We are recently returned from a visit to Iceland. While there, we had typical Icelandic weather for September – clouds, wind and rain. But, on the two clear nights, we were able to see the Aurora Borealis in all its glory.

The first evening we saw them, we were staying in a cottage on a farm near the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur on Iceland’s south coast. The show was awesome. To naked eye, we could only see the green, but with the long exposure setting (about 13 seconds), my camera picked up the gorgeous magenta in the sky. (I did not adjust the hue or saturation in these photos. The only adjustments were to settings that affect contrast.)

We also encountered the aurora in the city of Keflavík on our last night in Iceland. At 65 degrees latitude, the aurora had no difficulty piercing the city lights.