Amsterdam, to me, has a je ne sais quoi type of charm about it. I fell in love almost instantly with its beautiful postcard-perfect canals, narrow cobblestone streets and wonky buildings that looked like crooked teeth, its easy-going appeal and cosmopolitan yet quaint, small-town feel…
To see the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, is one of those life-long dreams that’s on almost everyone’s bucket list – it’s definitely been on mine for as long as I can remember! Those mystical, ethereal bright dancing lights seem like something straight out of a trippy dream.
Before my trip to Iceland in September, I googled “how to photograph the Northern Lights” up a storm. In an all-consuming, borderline obsessive way. It was my first time dabbling into night photography with zero prior experience and I was kicking myself for not being able to get out there and practise shooting the night sky before leaving for Europe – but THANK THE STARS my photos turned out way better than I expected!
I had timed and planned my trip to Iceland to coincide with the start of aurora season, but what I discovered later on was that whether you’re able to see the Northern Lights while you are there came down to one simple thing.
While I’m certainly no expert at night photography, I’d love to share with you my little guide on how to photograph the Northern Lights, what camera settings worked for me, and what it was like to experience the awe-inspiring Northern Lights for the first time. It’ll be something I remember for the rest of my life.
My visual diary of solo travelling in Iceland for a week.
I simply cannot express in words how magical and insanely beautiful this country is, so I’ll let my photos take over. The craziest part is that these photos don’t even come close to doing Iceland justice.