The Winter Lights Festival 2017

The festival was held for the 16th time this year in Reykjavik and is an annual event and celebrates both the winter world and the growing sun light after a long period of darkness. It takes place on the first Weekend in February.

The program is a mixture of art and industry. There were multiple lights installations across the downtown area of Reykjavik.

The opening ceremony was held on the Thursday, 02.02 at the Hallgrímskirkja church with a Volcano eruption projection on to it.

But this was just the beginning, the Museum Night follows on the 3rd of February follows, with open doors to all of 45 museums.

The Pool Night, takes place on the 4th and welcomes the visitors to relax in thermal heated water.

On Sunday, the 5th, the city turns off all the street lights from 21:00 to 22:00 to draw attention to the concept of the quality of darkness and to let people experience the sky in its purest form.

However the weather did not want to play and it was cloudy over Reykjavik that night. But still it was very interesting to see the stars and the moon. I think, Reykjavik should turn off the lights more often.

More information about the Winter Lights Festival you can find here:

Opening ceremony of Festival of Winter Lights at the Hallgrímskirkja

This year, the annual Festival of Winter Lights will take place from 2nd until the 5th of February 2017. There are a lot of different lights installations in Downtown Reykjavik, Iceland. The opening of the festival took in center of Reykjavik Downtown, at the Hallgrímskirkja church with a Volcano eruption projection on to it.

Colorful Reykjavik Downtown

Antonov AN-225 Mriya

I do like nature, but I have a weak spot for engineering, especially when it comes to space.

Antonov AN-225 is the largest Aircraft in the world. The first and only AN-225 was completed in Soviet Union in 1988.

 Why is it so special? It was initially developed for the task of transporting the Buran Orbiter (Russian space shuttle). Now it is used for commercial operations of carrying oversized payloads all around the world.

It should have arrived in Keflavik for refueling on Friday, 11.11.2016, but due to engine fire (left wing, center engine) in Leipzig, the arrival was delayed. It finally made to Keflavik on Saturday, 12.11.2016.

It is an impressive aircraft, I am glad to share same year and origin with this aircraft. When it passed over us, on its way to landing runway, the sound that those 6 engines produced was very impressive.

Unfortunately, the aircraft was lading something around 19:03 in Keflavik, Iceland and at that time it was already dark here in Iceland. I wish I could snap a picture of it with sunlight but you can’t have everything. But it was still impressive, to see the aircraft with landing lights on.

After the aircraft has landed, it made its way over to it parking spot for the refueling, we tried our luck and were able to score. We were just 50m away from the aircraft.

Of course, I wish I would have less noisy images from the aircraft, but you need to work around with what you have.

For this picture, I used the 70-200mm F/2.8 lens at 130mm, aperture of F/4, shutter speed of 1/100s and ISO 12500. I got quite a lot of flaring in the image and that’s because of the lights of the aircraft, but I think it actually adds something to the image. It’s a beast in the darkness.

Until next time Mriya, I know you will return back to Keflavik.


Antonov AN-225

Mriya on the way for refueling