Best time to see Northern Lights in Iceland?



  • HI, Icelander / Evelina,

    Is that meant the best time to see the northern light is up to 15th April 2014? I had reschedule my travelling date from Jan to April.

    Can someone confirm with me the chances to see the northern light in April? Otherwise its going to waste my time to travel so far from SouthEast asia to Iceland.



  • Madbit, I'm afraid you may not be able to see them in April... although you might be lucky! The best time to see the Northern Lights is between mid-September and mid-March. But it is always a risk, even in the peak season, because they can never be guaranteed. Whenever you end up going make sure you plan other fun stuff for your holiday just in case the lights don't appear. Having said all that, this year the Aurora is supposed to be the strongest it has been in over a decade so maybe even in April you'll be able to see them... just know that you are taking a gamble going that late.
  • edited January 2014
    The best time is from October to April each year when the sky has clear and cold weather, because all the great location Iceland has for seeing the Northern lights only.

    Thank you..
  • Jaksonmith - cold weather has nothing to do with the northern lights. Often it is cold as between Sept and April it is cold close to the north pole e.g. in places like Iceland. April is end of aurora season and soon after the 1 april it starts to be too much daylight, so it is not necessarily there is less aurora activity, you just cant see it because of the daylight. So i would aim at coming either Oct-Nov or Feb-March. However the most important factor is the length of your stay. I would aim at staying at least for one week, preferably longer if possible at all.
  • Hi Icelander,

    I'll be getting married next year Aug 2015. I'm thinking it might be a good honeymoon trip to Iceland to see the Northern Lights. Would appreciate if you could advise the best time and place to go?

    Thanks alot!

  • just wondering end of Oct or early Nov can possible to see the northern lights??
  • Fellonbbq, as mentioned above, the lights are at their most visible between mid-September and mid-March, so you may well be lucky in late October/early November. It does depend hugely on where exactly you are going though? And always remember, no matter when you go, good sightings just can't be guaranteed.
  • edited June 2014
    The best time to see Northern Lights in Iceland is from September to October throughout  March to April. 
  • Hi how you guys doing?
    I'm planning to go to iceland in mid august for a all week with my girlfriend and we are planning to rent a car... can anyone recommend something i can not miss to do? (something  exiting) is it true that is better to rent a 4x4 car? will i have any little tiny chance to see the northern lights?
  • December - February are generally the best months. You need very cold weather and clear skies. But there is no guarantee. I've been to Iceland 6 times between late October-mid-February and have never seen the Northern lights. It's always been overcast
  • Hi! I am looking to visits Iceland for 1 to 2 weeks in sep or oct. Can someone please advise which week in Sep or oct is the best for viewing northern lights? I understand that there might be a solar peak in sep. Thanks in advance!!
  • Hi, I'm currently planning a trip to Reykjavik Iceland, staying for 5 nights, between December 2014 - March 2015, I know seeing the Northern Lights is not guaranteed, but which month would anyone advise, to maximise my chances, thanks to anyone who replies :)?
  • Aurorafan and Junelle - there is a new article on the northern lights Iceland website covering exactly when it is best to see the northern lights in Iceland. See it here:
  • It is impossible to predict auroras more than a week in advance. The northern lights become visible in Iceland from around the 20th August onwards. Once you are there you can keep an eye on aurora activity using an northern lights forecast site, like this one:
  • To those that want to see and experience the lights consider your location carefully. If it’s not your first time Aurora hunting you will know that the weather is not always your friend. I know plenty of people that have taken holiday's to places like Iceland only to have cloud cover for the whole holiday, during the winter Iceland can have 80-90% cloud cover for some months. You can take a trip to anywhere in the Aurora belt and be tottery scuppered by the weather. However there is a tiny village hidden inside Sweden‘s arctic circle, Abisko. It's one of the last settlements before you cross the border into Norway, Abisko is known to some as the gem of the arctic but also as the blue spot of Scandinavia. Because of the location and geography Abisko is one of the driest places to see the lights in Europe. Only a few miles away, near the Norwegian border, is one of the wettest. For a host of information about the Aurora Borealis and Abisko go to
  • I read through all the posts and I'm thinking the beginning of March 2015 for 10-14 days should be a good time to see the lights right? I was wondering how easy it would be to drive around the country, since I only plan to spend 2-4 nights in Reykjavik? The rest of the time possibly doing the road trip around the country-is that enough time?
  • Iceland is a mountainous island nation in the north Atlantic Ocean, located between Europe and North America Blue Lagoon,its features are volcanoes, hot springs which makes Iceland a unique destination that offers pristine nature, breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture a must to see and enjoy..........
  • If you want to make the most of it and enjoy looking at the scenario in the sky, I would suggest that you go to the Borealis Hotel. Stayed there last week with my grandson and we absolutely loved it. We got to see plenty of Northern Lights! Can´t praise enough the accommodation I had there. The excellent down to earth food. The comfort and the silence of the hotel.
  • Hi all, I will be going to Iceland Jan 9th for 3 days, so could any one give me advice on camera settings for the northern lights and also photographing the icebergs at the ice lagoon? I would be very grateful if anyone could give advice please. I am using a nikon d800 dslr.
  • Here is an interesting article on the Northern Lights
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  • Hey there. I´ve now personally spent over 1.000 hours photographing the Northern Lights ( and in my opinion the best time to see the Aurora is actually around the equinox, sept/oct and march/april, though I´d rather recommend the autumn since the sky is darker and gives better contrast to the lights. The northern lights also have active vs. inactive periods (where they are hardly visible for years). We´re currently in the later part of an active solar eruption period.
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