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Video: Spectacular aurora over Reykjavík last night

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  • Aurora over Reykjavík A screenshot from a video shot by local man around midnight on September 15 shows the Aurora over the Capital region. Screenshot from video, see below.

As the evenings get darker the Aurora season begins. The first aurora of the fall were seen in South West Iceland at the end of August, proving you don‘t need to drive into the mountains to witness one of nature‘s most spectacular sights.

Read more: Video: The first aurora of the fall seen last night in S-W Iceland

Last night the Northern Lights provided both visitors and residents of Reykjavík a similarly spectacular show. The time-lapse video was shot by a local man Viðar Freyr Guðmundsson by his house in Mosfellsbær a northern suburb of Reykjavík, just around midnight on September 15. Viðar told local newspaper Morgunblaðið that the show had lasted a relatively short time, but that it had been very powerful while it lasted, as the video shows.

The Northern Lights are only visible during the darker months of the year, and the likelihood of seeing them depends on two things: The activity of the solar winds and the cloud cover. The Icelandic Meteorological Office issues an Aurora forecast which allows you to follow predictions of both the cloud cover and aurora activity.

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