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More reasons to choose Iceland for your Aurora getaway

By , October 19, 2011 12:59 pm

Iceland is known to be one of the few nations blessed with happy and optimistic people. Cost of living in Iceland is seemingly high and it is one of the most developed countries in the world. Iceland is one of the prime holiday destinations for tourists all over the world because of its magnificent landscape, breathtaking sunset, and of course, the aurora borealis.

It is very crucial for travelers to choose the time and season of the year to travel to Iceland as this determines the quality of experience. For example, the months of September and May are the best times of the year to see the northern lights. Ironically, peak tourist season starts from June to August and it seems that people go to Iceland not to see the northern lights but for something else. Again, Iceland has more to offer other than the northern lights.

There’s so much price to pay to see the magical aurora borealis but it’s worth it. Snow starts to fall heavily during September so expect facilities to close down and transportation services to reduce their operating hours. It is also anticipated that during this month some roads will be heavily covered with snow, rendering them impassable. There are advantages, however, if you go spend your holiday escapade during off season in Iceland namely: flight tickets are cheaper, tourist attractions are not that congested, you get to see frozen waterfalls, and last but definitely not the least, the northern lights.

The northern lights in Iceland are results of solar particles that collide with the Earth’s atmospheric gases namely oxygen, nitrogen, and hydrogen. The collision produces a chemical reaction which ultimately creates bright colors across the skies. Tourists who go to Iceland during the months of September and May are most likely on a northern lights quest.

Auroral formation in Iceland is observed to be streaks of light that slowly transform into wave-like and ring-like forms. The display of light is often described as heavy flickering and surging. Auroral formations, however, vary and largely depend on the sun’s storm activity and weather conditions.

One of the best things Iceland can offer is fresh food. The food quality in Iceland is extremely high. The country strictly forbids the use of hormones. Icelanders love seafood a lot and it is central to its culture. Some of the popular dishes in Iceland are smoked lamb, dried fish, and salted fish. A tourist’s visit to Iceland during Christmas season is incomplete if he hasn’t tasted Jola O, a beer-tasting orange soda.

 

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