The northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, are a stunning manifestation of nature’s beauty.
The lights result from collisions between the sun’s rays and the particles of the North Pole’s upper atmosphere, and they are visible in Iceland from August through April.
It is never guaranteed that the Lights will be visible, our expert team does its best to increase your chances of seeing the lights. Since hunting for the Northern Lights is all about the weather, our team uses highly detailed forecasts to come up with the best tour dates. We also select secluded locations where there is no air pollution to hinder your viewing of the Lights.
We base our Go/No Go decision on cloud cover and geomagnetic forecasts and only go out when forecasts show a high chance of visible Northern Lights.
We reserve the right to cancel the tour as late as 6.30 pm due to weather not being favourable. We make honest, transparent decisions and e-mail all our guests at 6.30 pm latest to confirm whether the tour is on or off.
NOAA Northern Lights forecast in real-time
This Aurora forecast is also known as the NOAA Northern Lights forecast since it’s provided by the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center.
The brightness and location of the aurora is typically shown as a green oval centered on Earth’s magnetic pole. The green ovals turn red when the aurora is forecasted to be more intense. The sunlit side of Earth is indicated by the lighter blue of the ocean and the lighter color of the continents. Aurora can often be observed somewhere on Earth from just after sunset or just before sunrise. The aurora is not visible during daylight hours. The aurora does not need to be directly overhead but can be observed from as much as a 1000 km away when the aurora is bright and if conditions are right.