Travellers in the capital area and West Iceland are in luck. The evening skies are predicted to be clear of clouds, providing a fantastic opportunity to go hunting for the elusive Aurora Borealis.


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The Icelandic Meteorological Office predicts a mostly cloudless evening for Western Iceland, including Reykjavík city, the Reykjanes Peninsula, and parts of Snæfellsnes.

The Aurora Index—a scale which determines how strong the Northern Lights can appear—is set at 3 by the Icelandic Met Office for tonight. Although the scale goes all the way up to 9, ratings above 4-5 are incredibly rare, so a grade of 3 will likely result in sightings.

Those spending the night in rural West Iceland and on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula will likely only have to look to the sky for this celestial display. Those staying in the capital area, however, might need to get away from the bright city lights in order to see the Auroras.


See also: Snæfellsnes tours


If you are arriving or leaving Iceland tonight, you might even have a chance to spot the Northern Lights from your plane window as you approach Keflavík International Airport on the Reykanes Peninsula.

There have been a few sightings of the Northern Lights from airplanes and some have even managed to capture the dancing lights on video. Take a look at the video below for some beautiful Aurora action:

Of course, the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon so sightings can never be guaranteed. However, there are ways to increase your chances, such as by partaking in a Northern Lights tour.

On such an excursion, an expert Northern Lights hunter will take you to the countryside to their best viewing spots so you can watch the magic of the dancing lights.


Have you witnessed the Northern Lights in Iceland? Did you manage to snap a great photo of them? If so, you can send in your photographs to the Guide to Iceland Feature Group and perhaps you’ll be showcased in a future article.