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

Aurora Reykjavik (Northern Lights Center)

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246 Reviews
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

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Amazing group!
Katherine_L, Feb 2020
Northern Lights Small Group Tour & Aurora Reykjavik Museum
We booked this trip at the last minute because our other group kept cancelling on us. This tour group proactively confirmed our pick up location and time, arrived on time, and took us to see the lights! It was AMAZING. The hot chocolate and treats were nice.
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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!
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One of my best trips ever
Beverley_H, Feb 2020
Northern Lights Small Group Tour & Aurora Reykjavik Museum
Our first trip was cancelled due to adverse weather but on the second night, everything went ahead and the experience was incredible. The Northern Lights gave a spectacular show.. Our driver Hal took us to a remote area where the cloud was due to clear and it was amazing. He was very friendly and very informative. It was extremely cold so wrap up well if you’re going. We were able to wait inside the minibus until the lights appeared and the hot chocolate and biscuits were most welcome. I would definitely recommend the small group tours. Fewer people to round up every time the tour moves to the next place.
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Lovely
laurenirobinson82, Jan 2020
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Really easy to get picked up - we had the smaller bus so it was nice! Great host, knowledgable! Didn’t manage to see the lights but still a lovely experience! I was offered to re book but sadly only here for a couple of days!
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Dancing lights show !
Clare C, Oct 2019
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Brilliant . We were very lucky and saw the northern lights at the very first spot. The tour guide was brilliant and also sent us brilliant photos of ourselves with the northern lights behind us
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Amazing experience
Laura_M, Mar 2020
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
We were lucky enough to see the lights on the last night of our trip! The tour bus picked us up, and dropped us off, right out the front of our hotel. We drove south and saw the lights right as we pulled up! The tour guide was super friendly and informative, and provided us all with hot chocolate whilst we observed the colours in the sky. Unfortunately my camera didn't pick up the best images (the guide does tell you how to set your camera on the drive there, I just have an old camera!) so I contacted the company the next day and I was sent some amazing photos taken by the guide, which was a really nice touch. I'd highly recommend this company ☺️
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Nothing to lose, so much do gain 😲
Steve, Feb 2020
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Absolutely amazing experience to witness at first we only saw faint glimpses of the lights then they went..... So we then enjoyed some warmth round a small fire the guide had set up for us & enjoyed some hot chocolate & icelandic chocolate 😋 Then as most people started boarding & the guide had packed everything away he came back on board saying "we might wanna get off again" Boy they were dancing around & above us green waves were in the black sky We were blessed book on your first night so can reschedule if don't get lucky the first time. We travelled out of Reykjavík probably about an hour out in to the wilderness & yes cold night but the buzz was amazing The guide was excellent in facts & stories he told Book it asap you won't regret it
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Saw very faint noethern lights but still a magical experience. Worth trying one!
simar24sk, Feb 2020
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Even though it was veryyyyyyyyyy cold, it was an amazing experience. The guide and the driver both were really informative. They tried there best to make this experience worth. The guide took us outside to a location where the chances of seeing the northern lights were maximum. We did get to see a very faint one, but it was still a great experience. On top of this, in this cold weather, we were provided with hot chocolate, Icelandic cookies and worth mentioning fermented shark. If this is your first time to see northern lights, then you should definitely take this tour.

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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