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The Best Places to see the Northern Lights in Iceland

10 Undiscovered Places to best experience the Aurora Borealis in Iceland.

Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure to witness the mesmerizing Northern Lights in Iceland? Get ready to have your mind blown by this awe-inspiring natural phenomenon that paints the night sky with vibrant colors The science behind its occurrence is closely linked to the ionization of atmospheric particles resulting in the production of these lights of various colors.

But wait until you experience it for yourself! The Northern Lights are like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They’re on the bucket list of every adventurous traveler seeking extraordinary wonders. Picture yourself in the middle of a dark and unobstructed area, gazing up at the mesmerizing dance of colors. Talk about a truly unforgettable experience! Just remember, the Northern Lights are as unpredictable as the weather in Iceland. Your best chances to catch them are between October and March, especially around midnight when the magic happens.

Now, get ready for something special. We’ve put together a handpicked list of hidden gems in Iceland that offer the perfect vantage points for witnessing the Northern Lights. These spots may not be as well-known as Reykjavík, Jökulsárlón, Vik, and Kirkjufell, but they promise an intimate and awe-inspiring viewing experience.

Our top picks are:

1. Eldborgahraun:

Escape the city and venture into the untouched beauty of Eldborgahraun. This moss-covered terrain offers a secluded spot where you can gaze up at the night sky and be mesmerized by the dancing lights.

2. Djúpavík:

Head to the tranquil village of Djúpavík in the North-West of Iceland. This charming and remote village, once famous for its herring factory, provides a serene setting to witness the enchanting Northern Lights.

3. Hvammsfjörður:

Explore the majestic Hvammsfjörður, a large fjord in western Iceland. With its L-shaped formation and dark skies, it offers a perfect vantage point to admire the lights and marvel at the vast ocean surrounding it.

4. Þrengsli:

Follow the stream along Þrengslavegur, a major road in southern Iceland, to discover a hidden gem. This location offers an unobstructed view of the sky, thanks to the absence of structures. Covered in moss or snow, depending on the month, it sets the stage for an unforgettable Northern Lights experience.

5. Látrabjarg:

Venture to the West Fjords and behold the majestic cliffs of Látrabjarg. Standing on these cliffs, you’ll feel like you’re closer to the sky, creating an otherworldly atmosphere that enhances the magic of the Northern Lights.

6. Hvítserkur:

Marvel at the 15-meter tall basalt rock formation known as Hvítserkur. Rising from Húnaflói Bay, this unique rock formation becomes even more enchanting when illuminated by the dancing colors of the aurora borealis. It’s a sight straight out of a fairytale!

Aurora Borealis in Iceland


7. Blue House:

Located in the peninsula of Seltjarnarnes, near central Reykjavik, the Blue House offers an ideal spot for a private viewing of the Northern Lights. You can even enjoy the magical display right from the comfort of your room. Talk about an unforgettable experience!

8. Seljavallalaug:

Take a dip in history at Seljavallalaug, one of Iceland’s oldest and most historic outdoor swimming pools. Imagine soaking in the warm waters while gazing at the Northern Lights dancing above. It’s a magical combination that will leave you in awe.

9. Hella:

Immerse yourself in the charm of the small town of Hella, located in the south of Iceland. With its sparse population and reduced light pollution, Hella offers a serene environment to witness the dotted lights in the night sky. Don’t forget to explore the notable historic sites during your visit!

10. Skógar:

Make your way to the picturesque town of Skógar, nestled near the stunning Eyjafjallajökull glacier. Here, you’ll find the magnificent Skógafoss waterfall, which becomes an even more mesmerizing sight when illuminated by the Northern Lights. It’s a fairytale-like experience that will leave you breathless.

Aurora Borealis in Iceland
Aurora Borealis, Iceland Source: My Suitcase Journeys


With these hidden gems, you’re all set for an incredible Northern Lights adventure! Remember, witnessing this natural marvel is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave you in awe. So start planning your trip and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime. Don’t forget to share your amazing experiences with us in the comments below!

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