New Plan: Let's All Move to IcelandS

Green aurorae unfurl above Vatnajökull, Iceland's largest glacier, in this spellbinding photo by French photographer Stéphane Vetter.

Photo featured by kind permission of Stéphane Vetter

Via NASA APOD points out a few more of the phenomena visible in this photo:

On the far right is a long and unusual lenticular cloud tinged with green light emitted from another aurora well behind it. Just above this lenticular cloud are unusual iridescent lenticular clouds displaying a broad spectral range of colors. Far beyond the lenticular is the setting Moon, while far beyond even the Moon are setting stars.

I had the pleasure of visiting Iceland for the first time earlier this year, and can confirm what these photos – and photos like them – suggest: that it is without question one of the most magical places on the planet (the mayor of Reykjavík, the country's capital, is pretty magical, too). I was there in the summertime, so I didn't get a chance to see any aurorae, but Vetter's photos are a stunning reminder of why I'm excited to visit again, even in the dark winter months.