The Northern Lights are back!

The Northern Lights over Akrafjall.

The Northern Lights over Akrafjall. Photo: Birkir Pétursson

One of the up-sides of the return of autumn in Iceland is the return of the magnificent Aurora Borealis.

Photographer Birkir Pétursson sent mbl.is this stunning snap of the Northern Lights over Akrafjall (West Iceland) taken on Friday evening.

The Icelandic Met Office has a running ‘Aurora forecast’ on its website, which allows you to search expected Norther Lights activity over the next few days.

The forecast for midnight tonight is 4 (Active) on a scale of 0-9 (highest). The site indicates that “the spectacle of Aurora Borealis requires dark and partly clear skies” and that “even Grade 2 (low activity) can be beautiful and Grade 3 (moderate) can be dazzling.”

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