Outbound Collective logo

Kleifarvatn Aurora Hunt - Capturing the Northern Lights

42, Iceland

Description

Added by Icelandic Explorer

One of the best places to spot and photograph the northern lights in proximity of Reykjavik.

Kleifarvatn is a great place to photograph the Northern Lights. It's a lake area, hidden in a valley, meaning little "light polution". If you are lucky, the aurora will be reflecting on the lake.

How to get there Drive towards Kleifarvatn until you reach a small outpost, overlooking the lake (there are a few posts, but continue onwards until you find a large parkingspace overlooking the lake area from above.

How to shoot the Northern Lights Most people use a low aperture to shoot the Northern Lights. Depending on the object, I personally I like setting the aperature a little higher, to ensure a sharp landscape.

Since you will want to capture the landscape at this location, you could consider trying out the following settings on your camera- Set lens to manual focus and set to infinity (the infinity symbol on your lens)- Use 15-20 sec. shutter time- ISO 1600- Aperture between 4 and 9 (f/5 - F/9)

Try different settings, but something similar to this should ensure a sharp landscape.

If your camera does not do well at higher ISO's, then consider increasing the aperture (lower f-number) and reducing the ISO to 400-800.

Read More

Download the Outbound mobile app

Find adventures and camping on the go, share photos, use GPX tracks, and download maps for offline use.

Get the app

Features

Chillin
Photography
Easy Parking
Lake
Scenic

Reviews

Have you done this adventure? Be the first to leave a review!

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

Nearby

Explore the Mossy Lava Fields near Grindavik

Climb the Tower at Hallgrimskirkja

Swim in Iceland's Blue Lagoon

Snowmobile Langjokull Glacier

Photograph the Northern Lights at Grotta Lighthouse

Explore the Lava Tunnel, Raufarhólshellir