The Reykjanes Peninsula is one of the best places to discover the Aurora Borealis. The phenomenon has become increasingly popular within the last few years, while drawing travelers to Iceland during the cold and dark winters. Last year, over 20.000 travelers came to Iceland to witnes the Northern Lights in person.
The Reykjanes Peninsula is a extremely popular place to discover these magnificent lights, that come out during the night in the right conditions. The Peninsulas volcanic landscape, which already looks like the surface of another planet makes watching the northern Lights even more facinating.
When should I see them?
The northern lights originate in a high altitude, so a clear sky is a must so they can be viewable. Preferably cold in weather, the northern lights are only visible in the dark. During the 24 hour sunlight summers in Iceland, it's impossible to get a glimpse at them. Anywhere from September through April is a great time to visit Iceland for an Aurora Borealis trip.
Get out of town to get rid of all light pollution, this way the sky will be clearer and you'll get a clearer picture of the lights. Many places on the Reykjanes peninsula are ideal to visit when hunting for the Auroras - these places and the landscape has made the Reykjanes Peninsula an incredible popular spot for photographers.
What are the Northern Lights?
The Aurora Borealis is a natural lights display in the sky particularly in the high latitude regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere. The charged particles, originate in the magnetosphere and solar wind, are directed by the Earth's magnetic field into the atmosphere.