Best time to see Northern Lights in Iceland in 2019 – Aurora Borealis

If you plan to see the Aurora Borealis, you should know that the best time to see Northern Lights in Iceland in 2019 is during late autumn and during wintertime considering the solar activity of 2019. I promise it will be an unforgettable experience!

The best thing you could do when chasing Aurora Borealis is to rent a car. A car gives you the freedom and flexibility to move and spot these incredible lights. You might have to drive late in the night to isolated places to catch the best shot and you’ll get very quickly how important is to have a rented car in the nearby.

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During winter time one of the best things do in Iceland is watching the northern lights as they are such a beautiful and unique phenomena, I cannot properly express what I felt when I first saw it.

During winter timer, best locations to see the northern lights Iceland are not so easily accessible as there can be closed roads because of weather conditions so better book in autumn. When the roads are not closed you will most likely find ice and snow on the roads so you should drive carefully as it is not a pleasant experience.

When is the best time to see northern lights in Iceland ?

In my opinion, the best time to experience the Iceland northern lights is during September and October, because you will experience friendlier weather conditions, higher temperatures and fewer clouds than December and January, and possible greater solar activity so consider booking your accommodation from time to get the best price for the best locations.

Though many will consider November and December as the best time to see the northern lights in Iceland, my advice is to visit Iceland in October or in late September because weather is more friendly and you still have plenty of darkness after 6-7 pm to spot the aurora borealis, also the solar activity is higher during autumn and winter. You can also consider to visit Iceland in February or March for similar reasons.

Best time to see northern lights in Iceland solar activity unforgettable experience
Best time to see the northern lights in Iceland in 2019 – solar activity

If you choose to visit Iceland in December or in November, days will be short, nights will be long so you have more chances to spot the northern lights.

Best time to see Northern Lights in Iceland in 2019, also named aurora borealis, take its name from the Roman goddess of the dawn whose name was Aurora Borealis word comes from Boreas which in Greek means north wind.

During winter nights with clear crisp sky, you can spot the magnificent Northern Light magically dancing on the sky, lighting up the landscape around you. Seeing this amazing show on the night sky composed of coloured waves of light dancing above you is something totally unique and definitely an unforgettable experience.

In my opinion book in autumn as the best time to see Northern Lights in Iceland in 2019 is during September and October because the weather is better so you have more chances to move from one spot to another. Watch the aurora forecast from and also look for the weather forecast for clouds as you cannot see the aurora borealis if the sky is full of clouds.


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This is such a great post and it’s made me want to go and see the Northern Lights even more now. Another place that is added to my bucket list 🙂

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