The bright dancing lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. They are known as ‘Aurora borealis’ in the north and ‘Aurora australis’ in the south..
Auroral displays appear in many colours although pale green and pink are the most common. Shades of red, yellow, green, blue, and violet have been reported. The lights appear in many forms from patches or scattered clouds of light to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow.
At Wild Voyager, we offer Northern Lights watching trips in Iceland, which is one of the best places on the planet for these divine light.
Located at the edge of Arctic Circle, Iceland is truly a paradise on earth. Popularly known as ‘the land of frost and fire’, it is a perfect destination to explore the beauty of nature and biodiversity. The country is geologically and volcanically active. Its interior consists of a plateau dotted by lava and sand fields, mountains and glaciers. The region has tundra climate due to high latitude. The Gulf Stream current has a warming effect on climate.
Phytogeographically, Iceland belongs to the Arctic province of the Circumboreal Region within the Boreal Kingdom. Approximately three quarters of the island are barren of vegetation; plant life consists mainly of grassland. Common vegetation comprises the northern birch, aspens, rowans, common junipers and other smaller trees, mainly willows. Prior to being colonized, the land was heavily forested. Human settlement and exploitation of forests for firewood caused degradation of the land.
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