Sadly, many travelers get home and realize that their carefully planned Aurora Borealis photos are too blurry and don't do it justice.
This ultimate beginner’s guide will help you plan, prepare, and nail Northern Lights photography on your first try. Find out where and when it’s best to see the Northern Lights, read up on equipment, and discover tips and tricks on setting up the shot.
The Northern Lights are only visible in Earth’s northernmost regions. This is because Earth’s magnetic field sends solar particles towards the North Pole. Those solar particles then collide with molecules in the atmosphere, and bam! A magnificent light show.
The best places to see the Northern Lights are anywhere between 66°N and 69°N latitude, also called the Aurora Zone. This includes Iceland and northern Canada - the most magical places to visit during the winter!
For total darkness, get away from the city lights. Luckily, the more north you go, the less light pollution there is.
Reykjavik is one of the very few cities and the only capital in the world where you can observe Northern Lights in the city center.
It's also a great base to park your suitcase while you head out on a Northern Lights tour in the countryside.