Scientists at NASA have stated that the Solar Maximum is to peak this winter, meaning that there will be high Northern Lights activity; this increased activity has resulted in a rise in Northern Lights tours in Iceland.
The Solar Maximum is the title given to the period of greatest solar activity in the 11-year solar cycle of the Sun. Scientists have revealed that growing levels of gas particles caused by a ‘solar tsunami’ from the sun have been mixing with the magnetic field surrounding the Earth.
The sun’s own magnetic fields have been dragging open and snapping back the Earth’s magnetic field, creating a continuous loop around the planet, which then produces electrical currents that react with the gases in our atmosphere, ultimately causing them to glow. These purple, blue, red and green colours are known as the Northern Lights, or the Aurora Borealis.
Due to Iceland’s perfect location just outside the Arctic Circle, the Island in the North Atlantic proves to be the ideal viewing location for the Northern Lights.
Reykjavik Excursions, a leading tour provider in Iceland, is offering trips to view the Aurora Borealis as part of its Northern Lights tour.
During the aforementioned tour, guides take sky-gazers to locations with the best viewing possibilities, dependent on weather. Here, lucky viewers will get the chance to experience the dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis.
Northern Lights tours are taking place from now until mid-April.
For more regarding Reykjavik Excursion’s Northern Lights tour, visit http://www.re.is/DayTours/Activity/Details/Northern-Lights-Tour-Oct-March/