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January 21, 2016

The Northern Lights Centre, The Next Best Thing To The Real Thing…

Filed under: ICELAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,REYKJAVIK — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Whilst in Iceland we have been trying hard to see the Northern Lights at night by driving some distance out of the city and hoping for a break in the dense carpet of low grey clouds.

Despite sitting in a darkened car for more than an hour each evening, it’s clear that no breaks were coming any time soon, proving that the weather report was exactly  accurate as had been forecast and Mother Nature had no loopholes up her sleeve.

Our lack of success has lead us to try and find the next best thing: The Reykjavík Aurora Northern Lights Centre.

Located in an industrial area near the port, it’s an excellent alternative if seeing the Northern Lights for real is not an option.

Inside there are many exhibits explaining how the Lights in the Northern and Southern hemispheres occur and many stunning photographs of the lights, as well as detailed instructions on how to get photographs yourself.

The shop has an excellent array of merchandise, Kiwi Daughter came away with a shirt that has a beautiful image of the lights on it, it’s pattern and colour in nature that’s an artwork in itself. The staff are friendly and helpful, giving us advice on the best routes out of the city for our next night time attempt to see the lights, but advising us too be realistic because the weather report was the same for the next nights as it was for the last. Solid cloud. We find out that for weeks prior to this one, the skies have been clear and the lights have given a glorious display but two days before we arrived the clouds closed in and they are expected to stay this way for a week, after which clear skies are predicted once again. C’est la vie, we can not control the weather and we have just had extremely bad luck. The exhibition has delighted all of us and we are happy with the ” next best thing”, but everyone agrees, another visit to Iceland to see the Lights for real would be something we would all do in a heartbeat.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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