It’s that time of year and we just had to dedicate this entry in the Nature Kicks Journal to the Northern Lights. The Northern Lights or Norðurljós are some of the most beautiful skylight shows in the world.
This week, we wanted to do something special for all the people who have visited Iceland and got to experience the Northern Lights. It’s in dedication to their skill of firstly capturing the beautiful lights in an artistic way, but also, how photographing the lights brought about their happiness.
We have seen and experienced so much awe and happiness that the Northern Lights in Iceland seems to bring to visitors, that we get overwhelmed by their emotions too.
The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, has been the subject of myths and folklore in various cultures throughout history.
Our Icelandic ancestors believed in the folklore that the lights would ease the pain of childbirth and an expecting mum shouldn’t look at the the Northern Lights for fear of having the child born cross-eyed.
Below, we have put together a collection of photos posted on Instagram by visitors who came and experienced the Northern Lights in Iceland.
The shows are visible in Iceland during the months of September up to March on clear nights. It has known to be spotted in the early summer months too!
Northern Lights in Iceland
The primary colours seen in the Northern Lights in Iceland are green and white. Nonetheless, the colours often vary with change in the composition of the atmosphere in different latitudes.
When the pressure is low usually at high altitudes, a reddish variant glow appears. The red light is caused by oxygen molecules.
At low altitudes, the oxygen molecules produce a glow of a greenish shade with a red border that is a result of the collision of nitrogen molecules with particles.
In simple terms, solar winds carry highly charged particles in the form of electrons and protons which escape from the sun. The particles then interact with the earth’s atmosphere and magnetic field.
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