We’re coming to the end of the winter months in Iceland which means that the chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis are occurring less and less, but there’s a good chance the Northern Lights will be out tonight over many parts of Iceland.
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon that occurs as a result of highly charged particles reacting with each other in the Earth’s atmosphere.
This happens when solar winds carry particles from the sun to our planet. The result is a colourful dance of green, purple, blue and sometimes even white lights in the sky.
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Many people come to Iceland with the dream of seeing these fantastic lights in person and tonight could be your chance to bask in their glow.
The measurement of how strong disturbances in the earth’s magnetic field are is called the KP-index. When this is high, the chances of seeing the Aurora is raised.
The KP-index for this evening is currently between 3 and 4 (on a scale of 0 to 9). So, there’s a strong likelihood it’ll be worth your time to grab a warm jacket and get outside.
To increase the chances of seeing the Northern Lights, you need clear, dark skies. Cloud cover is expected to clear up a bit this evening and in some parts of the country, like along the south coast, there are almost no clouds predicted at all.
As summer starts to peek its head around the corner, we will soon say goodbye to the Aurora until next winter, so if you happen to be in Iceland when there’s an opportunity to see them, you should definitely jump at the chance.
The maximum KP-index of 4 should hit around 9pm, which is about half an hour after sunset, but the display of the Northern Lights could happen at any time after dark.
For the best possible chance to see them, it’s recommended that you get out of the city, away from light pollution. Tonight, if you have the opportunity to head into some of the incredible countryside locations in the south, you should.
So take that afternoon nap, fill that flask with hot chocolate and charge those camera batteries. Happy hunting.
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