Mother Nature’s laser light show! The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis are undeniably one of nature’s most spectacular visual displays. Due to Iceland’s location just outside the Arctic Circle, and minimal light pollution, this North Atlantic island is a prime location for viewing the brightly colored waves of light illuminating the night sky.
Northern Lights season typically lasts between October and April and ideal meteorological conditions include a clear sky with temperatures below zero and preferably no moon. Simply explained, these natural light displays in the sky occur in the Polar Regions and are caused by solar winds reacting with the Earths’ magnetic field. Recently the Aurora Borealis have become more predictable in Iceland by new forecast methods developed by the Icelandic Meteorology Office.
For those who have never experienced Aurora Borealis, the luminescent green light show streaked with purples, pinks and reds has to be seen to be believed. The Northern Lights have been the source of superstition and folklore in many cultures including the Vikings who believed they were the Valkyries riding across the sky. Iceland Travel offers a number of unique tours for viewing this spectacular natural phenomenon including by Super Jeep, by sea, or arranged with a deluxe seaside lobster feast.
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