You won't believe your eyes! Witness the most spectacular show on earth in the most beautiful place on earth. Surrounded by incredible nature, Iceland is a magical place to watch in awe as the green, red and purple aurora borealis dance across the night sky. Join us as we take you on a hunt for the Northern Lights. Check out all you need to know about the Northern Lights in Iceland by scrolling down the page.
Northern Lights Tours
Experience the mysterious Northern Lights tour in Iceland with their ghostly dance in the winter night sky and learn about the science behind the magic!
Come for the Golden Circle and stay for the Northern Lights. Join us on this day and night combo tour and discover the essence of Iceland.
Stand and watch in awe as the Aurora Borealis dance across the sky above you with a perfect experience of our private tour.
Join us on a Northern Lights Cruise tour and watch breathtaking Aurora Borealis from a boat cruising off Reykjavik’s coast, in the dark blue yonder of Faxaflói.
The Kp Index comes from the German, Kennziffer Planetarische, which means planetary index number. The Kp Index was developed by German geophysicist and statistician Julias Bartels around 1939.
It is a scale used to express disturbances in the horizontal component of the Earth’s magnetic field caused by solar activity. The scale ranges from 0 to 9, with 9 being the highest level of disturbance.In Iceland, the Kp Index usually means the following:
For the more adventurous traveler, Gray Line also offers the Hveravellir Winter Adventure Tour, which takes you on a 72 hour Super Jeep excursion through Iceland’s wilderness with plenty of opportunities to see the northern lights.
In the north, they are called aurora borealis or northern lights because they occur in the northern hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere, this same phenomenon goes by different names; aurora australis and southern lights.
The earliest mention of the northern lights in recorded human history can be found in Chinese writings that date all the way back to 2600 BC. And in many ancient cultures, it was thought that the northern lights were the souls of the dead ascending to the afterlife. The aurora has even been seen as omens of good by some and evil by others.
It wasn’t until 1790 that Henry Cavendish was able to use triangulation to determine that the light from the aurora was produced at 100-130 (60 miles) above the surface of the Earth. And around 1901, through his terrella experiment, Norwegian physicist Kristian Birkeland concluded that the lights were caused by currents flowing through the gas in Earth’s upper atmosphere.