing them out there and then watching them appear as if from nothing on my cameras preview screen.

Usually for this blog I carefully select a few favorite photos and write a quote or passage to accompany them (like this one in case you didn’t already read it), however I met so many new friends that either did not get to join us that morning out in the cold or weren’t able to get a picture so I am going to put all of my pictures up here so you can see them and share them with your friends and family. They get better toward the bottom as I start to get my bearings straight, haha get it, some bad arctic humor for you there.. bearings straight/ bering strait

If you were with me up in Akureyri leave a comment, say hello, tell us about your trip, post a link to your pictures, etc. I’d love to hear from you and read about your experience! 🙂

Some music to enjoy whilst you peruse-

The Northern Lights were wonderful. However often we see this weird play of light, we never tired of gazing at it; it seems to cast a spell over both sight and sense till it is impossible to tear oneself away.

Fridtjof Nansen, Farthest North























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7 responses

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  2. Thank you SO much for sharing! I was one of the pajama-clad old women with you that night. I am so happy to have a photograph of what I saw that night. I am looking forward to reading/seeing more of your blog.

    March 22, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    • So glad you left a comment, even though its taken so long for me to respond! But so fun to hear from you! That was a great night, very cool but that was half the fun I think 🙂

      May 7, 2014 at 9:41 pm

  3. Amy Darlington

    Thank you, thank you!! You captured what I/we could not!! This is Amy – one of the four girls who sat with you during the “Happy Hour” at the hotel. (Trying to drink that very orangey-spicy drink!” Your pictures are wonderful, and will always make me remember that same feeling we all had that night : of excitement, wonder, awe – and a certain “YAAAAAY, we SAW them!” Such a gift this is. What a great night we all shared. Thank you again.

    March 22, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    • Amy! Thanks for the nice words and saying hello, so fun to hear from different ones we met! Hope you all have been doing well.
      I remember when we were sitting there drinking those drinks and that song ‘Hallelujah” was playing and two of you were saying that you really loved that song and it made me think that you would really like my friend Josh Blackburn, he does a beautiful cover of that song and a lot of other classic songs and you girls reminded me of the Josh Blackburn fans that I’ve met, there’s just something special about us, one can always tell when they meet another fan. So if you haven’t heard of him yet you should look him up on youtube. I have a bunch of videos on my channel- https://www.youtube.com/user/BlackVelvetPeregrine and someone else has a cute video of him getting mom-pressured into singing “hallelujah” haha. He’s just the sweetest person, and an incredible guitarist, hope you like it 🙂
      Great hearing from you

      May 7, 2014 at 9:50 pm

  4. Fred and Sally

    We are so happy that you caught the lights that night! At least we get to share them here, but we were sound asleep! Thank you for sharing the lovely pictures and making sure we could access them. Your blog is wonderful–will return to it often. We so enjoyed meeting you and your father.

    April 11, 2014 at 8:29 am

    • Hey it’s Fred and Sally! Glad to hear from you guys, we really enjoyed talking to you up there! Hope you are doing well. The food was all so good there that I’ve been having a little trouble adjusting back to ours 😦 Hopefully someday we will get to go again! I am so glad that you enjoyed the pictures, hopefully I will be able to put some more up soon.

      May 7, 2014 at 9:39 pm

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