The Northern Lights in Iceland are stronger than ever
According to the Geophysical Institute at The University of Alaska Fairbanks a strong auroral activity is expected over Iceland tonight. The forecast says this is due to a large, Earth-facing solar event that occurred on January 7th and that the effects of this event should reach Earth sometime on the 9th of January. The estimated auroral activity will be 5 on a scale of 0-9. On a normal night it is about 2. If you are lucky enough to have a northern lights tour in Iceland planned, you are in for quite a show.
Aurora viewing is of course affected by a variety of other factors, an obvious one is cloud cover but another less obvious is moonlight and urban light pollution. This means that your best bet is to head for the countryside during a starry night but not before wisely checking the Geophysical Institute’s forecast. Actually your best bet is to leave it to the professionals (drivers and aurora hunters) and book a full-blown Northern Lights Tour. They know where to go and how to get there and can find the northern lights when us mere city-slickers can see none.
It’s not to late to see the Northern Lights
The best time to observe the northern lights is near midnight, when the most active forms often occur. Plan a late night, or better yet, a late and easy morning after. Next Saturday night will be a great one for aurora hunting according to the Icelandic Met Office’s forecast. Most of the sky over Iceland will be clear and estimated northern lights activity will be 3. NASA’s Solar Cycle Prediction reports that solar activity is on the rise and will be at its peak in 2014 and 2015 which means more northern lights for us. There’s no time to loose, find cheap flights to Iceland and book a tour. We offer a traditional Northern Lights Night Out Tour, a Northern Lights Glacier and Monster Truck Adventure and the Northern Lights by Boat adventure. Whatever you chose, book now and pack your bags as fast as you can.
Even if it’s cloudy
Thanks to a new facility in down-town Reykjavik, aurora hunters can now catch the northern lights indoors too. The Aurora Reykjavik is a new educational, recreational and interactive attraction which uses the latest advances in multimedia technology to bring the northern lights to life. Split into sections including information & photography, interactive & educational and the history of the lights, the centre’s focal point is the experience room which uses a large HD projection to immerse visitors in the Aurora Borealis’ majestic green glow.
The northern lights are usually only visible during the winter season, but the Aurora Reykjavik allows summertime travellers to get the best of both worlds and enjoy the ever glowing midnight sun before gazing at the magical aurora waves. For wintertime travellers, a visit to the centre will whet their appetites for the real thing.
These awesome northern lights photos are from WOW air’s Northern Lights Contest in 2013.