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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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Incredible!
Rebecca_M, Jan 2023
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Ardis was an incredible guide, taking us to different places to view the lights. We went on a night where they were visible close to the city, however continued to take us to different locations to get the best view of them as possible. Would highly recommend
star-4
Great tour, rocky start.
Ian_H, Jan 2023
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
The guide was excellent and very knowledgable and overall it was a great experience. However, the pick up point at Bus Stop 12 in Reykjavik was a shambles. There were a number of tour companies and the guides did not make it clear what tour it was and had difficulty calling out names. With so many people there (about 150) crowding around each bus on slippery ice with busses coming and going it is an accident waiting to happen. More control at major pick up points please!!!
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Northern Lights
Michael_H, Jan 2023
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
The lights were fantastic. Really a great light show enjoyed by everyone. Brin our guide was brilliant.
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Lights
Amy_P, Jan 2023
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Wow! Amazing tour and great guide. The hot chocolate was a nice touch! Lights were gorgeous! Great spot to see the lights.
star-4
No lights were seen but great experience nonetheless
An_H, Jan 2023
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Unfortunately we didn't see the Northern Lights due to the brightness of the moon and some of the conditions, but the tour itself was well organized and a great experience.
star-5
Lights were incredible,...
Donna_W, Jan 2023
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Lights were incredible, amazing night and trip. Guides were great and very helpful and informative. Pick up and drop off were fine
star-5
Beautiful
Fred_S, Jan 2023
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
The guide found the northern lights very quickly and it was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. Guide was informative on settings to get the best pictures with any device and we got free hot chocolate which was lush!
star-5
The most amazing experience made better by a fabulous guide and driver.
Annlouise_M, Jan 2023
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Very soon after driving out of the city we could see some of the light activity above the mountain. The driver was able to stop in a lay-by giving us chance to get out and see the phenomenon of the northern lights. We then continued to another destination where we had plenty of time to watch the lights dancing across the sky. There was a small building that the guide had access to so people could sit inside if cold and use the toilets. Hot chocolate was also provided by the tour company.
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Fantastic Trip to Iceland
John_M, Oct 2021
6 Day Iceland With Reykjavik Northern Light Blue Lagoon Golden Circle South
Iceland is an English friendly and safe country and this tour plan itinerary makes the most of the time you have there. Everyday there's something todo and the hotel was pretty nice. Really loved the breakfast. Very pleased overall. Would recommend to a friend. However, make sure if you need a Covid test before you go home to plan accordingly. There's not much downtime on this tour and you need to plan ahead on when to take the return trip covid test.
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Lucky us!
Nicky_L, Jan 2023
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Pick-up was dead on time. Amazing sights watching Northern Lights & apparently one of the best nights for a while. Comfy coach, friendly guide & great value for money. Welcome hot chocolate although tiny & recommend taking drinks with you as we were very thirsty.
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Suddenly…the artic lights
FEDERICO_R, Jan 2023
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
It wasn’t so sure to see the lights; cold and wind gusts on the ill (not far from Reykjavík) made less strong thanks to the hot chocolate of the guide! Suddenly…the lights. So amazing night.
star-5
Great tour and convenient...
Carla_G, Jan 2023
Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Great tour and convenient pickup. We were able to see the lights, and that was more than what I could have asked for :) Really appreciated the hot chocolate offered as well. The tour guide gave some simple explanations; although I would have preferred more detail and stories it was quite late and I'm sure people would have liked more quiet at the time.
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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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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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What else should I know about attractions in Reykjavik?
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