Experiencing the Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis in Iceland is one of the most exhilarating traveling experiences that you can have in your life. Aurora is the name for the Roman Goddess of dawn, and Boreas is the Greek term for the north wind.
What actually are the Northern Lights?
They are the result of activities of solar activities in both the south and the north hemispheres. The sun’s activity is the principal determinant of their intensity. They appear when the charged particles from the sun’s surface hit the magnetic fields of the earth. Customs tours in Iceland give you an opportunity to witness these luminous green streaks on the lucid skyline of Iceland.
The best time when you can witness the Northern Lights
The time bracket between September and mid-April is the best time when you can see the Northern Lights. The weather conditions are unpredictable during this period. A manager of a Private Tour Iceland would preferably suggest you choose the November – January period for watching Aurora Borealis.
There are numerous tour operators who conduct itineraries for the viewing of the disco Northern Lights during night time in winter months. A populated area should be avoided and a clear sky, preferable in the countryside on the outskirts of Reykjavik is always a fine choice.
The optimal conditions for watching
You must consider a few points pertaining to some natural phenomena for an unperturbed observation of the Northern Lights.
Aurora activity – The Aurora activity during the winter months of a specific year should be considerable enough to make the Northern Lights appear.
Darkness – Darkness is a typical factor that enhances the thrills of the experience. You must go to the rugged nature for witnessing the enigmatic beauty of the Aurora Borealis.
Clear skies – Clear skies with an intrinsic poetic lucidity create an ideal condition for viewing. The Icelandic skies usually remain clear when the air temperature is sub-zero.
How to see?
Walking – If you are lucky with all the optimal weather conditions, you may watch the marvelous display simply on a short walking trip during the night.
Self-drive tour – You may also witness the lights when you are on a self-drive tour. Driving the jeep to a specific spot may help you to view the lights more coherently.
On a boat – You can also experience the magnificence of the Northern Lights while sailing on a boat on one of the placid lakes of Iceland.
Photographing the Northern Lights
You may bring a tripod and a camera with a self-timer shutter at the spot for framing the experience.
What to bring on the sight-seeing spot
Besides the camera and the tripod, you need to bring warm clothes, potable water, snacks, and a good pair of shoes.
Read on the phenomenon before visiting
Read a few articles about the beauty of witnessing Northern Lights before you plan to visit. It will instill more excitement for the trip.