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Northern Lights Iceland

And your wait for an exotic vacay is over. We have found the right destination for you. It is Iceland! Yes, Iceland! Being one of the top tourist destinations around the world, this place is popularly addressed as the land of Ice and Fire. Though controversially nicknamed, this place is one of the favorite places to visit during your European vacation. From hot-hot volcanoes to cool-cool glaciers, this place is absolutely made for the thrill-seekers. The variety in landscapes and adventures Iceland offers is one of the prime reasons to visit this country. Iceland is a Nordic island country - meaning they geographically belong to the Northern Europe and Northern Atlantic region.

Nordics include Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Greenland, independent bodies of the Faroe Islands, and Iceland. Iceland, from a tourism perspective, is geographically divided into 8 regions - Capital Region, Southern Peninsula, West, Westfjords, Northwest, Northeast, East, and South. And one of the most attractive reasons Iceland is visited is for its Northern lights. Pickyourtrail offers amazing Northern lights Iceland packages that help you unearth the best nature scenes you would ever get to witness in your whole life. Your ‘places to visit before turning old’ bucket list should suggestively have to witness the Northern lights Iceland and PIckyourtrail help you check this dream in a way you wouldn’t forget your whole life.

What are Northern Lights

Northern lights are an astronomical phenomenon - a fantasy indeed!

A natural happening - a nature’s gift perhaps!

By definition - Northern lights are formed when ions of the solar wind meet the atoms of Oxygen and Nitrogen on the Earth’s atmosphere. Too scientific right! Let’s make it simple.

Frequently asked questions around Northern Lights

1. What changes do I see in the sky?

- The night sky glows in certain patterns - like curtains and pulses, in pink, green, yellow, blue, violet Colors. And rarely in orange and white too. Precisely, the night sky acts like a template and the Colors are the designs on it!

2. Where can I see these Northern lights?

- Northern lights appear on the Earth’s pole, meaning they appear in the places near to the northern and southern poles - Alaska, Norway, Finland, Scotland, Canada, Sweden, Greenland, Michigan, Russia, Iceland, and Antarctica.

3. Which is the best time to see the Northern lights?

- Skies of Alaska and Greenland make it visible to most of the nights of the year. However, the time between October and March is the best time to see the Northern lights.

4. Other names for Northern lights

- Call them as Aurora Borealis, Aurora Polaris, Polar lights, southern lights instead of the conventional Northern lights.

5. Are the Northern lights predictable?

- No, they are not predictable to appear beforehand.

Best time to behold the Northern lights

The best time to see the Northern lights is during the winter and fall months of that particular country. Since the Northern lights are a natural phenomenon, it is very unrealistic to predict it beforehand. Nature has a time and Northern lights simply follow the schedule. The months of September to March are one of the best times of the year to witness these Northern lights. However, the months between April and August sees summer, and hence it is difficult to spot this happening in the night sky. And in some places, it begins to get dark during the daytime itself - from the early afternoon for you to have a promising night. And the best time during the night is from 8 PM to 2 AM. Make sure to visit the viewpoint to behold the maximum beauty of nature. Plan your itinerary accordingly such that you happen to stay for 2 to 3 nights to ensure you get the best view of these Northern lights.

Top 6 places to see Northern lights

It requires the best time and best nature support to view this beauty of nature exhibition. Factors like rain and clear sky should assist you in having the best experience. Many hotel staff members wake you up at midnight for you to behold the Polar lights when the conditions are favorable. Witness the best nature sights of these Northern lights at the following places.

1. Northern lights - Iceland


Witnessing the Aurora Borealis from Iceland is definitely one of the best decisions you can make. Located amidst the hottest volcanoes, gorgeous waterfalls, and coolest lakes, Iceland truly never disappoints. And naturally, September to April is the best season to visit Iceland if watching the Northern lights is on your bucket list. Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland is one of the best places to watch these Northern lights. Northern lights Iceland should definitely be on your itinerary. Your luxurious dream holiday becomes a promising reality here!

