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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
$50.17 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Honestly incredible experience
Snowing quite hard when the bus picked us up, still snowing as we travelled. As we arrived skies were clearing and we saw an amazing display. Hit and miss we all know but if you are lucky it is is quite an experience
Nick_D, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Reykjavik

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Fantastic…!…catching the...
evanessaatzori, Nov 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Fantastic…!…catching the auroras like a safari!..we have do it!!..: Clean Sky…many auroras….and much much wind!..
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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
Honestly incredible experience
Nick_D, Dec 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Snowing quite hard when the bus picked us up, still snowing as we travelled. As we arrived skies were clearing and we saw an amazing display. Hit and miss we all know but if you are lucky it is is quite an experience
star-5
The most amazing Northern Lights experience
Richard_P, Nov 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
An unbelievable night!!!! We booked the Northern Lights tour with Daniel “Aurora Whisperer” after reading other reviews on Viator. So pleased we did! Daniel was so knowledgeable and entertaining. And the icing on the cake: we got to see an amazing display. A once in a lifetime opportunity. So very happy!!
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Awesome
William_B, Nov 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
We had a great time and we actually seen the Northern Lights. We had to go to two locations. The guild was fantastic.
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Trip on Sun night 31 Oct
Rizwan_A, Nov 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Stopped at a dark spot several km away from Reykjavik and had an hour to take photos of the northern lights that were present. We were also provided with some hot chocolate and a small chocolate treat which was nice.
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!
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Unlucky with lights but still great tour
Jennifer_A, 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
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.
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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!
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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!
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Northern Lights Tour Sept 20
CarlosR_R, 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.

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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