Northern Lights in Iceland

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Iceland is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights, due in large part to the fact that, as one of the least densely populated places on the planet, light pollution is minimal. And for all you budding Dr Brian Coxes out there, here’s the science bit behind the lights: Auroral displays indicate that the ionosphere and our atmosphere are being energised by the electric power generated in the magnetosphere.

The first thing to note, however, when thinking of an Iceland holiday to see the Northern Lights is that while the lights are undeniably spectacular, they are also notoriously fickle. There are many variations that determine whether the lights appear or not - time of year, weather, exact location and a little bit of luck.

With that in mind, it's best to plan some other excursions and activities into your Iceland adventure so you have an amazing holiday, regardless of whether the Northern Lights decide to make an appearance. And that's where we come in; we can organise everything from exploring some of Iceland's most spectacular scenery in a specially modified super jeep (think glaciers, geysers, waterfalls and canyons) to heli-skiing immaculate powder-soft slopes and walking through a crystal ice cave inside a glacier.

For more information on holidays to see the Northern Lights in Iceland, get in touch.

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Kate L is our 'Northern Lights in Iceland' expert and as a seasoned traveller has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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