With increased Northern Lights activity in Iceland this winter, tour providers have seen an increase in bookings as the influx of holiday goers flock to see the dancing lights in the sky.
The Northern Lights occur most frequently in the Polar Regions, centered within a 2500 km radius of the geomagnetic pole. Due to this, Iceland is a perfect destination to experience the natural phenomenon.
The increased activity is due to intensifying solar flare discharge caused by the Solar Maximum – a period when the sun’s magnetic field on the solar equator rotates at a slightly faster pace than at the solar poles.
Icelandic scientists have predicted that this strong activity will continue throughout the 2013/14 winter months, displaying the brightest Aurora levels for 50 years.
In addition to package tours, many claim that self drive tours are an ideal way to see the Northern Lights due to the freedom and flexibility that they provide. In fact, Budget Car Rental’s Iceland branch recently reported a dramatic rise in the number of people renting vehicles during what is generally considered the off-peak season.