Aurora Borealis

  • The Northern Lights

    Life may have been rough for the Vikings, but at least they were able to kick back at night, and enjoy the best light show on the planet.

  • Colorful Auroras

    Green auroras are common, and pink is not unusual. The lucky ones will spot them blue, red and yellow.

Vopnafjordur is an excellent location to view the aurora borealis, in peace away from disturbing city lights. Aurora activity has recently increased, so now is the perfect time to visit.

The aurora borealis, or northern lights, are caused by charged particles from the sun entering the earth's atmosphere, creating a spectacular light show that can be seen around the earth's magnetic poles. The lights turn various colors, the most common being green and reddish-purple. When activity is high, the aurora dance around the sky in an otherworldly rhythm.

The aurora borealis are visible in Vopnafjordur from early fall to early spring, weather permitting.

Latest aurora forecast from the American National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's web site:

Photos: Aurora Borealis by Alan Levine (CC BY), Aurora Borealis 2 by Bruce McAdams (CC BY)


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