On our final night in Iceland we headed off in search of the Northern Lights. As many do we arrived in Iceland thinking we were bound to see this natural phenomenon on one of our nights. However after having the first few nights cancelled due to bad weather, our optimism was waining slightly but on our last night we headed off in search of the lights. Our attitude at this point was we’ve come this far, so let’s just go for it.

We bundled into a super jeep, which we would highly recommend over the standard bus tour, the excitement of clambering into this beast of a machine put us in the mood for exploring. It was a cold night but the anticipation of what might be to come took over as we headed off into the night, six strangers, one tour guide and our new Olympus Pen Camera. 

Our journey took us way out of the city of Reykjavik, driving for hours in sight of clear skies and the hint of twinkling stars. Our journey came to a stop between Selfoss and Skógafoss where we encountered an unexpected but most welcome surprise, Seljalandsfoss (pictured above), one of the best known waterfalls in Iceland. No doubt beautiful in the day but at night time, in the darkness and subtly lit, Seljalandsfoss was an experience in its own right and one that we would definitely recommend.

With no clear skies in sight, we waited, hoping the clouds would clear, just enough for a glimpse of the lights…

Having waited for an hour, the realisation dawned on us all that tonight was not our night to see the Northern Lights. Disappointed? Well strangely no, we discovered something we hadn’t seen before and had been left with a reason to return to Iceland. 

We would definitely recommend a Northern Lights tour, get your Aurora forecast app at the ready, but head off with an open mind, a willingness to explore and whilst you might not see the northern lights, we feel you won’t be disappointed.