Aurora Borealis © Rafal Konieczny
The Aurora Borealis is one of nature's most celebrated and beautiful phenomena. Also called the Northern Lights, the magical dancing blue and green lights are caused by collisions between charged particles in the highest reaches of the earth's atmosphere. The spectacular lightshow is a truly unforgettable spiritual experience. Due to the country's latitudinal position, visitors to Iceland will be pleased to know that spotting the Aurora Borealis is commonplace between September and April. Just head away from the city lights on a clear, crisp night, and the otherworldly glow in the night sky soon becomes apparent. Although somewhat of a routine display for locals, the chance of tourists seeing the Northern Lights may well be one of the main motivators for choosing Iceland as a travel destination. There are websites that make predictions on the likelihood of seeing the lights and it may be worth checking these out while planning your travel itinerary. Many of the locals will also be able to offer advice about the best places and times to see the Aurora Borealis. The further away from urban areas you get, the more intense the lights are likely to be.