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aurora borealis in Iceland at night
January 19, 2016

Dancing on Ice

Seeking out the aurora borealis can lead to some sleepless nights, as Your Shot member Gheorghe Popa can attest. Popa traveled to Iceland in October 2015—prime viewing time for the northern lights—and waited until he got the opportunity to make this image. “I really wanted to see the aurora borealis … After two nights without sleep, eventually I was lucky to take a photograph of Jökulsárlón lagoon and the aurora borealis,” Popa writes. “It was perfect. What could be nicer than pieces of ice seen in the northern lights?” This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, be published, and more. Join now >>
Photograph by Gheorghe Popa, National Geographic Your Shot

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