Everything You Need to Know about Northern Lights (Aurora) in Iceland








The bright and colorful Northern Lights or Aurora are amazing and a must watch scene in your travel life. It actually creates when the electrically charged particles are shot by the sun to the earth’s magnetic field. Then those charged particles start to interact with the atoms of earth’s atmosphere and create amazing lights. Normally, this happens above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. Northern lights are also called as “Aurora Borealis” while southern lights are called as “Aurora Australis”. Mostly the colors are displayed in pale green and pink. But red, yellow, green, blue and violet shades were also reported coincidently. The lights are displaying like scattered clouds, spots, arcs and shooting rays throughout the sky. Further the scientists have studied and proved that, in most instances northern and southern auroras are showing mirror images at the same time in same shapes with same colors.



Practically possible and seen Aurora is the Northern Lights rather than Southern. You may experience this phenomena well in Northern Western parts of Canada (Yukon, Nunavut), Northwest Territories, Alaska and also northern tips of Greenland, Iceland, Norway and coastal waters north of Siberia. The areas which are not polluted with lights (not large population and communities available) can be easily and clearly catch-up the Northern lights. Scientists say that Auroral activities are cyclical and peaking roughly per every 11 year (recent peak was in 2013). But yearly, in September and March you can see strong Northern lights (Also in mid of August) since the winter season in Iceland. There’s zero chance of catching the Aurora in spring and summer seasons.

When you visit for Northern Lights in Iceland, keep in mind to wear clothes to be too warm with water proof jackets, scarfs, socks and pants as the weather in Iceland is unpredictable. Iceland is still a remote country, so it offers you golden chances for northern lights as there’s lack of light pollution. The best locations in Iceland for Aurora are: Grotta Lighthouse (Reykjavik: the capital of Iceland), Thingvellir National Park, Threngsli, Seljavallalaung Pool and Asbyrgi (Jokulsargljufur). Please prepare your mobile apps related with maps, weather news regarding Aurora, and most importantly your camera with relevant equipment.


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