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Spend 3 Weeks at a Luxury Hotel as Their Photographer Chasing Northern Lights


Kristján Pétur Vilhelmsson/Hotel Rangá

A hotel in Iceland is calling all photographers for a three-week paid vacation to capture images of this year’s northern lights, as if such work needed a reward.

Seeking a professional “Lights-catcher,” the luxurious Hotel Rangá is hosting open applications to any capable and established photographers to stay at their location on the south coast of Iceland, and at their sister hotel in the extremely remote central region for three weeks between late September early October.

To apply, photographers must fill out an application (that at the time of writing still works and is receiving submissions). Applicants must describe social media and online presence, vaccination status, ability to travel, and other optional questions.

“In exchange for providing content of the Northern Lights at the hotel, this seasonal employee will receive free room and board, along with access to the hotel’s stargazing observatory and hot tubs, not to mention the opportunity to explore the photogenic land of fire and ice on their days off,” the website writes.

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An established portfolio will do any perspective lights-catchers good, as in an email correspondence with GNN, the hotel revealed they had already received 2,000 applicants from 40 countries. But that’s no reason to despair, as they won’t be selecting the right candidate until the end of August.

Hotel Rangá has retractable roofs, professional telescopes, high wind-proof walls for stargazers, and visiting astronomers to go over the star-facts and aurora with any guests.

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They also have a history of offering interesting incentives. During last Leap Year, they offered 700 women free stays if they proposed to their significant other on Leap Day. 

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