About AuroraCity


About Borgarnes

Borgarnes lies in the middle of West Iceland about 75 km from Reykjavík City Centre.
In Borgarnes you can create an unforgettable holiday: breakfast and a beautiful view at Geirabakarí and the sky view from OK Bistro balkany, relaxing in the Skallagrímsgarður public Park, Visiting the exhibition at the Borgarfjörður Museum, watching the saga exhibits at the Settlement Centre, hiking in Einkunnir Country Park or climbing the Hafnarfjall mountain. Shopping in the local stores, take a dive at the Borgarnes Swimming Pool, eating delicious meal made from local products in the restaurants, and resting in one of the town’s hotel, guesthouse, or B&Bs.
And to top this all, from mid august to end of april there are very good possibilities to get a great view on the northern lights ( Aurora Borealis ), there are many great places to capture spetacular foregrounds in your Aurora pictures, Waterfalls, lakes, mountains, buildings and whatever you can imagine.

Aurora and cloud forecast

The spectacle of Aurora Borealis requires dark and partly clear skies.

The map of Iceland shows forecast of cloud cover. Green areas are cloudy and white clear skies. Move the slider below the cloud cover maps, or click directly on a day or time.

The upper-right box shows the forecast of auroral activity at midnight on the scale 0 to 9. The scale changes in accordance with the date selected under the cloud cover map.

Aurora forecast shows expected activity at your selected date. Even grade 2 (low activity) can be beautiful and grade 3 (moderate) can be dazzling, but if it gets to 4 and higher ín clear skyes, then grab your camera and prepare you for a great show in the skyes.

Here you can see reccomended camera equipment for capturing the aurora.

Reccomended camera equipment

The timing of sunset, darkness, sunrise and moonrise are are valid for Borgarnes.

Birt með leyfi Veðurstofu Íslands.

Birt með leyfi Veðurstofu Íslands.

Past 24h magnetic activity

The record to the right is updated every 10 minutes.
The top graph (Z) shows the vertical component of the geomagnetic field, the middle graph (H) shows the horizontal component and the bottom graph (D) shows the direction of that component, i.e. the direction of a compass needle at Leirvogur. Z and H are shown in units of nanotesla (nT) while D is shown in degrees, reckoned from north (0°) through east, south and west up to 360° (north, again). If D is 347°, for instance, the magnetic declination (variation) at Leirvogur is 347° E or 13° W (360-347 = 13).
The average declination in the Reykjavik area is about 2° higher W, or ~15° W in this example.