What is the best time to observe northern lights in Iceland

This is the best time to observe northern lights in iceland

During autumn months and also in early spring it is advisable to go to Iceland if you plan on seeing the Aurora Borealis.

In order to watch the Aurora Borealis in Iceland it is essential to choose the ideal period and also the best month so you increase your chances. Choosing the right time when the aurora light is most visible and also when the sun’s activity is the greatest is not very hard. Just aim for the autumn months or early spring months and if you have a night with clear skies you are in luck.

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The challenge is not to only choose the best month but also to have a clear sky while you are in Iceland.

When is the best time to observe northern lights in Iceland

Darkness is a must condition for seeing Aurora Borealis. Iceland lies at a high latitude, meaning there is no darkness from mid-April until mid-August. In this amount of time, no Northern Lights can be observed. The Northern Lights period is from late August to mid-April. Nonetheless, from late September to late March, it is dark after 6 pm, as well as one enjoys maximum opportunities.

If you go to Iceland in September or March you have already significantly raised your chance to see the northern lights in Iceland, as this is the best time to observe northern lights in iceland

You have the highest chances to see the northern lights during September, October and in spring from March to April. These are the best months because there is plenty of darkness and the solar activity is at its highest because of the autumn equinox and spring equinox.

Top accommodations to see aurora lights

If you wish to capture Aurora near Snaefellsness Peninsula:
If you wish to capture Aurora on the Southern Region:
  • close to Blue Lagoon
  • far from light polution
  • overlooking the lava fields near Reykjavik

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  • close to Blue Lagoon
  • sea view
  • inside the Blue Lagoon
  • far from Light polution
  • great rooms and tasty breakfast
If you prefer to stay on the Northern Part of the island:
  • car hire at the reception
  • hot spring bath
  • hot tub and sauna
  • view over the harbour

  • individual cottages with nice view over the surroundings
  • remote area outside Varmahlíd village
  • remote area
  • view over the sea
  • far from any light pollution
  • with nice rooms and a fully equiped kitchen

What is the best way to see the northern lights in Iceland

It is recommended not just to choose the appropriate time to see the north light, but you should consider doing it the right way for you.

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best time to observe northern lights in iceland

You have the option to hire a car which will certainly provide you the liberty to walk around and also go see the light on the dark sky of Iceland.

Reserve today your rent a car in Iceland

But if you don’t want to drive, it is recommended to take a tour with a guide to see the Aurora Iceland. We chose some of the best private tours so you can choose the one that fits your budget:

Here are the best guided tours to see the northern lights with your own eyes

We highly recommend taking any of the tours below as we’ve carefully selected them based on the experience, high review rate from tourists and we know they are reliable and professional.

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Iceland Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik

Experience Aurora, one of the world’s most beautiful natural light phenomenon on a 4-hour evening bus tour in Iceland.

  • Duration 4 hours
  • Live tour guide English
  • Pickup optional
  • Free cancellation
Aurora Borealis Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

Watch the spectacular natural light phenomenon, dancing around in green, pink, purple colors across the dark sky.

  • Duration 3 hours
  • Live tour guide English
  • Pickup optional
  • Free cancellation
Iceland Northern Lights Bus Tour

Head out to search for the elusive northern lights in a comfortable bus with a qualified and knowledgeable guide.

  • Duration 4 hours
  • Live tour guide English
  • Pickup included
  • Free cancellation

So there you have it, if you wish to learn more about choosing the best time to observe northern lights in iceland and take in consideration all factors read the article below:

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