Category: Sights

Surtsey, Iceland

50 years ago today: A new island is born

50 years ago today, a new island was born, off the southern coast of Iceland. The new island was named Surtsey, after Surtr, a fire jötunn or giant from Norse mythology. It was intensively studied by...

Coronal Mass Ejection

Northern Lights show of a lifetime

If you are in Iceland today, or on your way here in the next two days, be prepared for the show of a lifetime. Yesterday, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection,...

Apollo Astronaut Training in Iceland

Apollo Astronaut Training in Iceland

In 1965 and 1967, two groups of American Apollo astronauts visited Iceland to study geology and practice collecting samples, under the guidance of Icelandic and American geologists. The Apollo geology field exercises were intended...

Amazing Aurora Activity in August

Amazing Aurora Activity in August

After our story about early aurora activity over Eyjafjörður and Akureyri, we have received word about beautiful Northern lights all over North Iceland last night. This photo is by Rafal Nowosielski and was taken...

Northern Lights arrive early this year

Northern Lights arrive early this year

The Northern Lights arrive early this year. As the night gets darker in the Arctic North of Iceland, the Northern Lights start to appear in the sky. These pictures were taken by Hordur Finnbogason...