We wanted to see the Northern Lights. It was on our “todo list” for many years and YES, we finally decided to go to Iceland in winter to see the AURORA BOREALIS.
We booked a guide with a special super truck and huge tires to be able driving on snow and going into the glacier area. It was a beautiful 200 km drive to Hveravellir. A wonderful trip with amazing winter landscapes.
Iceland may be simply the best place to view the Aurora Borealis – The Northern Lights. To experience this eternally mystical spectacle, you need to be under the Northern Lights Belt You need darkness and Iceland has in winter. And, to multiply your sighting chances, you need a local Aurora hunting specialist, which will be Mountain Taxi.
The guide – Kristján – was incredible and very reliable. He told us so much during the tour and brought us to outstanding places to take pictures.
We stayed in a small hut with a small kitchen area to prepare your own meals, and an outdoor hot pool … a great atmosphere.
After a nice long walk we surly decided to sit in the hot pool with +55C and -10C outside. Wonderful and very good for your health. One think ! you must get used to the smell of the sulfur. But the surrounding view will make you forget about it.
After a good dinner we stepped outside and our mind was just blown away by this surreal sight. The Northern Lights. An unbelievable light show above us.
THE NORTHERN LIGHTS – AURORA
Iceland may be simply the best place on Earth to view the Aurora Borealis – The Northern Lights. To experience this eternally mystical spectacle, you need is to be under the Northern Lights Belt: Iceland is. You need darkness: Iceland has, in winter. And, to multiply your sighting chances, you need a local Aurora hunting specialist who just loves to see your beaming face under an Aurora-lit sky. That’ll be Mountain Taxi.
The Best Time to watch Aurora Displays
Winter is the best time to view the Aurora displays. Clear nights and a the long period of darkness during the winter season usually gives often opportunities to view aurora displays. Be prepared between 10pm and 2am.
WHAT IS THE AURORA BOREALIS?
The Aurora is caused by collisions between electrically charged particles released from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere and collide with gases such as oxygen and nitrogen. The lights are seen around the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres.
The most common aurora color which is green, is produced by oxygen molecules located about 60 miles above the earth. Variations in color are due to the type of gas particles that are colliding. Nitrogen produces blue or purple aurora and the red auroras come from high-altitude oxygen, at heights of up to 200 miles.
In the northern hemisphere the Auroras are called “Aurora Borealis” or Northern Lights and in the southern hemisphere the auroras are called “Aurora Australis” or Southern Lights.