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Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland

By Viator, October 2012

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The aurora borealis, or Northern Lights are one of the most beautiful of Iceland’s natural wonders. They’re also the most elusive. It’s possible to see them from September to March, but conditions have to be just right. The lights are caused by gas produced by solar activity; when the gas reacts with the earth’s magnetic field, it causes the frissions of light and color to appear to dance across the night sky. So in order to see the lights, you need the right combination of solar activity and clear skies.

If you’re planning a trip to Iceland just to see the Northern Lights, you might want to plan your trip in the middle of the season, rather than at the start or end, but it’s still a matter of luck.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Iceland Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Iceland.

Photo courtesy of Brian Tomlinson via Flickr.

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