The northern lights are caused by the impact of solar wind particles with the Earth’s high atmosphere channeled by the Earth’s magnetic field and are impossible to predict, although the Icelanders have created a northern lights forecast system on a scale of 0 to 9 and of only three days in advance. So, on that first night, and because we did not know if we would have the opportunity to see some more, we spent some time looking at the sky and seeing these white spots, which only changed color for the camera in long exposure, but not for our eyes.
But it was at night that the magic happened and we had the immense luck of seeing aurora borealis every night we were in Iceland! The one of the second night was already stronger, in shades of green. Quickly we improvised tripods with benches, brought quickly from the house, as it is not certain if the northern lights will appear, neither is it certain when they will disappear. There was always someone “on call”, who every now and then would go outside to see what color the sky was.
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