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We were hoping and hoping that we'd get the chance to see the Northern Lights in Iceland, our hopes became reality.

As we were staying 2 nights in a guesthouse just outside of Vik, at the southern tip of Iceland, the owner and operator said she would wake everyone up out of bed if she knew the Northern Lights were active.

We went to bed around 10 pm after a long day of excursions, and then by about 1030 the owner came running down the Hallways shouting "The Northern Lights, the Northern Lights!"

We quickly got our gear on and headed outside. The photo was taken directly outside our bedroom window.

It doesn't show on the data, but the shutter speed was about 120 seconds. We never shot the Northern Lights before, so it was totally new to us and it took some trial and error before we got the technique figured out!

Preferably we would have liked to use an ISO of 1600 or so, but my Pentax doesn't do well with High ISO's - it does everything else well, and I love my camera, just hoping for an improvement in that ISO department in future models.

The green lights were waving like snakes, it was purely magical, they would come and go in these wavy patterns for well over 1 hour! Plenty of time to figure out the camera settings :)

But it was freezing cold! When we got back inside our camera's had frost all over them, still working 100%, just covered in ice! wow!! Pentax's are known for their durability in hostile climates, it did well here.

It was an exciting evening, one I'll never forget! Thanks to the guesthouse owner who also came out and enjoyed the lights!

Cheers

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