Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland

4 Questions Answered

Author: The Traveling Professor/Saturday, September 10, 2016/Categories: Norway/Iceland/Denmark

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The Traveling Professor is running a small group tour to Iceland and the Northern Lights in February.  Since we announced that tour we have had many questions about seeing the Northern Lights.  Here are the most common queries we get:

When are the Northern Lights Visible?  Only in the winter months, usually January, February and March is best.  The Northern Lights are not visible during the summer months.

Isn't It Cold and Snowy?  The average temperature in Iceland during the winter is about the same as Milan, Italy.  Iceland probably gets less snow than New York City.

Why Not Go in December When It is Dark About 20-22 Hours a Day?  There is more to do in Iceland than see the Northern Lights.  To do those activities, some daylight is needed.   On our tour, we travel to the beautiful and rugged South Coast of Iceland with its volcanoes, black sand beaches, waterfalls, and glaciers.   We do the famous Golden Circle with its geysers and waterfalls. We plan a visit to the Blue Lagoon.  We do a city tour and a wine tasting.  There are the famous hot pools of Reykjavik.   You want to have daylight to do these activities which is why we think February is the perfect mix between darkness and light.

Is it "Guaranteed" that The Northern Lights Will be Seen?  Nope.  No one can predict overcast skies or Mother Nature in general. However, whether you travel with The Traveling Professor or anyone else, make sure to book a tour that gets you away into the countryside for the lights.   But more importantly, book a tour that will take you out to the best viewing spots night after night, until you get a good look at the Northern Lights.  This is what we do on our tours.

Editor's Note:  See the details and Northern Lights itinerary to The Traveling Professor's small group tour to Iceland and the Northern Lights.  Our trips are perfect for solo travelers as well as accompanied travelers.  Although every tour is different, we always have solo women traveling, couples, and friends traveling together.  Sorry, we don't take travelers under 25 years of age.

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