What are the Northern Lights like in Iceland?

It can be quite the task to find the Northern lights, or so it seemed for me. I was in Iceland for 7 days and I finally saw them on the last night. I traveled all over Iceland with a camper van and I saw them in Reykjavik the night before my flight to Scotland. Unluckily during my trip there was a combination of either bad visibility due to clouds or a lack of activity with the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

Everyday I would check the Icelandic Meteorology website, which tells you exactly how active the Northern Lights are: https://en.vedur.is/weather/forecasts/aurora/. I highly recommend this site and I found it to be extremely accurate.

My first impressions of the northern lights were inside the city of Reykjavik. I had just went to eat some food and grabbed a few craft beers from a local Mikkeller bar (which is actually from Denmark), but I was super happy to find their beer in Iceland. As I was walking back to my campsite a slight wavy light grabbed my attention in the sky. It almost reminded me of a spot light where they have a special event happening. But I didn’t get to see it very well. It made me stop on the side of the street and start staring into the sky for quite a few minutes. Suddenly about 30 seconds later I started to see waves of light drifting through the sky like a school of fish. It was amazing! But, little did I know, it was only the beginning. When I got back to my campsite I researched some areas where you should be able to get good pics. So, I spent most of the night trying to capture pictures of the Aurora Borealis. Here are my results:

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