The Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights, are one of the finest spectacles of nature. The lights are caused by electrically-charged particles that are emitted by the sun and interact with the earth’s magnetic field. When these particles collide with the upper atmosphere at great speed, they cause the air to glow in the beautiful colours commonly known as the Northern Lights.

Flowing ribbons of light

Iceland’s geographic location makes it an excellent place for seeing the Aurora Borealis, with frequent sightings of colourful and lively ribbons of light. The Northern Lights can be seen in a variety of shapes and colours, ranging from the common white wisps to spectacular colourful bursts of pink, green and red coronas. Such displays of nightly light are best seen when the sky is clear and the evenings are dark and cold. The best time to see the Northern Lights in Iceland is between November and April although beautiful sightings have been appreciated in late August.

Go into the country

The Icelandic countryside is the best place to see the Northern Lights. Fewer inhabitants means less light pollution and good conditions for a great Aurora experience. There are many tour operators who offer a variety of Northern Lights tours, both in Reykjavík and the countryside.
So, if you want to get the best of the northern lights, find a dark spot away from man-made illumination, look up to the heavens and be enraptured.
For further information on Northern Light Tours, see TripGuide for various choices.