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Northern Lights over Flosagjá rift, Þingvellir

Northern Lights -Aurora Borealis over Flosagjá rift at �ingvellir National Park, South Iceland. (Christopher Lund/©2012 Christopher Lund)

March is a good month for Northen Lights chasing in Iceland. This images was shot on March 15th 2012 at Þingvellir National Park. The rift Flosagjá is filled with cristal clear water from the Lake.

In northern latitudes, the effect is known as the aurora borealis (or the northern lights), named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas, by Pierre Gassendi in 1621. Auroras seen near the magnetic pole may be high overhead, but from farther away, they illuminate the northern horizon as a greenish glow or sometimes a faint red, as if the Sun were rising from an unusual direction. Discrete aurorae often display magnetic field lines or curtain-like structures, and can change within seconds or glow unchanging for hours, most often in fluorescent green.


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