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Summers in Iceland are wonderful, with mild weather, long daylight hours, and a landscape full of history and wonders. I love the days here.
But I live for the nights.
This is my house, about an hour outside the capital. Apparently, I live in a Christmas card.
Northern lights dance across the sky and shine in the waters of Úlfljótsvatn, a lake just east of the capital.
The geyser Strokkur erupts beneath the northern lights. Fun fact: the English word “geyser” is derived from the Icelandic word Geysir – the name for name for Strokkur’s now-dormant big brother about 100 meters away.
Even the mundane seems magical when viewed in the proper light. A road construction project in southern Iceland.
The forgotten dream of distant seas. Scuttled ships, by now no longer seaworthy, rest on the south shore of a fjord north of Reykjavík.
A country church watches over a small graveyard and is in turn watched by the night.
Sometimes the road less traveled is more interesting than the others. On this one Lady Aurora partners with the distant lights of the Sólheimar ecovillage.
The northern lights become visible in mid-August as the first stars return to the evening sky. Auroras can sometimes be seen as late as mid-May, just before the long daytime of summer takes hold.