In Iceland, the northern lights set the sky ablaze in a kaleidoscopic set of colors. This natural phenomenon, the aurora borealis, is a result of solar wind interacting with the Earth’s magnetic field. On a recent trip, viewing those famous greenish-blue hues involved a bit of luck and timing, both of which I hoped would be on my side as I boarded my nonstop flight from New York City to Reykjavík.
Like an eager child, I asked the flight attendant what he thought my chances were of viewing the lights. “You never know,” was his calculated response. And he was right. Though I did get to briefly see the lights during my 5-day stay with Reykjavik Sightseeing, there are quite a few tips I wish I had known before my trip. Here, experts share their insight on how travelers can best see the northern lights in Iceland.