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Drones are amazing little gadgets, they have the ability to roam over landscapes and see things from a bird’s eye view, and also capture some beautiful natural locations in the world. Photographers have begun widely using drones to capture that perfect shot, and see things from a new perspective, capturing some stunning footage of the world’s most breathtaking places and events.

One of those events is the Northern Lights. Aurora Borealis is one of the most captivating spectacles in the world. People flocks in their thousands each year to Iceland in order to view this natural event from the Blue Lagoon.

The northern lights occur when the Earth’s magnetic field interacts with charged particles fired off by the sun. When these particles hit the Earth’s magnetic field, it causes explosions of blue and green to cover the sky. However, you may not see it as often, but if an oxygen or nitrogen ion reacts, you could even see some red and orange light emitted. It is most visible in the Northern Hemisphere, with visitors often traveling to Siberia, Iceland, Canada and Scandinavia in the hopes of viewing the spectacle and taking photos. Traditional cameras are great for capturing stills and even long exposure shots of the Aurora Borealis, however, there is nothing which quite captures it like this drone.

The footage was caught by a photographer in Reykjanes, Iceland, and gives the viewer nearly 2 minutes of pure bliss. The drone is able to show the northern lights from a significant height and captures the whole event happening live. It is a stunning view, and is one which you could capture yourself if you were to buy a drone of your own.

If you would like to buy a drone of your own to capture spectacles like the northern lights you will first need to look at how much drones cost. As with cameras, drones vary largely in cost depending on the brand and quality of the lens. Just try to pick one within your budget.

If you do decide to go out and purchase your first drone, here are a few features to look out for:

Battery life: Drones don’t run on air, they run on battery just like most electrical devices you can buy. Always try to look for the drones which have a flight time of around 30 minutes or more, this will give you ample time to capture some great footage.

Brushless motors: This term will come up as you search for your drone; and it usually means you will get a quieter operations and a longer lifespan on the motor.


Camera: If you want to capture stunning footage of a natural phenomenon like the northern light, you will want a good camera on your drone. Look out for photo and video resolution on the drone’s camera. Most drones do come with a built-in camera, but some will allow you to attach your own. That way you can have full control over the quality of the lens you are using.