• Þorbjörn Sigurbjörnsson

The Northern Lights in Iceland

When is the perfect time to see Northern Lights? Don’t know? Read to know

Iceland is one of the world's mainstream destinations for seeing the Northern Lights. Iceland has a lot of open spaces in a short driving distance from city lights, making a Northern Light trip doable in a few hours.

Visit Iceland this winter to witness this amazing spectacle of lights in the sky, also referred to as the Aurora Borealis.

The name “Northern Lights” originates from Aurora - the delightful Roman goddess of sunrise and Boreas, the Greek name for the north wind. Aurora Borealis occur when particles from the sun come in contact with the Earth's atmosphere creating green (sometimes pink, purple and red) glowing curves in the sky. Aurora action can be seen close to the North and South Poles. The Northern Lights in the South are known as Aurora Australis.

No one can let you know when you can see the Northern Lights, the same as no one can tell you when you can see a rainbow. However, there are a couple of things you can do to increase you chance of seeing the magical spectacle.

Go to Iceland from mid-September through mid-April if you want to see the Aurora Borealis. A dark winter night is the right time. Travel where the sky is clear. Travel to open spaces, away from the city lights or away from populated areas.

You might need to wait a while for the Northern Lights to come out and you might need to drive around in search of a break in the sky – but it is well worth the journey, and well worth the wait.

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