If you want to see the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis, then Iceland is one of the best places to see it. Many different factors are involved when viewing Northern Lights. You need a good combination of clear weather, dark sky, and strong aurora activity.
You can either rent a car or camper van to go to the spot. You can also tag yourself with one of the Northern Lights tours available. The best season to view Northern Lights is September to April in Iceland. Though November to February is the darkest months, the weather is worse during this time. Viewing Northern Lights in summer is a rare occasion.You need some bit of luck to see Northern Lights.
Tips on finding Northern Lights
These are some suggestions that will increase your chance of seeing the magical Northern Lights in Iceland.
- Look North! The lights come along the magnetic bands of the arctic circle. So you need to look in the North.
- The lights start weak at the beginning and slowly increase in intensity. These might look like fog or clouds. Many people don’t realize that this is the starting of the Aurora.
- Use your camera and shoot a long-exposure photo. If you see anything green in your image, then you know these are not clouds. These are weak version of Northern Lights.
- The most prominent color you will see is green. If you are lucky enough, you can also see blue, orange and red lights.
- When the activity is stronger, the color of the Northern Lights will be brighter.
With some planning, long waiting and some luck, you can witness one of the most fascinating natural phenomena that exist on earth.