Northern Lights in Iceland

Iceland is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights, due in large part to the fact that, as one of the least densely populated places on the planet, light pollution is minimal. And for all you budding Dr Brian Coxes out there, here’s the science bit behind the lights: Auroral displays indicate that the ionosphere and our atmosphere are being energised by the electric power generated in the magnetosphere.

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Key Stats

Best Time To Visit

Sep - Apr

Flight from London London

3:00 hrs

Time Difference

GMT

The first thing to note, however, when thinking of an Iceland holiday to see the Northern Lights is that while the lights are undeniably spectacular, they are also notoriously fickle. There are many variations that determine whether the lights appear or not - time of year, weather, exact location and a little bit of luck.

With that in mind, it's best to plan some other excursions and activities into your Iceland adventure so you have an amazing holiday, regardless of whether the Northern Lights decide to make an appearance. And that's where we come in; we can organise everything from exploring some of Iceland's most spectacular scenery in a specially modified super jeep (think glaciers, geysers, waterfalls and canyons) to heli-skiing immaculate powder-soft slopes and walking through a crystal ice cave inside a glacier.

For more information on holidays to see the Northern Lights in Iceland, get in touch.

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Where to stay

Deplar Farm

Deplar Farm

The Eleven Experience group opened their third European property in April 2016, choosing Iceland as the home of Deplar Farm. Situated in remote valley in Northwest Iceland, surrounded by 3,000ft peaks, Deplar Farm is being transformed from a working sheep farm into the ultimate wilderness retreat. The lodge offers all the amenities of a 5* hotel, with an in-house chef, private concierge and chauffeurs, whilst activities are led by a team of expert guides.

Hilton Nordica

Hilton Nordica

Though by no means a beautiful building, the Nordica offers extremely comfortable accommodation and excellent facilities.

101 Hotel

101 Hotel

101 Hotel is a totally chic boutique in Reykjavik. As Iceland’s first design hotel it is nothing less than smart, funky and oozing with style.

Hotel Borg

Hotel Borg

Good things happen when you least expect them, and certainly no one would have expected that a hotel designed by an Icelandic wrestler in the 1930’s would become one of Reykjavik’s most charismatic hotels. Art Deco to its core, Hotel Borg is enduringly elegant and proudly stands next to Parliament and the National Cathedral.

Hotel Ranga

Hotel Ranga

Hotel Rangá is a comfortable hotel built in a log-cabin style set on the banks of the Eystri-Rangá river.

ION Luxury Adventure Hotel

ION Luxury Adventure Hotel

Located on the edge of Thingvellir National Park at the foot of Mount Hengill, the hip ION Luxury Adventure Hotel is where luxury meets exploration.

Hotel Budir

Hotel Budir

The hotel is situated right at the edge of the ocean, with its own private inlet where boats can dock.

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