Rainbow and Aurora in Iceland
Credit: Ollie Taylor via ESA

Seeing the Northern Lights in real life is nothing short of spectacular. Getting to watch a show put on by Mother Nature in some of the most remote corners of the world is certainly exhilarating, but for photographer Ollie Taylor that experience became even more magical when a rainbow broke out just as the auroras began to shine.

While out in Iceland Taylor was able to capture the image that includes a lake, a waterfall, a rainbow and the bright green aurora above.

“Just as the Sun drives weather on Earth, solar activity is responsible for disturbances in our space environment,” the European Space Agency wrote about Taylor’s photo. It added that this space weather activity gives rise to auroras, which are produced by “electrically charged atomic particles streaming from the Sun colliding with charged particles in our atmosphere.”

“I hunted for a clear sky patch in Iceland eager to shoot a ‘moon bow.’ We drove some 600 kilometers north to get the clear skies in the Lake Mývatn area, and the Godafoss Waterfall,” Taylor told the ESA. “Eventually, after hours of shooting, you could see full colour in the rainbow, luckily at an angle that also allowed the capture of the aurora when it gave us a display!”

Capturing an epic photo like this may be next to impossible to recreate, but you can go and check out the auroras for yourself all over the globe and give night photography a try.

Right now is the perfect time to go see them as the auroras are typically at their height during the winter. Try and plan a trip by the end of March to destinations like Russia, Canada, Finland and Iceland to have the best chances of spotting the Northern Lights. Just make sure to stay for at least two or three nights, that way you’ll likely get at least one night of clear skies. And don’t forget to pack your camera.