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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

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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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Unforgettable evening!
James_B, Jan 2022
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Our tour guide, Daniel, was excellent. We parked up at a spot in the highlands and after no luck for around 2 hours, a lot of travellers believed that we weren’t going to be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights. Daniel, however, expert in the field, was correct when saying that there was still a very good chance. There was. The lights were so powerful and it was an unbelievable experience. Thank you Daniel for an unforgettable evening!
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Amazing guide (Daniel) and once in a lifetime trip
Charlotte_O, Jan 2022
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Our tour guide Daniel was great, made it really easy to understand why the aurora occurs and answered every question we had. I think it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity everyone should get to experience but make sure you wrap up warm because it does get very cold!
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Amazing experience
Hazel_L, Dec 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Daniel the "aurora whisperer" was a fantastic tour guide and was so knowledgable about the science behind the phenomenon. An amazing bucket list experience.
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Really special and quite...
Gytis_D, Dec 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Really special and quite a surreal experience (in a good way!). Our host Daniel was superb and we've had a chance to witness aurora borealis on a cold and windy night down south from Reykjavik.
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Wonderful, memorable must see experience.
Simon_C, Dec 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
This tour is a must. The tour guide and driver went out of their way to make sure we got the best opportunities. They even stopped on the side of the road so we could watch an unexpected showing.
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Dream come true!
Ms_A, Dec 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
It was freezing cold yet so worth it. We were lucky second time on a northern lights trip to capture an amazing aurora kp 3 activity. Our guide Dan, a space agency researcher gave us alot of detailed knowledge about auroras and stars. Do remember, a clear and good weather day is a minimum requirement to look for aurora's
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Comfortable and accommodating
Jennifer_K, Dec 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
We didn’t get to see the lights but the tour guide was very nice and so was the hot chocolate. We could have booked another tour but we didn’t have time. Maybe next year!
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Amazing, definitely recommend!!!
Amie_G, Dec 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Went on the tour tonight at 9:30, honestly couldn’t fault it at all. Staff were great and very informative, and provided us with hot chocolate and candy. Seen the northern lights very clearly and got some great pictures. Thanks again guys.
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Great Tour - Very happy
Angel_B, Dec 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Great tour with guide Gari and driver Einjir - may have messed up their names. Very good explanation of the phenomenon and really passionate guide and driver. We saw the lights. We were lucky because we saw them bright and in several different patterns. One thing to note, you need a bit of luck to see the aurora in all its beauty.
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Northern lights
Barni_L, Dec 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
This was a good experience, despite seeing it the night before, I'm glad we went as the northern light as we got amazing pictures, got hot chocolate. Got very late but was well worth it.
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Didn’t see lights :(
Jack_B, Dec 2021
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Seemed well organised and everything was fine. Didn’t see northern lights, mood was a bit depressing to be honest, but yeah we were unlucky and the tour was super organised so yeah I’m sure it would have been better if we did see them!

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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