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Discovering The Northern Lights With Momentum Adventure

By Matthew Robertson

I have been to the Arctic numerous times over the years, but it seemed that the Northern Lights had danced for everyone but me. Days, even weeks in the Arctic, but nothing, not a single sign of those mystical, Northern Lights. I was starting to think was I ever going to experience their beauty?

The Northern Lights seem to be on everyone’s bucket list and for a good reason. They are very elusive; they’re only visible when the conditions are perfect. In order to see the Northern Lights, you need a dark, clear night. They are visible from late September to March anywhere from 6pm to 6am. There also needs to be solar flares on the sun or solar wind; the Aurora Borealis happens when particles from the sun enter Earth’s atmosphere and collide violently with gas atoms.

I would describe this quest as like searching for a diamond in the rough, it takes a bit of luck and a good dose of patience. But once found, it’s one of the most profound experiences mother nature has ever created.

Finally it seemed it was my turn… I had just finished a big trip with some clients in Iceland and was relaxing with my friend Thor in a remote mountain hut. There before my eyes was the sight that had eluded me for years. I gazed transfixed watching nature at its finest, a mystical myriad of colors morphing into each other as they engulfed night sky.

One of our Momentum guides in Iceland described the Aurora Borealis as “like dragons fighting in the sky, leaving their fiery breath in their wake.”

I loved the analogy; it paints almost the perfect picture of what it’s like. For the next forty minutes, I was lost for words as the night sky performed, a balletic masterpiece amid a kaleidoscope of colors.

My dream had finally become real and I was gifted with a memory I will cherish forever. They are absolutely spectacular and a phenomenon that everyone should see at least once in their life.