When to see the Northern Lights
Experience the mysterious and beautiful Northern Lights in Iceland. Watch their swirling wild dance across the night sky in fantastic shapes and colors.
The Northern Lights Mistery Tour takes you out of Reykjavik city to the best places to see Northern Lights and witness one of nature’s most spectacular displays.
The season for Northern Lights in Iceland extends from the tail end of the summer from September through winter and well into April.
The best time to
see Northern Lights is in the middle of winter when the weather is
the coldest and when it is the darkest. Crisp cold evenings with skies clear
enough to see stars is a prime indicator for auroral activity.
Where to see the Northern Lights
Iceland lies under the „auroral oval“ which is an oval
shaped region around the North Pole where Northern Lights are most frequently
seen. In theory this means that Northern Lights are potentially visible from
every place in Iceland.
In reality viewing
conditions depend on many factors including geography, weather, the time
of day and many more. Operating the Aurora for 25 years has tought us a thing or two about this elusive phenomenon and how to decide where each trip will lead us for the best possibilities to see the Northern Lights.
Additional departures: Daily at 21:00 from 1. September - 14. September
Daily at 20:00 from 15. September - 31. March
Daily at 21:00 from 1. April - 15. April
Up to 120 minutes (2 hours) prior to departure with 5% online discount.
Daily. 15 September - 15 April
We reserve the right to cancel this tour if weather conditions are not favorable for watching the Northen Lights. A decision is taken daily at 6 pm whether the Northern Lights tour will take place or not. All hotels and booking agents in Reykjavik are informed by email about our decision so please contact the front desk of your hotel or the Tour Desk at hotel Saga, Loftleidir Hotel and Hilton Hotel to find out whether we will be operating the Northern Lights tour.
Please note: We cannot guarantee sightings even if the Northern lights tour is operated. In these cases we offer our customers a second tour free of charge. Please book the second tour by calling our tour desk at 540 1313.
Those that join the Northern Lights Mystery tour on 31 December may miss the fireworks in Reykjavik. The Northern Lights tour is a 3 to 5 hour tour and we cannot guarantee that we will be back in Reykjavik before midnight. If you do not want to miss the fireworks, please do not book this tour for 31 December