Take a look at the comment/s for my previous post for an update on my visit so far to Iceland. Big news, too – I walked down to the local ‘Home Depot’ type place using directions from the hotel staff – in the dark – and still found my way back in time for the Northern Lights pickup! Scary. The other thing I forgot to mention is that the Lights were too faint for my camera. Even some folks in the group with fancy gear and tripods and long exposures were not getting much. We were far away from the light pollution, so that was not a problem.
My advice to anyone who wants to try seeing the Lights and have a better shot is to stay somewhere away from the city where they call you when the lights show up, even if that is the really wee hours (our tour ran from about 9pm until shortly after midnight). Very often, the best displays are more likely at 2-3-4 in the morning. There is a place in Finland, one of several similar Arctic region glamping places, where the rooms are individual climate-controlled ‘igloos’ so you can lie on your bed and have a cozy view of the heavens around the clock.