In Pictures: Northern Lights in Abisko, Sweden

I feel hypnotised, captured in a moment where time is standing still, the seductive dance above me the only movement in an otherwise frozen environment. My eyes follow the green shadow moving across the sky, mesmerised by its constantly changing shape, each twist and turn morphing into the next. The aurora borealis is dancing above […]

Exploring East Greenland: Dancing Skies (The Northern Lights)

It starts as a cloud-like formation, a faint shadow that slowly begins a seductive dance across the sky. I feel hypnotised, unable to look away. It gains momentum and begins to change shape and colour, vibrant shades of green spreading across the sky like paint being thrown onto a canvas. It twists and turns, dancing […]

Remote, Rugged, Wild and Spectacular: This is East Greenland

I look out the window as the rising sun creates warm reflections on the glass-like water. As I step out on deck however, a bitter wind reminds me that I am in a land of extremes and I rub my hands together in a futile attempt to feel warmer. The vast and dramatic landscape that […]

Bardarbunga Volcano Lights Up the Sky at Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Iceland

When the Bárðarbunga volcano started erupting two weeks before I was due to fly to Iceland, I instantly feared the worst: a selfish panic that my flight and holiday might be cancelled. But not only did I arrive without delay, the erupting volcano provided one of the most unexpected and incredible sightings of my trip. […]

Dancing Skies: Northern Lights at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

“Time feels as frozen as the icebergs floating on the glacier lagoon in front of me.  My mind has stopped wandering, incapable of focusing on anything but the moment I am in.  My eyes are fixated on a sky that has transformed into a kaleidoscope of colours.  It’s the Northern Lights – and it’s an […]

Planning a Northern Lights Travel Adventure: Common FAQs

The Northern Lights have been calling out to travellers, photographers, scientists and astrologers for centuries.  They have been mystified and romanticised by indigenous folklore, they ignite and excite scientific minds, and they captivate the imagination of all who stand beneath them. Wanting to experience the Northern Lights drives many winter travel itineraries and more and […]

How to Photograph the Northern Lights: A Step by Step Guide

(This post has been updated – 31 March, 2017) Let’s assume you’ve done your research and selected a time of year and location that increases your chances of seeing the Northern Lights.  Let’s assume the conditions and an element of luck are on your side and they are dancing in the sky above you.  Let’s […]

What Camera Do I Need to Photograph the Northern Lights?

Experiencing the Northern Lights is a once in a lifetime adventure for many people and as such, they want a photograph of the experience.  But a lack of research and planning can result in bitter disappointment, as some bring a camera that cannot do the lights justice and others don’t even try, assuming they need […]

Planning a Northern Lights Trip? 5 Things You Need to Know.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon that has been inspiring scientists, astrologers, photographers and travellers for many years.  It is becoming one of the most popular winter holiday choices for people who are buying a winter jacket and heading north to experience the lights for themselves. But as you plan your Northern lights trip […]

New Year’s Eve under the Northern Lights – Lofoten Islands

I started 2013 on a ship sailing towards Antarctica.  I ended it standing under the Northern Lights in the Lofoten Islands. As far as memorable New Year Eve’s go, these are going to be hard to beat.  They provided the perfect book-ends to a magical year dominated by travel and photography.  The Northern Lights (or […]