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Witnessing the Unforgettable Northern Lights in Iceland During Wintertime

Thursday, June 28, 2018 2 Comments

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Witnessing the Unforgettable Northern Lights in Iceland During Wintertime
Mere minutes before blogging about this, I was carefully watching a TED talk from none other than Dr. Joe Dispenza about how our brains and intentions work. He is also the one who gave the introductory lecture of Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, which guarantees a sensory cliffhanger – you will be inspired, while you laugh, and enjoy learning about yourself, your brain and body and true human potential. 

It’s fascinating to know about this and I am glad I stumbled upon this piece of gem while doing my morning meditation ritual. But no worries, this post is nowhere near that kind of intellectual piece of evidence, but more of the visual stimulus that’ll help you imagine how your brain neurons get to connect with each other! Yes, our brain matter probably looks nothing like the masterpiece and magic that is the Northern Lights, but it’s a good analogy! 

And yes, you perhaps want to know when is best time to see Northern Lights in Iceland? I’ll tell you.

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You arrived at this post not because you wanted to know about the scientific history or any nerdy information about the Northern Lights, but I am guessing that just like me, you are also asking yourselves “Where is the best place to see the Auroras outside and within Reykjavik?”, “Am I guaranteed to see the Northern Lights in Iceland during the winter season?” We all have our questions and reasons, but ultimately, it’s a fact: we are invested and excited to see the Northern Lights, whatever the definite reason may be. 

For the insane traveler in me, it has been an extinct kind of dream – something that I knew could never and will never happen in a million years. But, I had the BIGGEST slap on my face by none other than the universe itself for giving me a rare opportunity to see the Northern Lights twice. Iceland had the best display and I can only imagine how happy and privileged Icelanders are when it comes to seeing the Northern Lights. Of course, this only happens in a very few places in the world - Norway, Canada, Alaska, and Finland to name a few.

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After our prior Aurora Borealis experience in Tromso, Norway, we already had an idea on what needs to be done to make the Northern Lights experience an awesome one – we became an Expert Newbie (oh the oxymoron lol) after chasing the Auroras several times. We learned that to witness the Aurora Borealis, you have to have a lot of patience, luck, thick skin, and from a scientific point of view: 1.) Should be between September to April 2.) The night must be as dark as possible, 3.) There should be as little light pollution, 4.) There should be little to no cloud cover, and lastly 5.) There must be enough solar activity. Of course, there are Aurora forecasts and cloud cover forecasts to help out, but as this is something that only Mother Nature would allow to happen, it may or may not happen – be it for a few short seconds, minutes, or even a couple of hours, you’ll have to have that patience, luck, and thick skin (for winter) to see it through.

There are several ways to see the Northern Lights in Iceland during winter time – you can avail via a tour bus, tour boat, tour van, or just camp it out on your own. The best option is definitely via a tour bus as the mountains might be a bit tricky to navigate during the wee hours of the night. Also, they provide enough pep talk and some hot choco + cookie combination for you to enjoy your trip. If anything, I learned that to maximize the Auroras, you really have to take note of two things: 1.) camera presets: you have to know what is the best camera setting for you to immortalize the Auroras through videos or photos – do your research on the best cameras and ultimate camera settings to use. Otherwise, you’ll probably end up like crazy Asians shivering in the cold trying to capture the moment! #TrueStory 2.) human presence: it’s already a present to be present there #punintended so you must not only be physically present, but emotionally warm your soul amidst the cold winter weather, and mentally memorize the out of this world heavenly experience. 

It’s a guaranteed life-game changer!

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bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Iceland ::  Witnessing the Unforgettable Northern Lights in Iceland During Wintertime
bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Iceland ::  Witnessing the Unforgettable Northern Lights in Iceland During Wintertime
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Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 55 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the edges of after-office hours and (un)limited holidays.

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