On Wednesday, Reykjavik's City Council announced that between 10 and 11 p.m., some districts of Reykjavik, including the center, would power down to ensure that this natural phenomenon was more visible to residents of the island nation's capital.
Locals were also asked to switch off their lights at home so as not to ruin the show.
Police, firefighters, medics and the power company Reykjavik Energy have all been informed.
Needless to say, the city's motorists and motorcyclists had to be extremely careful on the road with all the lights switched off.
We heard that the aurora borealis was forecasting a "level 4" above downtown #Reykjavik, so, the city decided to kill all of the street lights starting at 10pm. We dressed warmly, grabbed our gear and headed out. The city was pretty much pitch black, we didn't really know where to go or how to get there, so we just started walking. Eventually a cat came out of the darkness and led us up a path through some trees… when we got to the other side, this is what we found. #thefergsdoiceland #fujifilm #xt1
Meanwhile, tourists and locals prepared their cameras, found a comfy seat and got ready for the show to begin.