Astrophotos: Northern Lights Over Iceland

Photographer Jack Fusco recently took a trip to Iceland, hoping to capture the unique Icelandic landscapes and night skies but ran into bad weather. “The weather wasn’t favorable for photography during the day and the skies completely cloud covered at night,” Jack said on Flickr, “and the last night I spent in Iceland was the only night that I was able to see the stars.” But what a night it was!

“I wasn’t completely sure what the Northern Lights would look like when I saw them, but when I first spotted them streaking across the sky I could hardly contain my excitement. I may not have gotten to photograph all of the spots that I had hoped, but on this night, for me, I felt like I truly had found something incredible,” he said, and the experience reminded him of Carl Sagan’s words, “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”

The Northern Lights fill the Icelandic Sky - 1-20-2013. Credit and copyright: Jack Fusco.
The Northern Lights fill the Icelandic Sky on 1-20-2013. Credit and copyright: Jack Fusco.

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2 Replies to “Astrophotos: Northern Lights Over Iceland”

  1. What an incredible place Iceland is! I had a similar experience to Jack’s, with every night cloud covered until just the day before I was due depart. That evening, it was pouring with rain. Suddenly the rain stopped, the clouds parted and there was this glorious auroral display! I suppose it went on for 10 or 15 minutes, then, almost imemdiately after it had finished, the cloud cover returned and it was pouring rain again. Amazing! I’d love to go back….

  2. Agreed! I was there for Aurora in 2004 and they were spectacular. I did get a few decent images but wish the DSLRs we had then had been as good at low light as they are now!

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