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. In any cases, last night we had quite many guests so, despite the rather chaotic weather, we did set off to the Suðurnes peninsula, hoping to reach clearer skies.
We had only driven a couple minutes past Hafnarfjörður when we realized that the skies were clearing up. The (almost) Full-moon revealed a gigantic gap in the sky and we soon reached the Kalfatjörn church. There, we could indeed see some rather clear skies, but no Northern Lights yet. After a little bit of waiting, we went back in the bus. It wasn’t cold at all but the wind was rather super strong and made it quite painful to stand out. Juts five minutes after boarding the bus back, our driver Bennie told us to go out once again: The Northern Lights were starting!
After a surprising vertical debut, the Aurora took its traditional horizontal shape and crossed the horizon:
The Lights stayed there for maybe an-hour and a half and we were ready to stay up even longer but the clouds were coming in. We then decided to drive back to town, satisfied to know that we got real lucky!
Then, just as we were entering the city center of Reykjavík our driver Bennie, once again, spotted the Aurora. It hadn’t gone away and was actually even stronger than before! I knew from past experience that it would be very hard to find a good place to stop anywhere in the city center so I directed us to the University campus and we managed to stop just behind the Nordic House and witnessed some pretty sweet Lights:
After this last little bonus (which was actually bigger than the main course) we drove for 2 additional minutes and took back our guests to their respective hotels. This had been quite a surprising tour in many ways, but I think everyone came back happy!