“Fall colors are funny. They’re so bright and intense and beautiful. It’s like nature is trying to fill you up with color, to saturate you so you can stockpile it before winter turns everything muted and dreary.”
“Even after all this time, the Sun never says to the Earth: ‘You owe me.’
Look what happens with a love like that… It lights the whole sky! ”
Watch nature’s own theater unfold above you as the most spectacular light show takes center stage: The northern lights with you in the front row!
I’d like to send a special thank you to our great photographer (Cristina Ene) who captured the amazing Northern Lights, seen here from Keflavik, Iceland. Cris, you’re fabulous! 😀 I’m looking now at these incredible pictures of yours and I can feel the chills down my spine only remembering how it felt watching the whole show live! It really was stunning, jaw dropping… definitely one of a kind !…
And last but not least, I want to thank the whole team! Thank you Andrada, Mihai, Diana and Cris for being there with me and sharing the same dream! I had such a blast!
“Always travel in hope, rather than expectation, of seeing the Northern Lights. Base your holiday around daytime activities so the Aurora itself comes as a bonus.
For the best chances of seeing the lights, head north – but not too far. They are most frequently visible between about 66°N and 69°N.
Also avoid heavy light pollution from towns and large ski resorts.” Alistair McLean, Founder of The Aurora Zone (theaurorazone.com)
The science behind the magic
The Aurora Borealis has been fascinating travelers for generations, but what is the science behind the Northern Lights? It is the sun that lies behind the formation of the Auroras.
During large solar explosions and flares, huge quantities of particles are thrown out of the sun and into deep space. When the particles meet the Earth’s magnetic shield, they are led towards the magnetic North Pole, where they interact with the upper layers of the atmosphere.The bright dancing lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. The energy which is then released forms the northern lights. All this happens approximately 100 kilometers above our heads.
Each appearance of the northern lights is unique. Auroral displays appear in many colors although pale green often with a hint of pink along the edge, and occasionally with a deep violet center are the most common. Shades of red, yellow, green, blue, and violet have been reported.
The lights appear in many forms from flickering curtains or rolling smoke, to scattered clouds of light or shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow.
A living legend
As you might expect, the northern lights’ spectacle has given rise to as many legends as there have been people watching. The northern lights were traditionally associated with sound by the Sami, the indigenous people of Norway. Linked to the Sami shamanistic drum ritual, the phenomenon is known as Guovssahas, which means “the light which can be heard”.
Likewise, during the Viking Age, the northern lights were said to be the armour of the Valkyrie warrior virgins, shedding a strange flickering light.
In Roman myths, Aurora was the goddess of the dawn.
In medieval times, the occurrences of auroral displays were seen as signals for war or poverty.
The Maori of New Zealand shared a belief with many northern people of Europe and North America that the lights were reflections from torches or campfires.
The Menominee Indians of Wisconsin believed that the lights indicated the location of manabai’wok (giants) who were the spirits of great hunters and fishermen.
The Inuit of Alaska believed that the lights were the spirits of the animals they hunted: the seals, salmon, deer and beluga whales.
Other aboriginal peoples believed that the lights were the spirits of their people.
One of a kind experience
When dreaming about seeing the northern lights, you must remember that you are at the complete mercy of nature. The northern lights love to play hide and seek. Be patient, stay in the northern lights area, preferably far from cities or crowded resorts, pray for good weather and a clear sky and you will be rewarded with an unforgettable dancing colors show.
You can run, walk, drive or fly, but never lose sight of the journey itself. And never miss a chance to see a “RAINBOW” on your way! If it’s cold and grey, just paint a rainbow deep down in your heart. Your smile will shine bright. You’ll hear the sweet symphony of this colorful, magical world. All you need is a dream,one ideal, some hope.. some melody to sing, some colors to paint … some rainbow in the sky !
…and if you happen to be in Iceland, there’s no need to paint your own rainbows. Your imagination can rest. You’re lucky enough to see rainbows all over the place.