Heavenly. Surreal. Sublime and divine. These are the kinds of adjectives usually used to describe the wonderful natural phenomena on Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis in Iceland.
Winter, time since darkness is a requirement, is the best time to see Aurora Borealis. Specifically August through middle of April is the best time for Aurora Borealis viewing.
Iceland, also known as the Land of Fire and Ice, is one of the world’s extremely accessible locations for witnessing the Aurora Borealis, making it easily to be one of the nation’s top most tourist attractions visitors are anticipating. Native Icelanders have become creative and not to mention enterprising as they have already set up Borealis-oriented overland tours, cruises, and even an attractive concept bar at a faraway Ion Hotel. See, what’s not to like? Just reading this can already be very appetizing…how much more if you see it for yourself?
Here are some things you need to know about the wonderful Northern Lights in Iceland.
Aurora Borealis, when known in a scientific manner, takes place when the solar wind collides with the magnetic forces of the planet’s atmosphere. The southern counterpart is also known as its Aurora Australis. Both phenomena happen at extreme latitudes near to the magnetic poles of the planet.
So when is that most ideal time to see the amazing Northern Lights? During winter time since darkness is a requirement. Specifically August through middle of April 2012 to 2013 is the best time for Aurora Borealis viewing. Aurora gazers got the optimum probabilities throughout the fall and spring equinox—thus, anytime between September 22, 2013 and March 20, 2014 may be your best bets.
In order to forecast the Aurora Borealis phenomenon, there are 5 criteria that must be present:
1) The sky needs to be clear or at least can be considered partly clear from clouds.
2) It has to be during night time.
3) The solar wind needs to be directed to the Earth.
4) There needs to be an eruption on the sun which releases solar wind.
5) Particles from the eruption should reach the magnetic field of the Earth.
Yes, obviously it’s not that easy to catch a glimpse of the celestial phenomenon known as Northern Lights in Iceland. But when you do, it’s definitely worth it!
Here are a few packages and northern lights tours in Iceland you might be interested in:
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