Path to the light

Now is the time to dress up warm and travel to Iceland if you would like to experience the celestial dance of the Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis

© Gunnar Gestur Geirmundsson
© Gunnar Gestur Geirmundsson

Of all the things a person should see in their lifetime, the Northern Lights are high on the list. In the winter, Iceland is an excellent place to witness this natural spectacle (photo: Stóri-Hólmur in ­Leira). Almost every night, when no clouds blot the sky above the largest volcanic island on earth, a great light show takes place, created by the electrically charged particles of the solar wind. The Inuit have a more mystic explanation for the phenomenon: They regard the lights as a bridge to the great beyond.