The Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights is definitely a sight to behold. The impressive lights display has always been an endless source for photographers. Yet, an Icelandic photographer could be easily considered the luckiest one, after he managed to capture on camera some absolutely stunning photos of the lights show.
Hallgrimur P. Helgason, a 64-year-old photographer was taking snaps of the Aurora Borealis when the lights formed a gigantic phoenix – a majestic bird found in many ancient mythologies.
“It’s really a thrill shooting the aurora, especially when they are so playful like they were that night,” Helgason said. “I have to admit that I always get an Adrenalin kick when the lights burst out like that – that particular shot was the top one of the night.”
The Northern Lights has fascinated humankind since forever and this breathtaking spectacle has so many significations. According to the North American mythology, “the Cree Indians thought the Aurora was part of life’s circle and were the spirits of those who had gone, but who remained in the sky but apart from their loved ones.”
For the Northern Scandinavia, the Aurora was frequently linked with “a portent of good news.” In Finland’s mythology it was thought that “the lights were caused by the fire-fox who ran so quickly across the snow that his tail caused sparks to fly into the night sky.”