Things to see before you die: The midnight sun in Iceland

Katy Holland

To view this content, you'll need to update your privacy settings.
Please click here to do so.

During the summer months, countries crossed by the Arctic Circle including Iceland and Norway experience 24-hour daylight - and it's a wonderful sight to behold.

Which is why filmmaker and photographer Joe Capra spent 17 days in Iceland making this film.

Capra travelled solo around the country, shooting both day and night. He slept in his car, hiked in the middle of the night and ate whenever he had a moment of free time. When he returned to Los Angeles, he brought with him 38,000 images in total from the trip.

In an interview about the film, Capra told photographer Michael Levy he chose to travel to Iceland in June because the month is a little early for the tourist season, giving him a chance to film when some popular locations are less crowded. More importantly, at this time of year the midnight sun allowed him six or so hours of fantastic golden light.

"I am the type of person who does not want to go on vacation and just walk around cities or just lay on the beach all day long," Capra said. "I like to get out and see and experience the countries I visit. Going alone also allowed me to go where I wanted, when I wanted, and stay at locations as long as I wanted without having to worry about the needs of another person with me."

You can find out more on his Vimeo page.


Related videos:

Australia's Southern Lights

The Milky Way and other stellar delights

Sign up to our weekly newsletterFollow us on TwitterBecome a fan on Facebook