2. Northern lights - Alaska


Fairbanks in Alaska is one of the best places to view the Northern lights. Alaska also falls under the top 10 places to witness the brilliance of nature's beauty. Located right below the geomagnetic North pole of Earth, this place gains a considerable amount of light with concentrated Aurora activity. This place is one of those places where these Northern Lights are made visible for the maximum number of nights of the year - visit anytime between March and September for the best view. If you are anywhere near Alaska next time, try not to miss scheduling time for Northern lights Alaska packages.

Northern lights - Greenland


Greenland is yet another place where the maximum number of nights of the year is exposed to this phenomenon. This is an all-round the year destination. But the time between September and April is one of the best times since these nights have clear skies. The area of Kangerlussuaq is one of the best places to witness the Northern lights. The feeling of witnessing it from Greenland hits your happy hormones differently.

Northern lights - Norway


From September to March, it feels like the Northern part of Tromso, Norway is just created to witness the Northern lights. From early afternoon to late morning, this place is just dark. The extended dark sky hours give it the right opportunity to witness the Northern lights. This vibrant city makes this Northern light visit even more interesting by having the best places to visit from cathedrals to trekking trails. The variety in wildlife and other travel components helps you discover the best time during your Northern lights Norway packages.

Northern lights - Finland


Located in the Arctic circle in Northern Europe, the Northern lights in Lapland here are visible for almost 200 days. Between September and March, you will be able to see Northern lights during alternate days. You will be able to witness these Northern lights by staying in glass igloos to luxury suites. Witness these lights by Lake Inari amidst the beautiful Lappish scenery. Try not to miss visiting the Northern lights in Lapland - since they are visible for more than half the number of nights of the year.

Northern lights - Scotland


Scotland, basically, is an amazing stretch of gorgeous islands. Undoubtedly, this is one of the best places to behold the Northern lights. The seasons of Autumn and winter are the best time to witness Northern lights in Scotland. Precisely, between the months of September and March are preferably the best time. Locals call this phenomenon Mirrie dancers - yet another name to this. Witnessing them from the top of Wideford hill is a different experience.

Right way to see the Northern lights

If you are a first-time visitor witnessing these Northern lights, you need to know a few tips before you even plan. Read through to understand the right way to see these Northern lights.

1. Planning your trip knowing the climatic conditions of the place is highly important. The best time to visit is during the months of September to March. However, understand that the months between late December and early March could turn out to be freezing cold, and hence planning needs to be done more logically.

2. Since the Northern lights are a natural happening, expecting it to appear on the day you plan is highly a flop. Hence, plan your itinerary such that you stay in that place for 2 to 3 nights to witness the best Color splash.

3. Pack for the right place. You are planning to visit the poles of the Earth and our geography books have taught us that the temperatures near the poles of the Earth are freezing cold. Hence, planning the right way and carrying the right things is highly essential. A quick checklist - winter boots, gloves, scarves, hats, jackets, and sweaters.

4. Carry your DSLR. Nature is bringing you a natural light setup for getting you the best picture to upload on your social media. Try not to miss recording this chance.

5. Last but not least, keep your fingers crossed and wait for the best view under the dark skies, patiently!

Top 5 things to do in Iceland

Other than simply waiting for the Northern lights of Iceland, here is a quick suggestion to spend your time more wisely.

1. Utilize your daylight and do some whale watching at Reykjavik.
2. Witness the popular fountain Geysir at Strokkur
3. Hop on to Iceland's very famous destination - Landmannalaugar National Park and fall in love with the landscapes.
4. Head out to the Vatnajokull National Park and explore the ice cave.
5. Go awed by the freshwater sense at Gullfoss Waterfall.

Do I need a visa to visit Iceland

Iceland is one of the members of the Schengen countries. The 26 Schengen visa countries are Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Greece, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Hence all the Nordic countries come under the Schengen region.

But the good news is that U.S citizens can enter the country for business and tourist reasons without a visa for up to 90 days. However, you need to have a 6 month (beyond your travel dates) valid passport.

Is it worth witnessing the Northern lights - Iceland?

If you are someone who loves nature - every little thing about nature, right from enjoying every little drop of rain, every single ray of sunshine, every full moon night and snowy days, Northern lights are undoubtedly going to fascinate you!

