The northern lights reflect their beauty as they shine over water. Orvar Atli Thorgeirsson/ Barcroft Media/Getty Images
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An Aurora display over Iceland.SSPL/Getty Images
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The Moon shines beneath the glowing arc of this Aurora display over Iceland. SSPL/Getty Images
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Northern lights over Kirkjufell, a mountain on Snaefellsnes peninsula in Iceland, taken during a cloudy night.Kerstin Langenburger/Barcroft Media/Getty Images
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Extremely colorful northern lights seen in Borgarfjorour, Iceland. Kerstin Langenburger/Barcroft Media/Getty Images
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The Northern Lights over the Eyjafjallajoekull Volcano eruption on April 24, 2010, in Iceland. Orvar Atli Thorgeirsson/ Barcroft Media/Getty Images
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Northern Lights over the Eyjafjallajoekull Volcano eruption. Orvar Atli Thorgeirsson/ Barcroft Media/Getty Images
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The Northern Lights over a red-roofed hut in Hafnarfjrur, Iceland. Orvar Atli Thorgeirsson/ Barcroft Media/Getty Images
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The Aurora over a rusty shack in Iceland. Orvar Atli Thorgeirsson/ Barcroft Media/Getty Images
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The Northern Lights over Skaftafell National Park, Iceland. Orvar Atli Thorgeirsson/ Barcroft Media/Getty Images
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The Aurora over a church in Ingvellir, Iceland. Orvar Atli Thorgeirsson / Barcroft Media / Getty Images
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The Aurora Borealis over Fjord Grundarfjorour on Feb. 18, 2011, in Snaefellsnes, Iceland. This photo was taken not in broad daylight, as it appears, but during the full moon. Kerstin Langenberger/ Barcroft Media/Getty Images
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Aurora Borealis in the night sky over Iceland. Jonina G. Oskarsdottir/Barcroft Media/Getty Images
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Aurora Borealis dancing majestically in Iceland. Jonina G. Oskarsdottir/Barcroft Media/Getty Images
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Northern lights over a mountain. Kerstin Langenberger/ Barcroft Media/Getty Images
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The Aurora Borealis arc gracefully over a mountaintop in Iceland. Jonina G. Oskarsdottir/Barcroft Media/Getty Images
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The Aurora Borealis with a touch of purple. Jonina G. Oskarsdottir/Barcroft Media/Getty Images
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Photographers try to capture the lights outside a home in Iceland. Hak Liang Goh/Getty Images
21 Photos That Capture The Magic Of Iceland’s Northern Lights
If you're ever lucky enough to take a trip to the Arctic circle, there is one thing you absolutely must see – the Northern Lights.
For centuries, the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights or the Polar Lights, have dazzled those who reside in the highest latitudes of the earth. And for those who aren't lucky enough to live near the arctic circle, they've created a sort of mecca.
Photographers, both amateur and professional, have traveled hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles to capture the beauty and awe that the Aurora has to offer. One of the most popular places to chase the lights is in Iceland.
Due to the earth's magnetic pull, the lights only appear at latitudes of 60 degrees or above. At 64 degrees, Iceland is the perfect place.
For more than half the year, eight months to be approximate, the Iceland Northern Lights are visible in the skies above. From early September through the end of April, weather permitting, the lights dance through the skies, casting a greenish glow on the cities and fjords below.
The lights beauty has drawn intrigue and spurred legends over the years, being called everything from a celestial warning to the glinting armor of the Valkyries – legendary female Norse warriors.
Perhaps the only way to really understand them is to travel to Iceland and see them for yourself.