This March, we made our way to Iceland once again and were “lucky” enough to experience dancing auroras on 11 of the 15 nights we spent on the island. Whether that’s a new personal record or not, we don’t know (they never kept that accurate a record ), but this time it all happened despite minimal prospects for a great aurora and despite supposed “calm conditions” in the atmosphere. A solar storm of several days (with kp=6) happened just before our arrival and hardly we were at home, there was the next mega storm. So “luck” is a bit relative, and that’s why this word is already in quotation marks in the first sentence. And this time, at the end of the trip, we wondered if we really needed it? Also the question “Where and when can I observe auroras in Iceland??” we would answer a little bit different than before.
Some years ago I already wrote a quite detailed blog about “photographing auroras” (and updated it several times in the meantime). Therefore we do not want to repeat everything here, but rather try to give a compact overview with all kinds of “tips&” To give “tricks” for people who absolutely want to see auroras during their vacation. And then finally of course also more near on the newer experiences and realizations, which were confirmed to us then on the last travel day by a coworker of the Aurora museum in Reykjavik so also. You never stop learning, even after the umpteenth aurora tour. And maybe the summary here will help one or the other of you.