Have you come to Iceland to gaze in wonder at the Northern Lights? Then read our fun guide to the Aurora Borealis for everything you need to know!
The Northern Lights are one of the most stunning sights in nature, and Iceland gives you the ideal environment to enjoy this wonderful bucket-list experience. Of course, seeing this cosmic spectacle needs clear dark nights and a little luck – we’ll be here to guide you in the right direction!
Everyone has the Northern Lights on their “must-see” list, to see the sky dance with multi-colored clouds of light magically moving across the heavens.
Remember that the aurora is just like the Icelandic weather – unpredictable and constantly changing – so you’ll have to cross your fingers and hope to see them!
Remember, you need three essential factors to see the aurora borealis: darkness, clear skies and strong solar activity.
To give yourself the best chance, take an organized packaged tour with NiceTravel and explore Iceland on an extended trip including nights spent outside the bright capital, where northern lights are usually blocked by high light pollution.
The more nights you spend in the remote Iceland countryside away from the bright lights of the capital, the more likely you’ll see this unforgettable sight! The aurora can appear anytime at night, and our guides will alert you when they can be seen.
For instance, when we stay overnight in Borgarnes in West Iceland, you can walk to Brakarey Island and watch the aurora dancing above Hafnarfjall, the stunning mountain that lines the fjord. Or when we’re in Egilsstaðir in East Iceland, you can look for the lights while you’re walking along the shores of Lagarfljót, searching for the legendary monster that’s supposed to live beneath the waves there!
When the lights come out, you’ll see them with NiceTravel!