The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular and beautiful of nature’s phenomena. In classic mythology, Aurora was the Roman goddess of dawn, while Boreal is a Greek and Latin word meaning North. The Southern Hemisphere’s equivalent of the Northern Lights is the Aurora Australis. Auroras can sometimes occur at lower latitudes, even as far south as the equator, though this is a very rare occurrence.
In the summertime, it’s not possible to view the auroras due to the long daylight hours in the Northern Hemisphere. The aurora’s colors correspond to different types of gases in the ionosphere. Oxygen molecules give off green or red light depending on how high they are in the ionosphere, whereas nitrogen molecules give off blue or violet light. The most common color observed is pale green.
Typically, a Northern Lights display lasts for a few minutes and occurs several times per night. Auroral activity is at its most intense during the hours before midnight and it just so happens to be that this is the time we sail out on our Northern Lights by Boat cruise from Reykjavik. Light pollution, particularly from city lights, can dramatically reduce visibility. So, for optimal viewing, enthusiasts should try and leave brightly lit areas. Even sailing traveling 10 or 15 minutes outside the city can significantly optimize you sighting chances and therefor your enjoyment of the Northern Lights.
We look forward to seeing you on our Original Northern Lights by Boat Cruise from Reykjavik this winter. In case of no sightings of Northern Lights on your tour, you get a free ticket to try again so we highly recommend booking this activity on your first night as that will highly improve your chances of seeing Northern Lights! In case your tour gets canceled due to unfavorable weather forecast please contact our office as we have an optional backup plan waiting for you. You don´t pay anything extra for the backup plan and you get to keep your ticket to join the Northern Lights by Boat tour on another night! On the other hand, if you want to include the backup plan in your ticket and pay less then book the Northern Lights by Boat with a backup plan.
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