Northern Lights are one of that unique phenomenon which should be on your bucket list. Seeing them dancing on the sky awakens your deepest and strongest feelings. It is very hard to describe in words what you feel when you witness such a show.
These extraordinary show cannot be seen each night. And maybe one of the reasons why we are fascinated about it is that it is really hard to catch it.
To see the Aurora Borealis, three main conditions should be fulfilled: complete darkness, cloudless sky and intense solar activity.
Because during winter, early spring and late autumn the days are shorter and the number of hours of dark increase constantly, many consider late September to early April the best time to see the Aurora Borealis in Iceland.
Yes, it is true that during this period considered by many the perfect period for seeing Northern Lights in Iceland there are many hours of darkness, but it is not enough. You also need a clear sky and in the wintertime, this is quite a challenge.
Personally I do not recommend you to visit Iceland in winter for Northern Lights, because the weather conditions are pretty rough and the roads might close from one minute to another. And for chasing Aurora Borealis you need a car to travel from one point to another.
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Going back to the conditions which must be fulfilled for seeing Northern Lights, we haven’t discussed the third one: increased solar activity. Well, I have to tell you that around spring and autumn equinox, the solar activity is really high.
That is why I consider autumn and spring the perfect period for seeing Northern Lights in Iceland!