The northern lights in Iceland – maximise your change of seeing the aurora

The northern lights in Iceland are stunning and elusive

The northern lights in Iceland attract many people to the country every year. I always say to people that they should not make the northern lights the only reason to visit the country. The reason is simple: the northern lights are elusive. But don’t get me wrong, the northern lights are such a fascinating and beautiful phenomenon. That is why I have a large collection of articles about the northern lights, or the aurora as it is often called.

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The Northern Lights have enchanted and intrigued people for millennia.

Maximizing your chance of seeing the northern lights

Many resources help you see the northern lights in Iceland. There are aurora forecasts available online from the following sources.

The best time to see the northern lights is from September to April. It is best to have clear skies and minimum light pollution. If you are in Reykjavik and are looking for the northern lights, there are places with less light pollution, such as Grótta, Öskjuhlíð, and the Elliðaárdalur valley.

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Control your expectations and enjoy the journey

I advise you to focus on having fun in your quest for the northern lights. If you see them, it is a huge bonus. If not, well, you looked for them together. When traveling with children, use the opportunity to teach them about the science behind lights. They combine the wonder of science and the beauty of nature.

Articles about the northern lights in Iceland

Staying healthy while chasing northern lights: tips and tricks

Chasing the Northern Lights is an awe-inspiring quest, yet it’s easy to neglect health amidst such beauty. Picture Iceland’s ethereal skies as your backdrop, with you smiling in front of the camera. But how do you ensure vitality remains a constant companion on this nocturnal…

Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland: Unlock the Night Sky

The northern lights are a huge magnet for thousands of travelers visiting Iceland annually. However, my advice is that you should not visit Iceland only to try to see the northern lights. Iceland has so much more to offer, and the Aurora Borealis is an…

The Ultimate Northern Lights tour

Immerse yourself in the ethereal wonder of Iceland’s northern lights with Aurora Experts. This tour company is the go-to northern lights tour operator that marries intimate travel experiences with professional photography. Awarded the 2022 Travelers’ Choice & Best of the Best accolade for Top Overall…

Northern Lights Offer Bonanza – Exclusive 25% Discount

My friends at Reykjavik Sightseeing are generously offering my readers 25% off their fantastic northern lights guided tours when they book any of those tours online. Sign up for the Stuck in Iceland newsletter to receive the promo code for a 25% discount off the…

Discover the ‘Real’ Iceland with Gravel Travel

Roll up all adventure lovers and intrepid explorers! I have an exhilarating announcement that’s set to make your Iceland journey even more memorable and pocket-friendly. As you know, I have done my best to bring you insider knowledge on the most enchanting destinations of Iceland…

Want to photograph northern lights? Hallgrímur P. Helgason knows how

Photographer Hallgrímur P. Helgason is what I call an aurora whisperer. His photographs of the northern lights are just spectacular, and often it feels like he has somehow bent the solar particles that interact with the Earth’s magnetic field to his will just so that…

Northern Lights boat tour With Plan B

The Northern lights are elusive. I always tell people that you should not visit Iceland just to see the northern lights. The country has so much else to offer. Remember, the northern lights are a complex natural phenomenon. The appearance of the northern lights depends…

10% discount off northern lights tour by boat with Elding

Are you looking for the northern lights? Want to combine your northern lights hunt in Iceland with whale watching. Want to look for whales and enjoy the view of Reykjavik and its surroundings at the same time? Looking to stay warm while looking for the…