Viewing the Northern Lights at Hotel Rangá

Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, has become our trade mark.
The location of Hotel Rangá is excellent for viewing the Northern Lights. We are in the country side, only two hour’s drive from the international airport.
As Hotel Rangá is located in a rural area, we don’t have to worry about light pollution in the winter time. We can provide optimal conditions at  the hotel to view the sky at night.
Although there is never any guarantee of seeing the Aurora, we figure if you stay with us a few nights you have a fairly good chance of experiencing this wonderful phenomenon. Since supposedly we are now approaching a solar maximum, next winter should be exceptionally good for viewing the Northern Lights.

More about viewing the Northern Lights at Hotel Rangá (PDF).

Please check out our Age of Aurora offer. Stay 4 nights, save big, and enhance your odds of seeing the Northern lights.

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Special Aurora Services at Hotel Rangá

The Hotel Rangá staff is on the lookout for the aurora in the evening and into the night, and guests can receive a wake-up call if the Aurora appears. The hotel also supplies some helpful, guiding information about Northern Lights for those that are interested in knowing more about the phenomena and what causes them  Remember to wear warm clothes. The Icelandic winter nights can be cold and catching the Northern Lights requires patience.


“The Age of the Aurora”

The solar wind is the ultimate source of the Northern Lights. Solar activity goes through regular cycles of increasing and decreasing magnetic activity periods.  When solar activity is at it’s peak we refer to it as solar maximum.  The least active period we call a solar minimum. Each cycle is approximately 11 years. Since we started observing there have been 23 whole such cycles. We are now in the middle of the 24th cycle and aiming for the next solar maximum in May 2013.  The probability of seeing Northern Lights is higher during the years close to the solar maximum  than during a solar minimum. Nevertheless we can have periods of great Northern Lights any time during the dark hours of winter, at any stage of the solar cycle.

Stay tuned for solar news on Spaceweather and follow the solar cycle here.
Another good website we like to visit is the Solarham.

The Aurora Borealis Explained in Five Minutes

The following five minute video by Peter Byhring offers an explanation of what causes the beautiful imagery of the Aurora Borealis.

The Aurora Borealis from Per Byhring on Vimeo.

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