JVN Photography
Belgian landscape photographer,
based in Reykjavík, Iceland.
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Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights

Aurora Borealis

The Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis) are one of nature's most beautiful and unpredictable wonders. They're always different in size, shape and strength. This makes them so interesting to photograph and exciting to "hunt".

Northern Lights in Þórsmörk

Northern Lights in Þórsmörk

Taken during one of the most amazing Aurora Borealis displays I've witnessed so far. The Northern Lights lasted from around 10.30pm until 4 in the morning without losing strength during that time.

Autumn Aurora

Autumn Aurora

A green blast above a summer house in West Iceland.

Aurora near Reykjanesviti

Aurora near Reykjanesviti

An explosion of auroral activity at Reykjanesviti on Reykjanes Peninsula.

Northern Lights over DC-3 wreck

Northern Lights over DC-3 wreck

The Northern Lights over the DC-3 wreck in Iceland. This was the absolute first time I ever saw the Northern Lights. I will never forget that moment.

Kirkjufell Aurora

Kirkjufell Aurora

The Aurora Borealis above the most-photographed mountain in the world, Kirkjufell. This cone-shaped mountain is located in West Iceland and is on many photographer's bucket list of photography.

Aurora Above Volcano Huts

Aurora Above Volcano Huts

This was probably one the craziest Northern Lights displays I have ever witnessed. The show lasted for hours without losing strength.

Aurora Above

Aurora Above

You often see Aurora Borealis photographs with a wide landscape to show you the scale but, equally impressive, are the weird shapes and patterns you see when looking overhead.

Kjós Aurora

Kjós Aurora

The Northern Lights near Kjós, Iceland. I spent almost 4 hours at that same spot, watching one of the biggest and most amazing Northern Lights I've seen to date. The perfect place to park your car and enjoy!

Satellite Shooting Star

Satellite Shooting Star

Shot near the south side of Þingvallavatn, we were lucky enough to get a reflecting satellite in the shot. On the shot it looks like a comet - which just made it all the more special.

Aurora Trees

Aurora Trees

A different perspective to photograph the lights. I love the abstractness of the branch silhouettes in combination.

Aurora in West Iceland

Aurora in West Iceland

Who wouldn't want to live here, right? The forecast was very low but still the lights showed up and gave an incredible show!

Reykjanesviti Aurora

Reykjanesviti Aurora

Another shot during an incredible show near Reykjanesviti. If you're on Reykjanes Peninsula, this is probably one of the best places to go.

Þórsmörk Aurora

Þórsmörk Aurora

One of the best places to see the Northern Lights must be Þórsmörk. It's hidden away in the highlands, far away from any kind of light pollution.

Purple Aurora

Purple Aurora

The earliest I've ever seen the Northern Lights appear was on August 13th. The night was still very bright so it was next to impossible to capture them on camera but it was cool nonetheless.

Raining Aurora

Raining Aurora

The Northern Lights, when active and above your head, often look like a curtain or rain falling down from the sky.

Jökulsárlón Aurora

Jökulsárlón Aurora

The Northern Lights above a semi-frozen lagoon. There were no icebergs close to the shore but this allowed for some beautiful reflections of the Northern Lights.

Hraundalur Aurora

Hraundalur Aurora

Nothing beats being away from the city lights in an almost deserted location to spend the night and witness this show - and that on my birthday!

Northern Lights Above

Northern Lights Above

You often see Aurora Borealis photographs with a wide landscape to show you the scale but, equally impressive, are the weird shapes and patterns you see when looking overhead.

Photographing the Northern Lights

Photographing the Northern Lights

Can you spot the photographer trying to capture the lights? This was just an incredible night at Jökulsárlón. Moral of the evening: don't give up your hunt too early.

Reykjavík Aurora

Reykjavík Aurora

In Reykjavík you don't often see the Northern Lights very clearly but when you do, Tjörnin is probably a good place to go and check them out. If there's no wind the reflection on the pond adds to the photograph.

Aurora Þórsmörk

Aurora Þórsmörk

A huge band of Northern Lights coming from behind a nearby mountain in Þórsmörk. This place is amazing to see Northern Lights - mainly because it's so far away from any light pollution.

Reykjanesviti Aurora

Reykjanesviti Aurora

This was taken at the coastline near Reykjanesviti - you might recognise the small island in the back.

Aurora Above Húsadalur

Aurora Above Húsadalur

Just me enjoying the Northern Lights show above the Húsadalur huts in Þórsmörk.

Patience

Patience

Patience is key when trying to photograph the aurora. When I took this shot I spent about 5 hours in the wintery cold outside at the lagoon before anything happened at all. Several other people came and went before I decided to give up. But when your patience and endurance is rewarded with some Northern Lights, it's just the best feeling in the world - even after witnessing this wonder so many times already.⠀