Blacked Out Street Lights For Better View Of Northern Lights - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Blacked Out Street Lights For Better View Of Northern Lights

Published October 24, 2014

Says he will never do it again - Case closed

Haukur Már Helgason
Photos by
Èric Lluent

Says he will never do it again - Case closed

An employee of a travel service recently extinguished all street lighting by Kleppjárnsreykir, in the inlands of Borgarfjörður, by aiming a flashlight at their light-sensor controller. Apparently he did this to give a group of tourists a clearer view of the northern lights at play.

Kleppjárnsreykir on a map

According to Skessuhorn, a local news medium, this created great danger for the people who stood on the road to observe the sky, insufficiently visible to drivers, in the dark.

Police authorities in Borgarfjörður received a complaint about the incident. The rhapsodic tourist guide told police that he had taken care that the travellers did not stand on the road, and that the blackout only lasted half an hour. RÚV reports that according to the Police, the man has also promised that it will not happen again. The Police considers the case closed.

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