The spectacular Northern Lights captured by Olgeir Andrésson for all to enjoy
Lighting the night
The spectacular Northern Lights captured by Olgeir Andrésson for all to enjoy

Winter in Iceland is a complete contrast to its summers. Those long summer nights, when the sun barely dips below the horizon are replaced by darkness settling in early in the afternoons. However, all is not blackness as the snows transform the landscape into an ethereal picture of beauty unlike any other. Not only that, but those frosty nights, when the skies are crystal clear, the unique Aurora Borealis can fill them with works of art that are constantly changing in an entrancing display that draws many to Iceland just to enjoy them.
The 2012—2013 winter is expected to provide the most spectacular season of Northern Lights for the next decade as the solar cycle reaches its peak. Across the entire country on almost every clear night, these brilliant, swirling lights in the sky There is never one night the same as another. They appear, dance across the sky in a ballet of light, only to disappear as abruptly as they came.
This will be the best time to view them and the time when the chance of viewing them is higher than in past years. Experiencing the Northern Lights display in person can be awesome. The nights generally need to be chilly and clear. Any time from 6 pm onwards, the Lights can appear, starting as a glow and frequently becoming so bright that everything around is clearly visible. Their shape and patterns change by the moment and they really do appear to be dancing as they sweep across the sky. Whilst they can be seen in Reykjavik, the city lights don’t allow their full beauty to be visible and so it has become popular to take a tour out into the countryside or to travel to different parts of the country to enjoy them. Just as they are never the same any given night, so they appear differently according to where you are viewing them in the country. Photos you see are a moment, frozen in time of an event that will be very different just a minute later. Thus, this is a performance that can be enjoyed every night they appear, often for hours at a time.

Capturing the beauty of the Northern Lights has been a life-long project for Olgeir Andrésson. He travels for hours to find the spots he feels they will be at their best and then spends hours filming them, sacrificing sleep and comfort to get the best shots.  Over the years, he has developed numerous techniques to portray both them and his surroundings at their best. Using a good camera with long exposures, he has produced some stunning displays of this phenomenon that most would never get the opportunity to see in their lifetime. He has become a master in his craft and his masterpieces could adorn any art gallery, company or home.

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