Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland in 2022 is a wish for many visitors of this beautiful, rugged country. No one can guarantee that you will see the Aurora Borealis, the official name of the Northern Lights. We will tell you in this article about when and where you have the best chance to see the Northern Lights.
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When can you enjoy the Northern Lights in Iceland?
The best time to see the Northern Lights is:
- In January, February, November and December
- Between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m.
The best chance of seeing the Northern Lights is in the darkest months of the year. In the months of June/July, there is an average of 21 hours of light in Iceland, so no great chance of seeing the Northern Lights. In December/January there is only 4.5 hours of light per day, which is why you have the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights. There are certainly lucky people who have seen the Northern Lights in April or September, but these are exceptions.
It is not possible to specify a time at which the Northern Lights can be seen. The hours between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. are therefore no guarantee, but these are the hours in which one saw the natural phenomenon most often.
Where in Iceland can you see the Northern Lights?
The best place to see the Northern Lights is from a dark environment, so an environment with as little light pollution as possible is preferred. Take your rental car and drive out of the city or village after checking the weather forecast.
If the sky is very cloudy then the chance of seeing the Northern Lights is minimal. And the chance of bad weather in the winter months is great. If the weather app indicates that it is hardly cloudy or not cloudy at all, then go outside and, hopefully, you will be rewarded with the spectacle of green waves moving in the sky.
Northern Lights app and more tips
If you’re hoping to see the Northern Lights, don’t forget to download the app: My Aurora forecast – Aurora Alerts Northern Lights. Download the app for Android or Apple.
Additionally, we would like to share some quick tips to help increase your chances of seeing the Northern Lights:
- Give your eyes the chance to adjust to the dark. If you look on the illuminated screen of your phone or the headlights of a car, you will need to give your eyes a moment to adjust again before seeing well;
- You can’t turn on the Northern Lights with a flip of a switch. If you try, you’ll be kept waiting a long time! So, dress extra warm and bring a thermos with hot drinks and something to snack on;
- Or use the wake-up service that hotels frequently offer to make guests aware of the Northern Lights;
- Even special Northern Lights excursions cannot guarantee that you will see the Northern Lights. Combine the waiting with other activities such as a trip on a snowmobile or a soak in a hot tub;
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