Iceland is an excellent place from which to view the Northern Lights. Named after Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn, and Boreas, the ancient Greek personification of the North Wind, they are at their most intense in a circle around the North Pole and are best viewed on the long dark nights between October and March.
So what causes this spectacular natural phenomenon? The solar wind – a stream of electrically-charged particles emitted from the sun at speeds of between 300 and 1000 km per second – is the ultimate source of the Northern Lights. They result from collisions between these solar particles and high atmosphere gases. These excite the gases’ atoms causing the release of photons, or light particles.
To find out more or simply enjoy this amazing spectacle, why not start making some plans? Our 2017/2018 winter holidays are now available http://icelandtraveller.co.uk/the-northern-lights-tours/