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Where to See the Northern Lights in Iceland?

If the skies are clear, you don't have to go far in order to see the Northern Lights. Just around the city are several locations that have become known as popular viewpoints for those seeking to catch a glimpse at the lights.

If you have a rental car, then you may want to visit these places:

  • Grótta lighthouse in Seltjarnanes
  • Gardskagaviti in Reykjanes (10-minute drive from the KEF Airport)
  • Kleifarvatn in Reykjanes
  • The Blue Lagoon

While it is possible to see the lights from within the city, we would recommend making the effort to travel outside of it. The lights are always most visible where there is little light pollution. The great thing about taking a Northern Lights tour is that you'll be traveling with seasoned guides that know precisely how the forecast is and where the ideal viewing places are that night.

When Can You See the Northern Lights in Iceland?

 
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The best month for Northern Lights hunting is by far December. It's the darkest month of the year which gives the Aurora Borealis a wider window to put on a show.

Other popular months for Northern Lights hunting would be January, February, October, and November. But, if you're coming for the main purpose of seeing the lights, then coming in December or January would be your best bet. 

What Happens if We Don't See the Northern Lights in a Tour?

The Northern Lights are an elusive phenomenon, so their appearance is never a guarantee. Most tours offer a free pass for another day if the lights are not seen in your tour.

Here are a few tips to help your chances and improve your experience:

  • Plan ahead. Make sure to look at the Aurora Forecast for the next few days, and pick the day with the strongest activity. That'll increase your chances.
  • Find a tour that has some other activities planned in addition to the Northern Lights hunt. That way, if you don't see the lights, at least you'll have an enjoyable experience.
  • Try a Superjeep Tour. You'll be in an intimate crowd, going over some stunning landscapes that will make you forget that you're there for the Northern Lights.