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Giant Worm Sighting Confirmed by Icelandic Panel

03, March 2015: Much controversy exists over whether Iceland’s equivalent to the Loch Ness monster actually exists, but recently it has been decided that the giant serpent, known as Lagarfljótsormurinn, is indeed not a mythological figure but instead is actually a real giant worm. A panel of thirteen members scrutinised an amateur video of the sighting - which was grainy and unclear - before the majority of seven of them agreed that it was genuine. 

An Icelandic Nessie? 

The video, which was shot by Hjörtur E. Kjerúlf, in 2012, went viral, with more than eight million hits. Filmed from his bedroom window, Hjörtur’s video seemingly shows a huge sea monster weaving its way through the water. It appears that the monster’s head and shoulders rise above the surface of the water, mirroring the stereotypical image of its Scottish counterpart. 

Sightings of the monster have been claimed since 1345, by both locals and visitors on Northern Lights trips who visit to witness the phenomenon and explore the incredible geological attractions of the country. Many have been reported in the last century, with key sightings in 1963, 1983 and 1998, with the 'giant worm' being described as being around 300ft long. Researchers like Miisa McKeow, however, believe that the latest video shows nothing except a fishing net covered in ice. Other experts have also dismissed the video, saying that the movement in the image is not 'serpentine' and far too robotic. 

The decision that verified the existence of the monster left sceptics claiming that it was made in an effort to raise the profile of the country, make Northern Lights trips more appealing, and make the most of the so-called crypto tourism dollar. Others are less cynical and prefer to propagate the idea that a giant worm does in fact exist under the icy waters. 

Whichever camp travellers stand in, and no matter what the officials say, there is no doubt that this phenomenon remains surrounded by intrigue. Arguably, it is the mystery that surrounds these sightings that will bring more people to visit the country to experience the famous Northern Lights. Trips to this fascinating and beautiful country are becoming more and more popular, and specialised Northern Lights operators, such as the renowned Aurora Nights, can ensure visitors the very best opportunities for sighting the lights, but maybe not a giant worm. 

About Aurora Nights: 

Aurora Nights is a company offering a select range of once in a lifetime holidays to see the Northern Lights in Iceland and Swedish Lapland. Aurora Nights is part of Weekend a la Carte, a family-run company with vast knowledge based on extensive travels to the region and passionate about superb client service. For more information about the company visit the website at http://www.aurora-nights.co.uk/ 

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