Spectacular auroral display over the glacier lagoon Jokulsarlon in Iceland.
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woman wearing a bright yellow winter jacket is sitting in a field as she is watching a Northern Lights display during a strong aurora storm in Southern Iceland in November 2015
Solo traveler walking in front of an awesome Northern Lights in Mount Kirkjufell Iceland

Bask in Iceland's Northern Lights at nightfall


Thanks to its location in the northern hemisphere, and its favorable climate, Iceland is the ideal destination for spotting the Northern Lights. This natural phenomenon is the result of the effect of solar wind particles on the polar regions’ upper atmosphere. Because of this, shimmering green, pink, and blue light curtains illuminate the night sky.

The Northern Lights can only be seen in good conditions and when it’s dark, therefore, the best time to plan your stay in Iceland is between September and April when the nights are longer. We also recommend staying in a location away from the city, so you can enjoy this unique experience without interference from light pollution.

The best places to see the Northern Lights are in the areas surrounding Reykjavik and in the Golden Circle in the southwest. Don't forget to pack warm clothes as sometimes, you’ll have to wait a while for a chance to witness this magical spectacle—trust us, it’s worth it.

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