Aurora Borealis has in recent years become one of the most popular tourist attractions during winter in Iceland. Every night during the winter season, different types of vehicles are driven out away from the artificially lit townscapes and into the countryside where darkness, the primary condition for their appearance, reigns undisturbed. The Northern Lights, however, are mysterious, flickering in their nature, and sightings are often unreliable due to different strengths and weather conditions. This means that often tour guides and their customers have to travel through darkness for some hours to get to the places most appropriate for sightings, and sometimes unsuccessfully. Darkness is, however, not innocent and, total darkness is a deception. Darkness is shaped and situated by the interaction between human and more-than-human actors that improvise its flows and fluxes, creating rhythms and textures of lightscapes. This chapter looks at the various rhythms of darkness that are created in Northern Lights tours. Providing examples from Northern Lights tours, the chapter will emphasise the undervalued importance of darkness by giving a glimpse into what darkness brings to life as it is improvised by heterogeneous more-than human bodies.
|Title of host publication||Rethinking Darkness|
|Subtitle of host publication||Cultures, Histories, Practices|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis AS|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2020|
Bibliographical notePublisher Copyright:
© 2021 selection and editorial matter, Nick Dunn and Tim Edensor; individual chapters, the contributors.