The Journey Begins

One must have a “Bucket List”, guess the concept came in from Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson of the same name, and if you have not watched then I would definitely recommend you to watch it before reading any further (The Bucket List)

Hopefully, you are coming back after watching the movie Nth time and I am sure it will give you an idea about what I am going to talk about. Well like you even I got inspired by the movie and made a list, and on top of the list was watching the northern lights ‘The Aurora Borealis‘. With that set in the mind, I started to plan my trip to either Norway or Iceland to tick off the first item on my list.

On discussion with folks familiar with the auroras within my friend circle I was told that the best probability of being able to watch the Auroras would be from Iceland. Initially there was no intention to have it as a solo trip, had asked around with all my friends but no one joined … most of them i am sure would have thought that this guy is not going to do it but then as Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore says ” যদি তোর ডাক শুনে কেউ না আসে তবে একলা চলো রে”. From then on it became a solo trip.

Once the destination was identified, the next step was to plan the iternary. it took me almost three months to identify all the interesting places to visit in Iceland, and after three months of exploring on YouTube, travel websites blogs posts and instagram accounts. After three months of analysis the final iternary looked somewhat like this

DateDayItems to CoverBooking Link
20SundayNorthern Lights
21MondaySmall-Group Golden Circle Tour and Blue Lagoon Transfer
23WednesdayDC Plane on Sólheimasandur
24-25Thursday / Friday2-Day South Coast Tour with Blue Ice Cave
26SaturdayReykjavik City Tour 
  Pub Crawling
My Iternary to the Land of Fire and Ice

Whats the right time to visit Iceland ? I chose January, considering the amount of daylight and the prospects of being able to view the aurora. Any time from October to April should be right to view the northern lights. But in my personal opinion one must visit Iceland twice, once during the winter months to watch the norther lights and once during summer months to drive around the entire country.

the next item to close before my trip was to figure out how to take pictures of the northern lights. Thats when i realized that to capture the northern lights properly one needs to sue a DSLR camera in manual mode with long exposure shots. from here began my shift from mobile phone and point and shoot camera to DSLR cameras.

In the next blog i would like to tell you about how i chose my camera and the lenses for the iceland trip. Till then stay safe and stay posted.

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