Few, very few shows are in nature that can be compared to seeing an aurora borealis live. This phenomenon, also called "the northern lights" can be seen when the sky is clear in the middle of the Arctic night.
What is this about the northern lights?
What are you going to find in this article?
For the most curious, an aurora occurs when charged particles from the Sun collide with the oxygen and nitrogen molecules in our atmosphere, causing the atoms to gain an electron.
After a while, when they get rid of that electron, they return the acquired energy in the form of light. This light can occur with different intensity and wavelength, which affect the color of the light we see.
And where do I go to see an aurora borealis?
Needless to say that there is heading north to Europe to enjoy this unique show. You can choose many destinations but without any doubt, the northern lights in Iceland They are one of the best options that you can choose.
When is the best time to travel to Iceland?
Well, this question has an easy answer, since it is necessary that there is as much darkness as possible, so the best months to enjoy the Northern Lights show are the months of January and February, as the temperatures are lower and the hours of darkness greater.
What else can I do?
If you are thinking that this going to see an aurora is to go to Iceland, see the entertainment and come back, you are very wrong, there are many and varied activities that can be done during your stay in this peculiar island, we go with some of them.
Enjoy the hot springs
In few places you can enjoy this as in Iceland, if you go in winter, the Blue Lagoon, the Secret Lagoon or the innumerable hot springs that are along the south coast of the island, are perfect places to disconnect from a long day of activities.
Immerse yourself in its glaciers
In case you do not know, Iceland is also known for being the land of fire and ice. And this land has so many glaciers that it is impossible to name them in a single article.
The Vatnajökull Glacier is the largest in Iceland and Europe! It is located in the southeast of Iceland and is so large that it has several languages on each side each with its own name.
The most outstanding is the Öræfajökull glacier, very popular for hiking because the highest point of Iceland is here: Hvannadalshnjúkur.
Hallucinate with its cataracts
With so many impressive waterfalls in Iceland, it is difficult to choose one. However, based on the close experience you can have with Skogafoss, making the decision is easy.
Another equally good option is to visit Seljalandsfoss. It is one of the few waterfalls in Iceland that can be accessed from behind. Being behind the falls gives visitors the chance to live a unique experience and allows them to feel the true magnitude of one of the most majestic waterfalls in Iceland.
Going out to sea to see whales
There are more than twenty species of cetaceans living in the coastal waters of Iceland, from the smallest harbor porpoises to the largest animals on earth. How many people do you think can say that they have seen a blue whale in the middle of nature?