The Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis is a well known phenomenon for us Icelanders. These green lights dancing in the sky is one of the most beautiful things nature provides us. The Northern Lights are visible in the wintertime (as soon as it’s dark enough), starting in the end of August. This year we’ve already had amazing evenings and there’s only more to come.
In order to see the Northern Lights, you need to make sure the conditions are right. Complete darkness, no light pollution and clear sky. But it’s not enough that the weather conditions here on earth are perfect, the weather on the sun must be just right as well! This seems very complicated but luckily, the Icelandic Meteorological Office has an Aurora forecast on their website. It can be a little difficult to decipher but here’s a handy guide.
In truth, all you need to know that tonight the forecast is looking veeery good. The activity level is 6 (very high) on the scale of 0-9 and the skies should be clear. The last four days have been amazing so tonight should be a good show! This is because the earth is in the path of a solar wind at the moment. Usually, it’s around 9pm and around midnight, but that can vary. So put on your warmest clothes, pack hot chocolate and go on a northern lights hunt!