Northern Lights & Hallgrimskirkja, Iceland

The bright dancing lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. They are known as 'Aurora borealis' in the north and 'Aurora australis' in the south. Altitude affects the colors: blue and purple occur below 100 km, bright green between 100-240 km and above 240 km reds appear.





The best time to see them is between September and March. Iceland is blessed with up to 24 hours of daylight in summer which makes it impossible to see the Lights at that time. If you plan to visit Iceland to see this Natural Wonder Aurora forecast for Iceland may be useful. 

Night in Iceland is so beautiful that we wanted to see more of Reykjavik itself. The best panoramic view over the city is possible from the bell tower of Hallgrimskirkja. Rising 74,5 m, the church is the tallest building in Reykjavik and can be seen from almost everywhere. 




The statue in front of the church is of Leif ErĂ­kson, an Icelandic/Norwegian explorer and the first European thought to have landed in North America.





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