Lyonel Perabo

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Northern, Lights, Aurora, Borealis, Mythology, Religion, Viking, Culture, pagan, scandinavian, rock'n'roll, heavy, metal, Saga, Sagas, Icelandic Literature

Languages

English, French, Norwegian, Swedish

Countries visited

Canada, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Faroe Islands, France, Iceland, Norway, United States

Profession

Tour Guide

Lyonel Perabo

 •  31.10.14

The Norwegian Way

  Hey guys . It's been some time, I know, but I have been very busy working on my Master Thesis.

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The Season's First Northern Lights!

Last week-end the weather around Reykjavík was just marvelous. There was not a single cloud in the sky and the evenings were definitely getting quite dark.

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The Cute Animals of Iceland

Hello everyone. Since I came back to Iceland I have been taking lots of pictures.

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A Photographic walk in Árbær Folk Museum

Hello folks. As you might know, I recently moved a bit farther out of the city center of Reykjavík.

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It’s all Fluff and Games at Reykjavík Park

There‘s one place I particularly like in Reykjavík, it´s 'Fjölskyldu- og Húsdýragarðurinn', or the Reykjavík Zoo and Family Park. It’s actually the only attraction (bar the National Museum) that I've visited more than once.

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Lyonel Perabo

 •  12.08.14

An Afternoon in Keflavik

My guess is that all of you guys know where Keflavik is right. I mean.

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Rabbits in Iceland

Okay guys, I talked about horses the other day so to be fair I’ll talk about bunnies today. It’s not completely random though.

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Horseties !

Hello Everyone. Let us go back to blogging shall we.

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The Return...

Hey guys . I am back .

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My Take on the Golden Circle Tour

  A friend of mine came to visit a couple weeks ago and he strongly expressed his desire to experience as much as possible of Iceland during his short stay. Although I was mighty busy with school work, translating Sagas and studying the transcription of XIVth century vellum manuscripts, I still accompanied him on one of trip, namely, and as the title of of this post indicates, the famous Golden Circle tour.

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Lyonel Perabo

 •  30.03.14

Miraculous Aurora!

  On the 28th I had what was probably my last tour of the season. It ended up quite well as you are going to read right now.

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Aurora over Þingvallavatn

Mars has been a weird month in many ways. While February was bright, sunny and dry, March has been just plain chaotic.

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Frost-bitten Aurora in Kalfatjörn

Last night was rough in many aspects. The Solar activity level was hitting rock bottom and the clouds were covering most of the sky in West-Iceland.

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Aurora on Saint Patrick‘s Day!

I really really love my job sometimes. And sometimes not.

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Aurora in Downtown Reykjavík!

These days the weather in Reykjavík is real crazy and we alternate between clear, sunny spots and evil hail-storms. Not exactly the best conditions if you want.

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Lyonel Perabo

 •  10.03.14

Hunting the Aurora in Suðurnes

Hello folks. Here in Reykjavík the snow is getting real wet and we’ve got such strong winds that there won’t be any tour tonight.

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Trees of Light

It's snowing today so let's talk about something else than the Northern Lights, shall we. Something that is quite interesting in Iceland during the winter is the lack of light.

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Crazy Lights over Hafnarfjörður

My boss really works me hard . For the fifth time in a row I got drafted for a tour and as usual, I was really unsure how the evening would be.

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Northern Lights and the Haystacks

For the fourth night in a row I had been drafted to guide and as often, I was a bit fearful. As you probably have heard, Thursday had been a high point in term of solar activity and it is quite common to have a sharp decline in solar activity (and consequently in Northern Lights) immediately afterwards.

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Northern Lights in Reykjavík (The strongest ones I ever saw)

Dear Friends, today I will be a man of few words. Yesterday, we experienced some extremely strong Northern-Lights.

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Lyonel Perabo

 •  27.02.14

Northern Lights in Mosfellsheiði

For the second day in a row, I was given the task to go out and hunt the Northern Lights, and for the second day in a row, I was quite fearful of the tour’s outcome. Just like the day before, Solar activity and Weather forecast looked blight at best, and while on Tuesday we managed, I still don’t know how, to find the Aurora, I still wasn’t certain we would be able to do so on Wednesday.

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Northern Lights in Kleifarvatn

There are days when you know you’re going to have a hard time seeing the Northern Lights. Last night was one of those nights.

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Northern Lights in Hafnarfjörður

  .   The great thing about being a Northern Lights hunter is that your average day is far from average.

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Northern Lights and Moon Rise

  The other day I got a call from my boss…and I guess you know what happened next. Yes, I had been booked for a Northern Lights tour.

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Overwhelming Northern Lights in Laxá

  For the fourth day in a row I had been drafted to go out Northern Lights hunting. The past three nights had already been quite successful with Northern Lights way stronger than average and I feared that the Aurora would recede, or even completely fade away after such a bountiful week-end.

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Lyonel Perabo

 •  10.02.14

Majestic Northern Lights in þórufoss

So, for two days in a row I had the chance of experiencing some really really strong, almost life-shattering Northern Lights (here, and here). Yet as I was been drafted for a third night out in the wilderness I contemplated the sad conclusion that it would be very unlikely to experience Northern Lights of such an intensity for a third Night in a row.

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Incredible Northern Lights in Vogar

  So, you might have read my last post, where I told the tale of the incredible evening we had in the southern tip of Suðurnes. This was Friday, yesterday, on Saturday then, I was drafted for yet another tour.

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Monstrous Northern Lights in Ölfusá

  I had a funny feeling for this night even before we started the tour. For once, my boss described the upcoming tour in a positive way, and that’s damn rare.

