My dream came true when we bought the tickets to Iceland. I was very excited about the journey and hoping that apart from admiring the beauties of the Icelandic landscape we would be lucky to see the aurora borealis.

We drove around the island in a bit more than a week . It was only enough to get a little taste of this exciting world. The island was full of surprises. The sight was sometimes bare, then suddenly we were passing mountains reaching the clouds. I felt that this country can be never explored, as it always have some excitement for us.

We experienced all possible weather conditions during our journey. Apart from dry weather we ran into snow storm and we almost drifted down from the road. The wind was usually extreme strong on the shores. It blew the black sand into our faces that we could hardly walk.

After a week of overcast, it started getting clearer during our last day. The sight changed completely. The snow melt and the light colored the landscape. Fortunately we were driving around Snæfellsnes Peninsula that time. This was the best part of the trip.

As it was getting late in the day I checked the northern light forecast more often on my phone. It predicted 3 Kp value (it is about the middle of possible values). I could only hoped that we could catch a glimpse, or even take a photo of it. Fingers were crossed. We arrived to the spot with a view of Kirjufell around blue hour and I set my tripod up. I was expecting long hours before we could see the lights, but surprisingly after a few minutes the mysterious green light started emerging above the horizon. The aurora borealis got more intense as it got darker. It was such a huge experience, simply out-of-this-world. I felt really lucky! It last all night long. So we got in the car and drove around the surroundings to capture different landscape with the northern lights. I was taking photos of the aurora borealis from 9pm till 3:30am that night.

Enjoy!:)

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#1 Brúarfoss - 'Bridge Falls'

Brúarfoss - 'Bridge Falls'

Iceland’s bluest waterfall.

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Alex Kovacheva 11 months ago

This looks so unreal! Mother Nature is the greatest artist!

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#2 White Walker Ice Cave

White Walker Ice Cave

Visiting Iceland without an ice cave tour is just half of the trip.

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Tanya Kysel'ova 11 months ago

want to go there

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#3 Admiring The Ice Cave

Admiring The Ice Cave

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Szilvia Bacsa 11 months ago

Futuristic !

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#4 Kirkjufell With Northen Lights

Kirkjufell With Northen Lights

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#5 Strokkur Geyser

Strokkur Geyser

The geyser erupts in every ~10 mins, its usual height is 15-20m.

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#6 Unique View Of Seljalandsfoss

Unique View Of Seljalandsfoss

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Tanya Kysel'ova 11 months ago

wow

#7 Vestrahorn, At The Foot Of Giants

Vestrahorn, At The Foot Of Giants

The breath stopping view of Vestrahorn.

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Tanya Kysel'ova 11 months ago

love this sand

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#8 Reflextions

Reflextions

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#9 Búðakirkja With Its Unique Backlight

Búðakirkja With Its Unique Backlight

That night in Iceland will be a permanent memory for sure! I just couldn't stop driving around in the countryside.

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Tanya Kysel'ova 11 months ago

it's a marvel

#10 The Sky Is Not The Limit

The Sky Is Not The Limit

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#11 Brúarfoss

Brúarfoss

Smoothing the water with long exposure.

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#12 Incredible Cliffs Of Fjaðrárgljúfur

Incredible Cliffs Of Fjaðrárgljúfur

This canyon is up to 100 m deep and about 2 kilometers long, with the Fjaðrá river flowing through it.

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#13 The Moment, Right Before I Got Soaked

The Moment, Right Before I Got Soaked

The waves are quite unpredictable on this beach. So 'luckily' I managed to capture the wave, which covered me 0.1 sec later.:) It was worth it without a question.

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Tanya Kysel'ova 11 months ago

hehe.. what a photographer in Iceland does need is water-proof clothes)

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#14 Hverir

Hverir

Hverir is one of the most out-of-this-world sites on the island. It is a place where you feel connected to the power of the planet.

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#15 Green Flames - What An Incredible Night!

Green Flames - What An Incredible Night!

The northern light was so intense, that it reached the opposite side of the sky as well. I was just standing there next to the tripod with remote shutter release in my hand and my breath stopped from the sight.

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#16 Vision

Vision

Incredible intensity of aurora borealis.

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#17 The View From The Þingvellir National Park

The View From The Þingvellir National Park

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#18 Þingvellir National Park

Þingvellir National Park

Why is it so special? Well, this is the place where North American and European continental plates collide.

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#19 Gullfoss - 'Golden Falls'

Gullfoss - 'Golden Falls'

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#20 Skogafoss From Above

Skogafoss From Above

Don't you think that it is an elf on the left?;)

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#21 Small Church In The Countryside

Small Church In The Countryside

If you like small, cute churches, then you will love Iceland, as it has thousands of it.

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#22 View Of The Famous Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

View Of The Famous Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

Reynisfjara Beach is the most famous black sanded beach in Iceland and one of the most well-known in the whole world. This is a place of wild and dramatic beauty where the roaring waves of the Atlantic Ocean power ashore with tremendous force.

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#23 Vik I Myrdal Church

Vik I Myrdal Church

The Vik church was the only place that survived the 1918 flood.

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#24 The Harsh Side Of Vestrahorn

The Harsh Side Of Vestrahorn

This mountain is sometimes called as 'Batman Mountain'. I think I know the reason for it.

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#25 Diamond Beach In Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Diamond Beach In Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Ice bergs, breaking off the Kvíárjökull Glacier, drift out to sea where they are polished by the waves before floating back to the black sands of Breiðamerkursandur.

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#26 Road To The Light

Road To The Light

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#27 The Sky Above Grundarfjörður

The Sky Above Grundarfjörður

This is one of my favorite picture I managed to capture with aurora borealis. I never thought, that light pollution can add that much to a photo. The lights of Grundarfjörður lit the clouds above the village. On the right you can also see the Kirkjufell.

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#28 Skogafoss With A Rainbow

Skogafoss With A Rainbow

The waterfall has a drop of 60 m and a width of 25 m.

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#29 On The Road

On The Road

During our 8 day trip in Iceland I drove around 2900km on these meandering roads.

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#30 At The Foot Of Kirkjufell

At The Foot Of Kirkjufell

The majestic Kirkjufell is probably the most iconic mountain in Iceland. After a whole day drive it was great to arrive there.

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#31 Kirkjufell Sunset

Kirkjufell Sunset

Can you tell, that this photo was taken only one day after the previous one?

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#32 Gatklettur - Arch Rock

Gatklettur - Arch Rock

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#33 ...and Finally, Aurora Borealis Over Kirkjufell

...and Finally, Aurora Borealis Over Kirkjufell

After one whole week of overcast, we had incredible luck of clear sky, with a really intense aurora borealis.

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#34 Interesting Cloud Formation

Interesting Cloud Formation

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