Northern Lights Tours from Reykjavik

By Viator, August 2015

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There are compelling reasons to visit Iceland in summer. Long days and mild temperatures mean you can make the most of the amazing landscape while also leaving time to experience Reykjavik’s cool bar scene.

But winter?

It’s got to be something pretty amazing to get you to the world’s northernmost national capital, right? How about the greatest lightshow on Earth? The Northern Lights, that is, or Aurora Borealis, the spectacular display of swirling colors which appear at winter in polar regions.

Iceland has the perfect conditions for viewing this breathtaking natural phenomenon. First, you need darkness. Iceland is hung on the Arctic Circle as if on a washing line so darkness is something you get a whole lot of between the autumn and spring equinoxes. Also, you need to ensure the light pollution from cities and towns is at a minimum – not a problem once you’re out of modestly-sized Reykjavik.

According to the Vikings, the Northern Lights represented the glinting of Valkyries’ armor. Modern science has in the meantime unlocked the mechanics of these apparitions, which occur when solar storms send particles to collide with Earth’s upper atmosphere, concentrated at the poles. But even once you know where they come from, nothing will destroy the child-like awe when vast bands of green, red and violet dance in the inky black sky.

Of course there are no guarantees, but a clear night without a full moon in the colder months will heighten your chances. You’ll be picked up from your hotel and taken in an air-conditioned coach to a prime viewing spot, accompanied by an expert, English-speaking guide. Wrap up warm, sit back and cross your fingers!

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