One of the fortunes of my life was a tour of duty at an air force station on a mountain in Northern Labrador. It was a year without phones or television. It was a communications site, remote and without daily or instantaneous personal communications to the rest of the world. Access to the frozen site was by helicopter, weather permitting. It was peace and silence. On winter nights I could walk away from the site and slowly the sounds would diminish to nothing more than the dry squeak of boots on scrunchy frozen snow. If I stopped, nothing. Nothing but the occasional deep and muffled sound of shifting pack ice. At one turn down the road, the lights from the radomes disappeared. Man-made light vanished. Black skies, white stars and blue ice made it possible to read your watch and seemed to bend gravity giving one the feeling that you would fall into the sky. Then the northern lights. It made you want to run and tell someone to look. It was impossible to grasp and comprehend the visual tsunami of light moving at impossible speeds across the sky. No cloud was as ever as high or as fast. The northern lights on a remote winter sky are events that cannot be adequately described , painted or photographed.
This brilliant time-lapsed video is as close as you will get without being there, but it is not even as close as a photo of a beautiful woman is to having her.
This is something I must do again:
JOIN an escorted tour of Iceland and Norway to witness nature's most spectacular light show.
Toursgallery has produced a small group 21 day Aurora Borealis Tour commencing on 21 February.
The first half of this journey takes guests from Kirkenes, far north of the Arctic Circle in Norway, then cruises into the fjords on the way south to Bergen and Oslo.
In Iceland the second part of this tour is in a convoy of three super Jeeps.
Local off road expert drivers will take guests to locations in Iceland rarely seen by foreign visitors, but considered to be the best locations for viewing the Aurora Borealis.
At the end of February night time presents roughly eight hours of solid darkness for witnessing this massive curtain of green, white and red light moving across the sky.
Toursgallery director, Ken Osetroff said daylight hours also offer excellent photo opportunities.
"Clear blue sky, sunshine and snow covered mountains are quite normal."
Accommodation, all transportation, all breakfasts and most dinners are included.
Toursgallery's Aurora Borealis Tour is priced at $12,480 and includes flights from Oslo to Kirkenes and from Oslo to Reykjavik.
For details phone 1 300 307 317 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.