The Icelandic Meteorological Office predicts clear skies over most of the country tonight. Minimal cloud coverage paired with Iceland’s dark winter skies creates optimal conditions to spot the Northern Lights.

The Northern Lights are the visual result of collisions between electrically charged solar particles entering the earth’s magnetic field at high atmosphere, and ionising. They can usually be seen in Iceland any time between September and April, but their intensity is dependent on the sun’s activity and the acceleration speed of these particles.

Darkness plays a crucial role in witnessing the Aurora Borealis and as winter rolls in on Iceland, the nights get longer, providing more hours for hunting for the Northern Lights. Tonight, sunset in Reykjavík will be shortly before 7 PM, and total darkness should hit the island around 8:30 PM.

Another factor that plays a vital role in seeing the Auroras is cloud coverage, and tonight around midnight, the skies should be clear over most of the country.

Despite what many people assume, the temperature has no impact on whether or not the Northern Lights show but the Icelandic Meteorological Office predicts temperatures of around -3°C throughout the country at midnight, so make sure to bundle up in warm clothes if you set out in search for the Auroras.

Auroral displays appear as dancing lights in the sky, and they can vary in colour. Although pale green is the most common, they can also appear purple, red, pink, orange and blue. They can also take on many forms, from sporadic clouds of light to waving curtains or shooting rays that light up the evening sky with an eerie glow.