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‘I think I see a bit between the clouds!’ someone shouts, standing next to me in the pitch black and staring up at the sky. I’m not convinced.

We’ve been on the hunt for the elusive Northern Lights for an hour and it’s almost completely cloudy. I click a frame on my camera sitting on a tripod in front of me and bend down to view the image. Sure enough, there’s a bright green glow shining through the gaps in the clouds.

Minutes later, the clouds part to reveal a giant green streak across the starry night sky. It pulses, twists and swirls like a celestial lava lamp. I stand there, absolutely transfixed, forgetting about my camera for a moment and even forgetting where I am. It’s hypnotising and intoxicating and I just don’t want to take my eyes off it!

You’ll never forget your first glimpse of the Aurora Borealis. In my opinion it’s the most impressive natural phenomenon on the planet. Travelling to Iceland to view it has become incredibly popular in recent years, and it’s something that sits at the top of a lot of people’s bucket lists.

The Aurora has been seen throughout human history. The first known written recording was in 2600 BC in Ancient China. Sightings were almost always linked to religion, mysticism and superstition. You can see why – I’m not a superstitious man at all, but there’s just something so magical and surreal about watching it.

We spent a few hours out that night, watching and photographing the incredible shapes and patterns as the Aurora snaked across the sky and through the frozen mountains. It’s an experience I will never forget and one I will definitely be going back for in the near future.

By @tomarcherphotography

Tom Archer is a freelance photographer and influencer based just outside London. His love for photography began in his early twenties and he has worked as a freelance photographer for six years. His style incorporates epic and dramatic landscapes, showing the scale and beauty of the world.

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