Viewing the Northern Lights at Hotel Rangá
Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, has become our trademark.
Hotel Rangá is superbly located for viewing the Northern Lights and only a two hour’s drive from the international airport.
As Hotel Rangá is located in a rural area, light pollution is not an issue in the winter time. By turning off our outside lights we can provide optimal conditions to view the sky at night. Although there is never any guarantee of seeing the Aurora, we figure that if you stay with us a few nights you have a fairly good chance of experiencing this wonderful phenomenon.
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Now you might want to ask; when can I see the northern lights?
There are no accurate long-term aurora forecasts (to our knowledge) and no researches that depict how the aurora behaves or when it is likely to appear. However, slightly after the autumn equinox and slightly before the spring equinox there are statistically somewhat better viewing conditions and more consistent northern lights. However, although the chances are somewhat better of seeing the aurora during that time, we can never guarantee that the lights will make an appearance.
There are mainly three variables that affect the chances of seeing the Northern lights. They are solar winds, local weather and the moon. The moon has an inhibitive effect in regards to weaker auroras.We have, however, seen some stunning northern lights under a full moon - during a very active solar wind. The main factor that influences the appearance of aurora is the sun/sunspots/CME activity and the local weather(i.e. clouds), which entirely determines its visibility to us.
Special Aurora Service at Hotel Rangá
At Hotel Rangá we offer a diverse service for those who want to see the Northern lights. That includes a wake-up call so our guest do not miss seeing the Northern lights should they appear, warm clothes and blankets so our guests do not get cold when viewing the lights and specially made benches to lie on and watch the Northern lights.The hotel also supplies some helpful, guiding information about Northern Lights for those that are interested in knowing more about the phenomena and what causes them.