The Northern Lights over Borgarfjordur

Last minute Northern Lights

If you’re looking for a last minute getaway over the next couple of weeks, consider Iceland, where the chances of a dazzling Northern Lights experience are higher than usual. The technical bit, according to Saevar Helgi Bragason, one of Iceland’s most renowned astronomers…

Earlier this month a large coronal hole on the sun faced the Earth, sending solar wind hurtling towards us, leaving lucky spectators with a spine-tingling aurora borealis show. Due to the fact the sun rotates once every 27 days or so, this means that around 27 days later it is most likely to occur again. This gives those visiting Iceland between 02-07 November a very high probability of sighting the northern lights.”

As always, there is no guarantee that you will see the Northern Lights, but if you are lucky enough to have a clear night, head away from any light pollution, wrap up warm and exercise some patience, you might just be rewarded with the greatest show on earth!

Discover the World still has spaces left on its four night Northern Lights, Glaciers and Waterfalls trip, combining a night in Reykjavik or the south coast with three nights at Hotel Husafell in the remote landscape of Borgarfjordur, 90 minutes northeast of the capital.

Hotel Husafell (6)

Hotel Husafell

This area offers scenic hikes through forests, past lava formations, rivers and glaciers. A retractable roof observatory enables guests to view the lights in comfort and there is a wake up service to alert you should they appear whilst you are sleeping.

And, should you not see the lights, there’s plenty else to compensate – from crashing waterfalls to geothermal pools, ice caves and whale watching tours.


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