According to the Icelandic Meteorological Office, the chances of spotting the elusive Aurora Borealis is high tonight around the capital area and northern Iceland.

Those looking to see the gorgeous spectacle should use the opportunity while the weather is mild and go Northern Lights hunting. The Icelandic Met Office has also predicted low winds tonight, creating optimal conditions for spotting the Auroras.


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Beautiful green aurora. Photo: Iurie Belegurschi.

Akureyri is predicted to have lower temperatures, or -2°C around Midnight tonight while the capital area is supposed to show numbers up to 2°C. The Met Office has also predicted low cloud coverage for these areas and a Northern Lights Index of 5.

Aurora activity happens when light particles, known as photons, are created. These photons are excess energy released during a chemical reaction in the upper atmosphere. The Northern Lights index measures this activity in the atmosphere and gives out a measurement on a scale of 0 to 9.

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Green is not the only colour of the aurora. Photo: Iurie Beregurschi.

The most common measurement on the Northern Lights Index is between 0-3. The numbers rarely reach the top, so a measurement of a 5 will hopefully yield some spectacular sightings. However, the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, meaning there can never be any guarantees.


See also: Nortern Lights (Aurora Borealis)


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Green is the most common colour. Photo: Iurie Belegurschi.

There are some things you can do, however, to increase your chances of seeing them. Aside from checking the weather forecast, you should make your way out of urban areas, away from bright street lights, as light pollution can sometimes block views of the Northern Lights.

Tonight, Northern Lights hunters have a fair chance near Reykjavík but the best place to be to see the Aurora tonight is North Iceland, especially around Akureyri.

Earlier in February, tourists in Iceland spotted Aurora in the shape of a dragon. Who knows, the dragon might fly again tonight. Will you be the one to spot it and capture it on camera?


See also:  Dragon Aurora Flies Over Iceland


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Happy aurora hunting. Photo: Dan Zafra.