Northern lights – Aurora Borealis
Standing under a Northern Lights display will give you a burning sensation in your stomach. Similar to being in love for the first time, a good Northern Lights experience is something you will never forget. Capturing the Northern lights in a photograph will take your relationship with Lady Aurora to a deeper level.
Evening tours from Reykjavik
Join one of these Northern Lights photo tours in South West Iceland when there is a very good chance of viewing the Northern Lights. The following tours use local knowledge, experience and aurora hunting technology. Their aim is to get you to great spots away from the city lights and away from the tour buses. They can help you with your photography and take pictures of you with the lights.
Northern Lights can never be guaranteed!!
Landscape Photography Iceland
A northern light hunt in the winter nights in Iceland.
These photo tours are run by local, pro photographer Pall Jökull. Pall will drive you to beautiful and remote locations in South West Iceland. The locations are carefully planned to limit cloud cover and enhance photo opportunities. Although sometimes weather forecasts are wrong and plans have to be flexible to keep the chances of photographing the Northern lights high. Where possible, Pall will offer a tour the next evening if the evening you booked isn’t so good. Pall can assist you with your photography at the locations and even take photos of you with the Northern Lights.
Please note: Tours need minimum 2 people to run.
Pick-up and drop-off at your chosen accommodation in the Reykjavik area or in south Iceland, a ride in a comfortable 4×4 truck and photo guidance on location.
Please note If the weather forecast turns out to be bad for Northern lights you will be contacted before 18:00 the same day, and we can reschedule if possible. I can not offer the same level of service as the big tour companies, but on the other hand it will be more relaxed and flexible. We deal with the weather when the time comes 🙂 it is constantly changing over here.
What do I need to bring?
You should bring warm clothes and wear good warm shoes or hiking boots, bring a flashlight or headlight, your camera with fully charged battery’s, enough memory cards and a sturdy tripod.
These photo tours are run with pro photographers and small groups to ensure a great photographic experience with the Northern lights. Arctic shots will take you to personally scouted Iceland photo locations and are happy to take photos of you with the Aurora Borealis. If you want to capture the aurora, they will help you with your camera settings so you can get a great looking Northern Lights photo. The pro photographer guides might even try light painting, steel wool and Milky way photography.
Pickup and Dropoff in the Reykjavik area. Warm drinks.
What do I need to bring?
This Northern lights adventure takes you away from the city lights to where we expect the best Northern lights experience (according to cloud and Northern light forecasts). We try to take you away from other tourists to enjoy the Northern Lights uninterrupted. Waiting for the lights at our chosen location, we use our telescope to stargazing and look at the planets in the night sky. It is sometimes possible to observe moons far away.*
Probability of Catching the Northern Lights
Northern Lights rely on many factors so we can never guarantee them. To see them, 3 things need to be good: solar activity from the sun, dark sky and a cloudless sky. Generally your chances are about 50/50, so we only go out when Northern Light activity and cloud forecasts are good. Our viewing rate is 90%.
Optional extrasTripod Rental: check if your camera has a tripod mount?Hand Warmers: gives you hand warmth for 5 to 8 hours.
Around 18:30: Confirmation decision based on the latest weather forecast. If we need to cancel due to weather we send you an e-mail.
20:00-20:30 is pick up time (could be later in September or April.
We drive to the best areas of South West Iceland based on weather forecasts.
At location we test the skies and decide to wait or move.
While we wait, we gaze at stars through our powerful telescope.*
If the Northern lights do appear, we can take photos of you with the Northern Lights.
If you get cold, we serve hot chocolate and Icelandic Kleinur.
We stay out until midnight, if no lights are seen we extend 30-60 minutes.
We drive back to Reykjavík (30-45 minutes).
Clothing: You need to be prepared to be standing still in very cold temperatures. Winter underwear. Warm, thick sweater (fleece or wool). Winter coat and trousers (ski outfit maybe). Winter boots and thick woollen socks. Warm hat and thick mittens. Hand warmers.
Photography: We take pictures of everyone included. We can help with your camera but you need to know your controls and menu.
*Note: The Northern Lights, can’t be guaranteed. Stargazing depends on clouds. Some planets depend on Earth’s position in relation to the Sun.
These aurora tours are not run with pro photographers, but they have well trained staff who can hunt aurora and maybe help you with your photography a little and are happy to take photos of you with the Northern lights. They run small groups (max 14) to give you a fantastic Northern Lights Experience. Happy World will only run the tours if the weather and aurora forecast are favourable. They claim a 90% success rate.
They offer tripod rental and can help with your settings if you know your own camera. This would work for anyone keen to photograph the Northern Lights on their trip to Iceland, but who doesn’t need so much assistance.
Locations are based on where the best aurora sightings are likely. The driver guides are locals with good knowledge of this part of Iceland.
Duration: 3-5 hours Small Groups: min 2, max 14 Pick up time: October – March: 20.00 – 20.30, September & April: 21.00 – 21.30 Locations: Our final destinations are dictated by cloud cover (lack of it) and where auroras are most likely to be. Included: Pick-up, driver/guided tour, hot chocolate & doughnut, photos. Recommended clothing: Dress yourself to be standing outside in the cold for a long time. Icelanders dress to be windproof as most of the cold is from wind chill. Thermal undergarments. Warm, thick sweater (fleece or wool). Thick winter coat and trousers (ski outfit perhaps). Winter boots and thick woollen socks. Warm hat and thick mittens. Bring heat-pads if possible. Photography: We take photos of everyone included. We can help with settings on your camera but you need to be comfortable with your own camera settings and menu.
Optional extras Rental tripod: check that your camera has a tripod mount option. Warmer pads: provide external warmth for 5 to 8 hours.
*Please note: The Northern Lights, or their magnitude, can never be guaranteed.
What do I need to bring?
- Fee of 100% if booking is cancelled a day or less before event
- Fee of 75% if booking is cancelled 3 days or less before event
- Fee of 50% if booking is cancelled 14 days or less before event
- Fee of 10% if booking is cancelled a year or less before event
Taken on a 3 day Jokulsarlon photo tour – during one of the long evenings. We went down to the lacier lagoon because the skies looked clear and we were rewarded because he Northern Lights had started. This spot was really deep into the lagoon and far from the car park with all the flashlights.
Aurora Borealis in Iceland Photography Workshop I decided to share this shot from our Feb 2014 workshop at Jokulsarlon. Auroras at this beautiful Iceland location can be incredible. Jokulsarlon is the best place in the world to photograph Northern Lights....
Northern Lights photography from the land of ice and fire Earth to space, come in space can you hear us? This was a brilliant night for auroras over the glacier lagoon at Jökulsarlon. There was a lot of ice near the edge of the lagoon. This was challenging to compose,...
Dramatic Northern Lights photography from the land of ice and fire Aurora Borealis Aurora on our workshop last week. This snake like display was dancing over Jökulsarlon. The glacier lagoon was kind enough to offer reflections. The half moon helped with the exposure....
Northern lights & Ice from Iceland We are billion year old carbon. Yes, we all come from stars. Maybe this is why we love Northern lights and volcanoes so much. Magic cloth and Northern lights photography on the Glacier Lagoon at Jökulsarlon. Magic Cloth The Magic...
Aurora over Jökulsarlon This Northern lights photo is called "Goddess of Love" and maybe you can also see the face of a Love Goddess in hologram behind the Aurora? Ephemeral This was a stunning Aurora display. I was more stunned by the fact that this was the only shot...