Aurora Borealis over Iceland | Credit: Erwin Bernal (edogisgod) on flickr CC
Dance with the Northern Lights
The mysterious Aurora Borealis, a natural light display caused by the collision of solar wind and magnetospheric-charged particles, shines bright in Iceland, but this illusive beauty isn’t a guarantee. The best time of year to see them is during the winter months, October to April (summer means longer days, and less chance to catch lights). Boat tours and bus tours can take you past the city lights to one of the best spots to view that evening, depending on where the conditions are best. Check with operators to determine optimal days.
Better yet, stay at a hotel with Northern Lights wake-up service. That’s right. If the lights are shining, your hotel concierge will wake you up so you don’t miss a minute. The Northern Light Inn is a great family option.
Best time to enjoy: October through April