As a child I’d see you shimmering on the TV and wonder if your magical display was actual real or just a special effect. Now 40 years old, I’ve still only ever seen you on a screen, but that’s still enough for me to be smitten.
Over the years I’ve seen you on blog posts, in movies, Facebook and Insta feeds, but as someone living in UK you’ve always been just out of my reach. I was jealous that on a rare day some lucky bugger in Scotland might see you for real, but living down in the south I knew I’d never get to see you from my own back garden.
I’ve been close to where you visit – I’ve been to Scandinavia, but in the summer, and when I took a winter tour across Canada you were tantalisingly close but still just out of sight.
But this is the year I hope to see you with my own eyes. I’ve been making plans, researching where you’re most likely to be. Norway, Finland, Iceland, Greenland? Each of these countries sound amazing, and eventually I will visit them all. However, the decision was made for me one grey January day when an amazing deal popped into my inbox.
And so I’m now preparing for the big trip – my first chance to see you for real. I’m heading to Akureyri, in Northern Iceland. I’d been veering towards coming to Tromso, or heading even further north to the Sami homelands in Finland. Instead I’m heading to a place I’d never heard of before 2019 and you know what, I’m SO excited.
I love discovering new places and Akureyri sounds like it will be amazing. There’s the chance to go whale watching, husky sledging, ice fishing or even have a beer bath (what?!). Plus I can’t wait to go out and explore its amazing wild landscapes. I can’t stop Googling images of the waterfalls and thermal pools I’ll be visiting in just a few weeks. I’m driving Justin insane.
You’re the one that inspired this trip though and I really hope I’ll get to see you. I land in the afternoon and have a trip booked to go searching for you that very first night. I’m nervous though. I know you can be shy and I’ve sadly discovered that Akureyri is usually very cloudy in February.
Still I’ll stay positive and hope you’ll honour me with a show. Either way I have an amazing trip ahead of me and if I’m not lucky enough to see you this time, well maybe I’ll try again next year!Inlinkz Link Party