See the Northern Lights in Iceland

Of all the spectacular displays put on by Mother Nature, one of the most delightful has to be the Northern Lights. Caused by the extra energy given off when the solar wind, magnetosphere and the earth’s own atmosphere collide, the dancing lights are breathtakingly beautiful.

In Iceland where the official Northern Lights season stretches from October to March, the Aurora Borealis is linked to childbirth. Apparently the Aurora Borealis can soothe the pain of labor but the expectant mother must avoid looking directly at the lights lest her child be born with tremors and crossed eyes.

For such a stunning and regular natural phenomenon, it is surprising that the lights are not the subject topic of a rich seam of Icelandic lore and legend but myths about the Icelandic Northern Lights are rare. The only other one uncovered by folklorist Rósa Thorsteinsdóttir is that if the lights were moving quickly that this meant there was a war taking place somewhere in the world.

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Elsewhere in the world, the Aurora is seen as the goddess of the dawn (ancient Rome), a lucky appearance that will bless a child conceived under them with good looks and good fortune (Japan) and sparks flying off the shields of Valkyrie (Norway).

Myth and legend aside, the Northern Lights are, for good reason, high on many a bucket list. For those that have experienced it, some say it was almost a spiritual experience and certainly something they would never forget. Not surprisingly, hotel accommodation in Iceland can be difficult to find at peak Aurora Borealis times so we recommend planning your Iceland trip well in advance to ensure you do not miss this stunning natural light display.

Our Iceland travel experts will advise you on the best time and itinerary to visit the country and see the Northern Lights for yourself.


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