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18/03/2015 | By | Reply More

Northern Lights –  The Heavenly Light Show

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Watch this video above and learn how the Northern Lights are created – I will say, one of the wonder of the world, to them who never have discover and seen these beautiful heaven lights.


The extreme dark of the Icelandic winter has a few perks. Between September and April, Iceland is treated to a magnificent natural display: the phenomenon of Aurora Borealis, named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas. This is what we commonly call the Northern Lights.

The Northern Lights are formed by particles emitted by the sun during solar explosions. When these particles interact with the atmosphere in the Earth’s magnetic field, energy is released, causing these peculiar luminous green streaks across the skies.

On clear winter nights, many sightseeing trips are organized around this spectacular—though fickle—natural phenomenon. The ideal location for sightings varies and excursion leaders are skilled in “hunting” the lights, finding locations where conditions are best for seeing them on any given night. There are no guarantees that you will see the aurora borealis during your stay in Iceland, but in almost all cases, however, sightings are immediately improved outside populated areas, especially away from the light-pollution of the capital.

However, the Northern Lights are sometimes visible from within the city, and on many cold winter nights news spread quickly between locals around town, who implore each other to go out for a look at our local wonder. The Icelandic Met Service provides a daily Northern Lights forecast, which will further improve your chances of catching this wonderful display of nature.

Watch video what you can expect visiting Iceland over the winter period or read our destination guide to Iceland.

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Northern Lights Trips for amazing and memorable stay

Check out how you can find the most romantic sights in Iceland in all their winter glory, by clicking the links below.

We highly recommend the South coast of Iceland as the Westfjords and West Iceland, including Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

On other places in the Arctic where you can best seen the Northern Lights are as;
Fairbanks in Alaska
Yellowknife in North Canada
Reykjavik area, Iceland
Ivalo in the Finnish Lapland
Kiruna in the Swedish Lapland

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The magical Arctic winters create ideal conditions for viewing the northern lights, nature’s own theatrical light shows, or for exploring nearby natural wonders, such as waterfalls encrusted with brilliant ice crystals like a scene out of a fairy tale.

The Northern Lights has been an scene for inspiration by dance performance, like in North Canada with the idea of spreading the joy of dancing the Lindy Hop and jazz as a scene for many musical performance in the  Nordic countries. See relevant video´s below about this topic and enjoy.


You can even fly with the special Northern Lighs plane “Hekla aurora” by Icelandair, if you breaks off to Iceland, see picture below.

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Total Solar Eclipse on March 20. 2015

It’s a Total Solar Eclipse next Friday March 20. in the Faroe Islands and Svalbard (Norway), and a Partial Solar Eclipse in Europe, northern and eastern Asia and northern and western Africa. See picture below.

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  • Where the brown mark area on the picture are they area which can be seeing the total solar eclipse.
  • The dark yellow mark area, where more than 90% of the sun is covered.
  • The light yellow mark area, where up to 90% of the sun is covered.
  • The yellow mark area, where up to 40% of the sun is covered.
  • The white mark area, where the eclipse is not visible at all.

Watch video below. The animation shows what the eclipse approximately looks like, seen from Reykjavik Iceland next Friday morning, March 20. 2015. The eclipse runs beyond 2 minutes and 47 seconds and is about 480 km wide and extends most over of the ocean.

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This is the greatest eclipse as seen from Iceland solar eclipse on June 30. 1954. Since 1954, the moon, most managed to cover 77% of the Sun (1986, 1979 and 1971).

 

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