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Aurora alert: A window of opportunity to glimpse the Aurora on Saturday

By Staff

  • The Aurora over Vík This picture of a pretty green Aurora dancing over the village Vík in South Iceland was captured by friend of Iceland Magazine, Þórir Kjartansson

The past week has brought nothing but disappointment to Aurora hunters. Low aurora activity and overcast skies mean there has been next to zero chance of seeing the Northern Lights.  

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Aurora forecast Saturday evening, Oct 21. Photo/IMO

But finally, we get a promising forecast. The Icelandic Meteorological Office is forecasting mostly clear skies over much of South Iceland, the South West, including the greater Reykjavík region, and most of West Iceland.  

Northern Lights hunters should make the most of tomorrow's opportunity. The Icelandic Meteorological Office is reporting an Aurora activity of 4, "Active".

Read more: Watch an amazing 360°video of the Aurora over Iceland

The IMO explains that an activity of 2, "low" can be beautiful and an activity of 3 "moderate" can be dazzling. A activity index of 4 could deliver a spectacular show.

Read more: Learn all about the Aurora on this new interactive website

According to IMO it will be dark from 18:37 (6:37 pm) to 7:50 (7:50 am). Sunset is at 17:47 (5:47 pm). With high Aurora activity you should have a pretty good chance of seeing the Aurora any time Saturday evening.

Remember that patience, persistence and luck are the keys to catching the Aurora! The Northern Lights sometimes dance over the sky for only a few minutes before disappearing again, only to return hours later. Sustained long displays of dancing lights, lasting minutes or dozens of minutes are less common. 

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Clear skies The cloud cover on Saturday at 23:00 Photo/IMO


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