See the Northern Lights

Experience one of the world’s most jaw-dropping natural sights as you set eyes on the northern lights. During the winter months Iceland is one of the best places on earth to see the aurora, so visit between August and April to boost your chances of watching the colourful lights as they dance across the sky.

You have two options to see the lights. Take an organised tour, or hire a car and plan your own route. Whichever you choose, remember you’ll need to be flexible, as the northern lights are active in cycles and are only visible on very dark, clear nights. Even with perfect conditions you’ll need luck on your side, so keep checking the weather and bear in mind that the longer you stay in Iceland, the more chance you’ll have of seeing them.

If you opt for an organised tour, you’ll be taken out of Reykjavik to the countryside, such as Höfn in the south, Dalvik Akureyri in the north, Seyðisfjörður in the east or Stykkishólmur in the west, where there’s no light pollution. In the pitch black darkness, your expert guide will find a great spot for your group to look out for the green, pink, white and purple colours of the aurora borealis.

If you’re taking a self-drive tour, remember that the roads in Iceland can get very snowy and icy so you’ll need to be comfortable with driving in extreme weather. If you’re confident on the roads, hire a car and drive out of the city to explore the small surrounding towns while keeping a close eye on northern lights activity forecasts.

Whichever option you choose, remember to wrap up warm with base layers, coats, scarves, hats and gloves, as the temperature will be below freezing.