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Most visitors who come to Iceland during the darker winter months are here to hunt for one thing: the Northern Lights.
This natural spectacle is a captivating display of colors dancing across the Arctic sky, leaving visitors in awe of its beauty.
From fascinating locations to stunning shades, we've curated a collection of photos featuring the iconic Aurora Borealis so you can get inspired for your trip. Each image captures the magic of this celestial phenomenon from vibrant greens and subtle purples to ethereal hues blending above breathtaking landscapes.
1. The Northern Lights over Plane Wreck Beach
Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) over plane wreck beach in South Iceland
The popular Sólheimasandur Beach and the Northern Lights are a combination of dreams. The white ruins of the plane are a stark contrast to the black sand on the beach; which makes for an interesting combination alone. Yet with the bright purple and green sky, it truly becomes a photographer's dream.
Northern lights making a ring over Kirkjufell, Iceland
What could be a better combination than the most photographed place in Iceland and the incredible Northern Lights? It is no wonder that this has made our list of images we love. The reflection of the Aurora on the lake doubles the awe and wonder.
3. The Northern Lights above Skógafoss
Green and blue Northern Lights above the Skógafoss Waterfall Iceland
If seeing the natural wonder of the Northern Lights is not enough, seeing this spectacle at one of Iceland's incredible waterfalls adds to the experience. This image not only captures the excitement of the few who go to experience them at Skógafoss, but it has captured the sheer beauty of both these wonders at once.
4. Bright Green Northern Lights above Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Sky above Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon displaying bright green Northern Lights
This picture has truly captured the mesmerizing bright and vibrant green of the Aurora Borealis. But the wonders of this scene don't end there. The backdrop of the image showcases the magnificent Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, which enhances the magic and spectacle as the green reflects off of the calm water.
5. The Northern Lights behind Rhino Rock
Northern lights behind the silhouette of the Rhino Rock
Dark and light contrast in this image has created a fascinating scene. The light of the Aurora Borealis illuminates the silhouette of Hvítserkur and highlights why it is also known as Rhino Rock. This sea stack is located in the north of Iceland in Húnaflói Bay. As you can see in the image, the light from the nearby towns can be seen across the water.
6. Blue Northern Lights above Lake Mývatn
Light blue and green Northern lights above Lake Mývatn
Even though it is most common to see green Northern Lights, the colors can vary. This image has captured the more subtle yet mystical light blue hues. The ombré effect fades from light blue to green over a small mountain at the far end of Lake Mývatn. Finding a body of water to watch the Northern Lights dance over adds so much to the experience, as you can see from this picture.
7. A Snowy Kirkjufell with Northern Lights above
Northern lights dancing over a snowy Kirkjufell
Kirkjufell on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula proves to be an incredible stop to see the natural spectacle. Here, the light blue, subtle green, and deep purple intertwine to create an incredible display in the sky, while the snow-covered mountain stands just as bright underneath. Our Northern Lights and Snæfellsnes Peninsula tour gives you the chance to spot the natural phenomenon for yourself!
8. The Northern Lights over a Snowy Scene
Green Northern Lights above a snowy covered scene
Iceland is a winter wonderland, and nothing achieves that status quite like the visual power of snow and Northern Lights combined. By venturing out into nature, the chance of seeing these natural marvels is greater, as there is less light pollution drowning out their brightness. Our Magical Northern Lights tour will take you on your very own pursuit of the lights from Reykjavík. Who knows which wonderful rural location you will end up in?
9. Dancing Northern Lights over Jökulsárlón
Green and Red Northern lights about Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
It's no surprise that we’ve included two photos from this extraordinary location. The glacier lagoon itself is a natural wonder and a true spectacle. Yet, this particular photo goes beyond capturing the breathtaking beauty of the lagoon. It manages to convey the magical experience of standing under the dancing lights of the Northern Lights with a vast expanse of icebergs stretching as far as the eye can see.
10. The Northern Lights over Reykjavík
The subtle blue and green from the Aurora Borealis above Reykjavík
Even from the capital, incredible photos emerge of the Northern Lights. Heading a short distance from Reykjavík can leave a less polluted sky and offer an opportunity to see the natural display of lights. This image, although subtle, displays how the whole area is illuminated by them.
If you haven't already planned or organized your trip to witness this natural wonder for yourself, then consider booking one of our Northern Lights tours. Combine nature’s best light show with a range of other activities, from super-jeep rides on our Northern Lights Explorer tour to the stunning highlights of West Iceland with our Snaefellsnes Peninsula Northern Lights tour. Our experienced guides will take you to the best spots, ensuring you have the greatest chance of witnessing this display for yourself.
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