Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Northern Lights paint Iceland sky

The Northern Lights are "one of Iceland's jewels," wrote Finnur Andrésson.

 

And indeed, the awe-inspiring phenomenon does seem to turn the sky into a gem, making for some pretty spectacular photos.

 

Andrésson shot the photo above on the night of September 11 in Akranes, Iceland. In the foreground is a ship, Höfrungur (meaning dolphin) that was built in 1955 and is no longer in use. The dramatic green color of the Aurora borealis combined with the silhouette of the ship makes for a striking, almost haunting image.

 

Icelanders are lucky in that it's not uncommon to see the Northern Lights where they live. Thorir Bjorgvinsson shot this photo of the Akranes lighthouse on the same night:

 

 

The Northern Lights are only one of Iceland's many natural and man-made treasures, as we learned from last week's Destination Adventure story on the small nation. And if these photos pique your interest, check out our Iceland travel tips - we guarantee you'll be tempted to book tickets immediately.

 

Check out our Destination Adventure landing page for more info on Iceland and other wonderful travel destinations. We'd love to see your photos from Costa Rica, Nepal or any of our thirteen locations!

2 Comments
September 14, 2011
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Too bad Iceland can't find a way to sell that "jewel" and end the financial "crisis". 

September 20, 2011
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