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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Reykjavik

star-5
Thoroughly recommend
Sam_L, Apr 2022
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Fantastic experience, the guide and driver were great and knew exactly where to go and we were lucky enough to see the lights for about an hour!
star-5
Hike tour
Indre_G, Apr 2022
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
It was our first hike tour and we loved it,our tour guide Maggie was excellent, so knowledgable and so passionate about her job,definitely will book more tours in the future 👍😊
star-4
Damn you cloud
Raichel_M, Mar 2022
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Unfortunately didn't see the lights but our tour guide Dan was awesome. Shared lots of interesting information and remained optimistic the whole time. +Hot chocolate and a fire so win win
star-5
unbelievable
Diana_G, Mar 2022
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Gary the guide was amazing, very nice and helpfull with our doubts He took us to a place about an hour from Reykjavik and we saw the most amazing natural show It was unbelievable
star-5
Depends on weather
Izabella_I, Mar 2022
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
One of our tour guides said that seeing the Northern lights is like winning the lottery. Well, I guess we were quite lucky to see them then! Our tour guide, Artis was really helpful and she told us about Iceland a bit on the bus ride. Thank you!
star-5
Best night of my life!!
Katie_B, Mar 2022
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Travelled as a solo passenger and I couldn't have felt safer. They took us to a completely dark spot west of Reykjavik and we were treated to the biggest light show that the tour operator had ever seen. The sky danced pink, green, purple and yellows. We were so lucky and I've never experienced anything like that in my life!! A lot of other tours missed them due to being in the wrong place so i can't thank these guys enough for their expertise.
star-5
Pure magic!
Angeliki_P, Mar 2022
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Words are not enough to describe this experience! Thanks to our driver Severin and our guide Gerri we managed to see a magnificent Aurora show which really brought tears to our eyes. Gerri has been a fountain of knowledge, extremely patient and experienced. Thanks to his perseverance we had this mind-blowing experience. Thank you very much!!!
star-5
Amazing absolutely worth it
Elizabeth_L, Mar 2022
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
The trip didn't get off to the best start with a delay on picking up and transferring people BUT the guides worked hard to explain about the northern lights and seek the best place and we were lucky and rewarded. The got chocolate was so tasty and appreciated. They really helped support with photos. Brilliant tour would recommend. thank you
star-5
AMAZING!
Rachel_A, Mar 2022
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Great experience !! Lovley hunt for the lights - they were spectacular. Our guide Daniel had such a calming voice and explained everything so well. Best picture opportunities and great coco !!
star-5
Spectacular
Andrea_C, Mar 2022
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Wow, so amazing, John was our Aurora whisperer, he spotted something in the sky not that far out of town and agreed with the bus driver to stop. He explained it looked a little underwhelming but it may change. Was he right, we had the most amazing display of dancing lights. We also had the best hot chocolate I’ve ever tasted. Thank you for an amazing night which we will never forget. Andrea and Andrea
star-5
Lovely evening
Poppy_M, Feb 2022
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
We Saw the northern lights with a great guide and Got yummy hot chocolate - wonderful evening - thanks
star-5
Enjoyable evening
Janet_C, Feb 2022
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Unfortunately we didn't get to see the lights, but it was still a great experience. Our guide was friendly and very knowledgeable. We had hot chocolate and Icelandic chocolate sweets. Would recommend.

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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Trip ideas


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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Aurora Reykjavik (Northern Lights Center)?
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