All you need to know about the Northern Lights
Northern lights and winter season go hand-in-hand. Longer hours of darkness, accompanied by good weather, solar activity, and a bit of luck, often translate into amazing Aurora Borealis displays – a truly unmissable show!
The northern lights are potentially visible all winter long, but statistically not two months are the same. To help you choose the best time for your Aurora Borealis getaway, here is our month-to-month guide to winter in Iceland.
Seeing the northern lights dance in the Icelandic sky is every traveler’s dream. Although the phenomenon can be seen anywhere around the country, light pollution sometimes spoils the view.
By opting for a full-comfort countryside northern lights stay, you will maximise your chances of success – literally at your doorstep.
Here are our 10 favourite country accommodations for seeing the northern lights in 2021.
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 need to know to make your aurora dream come true.
Since 2016, STEVE has been the term on the lips of Aurora enthusiasts across the world. Though STEVE is not considered part of the Aurora, its indistinguishable similarities and sightings have led to an intensified level of curiosity in understanding how STEVE comes into visibility. So, what is STEVE, and is it at all related to the northern lights?
Find out more about the phenomenon here.
The northern lights are visible between September and April. Experiencing the phenomenon is always a treat, but Auroras happening during our short lived Autumn are among our absolute favourite, especially to photograph. See why here.
The northern lights are one of the most impressive natural phenomena our planet experience. As their main fuel is the solar plasma traveling across the Solar System, do our fellow planets have Auroras too, and how do they differ from the ones on Earth? Find out more about extra-terrestrial Auroras here.
A new solar cycle seems to have now started, as we have passed the recent solar minimum. Enhanced solar activity and great northern lights are ahead of us! Find our more here.
Aurora Reykjavík looks forward to welcoming you to the Land of Ice and Fire.
Learn about the current COVID-19 travel restrictions and requirements in Iceland here.
When is it best to travel to Iceland in order to see the northern lights? Learn everything you need to know about the Aurora season in Iceland, and more, in our article here.
The season between February and mid-April is a magical time for seeing the northern lights in Iceland. Snowy landscapes, spring equinox and milder weather are some of the reasons to choose this time of the year for your Icelandic holiday. Find out more here.
All in one! – Three must-do tours all perfectly packaged in one!
This easy travel package is for those wanting to explore the best of Iceland while staying in Reykjavík.
Within two days, join us on the must-do Golden Circle which is comprised of the amazing Gullfoss Waterfall; Iceland´s only erupting hot spring, Geysir; as well the site of the world´s oldest existing parliament, Þingvellir National Park.
When night falls we set off in search of the magical and mysterious Northern Lights. The next day, we’ll head towards Iceland’s majestic south shore and explore Waterfalls, the famous black sand beach and the picturesque town of Vík.
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.
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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.