Success! Sea Trips Reykjavik found stunning Northern Lights tonight from Reykjavik. Northern Lights Iceland.

Northern Lights Iceland

Northern Lights Iceland luxury yacht trip from Reykjavik 

Forecast 40% cloud cover 3/9 KP index  

Success! Sea Trips Reykjavik found stunning Northern Lights tonight from Reykjavik. 

The clouds overhead shed a little rain as we were boarding our luxury super yacht Amelia Rose to go and look for the northern lights. Luckily the clouds were forecast to clear and for once the forecast was bang on and after about the first hour we started seeing the stars through the thinning cloud. The huge tower of light, The Peace Tower, was also lit tonight as it is Yoko Ono‘s birthday, the brains behind the Peace Tower.   

Whilst we made our way out past the islands that guard the Reykjavik harbours everyone stayed cosy and warm in our luxurious lounges, or up in the wheelhouse, where lucky people got to have a seat in the captains chair! They whole time we keep an eye not just on the local weather forecasts and systems but on information we get straight from NASA, things like an increase in the solar wind speed and density indicate that we should be seeing the northern lights appear soon. 

Sheltered by an island the sea was calm, and we waited patiently for the flare up that was predicted by the satellite readings. Suddenly there it was, a great green arc high above us. Undeniable. Shortly after that it danced and split into three or four arcs, then broke free of the lines and started making tornado shapes in the sky with bright colours. It really was a marvel to see and we loved showing the natural wonder that is the Aurora Borealis to people.  

We also take the luxury yacht Amelia Rose out whale watching during the day time. If you have already bought a ticket to see the northern lights with us you can come out whale watching for half price. The most common species of whale we see are minke whales, humpback whales, white beaked dolphins and porpoises, though we never really know what we will see, and in the last few months we‘ve had basking sharks, pilot whales, killer whales (orca) and even blue whales!  

Sea Trips Reykjavik sail from Reykjavik, Iceland every day, weather permitting, on the hunt for northern lights, whales, puffins and more. Our yacht was built as a super yacht in Mexico in 2003 and as such she is incredibly stable and beautifully made.  

We always have blankets, ponchos, and sea sickness tablets on board if you feel groggy or cold. Let us know if you have any questions at seatrips@seatrips.is or look at our FAQs.

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Northern Lights shining over Reykjavik, viewed from the luxury yacht Amelia Rose with Sea Trips Reykjavik

What are the Northern Lights?

Sten Odenwald, author of The 23rd Cycle: learning to live with a stormy star (New York, Columbia University Press, c2001), explains it thus;

The origin of the aurora begins on the surface of the sun when solar activity ejects a cloud of gas. Scientists call this a coronal mass ejection (CME). If one of these reaches earth, taking about 2 to 3 days, it collides with the Earth’s magnetic field. This field is invisible, and if you could see its shape, it would make Earth look like a comet with a long magnetic ‘tail’ stretching a million miles behind Earth in the opposite direction of the sun.

When a coronal mass ejection collides with the magnetic field, it causes complex changes to happen to the magnetic tail region. These changes generate currents of charged particles, which then flow along lines of magnetic force into the Polar Regions. These particles are boosted in energy in Earth’s upper atmosphere, and when they collide with oxygen and nitrogen atoms, they produce dazzling auroral light.

Visit https://www.spaceweatherlive.com/ for real time satellite information.

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