Anthony started driving and we left for the 2nd location! This time we arrived near a forest, it was pitch dark! The experience was very haunting, very difficult to describe but it felt like one of those horror movies when you can anticipate any monster or devil coming out of the huge Arctic trees and tear you apart 🤭
Jokes apart, we started to chitchat. There were no signs of aurora so we got some time for tea and snacks again! As we were driving even far north, we could feel the cold really well. At times I started shivering 🥶
Anthony asked us about our excitement for Aurora, I started explaining to him about my research and how we had been planning for this for the last two years. Why we thought that this year it might be great and about all those points, indexes and stuff! He was very very impressed, he told us okay, you are not a typical tourist, you would make me work haha! What he wanted to mean was, we were there to see very very high intensity northern lights, as most tourists having no knowledge of the lights, are happy with very less shine of low intensity or couldn't manage in that extreme cold but Soushikta and Rakesh were absolutely headstrong! 🥰☺️
We waited for 15-20 minutes and there was nothing! Yes, nothing! It's very much possible. People go to Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Murmansk and see nothing! It is very much possible because as I said, it's all about luck. So we decided to go to some other place, Anthony said he found another place!
It's been almost 2 hours and we couldn't see anything properly, I was a bit anxious where my husband was absolutely chilled out. Julija told us that Anthony is the best, so not to worry, tonight is going to be the night!! We stopped near another forest, as usual it was dark, haunting but the sky was very very clear. More clear than the other places we went before. Anthony opened his applications and set up his camera. He was quite determined about the place. It was extremely cold out there and I thought of sitting in the car for some time. There was no network, no internet but I don't know what I felt, I had my maps downloaded before so I opened the offline maps along with the applications which I also had in my phone and I saw the numbers, it wasn't getting updated because of the network issue but it was good enough to chase the light!
Finally, we saw a bright trail. Very bright compared to the others we saw previously, in the right side of the sky. Almost after another 2 hours! Then we saw another trail on the left. Slowly slowly the left trail faded and the right trail started floating but it wasn't getting brighter. The cold was extreme, so we again decided to sit in the car for some time and wait for the lights. The trails looked promising so we wanted to spend time there. We were determined!
And suddenly our guide screamed hey, the lights are here! Damn! I jumped out of the car and I could see it was green! It's getting bigger. The cameras were ready. Then suddenly another 4-5 trails showed up. Our hunter said we are damn lucky, we are going to see a crazy show tonight!
I don't know what happened at that moment, the aurora started DANCING! Omg!!!! It danced like from right to left, down to top and all the colors showed up! Red, green, yellow, little bit of purple! I started crying like a baby! My husband hugged me, Julija hugged me. I was in tears of joy! Such happiness, such luck, I never imagined in my life! Then again, it disappeared after a beautiful amazing show! Crazy AURORA SHOW! and it left us lifetime memories to cherish forever! It took us 4-5 hours to chase this pretty lady but it was worth it!❤️
People often say that they weren't happy with the light's intensity or aurora doesn't look that bright but let me tell you this, if you get very very lucky, just like us (very rarely) you would actually see the colors so well! If I have to talk about myself, I saw Green and Red very very well, purple very light but just think about the intensity , and of course we saw it dancing that means my research didn't go in vain, the hard work really paid off well!
After a crazy aurora show we decided to head back to our hotel. While coming back we saw aurora at some other places as well, not as great as the one which we just witnessed but I was so happy, I was giggling like a baby! I at times started speaking in Bengali, couldn't hold my excitement.
We said bye to each other and Julija told me that we would go to the saami village, lovozero husky park the next day, so we need to get up a bit early! Because we went during polar nights and sunlight would be there for very very less time! We came back to our room. I pinged my best friends over whatsapp and told them that I just saw lady A. My friends started asking for pictures and videos and they were equally excited and happy for us! ❤️ We went for our dinner in the hotel only. I had a nice warm fish soup where my hubby had some steaks. We had good Russian vodka and celebrated our first successful Aurora hunting! My whatsapp was filled with congratulations and so many lovely messages from our friends, I assured them to give the pictures as soon as we get them!