Best Places to See the Northern Lights in Iceland

Best Places to See the Northern Lights in Iceland

Published: 24. February 2015

As an amateur photographer, there's nothing more exciting than capturing the northern lights. I suspect that I'm not alone about that, so I decided to write down my top 16 places to either watch or photograph the northern lights and hopefully you'll find it useful. To see the exact location of each spot, I put together this map.

General Northern Lights Tips

Before going through the list, there are a few general things that you should keep in mind before deciding on the perfect location.

  • Try seeing the northern lights during winter months, and close to midnight (or the darkest part of the day possible)
  • Make sure to bring warm clothes - this will make you more patient, which is crucial when shooting the northern lights
  • Keep the moonlight in mind (is it a full moon?)
  • Bring a sturdy tripod and a remote/cable shutter release trigger if possible
  • Bring a travel chair with you, to be extra comfy
  • Think about your composition and choose your location accordingly
  • Check the road conditions. You don’t want to get stuck somewhere in the middle of nowhere.
  • If you are considering a northern lights tour, I’d recommend reconsidering. You don’t need a ticket to see the northern lights (It’s nature’s gift to everybody!) A little bit of research is all you need.

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Our Top 10 Hidden Gems of Iceland

Our Top 10 Hidden Gems of Iceland

Published: 3. September 2013

The majority of travelers we meet have a very limited time to spend in Iceland and, therefore, mostly stick to Route 1 (the ring road) during their trip. For those travelers, we definitely recommend checking out the popular attractions, like the Blue Lagoon, Myvatn Nature Baths, Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, the Golden Circle, and other popular tourists places close to Route 1. However, for those who want to get the most out of their experience in Iceland, we suggest checking out these hidden gems that few others consider. These are the places that we suggest our friends and customers visit if they can!

Seljavallalaug

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