About the Northern Lights
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As Iceland sits in a sweet spot within the Aurora belt, travellers frequently get the pleasure of witnessing one of nature’s greatest phenomenons when visiting our shores during the winter season (September - April). However, as with all great things, the Northern...
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Seeing the otherworldly Aurora Borealis, or northern lights, has been fascinating humans for centuries – and is a life-long dream of many travelers. For each and every northern lights enthusiast, one question arises: When is the best time to see the Northern...
Best time Best places Best tours There is perhaps nothing more magical than witnessing the beauty of a Northern Lights display, and it has been a lifelong dream of many. However, those unpredictable, ever dancing lights don’t always show up on cue. Here is all you...
Explore Reykjavik on a hop-on, hop-off bus tour and create your own sightseeing itinerary Hop on and off at attractions of your choice and explore the city at your own pace While onboard audio commentary in 8 languages ensures that you do not miss a thing Witness the...
Spring Aurorae - Why you should hunt Northern Lights in Iceland between February and mid-April If there is one question that we get all the time, it is when is the best time to see the Aurora? The Northern Lights is a captivating...
Heading to the arctic wilderness with an aurora super jeep adventure, or joining one of Iceland’s best aurora photographers on a photo tour? Or maybe taking it a bit slower, and enjoying the dazzling lights while bathing in one of Iceland’s hot lagoons? Find your perfect tour with our ultimate northern lights tour guide – Iceland is waiting for you!
About the exibition
How to get to the museum ?
Hop on Hop off : Stop #5 “Reykjavík Maritime Museum”
By taxi: The number for a taxi in Reykjavik is +354 588-5522. Ask them to take you to the Aurora Reykjavík Northern Lights Center, at Grandagarður 2.
We also offer a spacious free parking area for our visitors just outside the museum.
When is the latest time I can visit ?
Are there specific times for the movie ?
Do I need to pre-book the ticket ?
How long does the visit take ?
When are you open ?
About the northern lights
When can I see northern lights in Iceland ?
When is the best time to catch the northern lights ?
Why can´t I see any northern lights in the summer ?
Where should I go to see the northern lights ?
What time do the northern lights show up ?
Can I see the northern lights from Reykjavík ?
When was the last time you saw some northern lights?
We manage to catch this amazing phenomenon pretty often here in Iceland. Our photographers go out almost every night to capture the best photos of the lights, and they share their experience on our Aurora Diary.
How can I take pictures of the northern lights ?
You’ll find everything you need to get started with northern lights photography on our page here. For more tips and guidance we recommend visiting our exhibition which has a section dedicated to this subject.
About the tours
What should I wear and/or take with me on a northern lights tour ?
My northern lights tour has just been cancelled, what should I do now ?
If your northern lights excursion has been cancelled by the tour operator, you can reschedule it for the next available date. Please contact the tour company in order to reschedule. You’ll find their contact information on your voucher.
If you haven´t been able to attend a northern lights tour at all during your stay because of cancellation by the tour operator, you may be entitled for a refund. Please contact your tour provider for more information.
What do you do during a northern lights tour ?
Once the tour is over, you’ll be driven back to your drop-off location. Duration of the tour is determined by the type of excursion you’ve booked, from 2-3 hours, to 5 hours.
How to book a northern lights tour ?
An electronic voucher will be sent automatically to your email. Please read it carefully as you’ll find all the details regarding pick-up time and location there, as well as the contact information of the tour company operating the tour. Please contact them directly if you have questions regarding your tour or would like to make changes to your booking. We are also in the office everyday from 9:00am-9:00pm to help, so don´t hesitate to give us a call or drop us an e-mail, if you have any questions.