The northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, are a breathtaking natural phenomenon that can be witnessed in Iceland any time from September to mid-April, with peaks in October/November and February/March. Once witnessed, the spectacle of the winter skies alight with curious green and yellow streaks dancing overhead is rarely forgotten. Of course the aurora can never be guaranteed and there’s a lot of luck involved, but being in the right spot is one of the key elements when hunting for the northern lights – you need to spend at least part of your holiday in the Icelandic countryside, away from the light pollution of Reykjavik.
Our collection of aurora-focus holidays does just this, taking you to some of the very best rural areas to maximise your chance of seeing the northern lights. Many of the hotels we use are in prime aurora-viewing locations as well as offer a wake-up service if the aurora makes an appearance, so you won’t miss a thing!
We have an extensive range of specialist itineraries created for those with a keen interest in seeing the northern lights. Join a small group tour and enjoy the company of an expert guide and fellow aurora watchers; or take a leisurely self drive trip and explore at your own pace. And with some of our holidays combining northern lights hunting with highlights such as discovering volcanic curiosities, relaxing in the Blue Lagoon or searching for killer whales, you can experience two natural wonders rolled into one spine-tingling trip!