Chasing the Northern Lights
As a landscape photographer, you should know that your most important skill is to be in the right place at the right time. This motto is especially relevant for chasing the Northern Lights. You can capture this natural phenomenon in Iceland almost at any time of the year -- even in May or August. But in the summer the nights are bright, and to photograph the sky in all its glory is almost impossible. That is exactly why the period of long dark nights from September to March is the best season for observing and photographing the Northern Lights. However, it’s not that easy as well. First of all, the Northern Lights can only be forecasted one or two days in advance. Secondly, the sky must be cloudless, which is quite rare by itself in Iceland. Therefore you should calculate the probability of capturing the Northern Lights at least one day before its supposed occurrence: check the website www.Vedur.is and identify several possible photo points and then monitor which one of these might have a clear sky.

As soon as you determine the location, get in the car and go. Sometimes, traveling to the desired location can take you hundreds of kilometers (miles) away from where you are. But if you’re determined to catch the beauty of the Northern Lights, that strategy might prove very useful, and you’ll end up with a beautiful photograph of an incredible natural phenomenon.