Watching the Northern Lights Dance

The purple and white started dancing about an hour into the night

The purple and white started dancing about an hour into the night

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Right after dusk, they were very faint to the naked eye

Right after dusk, they were very faint to the naked eye

So we saw the Northern Lights multiple times on our trip and they were amazing. I only photographed them one night though. Michael had walked into the kitchen and suddenly said, "Hey Jess, I don't want to get your hopes up but come look at this and tell me if you think its the Northern Lights..." I ran to the kitchen and smooshed my face against the glass to get a better look. I couldn't tell at first, it just looked like a very faint white glow. We stared in silence for a few seconds before I said "yep that's them." I had no idea but it had to be them, like, it HAD to be them. We ran out front onto our big patio and squinted up at the sky, the faint white line began to grow, move and slowly transition into a dim green. IT WAS THEM. We spent forever watching them grow, dance and take on different colors. The show was absolutely spectacular.

It was so intense in fact, that a few days later the city of Reykjavik declared that all street lights be turned off between the hours of 10 and 11 to better see the Northern Lights and encouraged all residents and visitors to turn off as many lights as possible to cut down on light pollution. Of course we were lucky and happened to be staying right in the heart of Reykjavik!

It was a pretty amazing experience (especially because we saw them multiple times!).