Nothing better than nature, it never fails to deliver. This is without a doubt, one of the things to do before you die.--The Northern Lights! I will forever remember the moment I witnessed God's gift to all of us. Enjoy!!!
It was on September 25, 2016. The night was a chilly 38 degrees with partly cloudy skies. The Aurora forecast was a three on a scale of nine. The country…Iceland!
It was the fourth of an eight day road trip around Iceland. That day we drove roughly around 260 miles from Djúpivogur to the lake Myvatn area. Along the way we were mesmerized by the majesty of the eastern fjords and many other natural wonders this country has to offer. Upon arriving to Hótel Laxá, our accommodation for the next two days, we were a bit tired but anxious to go out and continue exploring outdoors. Upon check in we headed out to grab a bite at a local pizza place named Daddi's Pizza. After that we returned to the hotel to relax a little bit and to go aurora hunting.
At night the weather turned for the worse and started raining so we decided not to go out because the chances of seeing the aurora were slim with the total cloud cover in our area. Nonetheless, we were checking the sky conditions from our room window.
At around 1130 that night, I went outside to check, since it had stopped raining, and to my surprise…boom---I saw my first Aurora Borealis! I rushed back to my room and told my wife to get dress and to hurry outside to witness this wonderful event. I grabbed my camera and ran outdoors.
In this shot I didn’t care about proper composition neither I gave it a lot of consideration. I wanted to document the event but my main focus was in enjoying the moment. My first Aurora…enjoy it as much as I still do!!!
My First Aurora Borealis
The Aurora forecast was "extremely high", so we arrived early. I looked at various compositions and decided to play it safe and go with a simple one. The weather was cooperating with clear skies. The sun was still going down the horizon and the show started immediately..and it was a complete jaw dropping spectacle. The location by itself is one of the most visited and most photographed in the entire country of Iceland, throw in the magnificent Aurora Borailis and you have it all. Enjoy!!!
Today's picture was taken during a level 6 Aurora Borealis activity. We arrived early to see if we can catch the lights. Since the camera was already set to photograph the ligths over Kirkjufell, I had to adjust quickly to frame this. The arora came from above the mountain behind Kirkjufellfoss. If you take a closer look at the lower right corner you can catch a glimpse of the waterfall. Enjoy!!!
Level 6 Aurora Borealis Near Kirkjufellfoss
This particular picture is the realization of a long time dream. For me, watching this natural phenomenon has been on my "bucket list" since I became a photography enthusiast. When selecting the time to go to Iceland, aurora season was at the top of the list. I needed to see this!
Even during aurora season (September to March) is not guaranteed that you will see them. They need clear skies and all theseconditions to appear. The first five days of my visit to Iceland the weather was really bad with rain, total cloud cover and heavy fog. Once the weather cleared the hunt was on!
To be ready, I monitored various websites specializing in aurora and weather forecasts. This particular night the forecasted aurora activity was a six in a scale of nine, so my chances were looking good. Since I was on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula area, I drove to Kirkjufell mountain to have it in the background. I got there around 8 PM as the sun was still setting in the horizon. While there I studied various compositions trying to get Kirkjufell in the frame to compliment the auroras. Then, the waiting game began...and all of a sudden---boom!!!
The forecasted activity was spot on! Once the auroras came out they were dancing in the sky and shining really bright green and magenta colors. Oh--I had a blast and was excited to see this natural wonder! I probably took close to 30 different photographs before the show was over due to clouds moving on top of our area. Have you seen or experienced the Auroras? Do you want to see this? Let me know in the comments' area and enjoy!!!
Aurora Borealis Over Kirkjufell