I was attending the VestNorden Travel Market in Akureyri yesterday, where tour operators and hoteliers from Iceland, Greenland and the Faroes show off their offerings. After a great day with excellent food and brilliant people I headed back home to Reykjavik, a 400 km drive from Akureyri.
It had passed midnight before I left Akureyri. It was a crispy clear night with temperature around freezing point. This is an excellent time to be on the road - if you can stay awake. I did not only have the road all to myself, but also the midnight sky. As soon as you get out of the city lights billions of stars appear in the sky guiding the way to where ever you'd like to go. This night, I also got a spectacular 4 hour long dance show with mystical green Northern Lights dancing in the skies.
Unfortunately I did not have the right equipment to capture them, but I dug up a few magnificent Northern Light images from flickr, as well as the one above from my private collection.
Are you ready to sail the waves of Northern Lights in the Arctic Sky? This beautiful photo of the Northern Lights is by Olgeir Andresson
Aurora Borealis in Iceland by Sigurdur Hrafn Stefnisson
This one is by Thorsteinn Asgeirsson. I recommend reading his description of how to take pictures of the Northern lights (includes hot coffee, smoked salmon and a girlfriend).
By Johnathan Esper of WildernesScapes Photography
The Northern Lights over a waterfall by Gunnlaugur Juliusson
Northern Lights over the road by Tom Olliver
Another one from Sigurdur Hrafn Stefnisson's brilliant collection. Here you can see the more rare colours of the Northern Lights - red and yellow.
The Northern Lights above Reyðarfjörður in East Iceland by Gunnar Olafsson
The Northern Lights over Eyjafjallajokull Volcano by Mike Herbert
Another one from Olgeir Andresson's magnificent collection of Northern Lights photos
You can expect to see the Northern Lights from September to April. What you need is a clear sky. The best time to view the Northern Lights in Iceland is probably February. Some companies offer guided Northern Lights tours to the best spots and best hours to witness this magnificent natural phenomenon.