The Aurora Borealis, more commonly known as the Northern Lights, is undoubtedly one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders – a blackened sky punctuated by a rainbow of neon colours which flutter and flirt with one another.
If you’re both intrigued and amazed by the Northern Lights, here’s all you need to know about them:
It’s impossible to explain the phenomenon without getting scientific. Put simply, the Northern Lights occur when the sun’s electrically-charged particles enter the Earth’s atmosphere and collide with its gaseous particles.
You may think the city is an unsuitable place to see the Aurora Borealis due to light pollution. However, close to the capital of Reykjavik are many secluded areas that make the ideal viewing platforms from which to admire the light show. You can even see them during an evening walk in the city of Reykjavik.
It is relatively easy to make your own way to the vantage points.
● No doubt you’ll want to capture some photos of the lights – make sure you set your camera to high-res before aiming it at the skies. Shooting in long exposure may also pick up some colours undetectable to the human eye.
● Capturing photos with your camera is important, but don’t forget to step away from the tech and soak in the spectacle with your real eyes! Appreciate being there, in that moment, bearing witnessing to the truly magnificent sight.
● Be sure to wear (or pack) warm clothes; Icelandic winters can be quite chilly!