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Iceland’s sky at night is a spectator’s delight

27th September 2010 Print

Make the most of Iceland's clear skies to catch sight of the Northern Lights.

The volcanic ash has been scattered to the winds and Iceland's wintery skies are clear so it is now the perfect destination to witness one of the greatest natural shows on earth - the Northern Lights.

Also known as the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights are natural phenomena that appear as an oscillating band of green, orange, red or blue light in the winter skies of a few countries in the Northern Hemisphere.

In Iceland, this magnificent spectacle is best seen on cold, clear nights between September and March and due to the country's ideal location between two continents, it allows for some of the most remarkable views.

What's more, it doesn't cost the earth to see them as travellers can fly to Reykjavik from as little as £89 one-way including taxes with low-fare airline, Iceland Express.

The Northern Lights have amazed onlookers for years and theories behind them include: fires on the ocean, glaciers storing energy or the goddess of the dawn, Aurora, renewing herself by flying across the sky to announce the arrival of the sun.

Nowadays the theories are much more scientific but when the lights come out to play, the show is still as magical as ever. Also, Iceland offers a variety of other exciting activities to those hoping to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, from snowmobiling and hiking to snorkelling and relaxing in the famous Blue Lagoon.

Iceland Express operates a daily service between London Gatwick and Reykjavik and a twice weekly service from Stansted.

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