The Aurora Borealis are one of the biggest draws to visiting Iceland, however they are also one of the most elusive and unpredictable attractions this country has.Northern Lights are natural phenomena featuring beautifully colored light displays over the Earth caused by rare collision of the Aurora Borealis with erupting lava from Iceland's Bardabunga volcano.
The Aurora Borealis are the result of electrically charged particles from the sun colliding with gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere, resulting in streams, ripples or arcs across the horizon. They are visible in the magnetic polar regions of the northern and southern hemispheres and are known as 'Aurora borealis' in the north and 'Aurora australis' in the south. The Aurora Borealis appears in a complete spectrum of colours, from light pinks, reds and greens to the yellows, blues and violets. 'Aurora borealis', the lights of the northern hemisphere, means 'dawn of the north'. 'Aurora australis' means 'dawn of the south'. In Roman myths, Aurora was the goddess of the dawn. Many cultural groups have legends about the lights. In medieval times, the occurrences of auroral displays were seen as harbingers of war or famine. Photo Courtesy - Guzelian
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