Published in the 2011 winter issue of Iceland Review – IR 04.11. By Páll Stefánsson, photo by Olgeir Andrésson.
The first account of Norðurljós, Northern Lights, is found in ancient Nordic literature, in the chronicle Konungs Skuggsjá dating back to the year 1230. The chronicler, who has heard about this phenomenon from a compatriot returning from Greenland, gives three possible explanations: the ocean was surrounded by a vast fire; the sun’s flares could reach to the night’s side; or perhaps the glaciers stored energy, which eventually caused them to become fluorescent.
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