Rare celestial display in Iceland

Photo/Eyþór Ingi Jónsson

Yesterday, numerous nacreous clouds could be seen in the twilight hours in Northern Iceland. Such clouds are generally spotted in midwinter, at around sunset or sunrise when skies are clear. 

Mbl.is received several photographs from  readers in Akureyri and Húsavík of these rare and beautiful cloud formations. 

Nacreous clouds, also known as polar stratospheric clouds or mother-of-pearl clouds are formed by ice crystals at a height of between 15 and 25 thousand metres and are implicated in the formation of ozone holes. 

Photo/Eyþór Ingi Jónsson

Photo/Eyþór Ingi Jónsson

Photo from Húsavík

Photo from Húsavík mbl.is/Hafþór Hreiðarsson

Clouds above Akureyri church.

Clouds above Akureyri church. Photo/Eyþór Ingi Jónsson

The sky above Norðfjörður in East Iceland

The sky above Norðfjörður in East Iceland mbl.is/Sigurður Aðalsteinsson

Photo/Eyþór Ingi Jónsson


Partly cloudy


4 °C

Clear sky

Later today

6 °C

Partly cloudy


5 °C