The Northern Lights are only visible in the darkness of winter, and from places with clear skies, away from light pollution. Probably the most magical place to view them is at Jökulsárlón in the southeast, especially from the nearby black-sand beach with its crystal-clear ice boulders which pick up the Lights’ red and green glow. The colours are not always as intense as you’d expect, however, and to get good shots you’ll need a camera capable of making exposures of a minute or more.

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