Northern lights guide

When is it possible to see the northern lights?

The northern lights season is from late August until early April. The northern lights are not always visible, but when they are, it can be at any time during dark hours.

Where is the best place to see the northern lights?

The northern lights are unpredictable. It’s like a rainbow, you never know exactly where and when they will show up. Keep reading to learn how to get your best chances of seeing the lights.

What are my best chances of seeing the northern lights?

It is usually recommended to stay in Iceland for around 5 days for the best chance of seeing the northern lights.

The conditions need to be right in order to see the lights. You will need solar activity (which causes the northern lights), clear skies and darkness. Check the northern lights forecast for the solar activity and cloud coverage, then move away from light pollution and hope for the best!

How do I read the forecast?

At the top right of the screen you will see the forecast number which represents the solar activity (which causes the northern lights). It is possible to see the lights when it is a 2 or higher. Number 3 is considered to be quite good. Number 4 or higher is considered to be excellent. The bar beneath the map allows you to choose the day and time.

Should I chase the lights myself or book a tour?

Tour companies will follow the forecast, drive outside of the city and away from light pollution. They usually know where the good spots are. Many people take their own car and do the same.

What are the road conditions like?

Check the weather forecast and road conditions and dress warmly.