The northern lights
Geysir is one of the best places in Iceland to see the northern lights
~In this nature´s theatre you can watch this wonder of nature in the front row at Geysir~
At Hotel Geysir you can see the northern lights without light interference. Nothing compares to walking outside in the evening looking at the sky with dancing northern lights, it’s definitely a once in a lifetime experience. Geysir is an excellent place for those who want to explore the northern lights in addition being next door to the geothermal area. It is amazing to be standing with hotsprings all around you and the northern light above you.
Here is a great website with aurora forecast: www.gedds.alaska.edu/auroraforecast
It is very precise forecast and we recommend to our guest to check out the forecast and when the time comes be ready to watch the northern light dance around Bjarnarfell (the mountain) like it's the rainbow coming for you.
The best time to see the northern lights is during September through April in cool weather and clear sky. Aurora are beautiful, but the invisible flows of particles and magnetism that go on at the same time can damage our electrical power grid and satellites operating in space. This is why scientists are so keen to understand the physics of aurora and solar storms, so we can predict when our technologies may be affected.
The northern lights, one of several astronomical phenomena called polar lights (aurora polaris), are shafts or curtains of colored light visible on occasion in the night sky.
Polar lights (aurora polaris) are a natural phenomenon found in both the northern and southern hemispheres that can be truly awe inspiring. Northern lights are also called by their scientific name, aurora borealis, and southern lights are called aurora australis.
Colors and patterns are from the types of ions or atoms being energized as they collide with the atmosphere and are affected by lines of magnetic force. Displays may take many forms, including rippling curtains, pulsating globs, traveling pulses, or steady glows. Altitude affects the colors. Blue violet/reds occur below 60 miles (100 km), with bright green strongest between 60-150 miles (100-240 km). Above 150 miles (240 km) ruby reds appear.