About Northern Lights in Iceland
Between late August and early April the nights in Iceland are pitch black. However, during these months there is a high probability that the northern lights will show and therefore it’s the perfect time for a Northern Lights tour. Iceland is one of the main countries that has amazing views of the Northern Lights during the winter. The lights are visible in it’s capital city, Reykjavik, but if you really want to get the best views, be sure to get out of the city and / or travel to the Northern part of the country as well.
To see the northern lights requires patience, luck, and the following conditions to be met:
- The night must be as dark as possible (full moon will dim the aurora)
- There should be as little unnatural light (light pollution) as possible
- There should be little to no cloud cover
- There must be enough solar activity
If you want to conduct some research yourself, check the cloud cover forecast and the aurora forecast (solar activity). Note however, you can only forecast a few days in advance!
Exploring and hunting down the auroras alone can be a bit tricky. Without a car, it is not easy to observe the northern lights. In the winter driving conditions can be tough for people who are not used to driving in the snow. On clear winter nights, sightseeing trips are organized around this spectacular natural phenomenon. Many tours combine watching the northern lights with other activities, such as whale watching, glacier hiking, a cruise, or dinner. Combining activities allows you to enjoy an amazing experience you will never forget.
We offer a great variety of northern lights tours in Iceland. Get detailed information below and book your tour directly online.