What are Northern Lights?
We all know it’s got something to do with the Sun, Earths magnetic field and our atmosphere. But exactly what are Northern Lights and what causes them?
This Northern Lights Photography settings guide, in 7 easy steps, is aimed at beginners. You can use any camera with an option for Manual settings. Following these steps, most modern cameras will produce beautiful digital photos for on-screen purposes.
As weathered Icelandic Vikings we are a bit sensitive about our beloved horse breed being called a pony. Because. It. Is. Definitely. Not. A. Pony. And then we saw this video 🙂
Aurora blew us away this evening! A full on display of colour and light for a full hour.
The lights started while we were still on the highway. We pulled over at the first opportunity for a short preview before carrying on the 15 more minutes to our destination. Our haunted house at Vatnsleysuströnd was deserted as ever… though there were a few spooky changes I might tell you about in a different tale.
Charge your batteries and put on your warmest clothes… Aurora season has begun!
To us, this (below) is a beautiful picture! Why? Because it tells us the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) were extremely active last night! After a (way too) short period of long summer days in Iceland, nights are finally dark + the Magnetic Observatory charts are rocking = we are in Aurora season 🙂 Now all we need is a clear sky to be able to see them!
Watch this amazing footage of Iceland in 4K if you can. Filmed by Dima Balakirev using a drone, you can expect a similar view on one of our Free Flying tours 🙂 Ask us about our special photography tours from above in one simple click right here.
See more of Balakirev’s beautiful filming and photography on his webpage here.
Northern Lights sighting: Garðskagaviti (pink eye on map)
Time of sighting: 23:14
Duration: until about 00:30 when it clouded over again
In a team of two Land Rovers we drove out of Reykjavík in the pouring rain. The skies were black, the outlook was bleak. The day had seen the worst storm Iceland had in several years. But we had hope. We had spent the afternoon analyzing cloud forecasts, magnetic observations and satellite images as well as chatting with the Met office. We decided the chance of sighting was good enough to validate a night out with the group of 12.
1 mega telescope
12 hopeful sky explorers
3 litres hot chocolate
30 kleina‘s (Icel. plural: Kleinur)
Northern Lights Hunt
The cloud forecast was clear, the day had been clear, the Aurora forecast was strong. We had high hopes. As we drove up to our first pick-up they were stood in front of their hotel looking up at the sky.