Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland

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The Northern Lights are widely considered among the most captivating beautiful sights in the world, and Iceland is one of the best places to go to see the light show. Here are a few tips to help make sure you catch Aurora Borealis in full flow.

When to Go
For a chance at spotting the Northern Lights in Iceland, visit between September and March, when winter descends and the open plains outside the cities are plunged into darkness by night. Even by day, you can expect only about five hours of daylight. And do keep in mind that the nights are particularly cold during the cloudless days of winter, so bring plenty of warm layers.

Where to Go
The majority of Iceland visitors in search of the Northern Lights use the capital city of Reykjavik as their base due to the wealth of Aurora hunting tours and diverse accommodation, dining and entertainment options available. Northern Lights tours take you outside the city into the surrounding countryside for the best shot at seeing the lights.

How to Go
Iceland is home to rugged off-road trails, calm bays, and open plains—all offering great opportunities to escape the city in search of the Northern Lights. Spin into the mountains on a Jeep safari, cruise across Faxaflói Bay, zoom up to the Langjökull glacier by snowmobile, or simply enjoy a relaxing coach night tour into the wilderness—where the Aurora Borealis shines brightest.
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