Northern lights are highly unpredictable and hence planning for the destination would be more appropriate rather than going to the destination to watch the Northern light. But the fact that should be accepted is that your itinerary to any of these Nordic countries will be made magnificently amazing because of these Northern lights. This nature’s beauty is definitely worth the visit. Imagine staying awake in a glass igloo the whole night and all of a sudden you witness this rare phenomenon of Color splashing on the night sky! You take so many pictures until you get bored of posing. Wear warm clothes and lie on a thermal bed under the freezing temperature of the Northern pole. Sip your favorite drink and eat your favorite food under the starry rainbowish night. Cruise on the most gorgeous lake surrounded by cold mountains and freezing trees - in an absolutely silent place. It is just you and your loved one! Truly a place to fall in love with nature. Experience this happening once and you would never ask this question again!

Northern lights with Pickyourtrail

The Northern Lights Iceland tour is definitely a must-have on everyone’s bucket list. Pickyourtrail has hand-picked itineraries specially crafted to make your experience a life worthwhile. This natural phenomenon is highly unpredictable. But you need not worry. Leave the hassles of planning to us. If you are somebody who prefers a personal touch in whatever you do, well, the customization option is right for you. Pickyourtrail’s customize option helps you to tailor-make each line of your itinerary just the way you want. Being you is more important than accepting whatever best is given to you. And we highly respect that. Take the 6-night northern lights perfect family vacation covering Reykjavik, Husavik, Akureyri, and Vik and spot aurora. Alternatively, you can also choose the 6 nights aurora tour package to Iceland. Witness the beauty of nature while satiating the Instagrammer in you. You will have a lifetime's best photographs.

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Price starts at$ 1,240/person
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4 Night aurora tour to Iceland

4 Night aurora tour to Iceland

  • Reykjavik (2N)
  • Akureyri (1N)
+1 city
  • Leisure
    • Solheimasandur on the way to Vik
    • Northern Lights Tour in Icleand

    Inclusions (customisable)

    • Hotels
    • 2 activities
    • Shared transfer
    • 24x7 concierge

    Starts from$ 1,240 /Person

    4 Night aurora tour to Iceland

    4 Night aurora tour to Iceland

    • Reykjavik (2N)
    • Akureyri (1N)
    +1 city
  • Leisure
    • Solheimasandur on the way to Vik
    • Northern Lights Tour in Icleand

    Inclusions (customisable)

    • Hotels
    • 2 activities
    • Shared transfer
    • 24x7 concierge

    Starts from$ 1,240 /Person

    Fantastic 11 Day Finland Northern Lights Tour Package

    Fantastic 11 Day Finland Northern Lights Tour Package

    • Turku (3N)
    • Helsinki (3N)
    +1 city
  • Leisure
  • Attraction
    • Flytour Helsinki: 4D-Sightseeing Ride Admission Ticket
    • 24H Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Archipelago Cruise Combination Tour
    • Snowmobile Safari +2 activities

    Inclusions (customisable)

    • Hotels
    • 5 activities
    • Shared transfer
    • 24x7 concierge

    Starts from$ 2,237 /Person

    Aurora tour package- 6 nights in Iceland

    Aurora tour package- 6 nights in Iceland

    • Reykjavik (2N)
    • Geysir (2N)
    +1 city
  • Leisure
    • Strokkur geyser
    • Solheimasandur on the way to Vik
    • Northern Lights Tour in Icleand

    Inclusions (customisable)

    • Hotels
    • 3 activities
    • Shared transfer
    • 24x7 concierge

    Starts from$ 1,692 /Person

    Reykjavik Lights: A 4 Night tour package

    Reykjavik Lights: A 4 Night tour package

    • Reykjavik (4N)
  • Attraction
  • Leisure
    • Solheimasandur on the way to Vik
    • Free Walking Tour Reykjavik
    • Northern Lights Tour in Icleand +1 activities

    Inclusions (customisable)

