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Northern lights in Iceland

Iceland is one of the best places in the world to see the aurora borealis, better known as northern lights. It’s geographical location and dark winter nights attract people from all over the globe in the hope to capture a glimpse of this magical phenomenon. It is caused by a collision of electrically charged particles from the Sun as they enter Earth’s atmosphere. As a result, you see the dancing aurora in many forms and colors including green, pink, purple and red.

When to see northern lights

Northern lights are best seen at night time between the winter months of September to April. Often the strongest lights appear between 21 and 02 so anyone searching for the lights should be prepared for a late night, but these spectacular displays are worth the wait. Nothing can be compared to the magic atmosphere as the streams of green, pink, red and purple dance their way across the sky. Ideal conditions for a clear sighting of the northern lights include a clear sky, a crisp cold night and a dark place away from any artificial lights such as street lighting.

Aurora borealis tours

To increase your chances of seeing the northern lights, take part in one of the many tours on offer. If you are staying in the center of the city, you will find yourself within easy reach of some of the most professional northern lights tours in Iceland. Many of these companies will collect and drop off visitors in central Reykjavik. Experienced guides are familiar with the aurora forecast and know when the best time and conditions are to see them. These tours are often combined with some of Iceland’s most popular attractions, such as the exclusive Blue Lagoon thermal pools and spa. Not everyone is lucky enough to catch a glimpse of this phenomenon when in Iceland, but all are welcome to enjoy the comforts of Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavik to warm up after a long night light chasing.