What To Bring On Your Northern Lights Boat Tour

What To Bring On Your Northern Lights Boat Tour!

If you’re lucky enough to see the Northern Lights during your Iceland trip, it will be a lifelong memory. These fickle green and purple ribbons dance across darkened skies when high levels of solar activity coincide with clear, cloudless skies. They’re not guaranteed, but when they do show up, it’s a truly magical sight. Now, let’s prepare you for a pleasant evening (hopefully) witnessing the spectacle – let’s look at what to bring on your northern lights boat tour.

What To Bring On Your Northern Lights Boat Tour

The Northern Lights and summer don’t go together

The long hours of daylight make sightings of the Aurora Borealis impossible. Instead, you’re most likely to catch a glimpse of them between September and April, which means you’re going to need to dress for cold temperatures. The uncertainty associated with aurora hunting means that there’s likely to be a far amount of down time, either waiting for the lights to show, or while you watch them dance. Here’s what we suggest you should bring on your Northern Lights boat tour.

The right kind of base layer is essential

Getting the base layer right is crucial. The job of the piece of clothing closest to your skin is to make sure it doesn’t get damp. If it does, you start to feel cold. So you need something that will absorb sweat and wick away that moisture. Synthetics and wool such as merino are excellent in this respect; cotton is not as it doesn’t dry out once wet. Opt for long sleeves, of course.

What to put on top

Over your base layer, add a decent fleece or a thick wool jumper. Warm air is trapped between the layers and that will prevent you from feeling the cold. A high performance outer layer, preferably one that’s windproof, should keep you warm and toasty. Don’t forget your legs: they too will feel the benefit of thermal leggings or long johns beneath a pair of ski trousers.

What To Bring On Your Northern Lights Boat Tour

Happy feet

Two pairs of socks, ideally merino wool, inside some thick-soled boots such as ski boots or heavy duty walking boots, should keep your feet from being freezing cold. You might also consider thermal insoles, but check your boots will still fit! Choosing something with a good grip is also a consideration.

Remember to take care of your extremities

Lastly, keep your extremities cozy. Scientists have debunked the theory that we lose most of our body heat through our head, but it still makes a lot of sense to put something on it. Along with a suitable hat, pop on a scarf or snood to protect your neck and lower face from the elements. Padded gloves are a good idea, but if you plan to use a camera then they’re not very practical. You can buy gloves with conductive tips on each finger. These let you operate a touch screen, such as on your camera or mobile phone.

Recording the occasion

Most of us like to record those special moments when we travel and seeing the Northern Lights are definitely going to fall into that category, so take your camera or smartphone. Make sure you know its settings inside out and don’t underestimate the number of photos you’ll take – make sure you have plenty of memory available. Battery life is impacted by extreme cold. Bring spares and keep them in a warm pouch so that you can swap them over when required.

Follow these guidelines and you’ll be well prepared for your Northern Lights boat tour. Now all you need to do is cross your fingers and hope they appear!