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CNN names Iceland as one of 16 up-and-coming places to visit in 2016

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CNN has named the Arctic (Iceland, Greenland and Norway) as one of the top 16 up-and-coming destinations for 2016. Other hot spots are Mongolia, Uganda, and Taiwan.
Forget the beach, the newsagent says, as extreme and isolated lands are attracting more adventurers than ever.

Iceland was also on CNN’s list of places to go in 2014, then because of the gorgeous Northern Lights.

A good night ahead for northern lights enthusiasts

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Tomorrow (Saturday) should be great for northern lights enthusiasts around the country. According to the Icelandic Met Office’s (IMO) excellent Aurora forecast service we can expect a grade five activity (scale 1-9). IMO explains that grade 2 (low activity) can be beautiful and grade 3 (moderate) can be dazzling.

IMO builds its forecast on combined information on aurora activity, cloud cover, sunlight and moonlight.

The conditions will be ideal along the south coast and in the northeast half of Iceland where the skies will be clear, but we can also expect quite a good show in the northwest and on the southwest corner where the skies will be partly clear.

The good conditions will remain in place in the south part of the Eastfjords and at the mouth of Eyjafjörður fjord, according to IMO’s forecast.

Be sure to dress warmly if you are heading into the night as it will be rather chilly around the country. See IMO’s forecast.

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.

 

From: //icelandreview.com