    • Hotels
    • 4 activities
    • Shared transfer
    • 24x7 concierge

    Starts from$ 1,445 /Person

    A 3 night Northern Light tour package in Iceland

    A 3 night Northern Light tour package in Iceland

    • Reykjavik (2N)
    • Vik (1N)
  • Leisure
    • Solheimasandur on the way to Vik
    • Reynisfjara - Black Sand Beach
    • Northern Lights Tour in Icleand

    Inclusions (customisable)

    • Hotels
    • 3 activities
    • Shared transfer
    • 24x7 concierge

    Starts from$ 1,364 /Person

    Fantastic 11 Day Finland Northern Lights Tour Package

    Fantastic 11 Day Finland Northern Lights Tour Package

    • Turku (3N)
    • Helsinki (3N)
    +1 city
  • Leisure
  • Attraction
    • Flytour Helsinki: 4D-Sightseeing Ride Admission Ticket
    • 24H Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Archipelago Cruise Combination Tour
    • Snowmobile Safari +2 activities

    Inclusions (customisable)

    • Hotels
    • 5 activities
    • Shared transfer
    • 24x7 concierge

    Starts from$ 2,237 /Person

    Aurora tour package- 6 nights in Iceland

    Aurora tour package- 6 nights in Iceland

    • Reykjavik (2N)
    • Geysir (2N)
    +1 city
  • Leisure
    • Strokkur geyser
    • Solheimasandur on the way to Vik
    • Northern Lights Tour in Icleand

    Inclusions (customisable)

    • Hotels
    • 3 activities
    • Shared transfer
    • 24x7 concierge

    Starts from$ 1,692 /Person

    Reykjavik Lights: A 4 Night tour package

    Reykjavik Lights: A 4 Night tour package

    • Reykjavik (4N)
  • Attraction
  • Leisure
    • Solheimasandur on the way to Vik
    • Free Walking Tour Reykjavik
    • Northern Lights Tour in Icleand +1 activities

    Inclusions (customisable)

    • Hotels
    • 4 activities
    • Shared transfer
    • 24x7 concierge

    Starts from$ 1,445 /Person

    A 3 night Northern Light tour package in Iceland

    A 3 night Northern Light tour package in Iceland

    • Reykjavik (2N)
    • Vik (1N)
  • Leisure
    • Solheimasandur on the way to Vik
    • Reynisfjara - Black Sand Beach
    • Northern Lights Tour in Icleand

    Inclusions (customisable)

    • Hotels
    • 3 activities
    • Shared transfer
    • 24x7 concierge

    Starts from$ 1,364 /Person

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    Youness Elalaoui

    Travelled to maldives, May 2021
    The first time dealing with you guy and of course will be many more to comes.. special thanks to Tale he was a great help.. thank you for the trip all the best to you
    Samira Fraser

    Travelled to maldives, Jan 2021
    I strongly recommend them, do not worry its a very serious travel agency and very professional.
    Oualid Nebbache

    Travelled to maldives, Dec 2020
    We had a great experience with Pickyourtrail, everything went smooth since the day we booked till we got back home, already referred them to friends and colleagues.
    Maged Wageeh

    Travelled to maldives, Nov 2020
    Everything went smoothly and they create a whats app group specially for us to follow up every step and to make sure that we are satisfied.
    Niladri Shekhar Das

    Travelled to Sri Lanka, Mar 2020
    They provide really hassle-free service. Support during trip is also very nice.
    Youness Elalaoui

    Travelled to maldives, May 2021
    The first time dealing with you guy and of course will be many more to comes.. special thanks to Tale he was a great help.. thank you for the trip all the best to you
    Samira Fraser

    Travelled to maldives, Jan 2021
    I strongly recommend them, do not worry its a very serious travel agency and very professional.
    Oualid Nebbache

    Travelled to maldives, Dec 2020
    We had a great experience with Pickyourtrail, everything went smooth since the day we booked till we got back home, already referred them to friends and colleagues.
    Maged Wageeh

    Travelled to maldives, Nov 2020
    Everything went smoothly and they create a whats app group specially for us to follow up every step and to make sure that we are satisfied.
    Niladri Shekhar Das

    Travelled to Sri Lanka, Mar 2020
    They provide really hassle-free service. Support during trip is also very nice.
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