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GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER: Ernesto Olivares Busto

How stunning is this! This season's first amazing northern lights played and swayed in the skies over Reykjavik last week, granting a stunning display of plasmic green for anyone who bothered to look up into the midnight heavens.

The key elements of an auroral show - crisp weather, ionized solar wind and darkness (not available in the summer months, remember) - plus the gorgeous lighting of downtown Smoke City came together beautifully for Ernesto and his camera. Be sure to keep an eye out for them this weekend because, as puts it, "The onset of northern autumn means it's aurora season. For reasons researchers don't fully understand, equinoxes are the best times to see Northern Lights," and today is the Autumn Equinox. In addition, a nice flow of solar wind is expected to hit Earth's magnetic field this weekend.

Ernesto is the caretaker of Our House, an award-winning hostel that I mentioned in a previous post. He takes consistently amazing photos of his adopted city, many of them from the balcony of the hostel. Go visit his Facebook Page, Rvk Pics, to see more of his great photography.

So, Gleðilega Haustjafndægur, everyone! May you find lovely balance in your life!!


Anonymous said...

Hello, I am thinking about going to Reykjavik in order to see the Northern Lights for no more than 5 days.

I would go in November.
Do you think it is a good idea ? Do you think that I could be able to see them ?

Thanks a lot for your opinion in advance,


Iceland Eyes said...

That's a tough call. I think you should come to Iceland if you feel some attraction or pull to our island, but honestly there are other, even better places in the world to see auroras (Alaska, Finland, Norway, Sweden, etc...) And of course they are ephemeral - there's no way to guarantee a show in the sky!

But like I said, if you're thinking/dreaming of Iceland, then hop on a plane and come have an adventure!