One thing that makes Iceland very special and totally unique is the fact that it is the best place to spot the Northern Lights. It is a breathtaking and elusive heavenly occurrence, often called as Aurora Borealis. The Northern lights or Aurora Borealis is one of Mother Nature’s most spectacular and glorious displays.
This celestial happening is one of the reasons why tourists are attracted to visit Iceland. However, due to its elusive characteristics and the fact that it does not occur all the time and can be viewed only on a clear and dark night sky, people often end up not seeing it. However, there are a myriad of Tours to see the northern lights and fulfill your dream of sighting the Northern Lights!
Here are a few tips and advice to see the Northern Lights in Iceland:
Visit between the month September and March, or November and December
During this time of year, the skies are usually clearer and darker, with fewer clouds and temperatures are much colder. December is by far the darkest month, therefore giving you a better opportunity to spot it. The lights are known to come and go in groups of nights- they may appear for two to three nights and disappear for another 2-3 days and so on.
Duration of stay in Iceland
It is always advisable to stay at least stay for a week in Iceland to view this incredible natural display. There could be a possibility that 2 to 3 days of your trip might encounter bad weather, reducing the chance of sighting it, but not for 7 days.
The dilemma of renting a car or drive yourself
It will be wise to go on tour then drive for your own, because tour guides are the ones who know better to spot the light and they often offer a do-over if nothing was spotted.
The best time to see the Northern lights
There’s no specific timing, but most probably between 8 pm to 5 pm. It often stays for a few minutes and sometimes it stays in the sky for hours, so need to set out as soon as the sky is dark and clear.
Get away from the city
To see this beautiful and display of lights you need to depart away from the bright lights of the cities. The atmosphere in the cities is comparatively more polluted and always remains lighted all throughout the night.
Set out for Grimsey Island
The Northern Lights are most visible in the Arctic Circle, which passes through Grimsey Island.
Take photos with long exposure capture
Often our naked eye cannot see the different colors of the light due to weather or intensity, but your camera sometimes can. When you find a place which you think is the right place, set-up your high resolution camera and aim at the skies to capture an awe of inspiring picture of the Northern Lights!
Check Aurora forecast for solar activity to affirm the probability of sighting the Northern Lights.