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August 2015

Magnificent Northern Lights

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The northern lights gave a spectacular performance in the sky above the southwestern corner of Iceland last night. On its Facebook page, the Icelandic Astronomy Webpage calls it “the most magnificent northern lights show in years.” According to the Icelandic Met, the activity was substantial, but is likely to decrease in the next few days.

You can watch a video of last night’s spectacle on the Facebook page of the Icelandic Astronomy Webpage, which was recorded at Hotel Rangá in southern Iceland last night.

The Met Office provides daily Aurora forecast on its website, where you can find more detailed information regarding the northern lights. They are visible only when skies are dark and partly cloudy.


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White Color of Lake Mývatn Explained

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A likely explanation of the patches of white in Lake Mývatn in Northeast Iceland, which have puzzled scientists for weeks, appears to be a chemical reaction due to lack of oxygen, RÚV reports. An analysis of substances from the lake does not indicate that a polluting agent, such as paint, was spilled into the lake, as some had suggested at first.

White patches, such as the ones that appeared in the lake in July, had not been seen there before. According to the analysis of Árni Einarsson, director of the Mývatn Nature Research Center, the likeliest explanation is that the white color was caused by colloidal iron binding, which occurs when iron binds with organic particles called colloids. This can occur under certain circumstances, which have to do with the level of oxygen and acidity of the water.

The Mývatn Nature Research Center reacted quickly to news of the milky white color of parts of the lake and notified the Environment Agency of Iceland. Subsequently, samples were collected and analyzed. The drainage basin between Mývatn and Laxá is closely watched by the agency, not the least because it’s on the red list of threatened natural areas.


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Jökulsárlón among World’s Must-See Sights

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Jökulsárlón, Iceland’s famous iceberg lagoon, has been named one of the world’s top must-see sights of all time in Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist, just published. In this first-of-its-kind list, Lonely Planet’s staff and writers have ranked the 500 best places to see on the planet.

Jökulsárlón, one of Iceland’s many natural wonders, ranks 60th on the list, making it one of the world’s highest-ranking sights. It beats globally recognized sights such as Vietnam’s picturesque Halong Bay, Mexico’s Chichén Itzá and Niagara Falls in Canada. The Travelist highlights places the experts at Lonely Planet believe every traveler must experience.

Jökulsárlón is not the only Icelandic landmark to make the list. According to Lonely Planet, whose staff has been guiding travelers on the road since 1973, eight of the world’s all-time best places to visit are in Iceland. These are: Jökulsárlón (#60), The Blue Lagoon (#93), Vatnajökull National Park (#145), Gullfoss (#176), Borgarfjörður Eystri and Seyðisfjörður (#211), Silfra (#250), Snæfellsnes (#351), and Geysir (#359).

At the top of the list are the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia.


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