Photographing Northern Lights is my Biggest Passion

Northern Lights in Iceland

Iceland is one of the best places in the world to observe Northern Lights, visible during the winter months, from October to March. For many people, just viewing the Northern Lights is a life-long dream. But for Iurie Belegurschi, to capture them with his camera is the thrilling experience.

Photographer Iurie Belegurschi

Photographer Iurie Belegurschi

Iurie is from Moldova but has been living in Iceland for 5 years. Last year, he started shooting the Northern Lights in Iceland with his Canon 5D Mark II and it is now his biggest passion.

“Iceland is so beautiful and it is very easy to find good spot for photographing Northern Lights here. My favourite Aurora shots are those with water reflection,” Iurie says.

“You need a lot of patience to shoot the Northern Lights. Sometimes you have to wait for a few hours before seeing them. But when you get the shot, it’s definitely worth the wait. It often gets quite cold so just remember to be well dressed.”

When asked about his equipment, he says a good tripod is essential. “When I am shooting Northern Lights I use F2.8 aperture and ISO between 500 and 1600. I also like to shot Northern Light with half Moon in the sky, so the foreground will be lit by the Moon light. We will have a lot of Aurora activity in 2012 so heads up Aurora Watchers”

More of his photography can be found on Facebook

Örlygur Hnefill

Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson is the manager of Húsavík Hotels and co-founder of He has worked as a journalist at Fréttablaðið newspaper in Reykjavík and at the Parliament of Iceland, as an assistant to MP for North East Constituency.

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