Best Place to See Northern Lights
Below you will find information on some great places in Iceland for viewing the northern lights. These are not only great places to see the lights, but also feature many activities and natural sights. When planning a trip to Iceland, it is important to research what kinds of things you’d like to do and places you’d like to see besides seeing the northern lights. The lights can only be seen when it is dark and clear out and many nights none are visible, so make sure you plan to do many things in the days and take in as much of the country as you can. Think of the northern lights as a nice bonus and you’ll have a great time!
Hotel Rangá – a four-star luxury hotel
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Hotel Rangá – the best place to see Northern Lights
Hotel Rangá is one of the most renown hotels in Iceland for seeing the northern lights. It was the first hotel in the country to offer a northern lights-wakeup call service to its guests so they could pull their parkas over their pyjamas if the auroras made an appearance. In addition to their comfortable and luxurious rooms, their location on the south coast is in close proximity to natural wonders like Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss waterfalls, the Reynisfjara black sand beach and basalt columns, and the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Hotel Rangá is one of, if not THE best place to see the beautiful dance of the northern lights.
Hotel Glymur – Glymur Village
Hotel Glymur with its amazing village suites
Hotel Glymur is a friendly hotel with a beautiful village suites. It is located in majestic Hvalfjörður (“Whale Fjord”), just north-west of Reykjavík, and has breathtaking scenery. It has a lovely, relaxed atmosphere and a great restaurant that offers everything a hungry stomach needs. The six village suites are uniquely designed villas, each with an open-concept kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, leather sofas, large screen TV, dining table, amazing art pieces and can cater 4-6 persons. With its remote natural location, it’s a fantastic place to see the northern lights without going too far from the city.
Hotel Gullfoss and its amazing waterfall
Hotel Gullfoss – next to the famous waterfall
Hotel Gullfoss is located right in the heart of the Golden Circle, next to the amazing and famous Gullfoss (“Golden Falls”) waterfall. One of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland—and even the whole world!—it is stunning to see all year round. When the sun is shining on it, there is often a golden rainbow over it that gives the falls their name. During the winter a stay at the hotel is truly magical, with no urban lights around one can walk out into the darkness, or lounge in a hot tub, and gaze at the starry sky and watch the northern lights dance totally undisturbed. You can even get great photos of the lights dancing over the waterfall, capturing two of Iceland’s most famous sights together.
Drangsnes – Northern Lights paradise
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Great hot tubs for Northern Lights viewing
With less than 100 inhabitants, Drangsnes is the ultimate spot for seclusion and solitude for viewing the lights. You can lay in the seaside hot tubs waiting for the auroras to show up over the tiny fishing village, indulge your inner nature-lover by exploring the surrounding area, and go mingle with the locals at the Malarhorn café. When the northern lights do come out here, there isn’t anything or anyone to disturb your enjoyment.