Northern lights

We can help you to find the Northern Lights. We offer some great tours, where you can hunt for this majestic natural phenomenon. 

Iceland is one of the best places on Earth to spot the elusive Aurora Borealis. Many places, only a short drive away from Reykjavik, offer great opportunities to spot this splendid and majestic natural phenomenon. Have you ever seen the auroras dance across the darkened night sky in vivid colors? It's beautiful. 

Just remember, since the auroas are a natural phenomenon there is never any guarantee that you will see them. Weather is a huge factor and though we often have clear night skies in Iceland (especially when it is cold) the lights can be elusive. You can greatly increase you chances in seeing them simply by e.g. find a great spot where light pollution is little to none. 

We have many visitors every year that come specially to see the auroras because Iceland is a great place to see them. Therefore we often get to hear the same questions. Here are some of them and our best answers. 

When is the best time to see the Northern Lights in Iceland?

The simple answer is: From September to mid-April, or when the nights are dark and cold. After equinox in September, the nights in Iceland are fully dark and that alone increases the chances of seeing the auroras. You might find some sources stating that the best time is November – February.

If you decide to visit Iceland during these months please consider that the weather can be unforgiving. There can be lots of rain and snow, which can seriously reduce your chances to see the auroras. In September and October we often see the auroras and also experience mild weather, more than during the darkest winter months. 

Here is the longer and more complicated answer.

Some Northern Lights Facts

Did you know that the auroras are caused by the Sun?

The Aurora Borealis is a spectacular natural phenomenon and it can be quite elusive. You can read about aurora facts here, as well as learn about how these majestic lights form. 

There are many legends about the auroras. In medieval times seers and fortune tellers thought that the lights were harbingers of woe, war and famine. The Menominee Indians of Wisconsin believed the auroras indicated where the spirits of great hunters and fishermen, called manabai’wok, could be found. Many different cultures believed that the lights were spirits, either of their people or the animals that they hunted.

Many people travel to Iceland every year to see the Aurora Borealis. We often hear the same questions regarding this beautiful natural phenomenon. Here are a few Northern Lights facts and our best answers to the most frequent questions.

Northern Lights videos and photos

It can be quite difficult to get the perfect photo of the auroras. Even professional photographers need to find the perfect spot, wait for hours and make sure everything is set up right.

We Icelanders live in a cold country, especially during winter, and that brings up many challenges when taking pictures of the auroras. Cameras and camera lenses can be affected by the cold, e.g. if you bring the camera from cold environment to a warm environment. This can be a real problem if you often jump in and out of a warm car. We have gathered few tips and tricks to the perfect aurora photo. Here are a few (read more here).  

Keeping the camera in a camera bag is recommended. You also need a good pair of gloves, along with other warm winter clothes. And don't forget to brings some snacks and a hot drink in a thermos. We also recommend that you read up on the aurora facts, to make sure you are in the right spot at the right time. 

If you're more in the mood to see a video of the auroras you will find some by clicking here

Northern Lights Tours 

We often hear from our customers that finding the right Tour can be quite the headache. We've tried to make it easier for you and would love to help you.

We offer a few different types of tours where you have a chance to witness the majestic Aurora Borealis. You can choose from escorted or guided tours, short daytours or explore Iceland on a road trip or a self-drive tour.