I always, I mean ALWAYS wanted to experience this! I thought this is just a kind of tourist calling nice pictures…hmmm welcome in this world Katalin!
Happened we had dinner with my friends and somehow we were checking flights…Iceland. Should we? Boom! In!
In January the day came and we jetted off to Reykjavik for few days. We have booked numerous tours to see everything. Special THE Northern lights!
We managed to find a company who guaranties an another tour if you don’t see them. You know, just to be on a safe side.
Tuesday night. Ready, a minibus picking us up and few other folks. I’m SO excited!
The driver is an old Icelandic, not seen bothered however constantly on his mobile…driving, talking…driving, talking. I get losing my excitement and get slightly annoyed when we suddenly stop middle of nowhere. Surrounded with volcanic mountains. From the minibus he tries to convince us we so see something on the sky. Yeah sure, just to make sure they don’t have to take us out again.
Ok. Out of the bus. Jeez! Extremely cold! There’s a white line on the sky. This is suppose to be THE lights?
I get annoyed and to beat the cold start sliding on the field that covered by thick ice. The sky is very clear, see the moon and all the starts. Thousand! They look so close, like I can touch them! Looking the sky, sliding on the ice…getting tired and just wanna go back when my friend inform me we are staying another 30/40 minutes!
I give up…this is not how it was in the movies…Remember Joanna Lumley? She goes to see the northern lights and she is speechless and start crying. That’s the effect I want!
Hmmm let’s try to get the best out of this…stars, moon, sliding on ice…not bad. Deep, different thought coming and going in my head about life, family, friend, future when I hear something. It’s coming from the minibus. I turn my head around and see the folks looking up the sky.
I look up and…oh my word! What’s this? This is incredible! Above the mountains lights start dancing on the sky while a shooting star cross the sky and wink on me. I can’t speak, I can’t move, I can’t feel the cold. I just stand and watch something that nobody an describe. The lights are all over the sky. I want to lie down the ground to see all. I think I’m in the sky…I’m floating… Incredible! I suddenly noticed my tears rolling down my face. Joanna Lumley has not lied.
When I tried to tell people how was it I described like you play with a torch behind close curtains and some lights are coming through sometimes. It’s no curtains there. It’s not torch. It’s nature.
I’m an ultimate non believer. Northern lights are something you believe in. You have to experience this and start believing.
” Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. “
Ps. Our tour guide was the best. He was on his phone to get the best spot to see the lights. Apparently has not been so strong showing for days. We met people who never seen it. Our tour booked through getyourguide and a massive thank you for our guide who’s nickname was Gummi. He gave us something that never will forget.