The Aurora Borealis is a natural phenomenon that occurs when electrically charged particles from the sun react with gases in Earth's atmosphere, releasing different colours depending on which gases are present in the reaction - green is the most popular colour of the lights as this is when the solar particles react with oxygen. They are commonly referred to as the Northern Lights but the Aurora are also visible at the South Pole. I'd been longing to see the Aurora since I was only a little girl, first learning about them when watching a wildlife documentary about the Arctic years and years ago. There have been a few occasions recently where the Aurora have been visible in the UK and I've actually been out to search for them a couple of times in the Lakes, but never been successful in seeing them.
On this first night in Iceland the sky was forecast to be clear but the Aurora activity was expected to be low so I didn't really think we'd see anything. However, off we drove into the pitch black countryside, not really knowing where we were heading and after a while we finally decided to pull over in a large lay-by. The stars were so clear that I decided to take some photos of them as we still hadn't seen the lights. But luckily enough just as we were getting out of the car the lights made an appearance! They started as a soft white glow on the horizon - unsure as to what I was looking at I took a photo and when looking back at the screen I saw it was green and couldn't believe it - I was looking at the Northern Lights!
If you'd like to see more from my trip to Iceland please watch the video below that I have made!