10 Impressive Northern Lights Statistics

Here we have listed 10 Impressive Northern Lights Statistics from our value packed, small group Northern Lights & Stargazing tour:

10 Impressive Northern Lights statistics

93.33% Sighting Rate

Number one of our 10 Impressive Northern Lights statistics for September, the first month of the 17/18 Northern Lights season, is our amazing 93.33% rate of success! Our overall success rate since starting these tours back in 2014 is a whopping 90%. Can we get it up to 95% this season?

30 days of September carefully studying weather forecasts and satellite data gave us 15 decisions to go ahead with a Northern Lights hunting tour.

15 Tours

30 days of September carefully studying weather forecasts and satellite data gave us 15 decisions to go ahead with a Northern Lights hunting tour. Our co-founder, Róbert, is our weather guru. He pores over the weather data all day long and makes the tough decision every day to go out or cancel. We are adamant about only taking you guys out if we sincerely believe our chances of seeing those elusive lights are good.

On our only non-sighting tour this month we still managed to explore Andromeda Galaxy before the clouds set in, and then invited everyone back for a free tour, and then saw the lights!

1 Non-sighting

Even the best of us aren’t perfect. On our only non-sighting tour this month we still managed to explore Andromeda Galaxy before the clouds set in, and then invited everyone back for a free tour, and then saw the lights! We also played around with light photography, just for fun.

We take groups of 2-14 passengers. 7 passengers max per guide/vehicle. 2 vehicles max together on location.

2 Defenders

Our 2 Land Rover Defender adventure vehicles, HappyOne & HappyToo, get us to the location needed each time. They are installed with additional diesel heaters to keep us warm through the evening. We take groups of 2-14 passengers. 7 passengers max per guide/vehicle. 2 vehicles max together on location.

Our guides are equipped with the weapons necessary for a successful sighting; meteorology expertise, astronomy knowledge and local know-how. Some of them even have a sixth sense when it comes to sniffing out the green stuff!

5 Serious Guides

We take Northern Lights hunting seriously 😉 Our mission in life is to find the Northern Lights for YOU. We don’t give up easily! Our guides are equipped with the weapons necessary for a successful sighting; meteorology expertise, astronomy knowledge and local know-how. Some of them even have a sixth sense when it comes to sniffing out the green stuff!

During these 15 tours we have taken out a total of 147 happy adventurers who now know more about the wonders of the night sky than most people will ever do.

147 Happy Passengers

During these 15 tours we have taken out a total of 147 happy adventurers who now know more about the wonders of the night sky than most people will ever do.

Most people say it's the best hot chocolate they have ever tasted. Some even say it's divine... but you just have to try it for yourself ;-) 

52 Litres Cocoa

Already we have made 52 litres of delicious real hot chocolate. How many will there be by the end of season? Our other co-founder, Anita, makes the hot chocolate in her home before the start of each tour. Using local whole milk, Icelandic chocolate and sea salt carefully crafted from the Arctic Sea using Geothermal Energy. Most people say it’s the best hot chocolate they have ever tasted. Some even say it’s divine… but you just have to try it for yourself 😉

All Northern Lights photos from our tours are taken by our guides and shared with our group for free the next day.

1 Million Photos

No, I don’t know, too many to count anyway! All Northern Lights photos from our tours are taken by our guides and shared with our group for free the next day. Most of you only see the Northern Lights once in your lifetime. We’d like you to have some amazing photos of the experience. We are not professional photographers, but we are well equipped and have the experience to capture amazing photos of you under the lights. We also photograph the lights themselves all night long so you will have plenty of images to show friends and family when you get back home. We can also help you set up your own camera, if you are so inclined. We recommend you get your settings sorted before though, as it’s no fun stumbling around in the dark trying to figure out where your settings are. We have written a handy guide here: Northern Lights Photography Settings.

We always bring our impressive telescope with us.

9 Sky Objects

We always bring our impressive telescope with us. Sometimes we have a clear sky but no lights, so then we can explore the night sky while we wait for the lights. So far we have checked these objects out: Seven Sisters Open Star Cluster, Andromeda Galaxy, Albireo Double Star in Signus, Ring Nebula in Lyra, Starcluster in Auriga, The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules, Globular Cluster in the Constellation of Pegasus, The Moon and Double Cluster in Perseius.

After April 15th we turn the Northern Lights off and start focusing on Paragliding :-) So hurry up and join us before we are hit with summer and 24 hour daylight!

