May 22, 2013

Northern Lights, Iceland

Photograph by Ragnar Th Sigurdsson, Arctic Images/Alamy

The aurora borealis flashes over the Hotel Ion near Thingvellir National Park in southwestern Iceland. Auroras occur when charged particles outside Earth's atmosphere collide with atoms in the upper atmosphere. Iceland's cool, crisp evenings provide the perfect backdrop for the sky show.

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