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Video: Magnificent Lights Display in Southwest Iceland

By Iceland Review

When Einar Sindrason was on his way to work at 8 am yesterday morning, driving along the Reykjanesbraut highway in southwest Iceland, he noticed something in the sky that looked liked a meteoroid or space debris. He decided to stop and film the phenomenon.

“It was pretty amazing to watch, extremely cool. It was much more impressive to watch it live than on the video,” Sindrason told visir.is.

He isn’t certain what he saw exactly. “It came at such a slow speed that it can hardly be a meteoroid but it’s definitely something—if you watch the entire video you see it appearing again and again. There are some four objects that arrive in a row.”

Visir.is contacted the Icelandic Meteorological Office, whose representatives commented after watching the video: “What we imagine is that these were ice crystals which possibly should have turned into nacreous clouds. The sun is rising at that point and it is extremely cold up there.” They emphasize, however, that this is only a theory.

It is uncommon for ice crystals to be spotted in Iceland’s capital region—it is more common in the north of the country.

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