Iceland Northern Lights Holidays
Volcanic landscapes, dramatic coastlines and waterfalls galore might hog the headlines in Iceland – but this is also a superb destination for northern lights watching. September to April is the time for aurora hunters to head north to the Land of Ice and Fire.
Location is everything. Reykjavik makes an exciting winter break destination with its quirky culture and buzzing food and arts scene, but we wouldn't recommend it for a northern lights holiday. There's just too much light pollution. That's why, in 30+ years of creating Iceland holidays, we've developed close partnerships with the country's best rural hotels and lodges. Located deep in the countryside, far from the overpowering glare of city lights, they go the extra mile to help you witness the northern lights. Read more about where to see the aurora in Iceland.
Self-drive and escorted holidays
Self-drive is easy in Iceland – even in winter. We can arrange an independent touring holiday for you, staying in the best aurora-watching locations with plenty of daytime activities. If you prefer to let someone else do the driving, however, our escorted tours combine northern lights hunting with superb accommodation and some unforgettable winter experiences, such as orca watching and 4WD superjeep tours. Browse our full collection of northern lights holidays in Iceland.
"If your budget allows then I recommend opting for a villa at Hotel Glymur – as well as exceptional facilities, each has its own private hot tub from which you can keep watch for the aurora."
Anna-Heida, Iceland Travel Specialist
Killer Whales & Northern Lights
Northern Lights Escorted
3-7 nights, Sep-Apr
Northern Lights Fly Drives
3-5 nights, Oct-Apr
Northern Lights at Husafell
3 nights, Feb-Mar | Stay at this stylish new hotel with a friendly feel and contemporary flair
Orcas & Aurora
4 nights, Feb-Mar | Led by award-winning guides, this superb group tour is based on Iceland's stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula and combines orca watching with chances to view the northern lights
Northern Lights Special
3 nights, Oct-Mar | This popular escorted break combines sightseeing with excellent opportunities for seeing the northern lights stay at stylish Hotel Ranga
3 nights | Oct-Mar
Our Hotel Recommendations
Many of the hotels we use are in prime aurora-viewing locations and many offer an aurora wake-up service, so you won’t miss a thing should the lights make an appearance.
Hotel Ranga - this 4 star ranch style hotel has exceptional surroundings, with some of its rooms overlooking the East Ranga River. Its countryside location is one of the best in Iceland for keen aurora hunters. Offering a fine dining restaurant, excellent service and outdoor hot tubs, this is one of our favourite properties.
Hotel Husafell - tucked into the forested hinterland of Borgarfjordur in south west Iceland, this rural bolthole enjoys dark night skies with superb aurora potential. Modern and full of contemporary flair, Husafell has 36 rooms with mountain views and provides an ideal base for exploring nearby Langjokull or the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, which is slightly further afield.
Hotel Glymur - situated in the countryside but only a short drive from Reykjavik, Hotel Glymur overlooks a stunning fjord. With outside hot tubs and a fantastic restaurant (try the fish soup!), this is a homely but stylish hotel. Within easy reach of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, the area's numerous waterfalls, glaciers and geothermal attractions are easily explored.
Hotel Siglo - this new hotel sits in a picturesque small fishing town on the north coast and offers a stylish place to rest and relax whilst searching for the northern lights. With stunning mountain and ocean views, you can watch the daily catch be delivered to the hotel’s splendid restaurant.
Within hours of arriving we were treated to an unbelievable display in the sky with the aurora welcoming us in the most spectacular way, dancing across the sky, illuminating the fjord and surrounding snow covered mountains."
Michael Claassen, Orcas and Aurora