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Aurora Reykjavik (Northern Lights Center)
Aurora Reykjavik (Northern Lights Center)

Aurora Reykjavik (Northern Lights Center)

Grandagarður 2, Reykjavik, Iceland

The Basics

Whether you’ve come to Iceland outside of the Northern Lights viewing months or simply want to find out more about the natural phenomenon before trying to hunt it down, Aurora Reykjavik makes for an educational visit.

The Northern Lights Center features four separate areas, which you can explore at your leisure. One focuses on the history and science behind the natural phenomenon, another looks at the impact the lights have had on different cultures and people who live in the Arctic, while another offers tips on how best to capture the aurora on camera. The star exhibit is a 25-minute time-lapse video shown on the center’s 23-foot-wide (7-meter-wide) screen that shows some of the Aurora Borealis’ most spectacular displays.

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Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
star-4.5
$50.17 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Amazing!!!
We decided to book this tour last-minute at the end of our trip and we’re SO glad we did! Daniel was an amazing tour guide and very knowledgeable about how to find the lights. He gave great camera tips and suggested an app to download to your phone in order to be able to photograph the lights. It worked well on my iPhone and I was able to get pics of the lights! It was a cold night (so bundle up!) but Daniel made it better by supplying warm hot chocolate and chocolate lava bites. It was one of the best parts of our trip!
Rachel_M, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Reykjavik

star-5
Fantastic Trip to Iceland
John_M, Oct 2021
Northern Lights in Iceland - 5 Nights - 6 Days. Coach tours
Iceland is an English friendly and safe country and this tour plan itinerary makes the most of the time you have there. Everyday there's something todo and the hotel was pretty nice. Really loved the breakfast. Very pleased overall. Would recommend to a friend. However, make sure if you need a Covid test before you go home to plan accordingly. There's not much downtime on this tour and you need to plan ahead on when to take the return trip covid test.
star-5
Best guide AND tour!
Dinon_H, Oct 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Saw the most magical moments of our lives as the Aurora danced for us. Daniel was everything we could have ever wanted in a guide and so much more I never even knew I could want.
star-4
Unlucky with lights but still great tour
neni_n, Oct 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
We unfortunately weren’t able to see the lights due to unforseen clouds, but the guide tried his best to find them, gave detailed explanations about the lights; helped us with camera settings; i know it would have been perfect if the skies had not been cloudy; we could reschedule for free. Hot choco and choclates provided which was a nice touch.
star-5
Northern Light extravaganza!
Daniel_S, Oct 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Our 3 night stay in Reykjavik was cloudy but on the night of our tour, a good spot near the Keflavik airport was selected for the Northern Lights viewing as skies were clear. The Northern Lights did not disappear. Very surreal but cool to see the lights and stars!
star-5
Absolutely incredible!
Rachel_M, Oct 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Albert was our driver and Kristen was our guide. Excellent understanding of the history of the Northern Lights and the patterns to watch for. My iphone pics don’t do them justice, but this was a magical experience I could not have imagined! Book with a company that takes the time and truly cares about your experience!
star-4
A once in a lifetime experience
Tim_B, Sep 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
After a long, cold night (thank goodness for the warm bus) - well it was definitely worth it. Our tour guide - Daniel the aurora whisperer - was very entertaining and informative, and totally honest about the chances of seeing the aurora. While I would have preferred a less windy night (though of course that was no one's fault) it was something to remember for a lifetime. You're not always guaranteed to see the aurora, of course, but chances are you will. Highly recommended!
star-4
Northern Lights Tour Sept 20
carlos, Sep 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
The tour guide Daniel give a full explanation of the origins of the northern light but yesterday isn’t good night to catching light and maybe we reschedule for another day.
star-5
Great tour but no lights
Kris_B, Sep 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Was cancelled the night before because weather was terrible so they moved us to next day after contacting them, on the next day we had an amazing evening with an American man as our guide! He was brilliant and so informative, we didn’t see the lights but we had a good day, saw some amazing views of the active volcano at night
star-5
Great guide and very well run tour.
PETER_F, Oct 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Our guide Daniel provided an interesting and entertaining commentary and he provided help with setting up our cameras to capture any sighting. He was very accommodating, welcoming and I enjoyed his humour. The tour stopped at a few locations in search of the Aurora, including Thingvellir National Park which was eerie by night. We managed to see the lights at our 3rd stop and although a little dim my long exposure shots, as set up on my phone by Daniel, picked up the bright greens. The Hot Chocolate and Chocolate Lava treats were most welcome. Pick up and drop off was well orchestrated. I'm very tall and the coach seats had decent leg room. I highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Excellent guide and Driver
Jerome_A, Sep 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Our guide Dan, aka the Borealis Whisperer is excellent. He did his homework on solar activity, solar wind, and anticipated areas of clear skies. We didn’t see any northern lights, but the volcano was spectacular. He even took us to a spot to view it when it was apparent the northern lights would not be visible. The only failure is the company does not respond to the messages you leave them as a reply . Some people couldn’t get a call back etc. it’s on the strength of Dan and the driver alone that I give these guys 5
star-5
Stars and the milky way.
adam7141, Feb 2020
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
It was a very nice time. Unfortunately it got cloudy so we were not able to see the northern lights. It was a beautiful sky and saw many stars and the milky way though. We are allowed to book another northern lights tour for free which is very nice. Tour guide was very informative and talked about various myths and histories of the country which made the experience quite enjoyable.
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Tour guide
daniellelawrence1, Feb 2020
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Amazing!! Our tour guide (can’t remember her name) went above & beyond for us. She was so lovely and welcoming. Bus arrived on time, we had hot chocolate & biscuits to warm us up. Our tour guided also brought her own professional camera and took pictures of us & sent them over via email FOR FREE! Best value & best tour guide. Thank you!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Learn about the myths and legends associated with this fabled natural phenomenon, as well as how to capture the elusive natural wonder on film.

  • The center’s movie runs on repeat so visitors are sure to catch the spectacle no matter when they visit.

  • The center is wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

Aurora Reykjavik is located in Reykjavik’s Old West Side neighborhood, just west of the downtown center. City bus service 14 stops at Grandagarður right in front of the museum. Hop-on hop-off bus tours also stop here.

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When to Get There

The center is open every day 9am–9pm. If you plan on doing a Northern Lights tour, visit the center before to get tips on the best times to see the lights and how best to photograph them. The center is quietest in the morning and early evening.

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Photographing the Northern Lights

Getting good photographs of the Northern Lights requires preparation and skill. Staff at the center can help you find the optimal settings for your camera, from exposure to ISO to aperture, so that you’re ready before you head off on your Aurora hunt.

The center has a photo booth where visitors can try out their own gear and see how it performs in circumstances that mimic those of real life. Visitors who want to take their own Northern Lights photo, but don’t have the right kind of camera, can rent one from the center.

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