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Northern Lights in Laugardalur

For the second time in a row, I got called at the last minute for a tour. This time I was given the task of heading a mini-bus towards the area around Þingvellir in the hopes of reaching the only spot with potential clear skies for the night and We actually managed that feat .

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Northern lights Photo Tips 1: The Basics

I have been blogging about Northern Lights and posting my pictures at GuideToIceland for quite some time already but I just now realize that I still haven't said a word about Northern Lights Photography. How stupid of me.

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Lyonel Perabo

 •  3.02.14

Almost Golden Circle Tour

Just about two weeks ago, my father-in-law came to Iceland with a bunch of his student (He is a physics and mathematics teacher in Finland) on a study trip. Being a guide, I of course took care of arranging the various meetings they were to have but I also had the opportunity to help out planning the fun part of the trip, namely a self-drive tour to Geysir and Gullfoss.

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Northern Lights in Suðurnes

I was called in at the last minute last night for, obviously, a Northern Lights tour. Always willing to spend my Saturday evening with a bunch of hopeful guests, I yessed at my boss and joined the ride.

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Northern Lights at Kalfatjörn

  Hello everyone. I hope I am not boring you too death with all my Northern Lights tales because here comes another one: We were going to go out last night and the day had been beautiful in Reykjavik, Pretty clear skies, temperature just over zero degrees (Celsius that is.

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Crazy Crazy Northern Lights

Last night I was asked to go on a Northern Light tour. Normal right, I am a Northern Lights hunter isn't it.

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Cozy Cave Tour

My girlfriend lives in Norway while I moved to Iceland for work and studies. She tries to come here as often as possible and we were lucky to spend new years' eve and the beginning of January together.  Before she left, I wanted to treat her to a special experience so I got us a tour with Arctic Adventures to explore a lava cave not far from the city.

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Lyonel Perabo

 •  15.01.14

Northern Lights Tip 7: When to Book a Tour

  Hello folks, and sorry for have keeping you waiting for so long, but here I am: back and ready to spread critical Northern Lights Knowledge to you all. So, if I remember correctly, I promised to write something about how to book a tour didn’t I.

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Seasons Greetings

  Photo and Video Credit: Linnea Nordström   Gleðileg Jól og Gledilegt Nýtt Ár to all of you guys . I hope you all had a good time during the holidays and that you all are ready for more intense, Old-School Northern Lights Hunting.

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Unexpected Northern Lights

We're Sunday the Fourteenth of December. Tonight is my last tour before eloping out of Iceland with my girlfriend for Christmas.

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Northern Northern Lights

  To be honest, I was a bit doubtful concerning last night´s tour. The solar activity level was decent for sure, but the weather was far from that.

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Northern Lights on a Freezing Night

I went on tour last night, with  a buss full of hopeful guests. They were not the only one that had high hopes for the evening because according to the weather forecast and the solar activity readings it looked like this night could end up with some actual Northern Lights.

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Lyonel Perabo

 •  4.12.13

Northern Lights Tip 6: How to choose a Tour

Dear friends, I have to announce you that I finished the semester´s last exam. It was about old Icelandic and it featured translating parts of the younger Edda and a passage of the Laxdæla Saga were a guy named Ólaf receives scarlet garment from the king as a Christmas present.

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Northern Lights over Þingvellir

Okay guys, I know I haven't been that active this week but please, have mercy on me, I had a lengthy essay to write for one of my university course and my teacher said he would feed me to the sheep if I didn't finish on time.  Also there has been very little to see in the skies lately. Solar activity has been extremely weak this week and I doubt many people saw anything in the Nordic skies lately.

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Northern Lights Tip 5: How to find the Aurora by yourself

Hey folks, sorry for begin a bit late with this present post, but going out on actual tours plus spending long, solitary hours translating Old Norse has have taken much time in the past days...But today my teacher got sick and the class has been cancelled so I finally have some time to finally resume writing.  Anyway. Now that you all know how to select the best period, the best places and the best conditions to be able to get a glimpse of the Lights, what´s next.

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Northern Lights Tour in Reykjanes

Hello folks .   It´s Sunday morning in Reykjavik and due to a severe snowstorm plus having way too  much homework I am basically locked inside.

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Northern Lights Tip 4: How to Deal with the Weather

Okay Folks, we´ve already learned when, where and in which conditions we have the greatest chances to see the Lights.  There´s just one last factor to be preoccupied with right now and that´s a personal favorite (lies) of mine: The Weather . Please take not of the use of the word preoccupied because it really is the weather that can (and does.

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Lyonel Perabo

 •  6.11.13

Northern Lights tip 3: How to Forecast an Aurora

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and let us start immediately with the third installment of our practical Northern Lights tips: How to forecast an Aurora. Well, you cannot really, but there are several useful tools you can use to give you a general idea about the likelihood of seeing the Lights on a particular night.

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Northern lights tip 2: Where to see the Aurora

After having read part one you have probably understood that the best time to see the Northern lights is during the winter months of 2013-2014, that is: right now.   But where to go then, to be able to catch a glimpse of the magnificent Aurora.

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Northern lights tip 1: When to see the Aurora

Hello again everyone . I hope you are all ears because I was thinking about starting right away with the serious business: How to hunt the Northern Lights.

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The Northern Lights Blog

Hello Folks, and welcome to my blog. Considering it´s my first post, I thought it would be fitting to explain what will be the purpose of this blog.

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Hi there, I'm Lyonel, a Northern Lights Hunter and a Ma Student in Folkloristics. I have the pleasure of being a professional Northern Lights hunter with experience both in Iceland and in North Norway where I am now based. Don't hesitate to drop me a line if you want to have some tips on the matter or discuss anything Icelandic/Nordic related

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