The Star of the Show - The Northern Lights
What can you say about the northern lights? Well, for starters, they’re the most wonderful thing in the world. They vary in scope, vibrancy, and color but with the northern lights in the picture, there’s never a dull moment. They are one of Iceland’s most popular attractions and even jaded locals will stop what they’re doing and gaze up at them dancing in the dark.
What are they?
The northern lights are electrically charged particles from the sun interacting with Earth’s magnetosphere. They are silent, harmless but oh so beautiful. Most people don’t realize how vivid and vibrant they can be but while they sometimes slide slowly across the sky, they can also look like an intense laser show in purple, green, blue and pink.
When can I see them?
Northern lights are technically not a seasonal phenomenon, they are there all year round. However, due to the midnight sun in the northern hemisphere in summer, they are only visible to the human eye once it gets darker, roughly between September and April. Aurora forecasts predict their strength a few days ahead of time but keep in mind that you need the sun to set and clear skies to enjoy them to their fullest.
What do I need to do to see them?
Just look up. You obviously can’t stand directly underneath a light post in downtown Reykjavik but if you’re in the city you won’t have to go far to find a dark enough spot to enjoy them in the sky. However, to enjoy a full sky of northern lights playing above your head, try joining a guided tour or rent a car and drive away from the city lights. Dress warm, bring hot drinks and enjoy nature’s most amazing show.