I love a good NatGeo video. Especially when it’s composed of stellar time-lapse shots of a country I admittedly used to routinely confuse for Greenland… pretty much through high school.

Well, I certainly know the difference now.

Photographer Stian Rekdal spent 3 weeks in Iceland, and amassed a library of over 40,000 photos taken over 3,000 miles (the video here is only 3,500 of those photos).

I absolutely love the aurora borealis shots from 2:07 on. Seeing one in real life is very high on my list of to-do’s before I die, but with the quality on this cranked up to the full high-def 1080p, I feel this might be the next best thing.