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Did a UFO land in Iceland?

YouTube user Bjarki Mikkelsen posted a video on October 1, 2013 that shows a ball of light appear in the sky above Akureyri, Iceland. The video shows this strange light landing in a populated neighborhood.

UFO over Akureyri, Iceland. (Credit: Bjarki Mikkelsen/YouTube)
UFO over Akureyri, Iceland. (Credit: Bjarki Mikkelsen/YouTube)

This video was quickly reposted by several UFO and conspiracy websites, asserting that the video is proof of an extraterrestrial craft landing in Iceland. But not everyone shares that conclusion. Many believe the video to be a hoax created by Bjarki Mikkelsen. His YouTube channel description does say he is a skywatcher who posts videos “about what happens to your sky and you. The information you DO NOT get in the news.” But as far as the object in this particular video goes, the witness isn’t claiming it to be an alien spacecraft.

The description he posted with the video states:

Sat on my chair and studied a live webcam on Iceland in the city Akureyri. I got the movie live at that time d 29 September 2013 and discovered a strange glowing ball falling from the sky. It’s not a helicopter or a plane, clear to see. I have had the opportunity to believe it is a kind of drone. The ball lands in a garden and you can see that it is as if there is a fire in a short time just after it landed or dropped. I do not know what it is but it looks quite interesting. Maby something climate experimental, military…

Aside from visiting aliens or a hoaxed video, a possible explanation for the mysterious light in this video is a rocket parachute flare. Notice how, in both of the following videos, this type of flare only illuminates once it has reached its peak altitude. These closely resemble the sudden appearance of the light in the UFO video:

One viewer who watched the Iceland video commented, “Actually the local police in Akureyri [have] investigated this matter and were able to confirm that this was indeed a shot from a flare gun.” But this claim is unconfirmed.

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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  1. Nice one Jason, it does look like a flare. Some commentors read too much into its unchanging apparent size, but here that “size” is misleading, being an artefact.of its intense brightness blooming across several camera pixels, as indeed do the car lights and city lights. Glad to see that you folks have your minds open in more than one direction, though still hoping of course to see what’s coming from that *special* direction…

  2. Are there any UFO’s that don’t glow brightly? It seems that most sightings are of lights in the sky. Why would UFO’s have a totally lighted up aircraft all the time?

  3. I don’t know if it’s ‘dawned’ on you yet, but this ufo, came down, IN THE MIDDLE OF A TOWN —————
    was the cameraman the only person to see it? Also, as it reached its supposed landing point, there were
    cars going along the road, and STILL no-one saw it? HOAX!

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