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Challenge: National Parks (Standard Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D750
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 G ED
Location: Țingvellir Iceland
Date: Jan 13, 2016
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 2000
Shutter: 2 sec
Date Uploaded: Aug 29, 2016

Țingvellir is the most popular national park in Iceland, but for the last years things have changed. Now the park is crowded on cold winter nights with tourists hoping to see the aurora.
Therefore I seek new places to get private. This is on top of a small mountain by the lake Ținvallarvatn on one great night last winter.

Place: 6 out of 131
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Votes: 91
Comments: 6
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09/06/2016 11:33:09 AM
Thanks for the votes and comments.
Yes Ja-9 this is the benefit of being such a small country, for us the locals in Reykjavik its only a 30 min drive and its dark enough to see the aurora.
This place þingvellir is ca 45 min drive from Reykjavik so its rather easy for us to take a quick trip whenever we feel like it. (and we do that a lot)
Sept-April is dark enough to see the lights. Okt-Feb is darker (better). Nov-Feb you get snow, which is better for brighter foregrounds but ice and snow on the roads.
The aurora activity has been very high for past 3 years which make this rather easy, read the weather forecast, pick a spot for the night, go and wait. Out of each 10 trips, 2-3 gives you something. 1 of 20 gives you something like this.
09/06/2016 01:00:21 AM
Damn tourists. I wanna be one!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/05/2016 10:01:57 PM
Pretty spectacular. Some day maybe me too.
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09/05/2016 08:09:09 PM
Yep...gonna go there soon...how hard is it to get something like this and what time of year is best? You guys seems to be getting them "monthly"???
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09/03/2016 08:08:59 PM
Somebody should call the Sierra Club , alert them to all the wonderful photos in this challenge. It's truly amazing. What a beautiful planet we have to live on. Thanks for posting this shot.
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08/31/2016 10:40:37 AM
Beautiful. Sharp focus. Great reflection off the water.
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