Northern Lights in Iceland

 In Iceland

Are you visiting Iceland and want to see the famous northern lights? If you are visiting anytime between September to April there is a good chance you can spot the aurora.

There are plenty of areas you can have an opportunity to view the lights around Umi Hotel. There are a few key things that you need to keep in mind:

  • The weather needs to be around few decrese but ideal around 0°c, clear sky (cloudy weather will not help).
  • Check the aurora forecast here – Forecasts will help increase your chances of seeing the northern lights and avoid wasted long nights.
  • Find area where there is minimal to none light pollution.
  • The time when the aurora is most often active can be from 10:30PM to 2AM.

Umi hotel offers guests to sign up for a wake up call if the northern lights are spotted around the hotel. Talk to an employee at reception and easily sign up.

If you are a photographer and want to catch stunning northern lights photos with cool and unique background you can scout out these locations:

  • Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Skógafoss waterfall
  • Kvernufoss waterfall
  • Sólheimasandur (where the US Navy airplane wreckage is located)
  • Dyrhólaey cliffs
  • Reynisfjara beach
  • Reynisdrangar sea cliffs

A few key websites to use when in Iceland: Icelandic Met OfficeThe Icelandic road and coastal administration and The 112 National Emergency Number.

We hope this blog will be helpful during your trip in Iceland. Enjoy your stay and contact us if you have any questions: