Aurora Forecast

Aurora Forecast from the Icelandic Met Office

The Icelandic Met Office tracks solar activity, which, when combined with the Cloud Forecast, offers insights into potential Northern Lights sightings. Utilize the slider below to adjust the forecast’s date and time. Please note that forecasts are updated regularly and are most reliable around 6 pm of the current day. However, viewing the Aurora is not guaranteed.

Cloud cover

A simple rule: No clear sky = No northern lights.

There are different cloud levels that have different impacts.

Change the display for cloud types using the tabs at the top of the graphic.

High clouds don’t really bother us in Iceland. Focus on the lower and middle clouds, and look for white spots or lighter shades on the map.

Solar activity

The 9-point scale on the right side of the page is a simple way to judge your chances of seeing something.

0-2: Low, almost no, activity. Anything you see may appear as pale as a cloud.

2-3: Moderate, but with good chances to catch the  Northern Lights. This is the most usual forecast. Go out!

4-6: Húrra! A big solarstorm is coming, don’t miss your chance to catch some amazing Aurora displays!

7-9: Highly unusual, maybe your friends and relatives at home will see the Northern Lights, too!

You´ll find this forecast on our website