196 Days Left

of the Northern Lights season. After April 15th we turn the Northern Lights off and start focusing on Paragliding 🙂 So hurry up and join us before we are hit with summer and 24 hour daylight! (Yes, that’s why we have a Northern Lights season).

That concludes our 10 Impressive Northern Lights statistics for September, the first month of the 17/18 season.

You can check out our amazing Northern Lights & Stargazing tour here.

Paragliding Iceland Top 6 on Adrenaline Hunter

Paragliding Iceland is Top 6 on Adrenaline Hunter

If you are an adrenaline hunter you definitely need to know about this wonderful online resource. The Adrenaline Hunter website should probably come into your travel research right at the start. Before you even decide where in the world to go. And we’re not just saying that because they chose our Paragliding Iceland tour on the Top 6 list. Well, maybe a little 😉 Our friends at Adrenaline Hunter have built an essential tool for the adventure traveller. Great to explore exciting activities available all around the world. And they continue to add amazing activities. Therefore, you should bookmark their page immediately.

Adrenaline Hunter is a vast online collection to find and book an adrenaline or adventure activity, anywhere in the world. You can either search by country or activity. In addition, you can find great ideas for a hen/stag do destination. Alternatively, you can buy a gift card for the adventure travellers in your life.

Paragliding in Iceland. Crocodile Diving in Zimbabwe. Hoverboarding in Guadalupe. Survival Training in Norway. You name it, they got it!

Paragliding Iceland options

So, back to Paragliding in Iceland. And why it deserves to be on the top 6 list of worldwide adrenaline activities. With Happyworld, you can go Paragliding in two different locations in Iceland:

Paragliding in the Reykjavík area will take you high above the lava plateau at Bláfjöll (Blue Mountains). This is the same area as Inside the Volcano tour, so you will be silently soaring over volcanic craters, lava formations and amazing moss spread. In our opinion, this is probably the best way to see lava formations come to life right before your eyes. Your 360° view of the horizon includes volcanic mountains, Hellisheiði geothermal activity, glaciers, the Atlantic ocean, Þingvellir national park and Reykjavík city.

Paragliding on the South Coast will give you a magnificent view of the area now well known for the setting of Game of Thrones. Hence, black beaches, glaciers, amazing rock formations, big mountains, delta rivers and maybe even some Puffins. You can either meet us at the location for your Paragliding flight there or do our combo South Coast + Paragliding Adventure tour.

Northern Lights Photography settings

7 Easy Steps to Your Own Amazing Photos

Northern Lights Photography Settings

This Northern Lights Photography settings guide, in 7 easy steps, is aimed at beginners. You can use any camera with an option for Manual settings. Following these steps, most modern cameras will produce beautiful digital photos for on-screen purposes. Read more

Friday 11. September 2015

Aurora blew us away this evening! A full on display of colour and light for a full hour. 

The lights started while we were still on the highway. We pulled over at the first opportunity for a short preview before carrying on the 15 more minutes to our destination. Our haunted house at Vatnsleysuströnd was deserted as ever… though there were a few spooky changes I might tell you about in a different tale. Read more

Aurora is On

Northern Lights in Iceland

Charge your batteries and put on your warmest clothes… Aurora season has begun!

To us, this (below) is a beautiful picture! Why? Because it tells us the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) were extremely active last night! After a (way too) short period of long summer days in Iceland, nights are finally dark + the Magnetic Observatory charts are rocking = we are in Aurora season 🙂 Now all we need is a clear sky to be able to see them!

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Iceland from above – South Coast

Watch this amazing footage of Iceland in 4K if you can. Filmed by Dima Balakirev using a drone, you can expect a similar view on one of our Free Flying tours 🙂 Ask us about our special photography tours from above in one simple click right here.

See more of Balakirev’s beautiful filming and photography on his webpage here.

Saturday 14. March 2015

Northern Lights sighting: Garðskagaviti (pink eye on map)
Time of sighting: 23:14
Duration: until about 00:30 when it clouded over again

In a team of two Land Rovers we drove out of Reykjavík in the pouring rain. The skies were black, the outlook was bleak. The day had seen the worst storm Iceland had in several years. But we had hope. We had spent the afternoon analyzing cloud forecasts, magnetic observations and satellite images as well as chatting with the Met office. We decided the chance of sighting was good enough to validate a night out with the group of 12. Read more