Iceland in Winter

21st January 2015

   Just returned from a brief 5 day trip to south east Iceland in search of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). I had never seen them, and it was something I really wanted to experience sooner rather than later! To see them would be great, to photograph them another challenge new to my photography. Night / star photography is something that I haven't gotten into, but shooting the Aurora was a great incentive. In addition, I finally had the opportunity to photograph and explore a glacial ice cave, which is another 1st for me. The last highlight of the trip was photographing the volcanic black sand beach across from Jokulsarlon Lagoon. Seeing ice bergs on a black sand beach was such a unique experience. I found the best images required getting wet, and in 20 degree temps. not the most comfortable conditions. Thankfully I was prepared with the right clothing so spending hours roaming the beach was a real joy. New images from the trip can be found in the Iceland Winter Gallery.

    Weather can be a challenge at this time of year in Iceland. I encountered intense snow and wind storms at some point every day of my trip, but also brief periods of sun as well. With only 4 hours of daylight, I needed to make the most of those times and hope for clear skies at night to see the Aurora. Only a brief 2 hours during my 4th night was clear enough to see the Aurora, but it was still the most memorable time of the trip. A 4 x 4 vehicle with studded tires is the way to go, as hours of driving may go by without seeing another person. Enjoy the new photos!