Northern Lights Captured In The Form Of The Legendary Phoenix Over Iceland


These photos of the Northern Lights are beyond belief. The Lights took shape into a Phoenix, which is a majestic bird from the folklore of Ancient Greek. Hallgrimur P. Helgason took this photo in Kaldarsel. The visitors were blown away by the bird-like shape with wings which clearly could be seen.

The 64-year-old Helgason was lucky to be at that place one hour before the Phoenix took shape. After he saw it, he immediately started to take pictures.

“It’s really a thrill shooting the aurora, especially when they are so playful like they were that night. 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 advice that he gives to other photographers (even amateur ones) is to go away from any lights from cities and never use a flash. He used only a camera and a tripod to take these pictures from the Lights.

Helgason claimed that the same night the Phoenix showed up, the most abundant colors he could see were green and yellow. He also saw some red and blue. This is a result of aurora borealis being very intense.

Norse mythology gives the Northern Lights a crucial role. A legend says that the armor and shields of the Valkyrie were the reason for the Lights because they reflected. Valkyrie in the Norse mythology are female warriors and they were the ones choosing the person that would die in battle and who will survive. A lot of things in the Norse mythology are connected to wars and battles. The aurora borealis was also believed to be the “Bifrost Bridge”, meaning the arch that would lead the people that passed away to Valhalla, the final resting place of the warriors.

The Sami indigenous people have different beliefs about the Lights compared to the Norse. They believe the Lights were people that passed away a long time ago visiting them. Additionally, Salteaus Indians from east Canada, Kwakiutl, and Tlingit from Southeast Alaska believe the Northern Lights are dancing spirits. The Inuits living on the lower Yukon River thought that animal spirits were dancing in the Lights. These spirits were mainly seals, deer, wolves, beluga, and salmon. In Finland however, they believed that a mystical fox made the Lights. They thought that the tail of the fox sprayed snow and threw sparks in the sky.


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