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Nature's Greatest Show: the Northern Lights

Added 20 Dec 2012
Nature's Greatest Show: the Northern Lights

Extra tours just launched! It's not too late to book your trip to witness one of nature's greatest shows - the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). This winter is billed as the best in 50 years for viewing the spectacular lights, caused by highly charged electrons from the solar wind interacting with elements in the earth's atmosphere.

The colour of the aurora can be green, red, blue or purple, depending on which atoms are being struck and at what altitude. With all the magnetic and electrical forces reacting in constantly shifting combinations the aurora moves and weaves across the night sky, giving the impression that it's dancing.

Auroras occur mainly on the magnetic poles, so the further north or south you go the greater your chances of witnessing the show. As the most sparsely populated country in Europe, with almost negligible levels of light pollution and positioned on the edge of the Arctic Circle, Iceland is the ideal place to view the Aurora Borealis.

We have two long weekend tours to Iceland to see this remarkable country and to search the night skies for the Aurora Borealis.

Icelandic Escapades is a 4 day tour focusing on the glaciers, geysirs, waterfalls and thermal pools for which the island is famous, with optional rides across the snow covered terrain in giant 'superjeeps' or driving your own snowmobile.Iceland---Northern-Lights

Also 4 days long, our Northern Lights tour concentrates on searching for the Aurora Borealis. Accompanied by expert astronomer Andrew Green, we make sure we're in the best possible place to witness the lights, with Andrew on hand to explain the phenomenon and also give tips on how to photograph it. 

We're often asked when is the best time of year to see the Aurora Borealis. The advantage of going so late in the season is that you're more likely to have settled weather, with less cloud cover than earlier in the year. On the other hand there will be fewer hours of darkness, so you'll have less time to hunt the elusive aurora!

Our PR Manager Stella Blackwell and her husband Mark went to Iceland last winter and were blown away by the spectacle. Read Stella's account of nature's greatest show.