We drove for an hour to get away from the lights of the small city of Rovaniemi, nestled in the heart of North Finland. The minivan was slowly embraced by pitch-black darkness. Its headlights became the only illumination to the endless stream of coniferous trees. It was 10 pm when we reached our destination. As we alight from the vehicle one by one, the cold breeze of the mystical Finnish Lapland welcomed us. I slipped on another layer of thick parka, wrapped a scarf around my neck, and strapped a headlamp to my forehead. It was still weeks before the start of winter but this tropically-adapted body of mine was already revolting. After forming a nice queue, we headed out for a short hike to the top of a hill.
The group was led by Anthony, a British Northern Lights expert, who reassured us that there exists a good chance of seeing what we all came here for. But I already knew that. There are websites that predict the historical probability of Auroras. I chose this night for that specific reason. We were told autumn is the best time to see the Lights, no snow on the ground and on the trees that would reflect back additional light noise to the sky. The moon was also nowhere to be seen. This night had a new moon. No moonlight. All the light on the sky would come from the plain magnificence of the Northern Lights. That was my wish.
Even with all these factors leaning in our favor, the key element was still the local weather. And it did not look promising. Ominous clouds seemed anchored to the night sky, as if mocking all my preparation.
We reached the hilltop. The peak was full of boulders and the horizon brimming with pines. I sat on the ground and wondered how many times had these towering trees witnessed what would be a once-in-a-lifetime moment for us.
We waited. While everyone's eyes were still darted to the sky for any change in the cloud conditions, Anthony used this time to tell us about the history and the science behind these famous Lights... Continued on FB post: bit.ly/phaurora (Just tap link on IG profile)
#NoFilter #AuroraBorealis #NorthernLights
My favorite evening of 9 days on the trail at Tombstone Territorial Park deep in the Yukon of Canada. The hiking was rugged, tedious and tiring. With a heavy pack & tired body, I began to question why I made this long trip. But the stunning sights and wonderful people I met warmed each frigid fall day. By the end of the adventure, I was asking 'when are we going back?' 🇨🇦 September 10/11, 2018 - The Northern Lights: Screaming in Silence 🌌🔥
Wild beautiful horses in Iceland 🇮🇸 I love how the horses were left free to roam their own home. Fun Fact: The Icelandic Horse was brought to Iceland by the Vikings. It's one of the oldest breeds of horses. 🐎❤️
Cutting northern lights soap into bars! Love the scent and the colors. And what is the scent???? Well....... Spicy green top notes of natural cypress, basil, cardamom, lemon, nutmeg, black pepper, and cinnamon oil. The top notes give way to a spicy floral middle of rose and jasmine along with essential oils of lavender and clove bud. The bottom notes of this fragrance -- which create an amazing scent that lasts and lasts -- consist of essential oils of sandalwood, cedarwood, and patchouli, sweetened with a bit of synthetic musk. 😘
Northern lights, tent frames, a bon fire and friends 😍
As sad as we are to see summer go, we’re not too upset that we’re trading in the longer days for these longer nights 😍
This shot is before we head back home. Can't get enough of the Aurora so I keep on trying different angles and shots while it is still appearing in the sky.
So my flight from Dublin to Iceland got delayed. Missed the connecting flight to LAX.... blessing in disguise 😍 #northernlights #crappycamera
the first two I got using a northern lights camera app. The last one the tour guide took. Wasn’t a complete aurora but it was still beautiful.. something I did learn is that you can’t see them with the naked eye. They look like a mist of white greenish ... #aurora #iceland
c a r e f r e e // I got this picture of Gods love as I watched back this clip of my friend @jamesbrown15530
frolicking in the ocean at sunset. 😂 We must trust God, learn to bask in his presence all around us, and sit back in his loving embrace as he takes care of all our needs. Peace is available when we do that. He’s got this. Take it one day at a time. I guess what I’m trying to say is...frolick in the ocean more 🤙🏼 //
🎶 eyes on you -@mosaicmsc
There’s no sitting on the sidelines with this spectacle - freakin dance, laugh, cry, and reach for the heavens. Magical and life-altering. I’m still awestruck every time these lights dance across a star-filled night sky. The first soft glow visible on the northern horizon creates such an intense anticipation as to wonder what the next few hours might bring. Perhaps the auroras will simply be a tease of yawning flickering, maybe smooth glowing waves and delicate columns, or an all-out violent display of brightness and color that creates daytime-like shadows on the ground. The predictability is low, and the arrival is usually swift, literally as if someone unexpectedly flipped on a switch. With beautiful landscapes illuminating and nature’s smells and sounds rejuvenating, you’ll never want the show to end, but you can guarantee the memories aren’t the fleeting variety. Okay, so who’s ready to see them?! As the photo suggests, I just returned from exploring the south region of Iceland - can’t wait to share more stories and photos from the journey! 🇮🇸
Moments before morg threw me into that freezing cold lake (followed by a long dip in the natural hot springs at @laugarvatnfontana
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