Go chase this nighttime show of spectacular colors
But those who trek to the northern country in hopes of spotting the aurora borealis are not guaranteed a view. And predicting the Northern Lights remains an impossible scientific feat. But Icelandair has developed a tool to help travelers better predict exactly what kind of sky show they’re in for if they visit.
The airline’s new website features a three-day solar forecast, which shows travelers the Kp index at different times of day around Iceland. The Kp index measures geomagnetic activity—the thing that gives the Northern Lights their color.And for those who aren’t planning a trip to Iceland soon, the website also has an interactive feature that helps travelers better understand exactly what factors contribute to a fantastic Northern Lights show. Visitors to the site can manipulate the animated sky and see directly how Kp index, altitude and oxygen/nitrogen influence the aurora borealis.