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Friday Round-Up: The Northern Lights

October 28th, 2011

Wonderful aurora display in Michigan's Upper Peninsula via Aaron Peterson.

Unless you’ve been living in a deep, dark cave… You may have noticed that there is a lot of cool stuff going on out there. So, we thought it was high-time we started rounding up some of our faves each Friday. Every month, we’ll be choosing a theme that fits with the Osprey lifestyle. Now that it’s October, we find ourselves looking up at the sky looking, waiting for signs of winter… so we’re dedicating this month to that big, beautiful sky. Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!

This week one of our reps turned us on to this awesome photo of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern lights, up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Thanks to a massive solar storm on Monday, the sun is in an active phase right now, leading to displays of Northern lights as far south as Alabama. The Northern lights are caused by charged solar particles colliding with atoms in the upper atmosphere near the North Pole.

Here’s a few more images of this spectacular light show in action this week… along with some words of wisdom via Grist.org: “Just a little reminder that there’s no point in trying to save the planet if we don’t occasionally pause to enjoy it.”

And because they mention “The Northern Lights” in their song…

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Travel Tuesday: Iceland Wants To Be Your Friend

October 11th, 2011

Iceland. Just the name inspires visions of toasty wool sweaters, steaming geothermal pools and those mind-blowing Northern Lights.

Well, after stumbling across this video over on Huffington Post today, we also realized just how adorable and awesome Icelandic people can be. Their Tumblr blog is definitely worth a visit. In this video by Inspired by Iceland, locals invite us to come and visit their island and their homes — offering to take us kayaking, play a concert in our hotel room and even to teach us how to knit those cozy Icelandic sweaters. To top it off, the President of Iceland, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson invites us to his home: “We will give you delicious pancakes.”

Iceland, we love you. And we definitely want to come and visit.
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PHOTO via Iceland On Tumblr

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