Aurora Forecast

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Aurora Forecast from the Icelandic Met Office

The Icelandic Met Office measures solar activity. Combined with the Cloud Forecast, it will give you clues on where the Northern Lights are likely to be seen.

Use the slider at the bottom of the graphic to adjust the date and time of the forecast.

Please note this changes frequently and is most reliable at about 6pm of the current day. This is however not a guarantee for seeing the Aurora.

Cloud cover

A simple rule: No clear sky = No northern lights.

There are different cloud levels that have different impacts.

Change the display for cloud types using the tabs at the top of the graphic.

High clouds don’t really bother us in Iceland. Focus on the lower and middle clouds, and look for white spots or lighter shades on the map.

Solar activity

The 9-point scale on the right side of the page is a simple way to judge your chances of seeing something.

0-2: Low, almost no, activity. Anything you see may appear as pale as a cloud.

2-3: Moderate, but with good chances to catch the  Northern Lights. This is the most usual forecast. Go out!

4-6: Húrra! A big solarstorm is coming, don’t miss your chance to catch some amazing Aurora displays!

7-9: Highly unusual, maybe your friends and relatives at home will see the Northern Lights, too!


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Leirvogur – Magnetic Observatory

The magnetic observatory Leirvogur measures the magnetic disturbances above Iceland. When the graphs start moving, solar winds are rattling the magnetic field of the Earth which is usually followed by outbursts of auroral activity. Click on the picture to see the real-time-record.

Space Weather Prediction Center

Join a guided northern lights tour!

To fully enjoy the Northern Lights experience we recommend a guided tour. You will save time and worries, the guides are aware of the conditions both in weather and solar activity and you’ll be in great company with like-minded people. We fully recommend any of the companies below. We’ve carefully selected these collaborators since we’ve known them for years and know they are reliable and professional.

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SENSATIONAL ICELAND – WATERFALLS, GLACIER HIKE & NORTHERN LIGHTS

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CAVING & NORTHERN LIGHTS – EARTH & SKY

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2 in 1: Northern Lights and South Shore Adventure via Reykjavik Sightseeing

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Northern Lights Horizon

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Northern Lights Cruise via Elding

Northern Lights Comfort via Luxury Minibus Tours

Northern Lights Comfort via Luxury Minibus Tours

Northern Lights Bus via Bustravel Iceland

Northern Lights Bus via Bustravel Iceland

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Northern Lights & Stargazing via Happyworld

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Northern Lights and Stars via Reykjavík Sightseeing

Northern Lights by Boat via Special Tours

Northern Lights by Boat via Special Tours

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Aurora Hunt via Mountain Taxi

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Private Northern Lights Exploration from Reykjavík via Sagatravel

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Northern Lights Photography Tour via Arctic Shots

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Golden Circle & Northern Lights via Reykjavik Sightseeing

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Secret Lagoon and Northern Lights Hunt via Grayline

Warm bath & Cool lights via Reykjavik Excursions

Warm bath & Cool lights via Reykjavik Excursions

Northern Lights Deluxe via Sterna

Northern Lights Deluxe via Sterna

Private super jeep photography tour for up to 4 people via Arctic Exposure

Private super jeep photography tour for up to 4 people via Arctic Exposure

Premium Northern Lights Tour via Bustravel Iceland

Premium Northern Lights Tour via Bustravel Iceland

Caving, Langoustines & Northern Lights via Activity Iceland

Caving, Langoustines & Northern Lights via Activity Iceland

Northern Light Cruise Deluxe via Harpa Yachts

Northern Light Cruise Deluxe via Harpa Yachts

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Northern Lights dinner + cruise combo via Elding

Northern Lights Photo Tour via Landscape Photography

Northern Lights Photo Tour via Landscape Photography

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Northern Lights Superjeep Hunt via Mountaineers of Iceland

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Northern Lights Tour via Reykjavík Excursions

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Northern Lights Explorer / Aurora Superjeep tour via Arctic Adventure

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2 Day Winter Highland Adventure & Northern Lights

Solar stream forecast

The model shows the solar stream from the Sun alongside its 27-day rotation. The earth is the yellow dot.

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