Northern Lights in Iceland

Unforgettable Northern Lights experiences in Iceland.

The Northern Lights are one of the best reasons for visiting Iceland. However, they are also one of the most elusive and unpredictable attractions this country have.

What is the Northern Light

The Northern Lights are the result of electrically charged particles from the sun colliding with gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere, causing displays of bright, colourful dancing lights. They can range in colour from white, green, pink and purple.

Where and when to watch the Northern Lights

Guaranteed darkness is the first important factor. The best season to see the Northern Lights in Iceland is from September to mid-April – these are the months where there are full dark nights.  In order to see the Northern Lights, the skies need to be very clear. This often coincides with some of our coldest nights, since a clear dark weather in Iceland usually means temperatures below freezing.

You can see the Northern lights in Iceland as early as August if you are lucky and when the weather conditions are favourable and the moon is small so it`s easier to spot this special natural phenomenon.

It`s possible to see them Lights as late as April, and from many places in Iceland and anytime between dawn and dusk. It`s very special seeing the Northern lights concurrently with a sunrise.

Taking a visit out of the capital  Reykjavik and into the countryside increases your chances of catching the Northern Lights. There are many great small towns to visit around in the country with beautiful country hotels and guesthouses.

See here about the Northern Lights in Reykjavik

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  • Lattitude: 64.699105
  • Longitude: -19.160156