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8 Best Places to See the Northern Lights in Iceland

Ishwari Pamu Jul 23, 2019
Iceland, the land of fire and ice, is known for quite a lot of things, and the ever so beautiful Aurora Borealis are one of them. Though they can be difficult to spot, here are a few places you can see them work their magic.

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Reykjavík

Apart from being a bustling city, Iceland’s capital and having a museum dedicated to Vikings, it is also an excellent place to see the aurora borealis.

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Located 200 feet above sea level, Oskjuhlid hill is in the center of the city and has an enormous glass dome. If you don’t want to go too far or leave the city, it’s the perfect spot to see the northern lights.

Vik

Head to the Reynisfjara beach in Vik.
Watch the northern lights waltz over the ocean waters while you sit on the glistening black sand and listen to the sound of the gushing waves. The entire scenery is super sensational and overwhelming.

Thingvellir National Park

About 40 minutes away from Reykjavík, it’s located in the Golden Circle. It is exceptional as a base to view the northern lights as it offers clear night skies.
If you don’t like the cold weather, you can book one of the bubbles at The Buubble, the 5 million star hotel, and watch the northern lights from its completely see through walls which have nothing but a warm comfy bed inside.

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Kirkjufell

A mountain with a waterfall at its feet and covered in a carpet of lush greenery, it is the most photographed mountain in the country even without the northern lights.

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When you watch the aurora borealis dance around and above the mountain, it’s as if the scenery demands you to pay attention while nature puts on its most dramatic show.

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Jokulsarlon

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As the northern lights sway over the black sand beach, the crystal clear ice boulders on the beach reflect the red and the green lights; it’s so beautiful, you’ll never look at the night sky the same way again.

Skogafoss

To watch the northern lights hover over one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland is truly something else. You can tent right beside the majestic waterfall.

Seljavallalaug

Watch the aurora borealis while sitting in the country’s popular hot springs. It does not get any better than this!

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Latrabjarg

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With a range of steep cliffs, Latrabjarg is a rather off-the-beaten-path location but seeing the northern lights play over, above the cliffs is breathtaking nonetheless. You’ll find a lot of puffins in this region.