I believe that when we die, we all have a handful of memories that we never forget. And for me, one of those memories will include this particular afternoon at Háifoss, in the Icelandic highlands. This location was recommended to us by our photography guide and friend, Edwin Martinez, as a potential location to view the KP level 6 aurora forecast for one of our last nights in Iceland. Chris and I walked 2 miles to the car rental agency in Reykjavik and rented the only 4WD they had on the lot, then drove hours to this inland location marked with no signs, miles of bumpy dirt road, a downloaded Google map guiding us when driving in a strange country.
In the frigid and windy cold, we were treated to this majestic view at sunset. We then sat in our rental vehicle with the heat on, eating takeout sandwiches in the increasing dark, waiting patiently for the aurora, and watched a blood red moon set over a pitch black landscape with no sign of civilization.