How to shoot the northern lights with GoPro

GoPro has essentially become the only camera I bring with for my trips and adventures. It is so small and light that you can carry it everywhere, let alone be a burden. I’m this kind of a person who prefers to live the moment fully. Being too focused on my “brand new and groundbreaking” technology device would risk to rift the moment. At the same time though, I like to being able to quickly capture the snapshot so that it stays faithful to the real moment in our memories forever. Those are the main aspects why GoPro is such an indispensable device for me, but with all the positive things, some handicaps do also come along.

At first, I thought it would be impossible to capture low light or night shots with the GoPro, but I had the feeling it would be even harder to capture northern lights at its fullest. There are plenty of photos and videos on the internet that showed incredible good beautiful northern lights, and I wanted to do the same… with a GoPro.

I decided to give it a try and I have to say that the result speaks for itself.

I would like to add that the result achieved is quite down-to-earth, very realistic and close of what I actually saw.


Camera settings:

Mode: Night Lapse Photo

GoPro settings:



You might change the shutter speed up to 30s per shot. In order to capture the northern lights, I was switching between 10s up to 30s but you will really need to see for yourself what the best timing is.

I recommend to set this through your mobile phone. Setting values on the phone is faster and also you can preview what you are actually shooting.

Technical issues:

I tried to shoot the lights by setting the video and the video time-lapse modes, but the results are not as nice as on the time-lapse mode, so I don’t recommend you to even try those.



Still images:

2 thoughts on “How to shoot the northern lights with GoPro

  • Gregory Miller
    December 8, 2018, 11:34 pm

    Which goPro model did you use?

    • joan
      January 21, 2019, 9:08 pm

      at this time I had the GoPro 4 silver.
      I still like it a lot.

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