To see the wonder of the the Aurora Borealis is a dream in itself, but to see the best display of lights ever witnessed by experienced tour guides is something else altogether.
A remarkable light show was witnessed by David Feld, who is thankful the spectacle was captured on camera so that he may enjoy the sight for many years to come.
David, of Third Avenue, Grantham, took the trip to Norway with his partner of 15 years Liz Wilson. The couple stayed in Tromsø, 150km east of the Arctic Circle, where they spent several days in darkness as there is very little sunlight at this time of year.
On the first night, they joined a trip put on by Arctic Guide Service to track down the Northern Lights, in temperatures reaching -21C.
David said: “They were difficult to find at first. The driver took us to within a few miles of the Finnish border, right out into the middle of nowhere.
“At first there was nothing, then we started to see a few flashed of bright lights. We were told we would wait another 20 minutes then if there was nothing more we would go.
“Within 10 minutes, this happened.”
Pointing to the photos, he added: “It’s rare to see the red, it’s normally green or blue.
“The people who put on the tour said the lights were the best they’ve ever seen in the three years they’ve been doing it. It was phenomenal. I cried. It’s a lifetime’s wish to see it and I never thought I would, certainly not as spectacular as that.”
A further item on his “bucket list” is whale-watching – that also has a tick beside it. An hour-and-a-half into their tour they came across three humpback whales which glided directly beneath the boat.
Then to top off the trip of a lifetime, David and Liz scoured three beaches to find shells to add to David’s impressive collection.