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Amazing Volcanic Eruption With Northern Lights, Iceland

After hearing that the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano was erupting, photographer James Appleton made a journey to Iceland. Appleton managed to take these stunning photos of the volcano’s eruption while a light display of the aurora borealis (northern lights) filled the sky. His words express the experience best:

In 2010 I became aware of the volcanic activity on the Fimmvörðuháls mountain pass, on the side of Eyjafjallajökull. Having crossed the pass several times on previous trips to Iceland, I knew the area and that I would know my way around. Dealing with the severe winter conditions and obviously volatile situation would be something else. I am a strong believer that sometimes in life it is the risks we take that bring the greatest rewards, so with that in mind I booked flights, assembled my gear and headed out to Iceland. Arriving at night, I hitchhiked to the south coast and the start of the path up to the pass. Five days later I would return, physically and mentally exhausted, but with some of the greatest photographs I had ever taken and a pretty wide smile on my face.

Rare Atmospheric Phenomena

  1. Lunar corona over Villefranche, France.
  2. Fingers reaching over Milan, Italy.
  3. A rainbow over Kerkrade in the Netherlands.
  4. Sunrise over Santander on the north coast of Spain.
  5. The Northern Lights over Myvatn, N.E. Iceland.
  6. An iridescent display over Cerro Aconcagua, Argentina.
  7. A rare sighting of the green flash in Hovs hallar, Sweden.

(Source: cloudappreciationsociety.org)

Spectacular Display of the Northern Lights in Norway

It is easy to see why our ancestors were in awe of this magisterial display. Cowering lest they be sucked into the skies, they imagined that what they were seeing were the spirits of the dead; they saw warriors with burning swords, shoals of shimmering fish, the reflections of departed maidens. They felt it was dangerous to be outside.

(Source: telegraph.co.uk)