See the Northern Lights. Who doesn’t have this on their bucket list?
The day we got in to Iceland was rough. Jet-lag had hit us good and we were so tired. By the time evening rolled around, we were eager to crash. The next morning we were feeling great… that is, until we ran into our Airbnb host who raved about the amazing light show she had seen while we slept the night away. She sent us an email telling us to come outside, but we slept right through it. Ugh!
Luckily, we got a second chance. That night we were well-rested and ready to see the Aurora Borealis. We were not disappointed. We enjoyed watching them dance amongst the stars for quite some time.
Know Before You Go!
The Northern Lights can be visible from early September until late April. Beyond planning your trip during that time frame, there is little you can do to ensure you will see the lights. Optimal conditions boil down to weather (low cloud cover) and solar activity, but the following also help:
- Go to the darkest place possible, at the darkest hour (avoid full moons and light pollution from urban areas- camping anyone?)
- Be patient
Many people will opt to pay guides to lead them to the lights. We were lucky enough to hunt them down on our own. Our photos were taken near Flagbjarnarholt, Iceland.