The steady growth of daylight hours might lead some travellers in Iceland to believe their chance of spotting the Aurora Borealis has passed by. However, visitors to both the Westfjords and the country’s north may be in for a surprise, if current forecasts are anything to go by.
A high level of solar activity plus an absence of cloud cover has significantly upped the chances of the Northern Lights making an appearance tonight in these regions. With sunset expected for around 9.00 PM, however, those seeking out this awe-inspiring natural phenomenon will have to pace themselves until the late evening.
The Aurora Borealis has long been one of Iceland’s biggest draws for international visitors. For centuries, Icelanders considered the lights a fertility omen, though pregnant women were recommended not to look at them directly to avoid their child being born cross-eyed.
See also: Northern Lights Tours & Westfjords Tours
If you are hoping to better your chances at seeing the Northern Lights, we recommend taking a guided tour with a professional and experienced operator. Not only do tour guides know the best spots for viewing, far from light pollution, but they will also be able to teach you in further detail about the science and mythology behind the lights.
If you have any photograph of this winter’s Northern Lights, make sure to upload them to the Guide to Iceland Feature Group for your chance to have them showcased on our website. Feel free to leave your thoughts or queries in the Facebook group below.