So Are The Northern Lights Disappearing Or Not?

We’ll admit it—our hearts skipped a beat (or two) when the northern lights and a forecast of its disappearing act started making headlines in late 2015 to early 2016.

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Fast forward to 2017, are we too late to catch the stunning pink and green swirls in the sky? As it turns out, no, we’re not.

They’re Gradually Fading, Not Disappearing

As you may have already noticed, people are still planning trips to see the aurora borealis. It’s not that they didn’t get the memo, it’s just that the news of the northern light’s demise was a tad exaggerated. The lights were not going extinct, they were just entering the first year of its 11-year downward solar cycle.

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The frequency of northern lights displays are already on the decline, and are not expected to peak again until 2025. This graphic illustrates the general trend of the northern lights cycle.

So it is true that the aurora borealis will be an increasingly rare phenomenon for the next 11 years, but it won’t disappear. That does not mean you should stop chasing it though—some of the most stunning displays were caught during unexpected months and seasons.

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Tips For Your Pursuit

    • The northern lights can be seen in several regions near the arctic. One of the most popular places to see it is Iceland. This is because there are many other things to do even if you (knock on wood) don’t manage to catch the elusive lights.
    • The best months for aurora borealis hunting is from September to March (winter).
    • The lights are best observed with a clear sky with minimal clouds and light pollution.
    • As long as it is dark, there is a chance to spot the lights. However, the peak timing is typically between 11pm and 2am.

Northern Lights Exploration Tour in Iceland

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Our night tour runs during the peak aurora viewing window: 8pm to 230am.

Available at Changi Recommends here.
Tour runs from 1 Sep 2017 to 20 Apr 2018.

Once you’ve decided to hunt for nature’s most impressive light show, it’s time to choose between self-drive and guided tour.

Self-drive trips could work, but are generally discouraged unless the driver is extremely familiar with the roads (terrain, weather, and routes). Most tourists opt for guided tours for the following reasons:

  • Hunting is more efficient with a local guide who knows the best spots for viewing.
  • The good spots are usually very far out and will require driving through potentially treacherous terrain.
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The tour will take you around in a spacious and comfortable Jeep.

At Changi Recommends, we take these concerns very seriously. So we’ve come up with a night tour that covers all these bases:

  • Get picked up from your hotel in Reykjavik
  • Leave the city in a 4×4 Jeep that can navigate even narrow and/or bumpy roads
  • Tap on your local guide’s expert knowledge as he takes you to the spots with the darkest, clearest skies
  • Complimentary hot chocolate, Brennivín, and light refreshments

To find out more or make a booking, click here.

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