The end of the Northern lights in Iceland
Here´s information you won´t find anywhere on websites or in brochures from local tour agencies. There is a possibility there won´t be much chance of seeing the magnificent Northern lights in the near future in Iceland or anywhere else for that matter.
Everything that goes up must come down. And if 2013 was the year of the solar maximum, the point in the sun´s cycle when it is most active, sending flares and particles widely and often into space, it goes without saying that the next few years will be rather more quiet. And since the Northern lights are simply the sun´s particles jammin´ against the atmosphere on earth there should be rather less activity in the years to come in Iceland and all other places.
But it could even be a lot worse. According to solar scientists in UK the sun is behaving out of sync and solar activity is plummeting much faster than ever measured before. Some even think we are heading for a phase called Maunder Minimum. Which is a very sexy name for almost a complete inactive sun period. And an inactive sun will not send rays to earth for our pleasure and might even make this planet pretty much colder than we are used to.
In any case, expect large Northern lights tour discounts in Iceland if this happens.