As much as I would have loved it taking more pictures for the homefront when we saw the Northern Lights in Egilsstaðir, I only took a few. Why? Photos don’t do the northern lights justice at all.
To fully appreciate the glory and grandeur of this beautiful gift of nature, you have to settle beneath the ever-changing lights for yourself and watch them curve and curl, slither and flicker. But, when and where do you spot them? And how can you keep track of its activity?
When is it most likely to see them?
I guess you could that Icelanders are extremely privileged when it comes to the Northern lights, since they are visible more than 8 months a year: from late August to the end of April.
Take a look at the Northern lights forecast every night. Aurora activity is listed at the top right of their website. Also, take a look at the weather forecast itself, because you need clear skies to be able to spot the Aurora!
Winter and springtime are generally less cloudy than autumn in and around the northern auroral zone, so maybe you’d better try your luck during these seasons.
Where do I spot them?
In the sky obviously – ha ha – but it’s true the Aurora is more active in some parts of the country. Since the nights are longer in the North of the country and in the Westfjords, it’s fun to hunt for the Northern lights there. But it’s possible to spot them all over the country in a very active period. We were in the East when we saw ‘ours’.
Once you get lucky enough with the weather and the activity, try to get yourself to a dark area to see the lights, although it is possible to see them just as bright when being in a town. It just more difficult to spot the white ‘nebula’ that announce the Aurora.
If I may give you a tip: Dress warmly and plan to watch the sky between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. local time. These are the most likely hours to get an active period of the Northern Light.