Thursday, November 4, 2010

Aurora Borealis lights up Iceland

Aurora Borealis
Photographer Kristjan Unnar Kristjansson has spent the last nine years capturing the Aurora Borealis. Picture: Kiddi Kristjans/Barcroft Pacific Source: Barcroft Pacific
Aurora Borealis
Dancing across the clear skies the amazing northern lights are a sight to behold. Picture: Kiddi Kristjans/Barcroft Pacific Source: Barcroft Pacific
A PHOTOGRAPHER has snapped stunning images of the northern lights in Iceland.
The Aurora Borealis light display, particularly visible in polar regions, is usually observed at night where it illuminates the northern horizon as a greenish or red glow.

Kristján Unnar Kristjansson went to extraordinary lengths over the last nine years to capture the amazing light show in all its glory.

The 31-year-old says he often drives to remote, light-pollution free locations to get the best view.
This often means he drives around 10,000-15,000 kilometres for the perfect shot - but it's worth it.
"No words can properly describe the experience,” Mr Kristjansson told the UK’s Telegraph.
“Even though I've seen them now and again throughout my life, I'm still awe-inspired and flabbergasted every time they show up."

Mr Kristjansson said that taking a good Aurora Borealis snap is difficult.
“It is really hard capturing them, as they require bright lenses, highly photosensitive cameras, warm clothes and a whole lot of luck," he said.

The light displays are best observed at night, away from light sources.
However, he says the effort is well worth it as no other natural phenomenon compares to experiencing the northern light first-hand.

"I recommend that everybody should try to visit Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Alaska or any other northern-latitude country for this purpose alone," he said.
The Aurora Borealis is named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek word for the north wind, Boreas.

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