First of all, please don’t make seeing the Northern Lights a goal for your trip to Iceland. There are so many other reasons to visit Iceland apart from the beautifully colored sky! There are chances you won’t see them and you will be disappointed. Instead, enjoy the beautiful Icelandic landscape and consider the Northern Lights as a bonus.
However, there are a few things you can do to maximize your chances to see the Northern Lights in Iceland.
Plan your visit!
If you want to see the the Northern Lights, you must visit Iceland starting with late August and ending with early April. I saw them in December in one of the four days I have spent in Iceland. It all depends on your luck: if the sky is clear, you will most probably see them.
Check the Aurora Forecast!
The tool I want to share with you is the Aurora forecast. In order to see the green lights, the sky must be clear and this is exactly what this map shows you. The white spots are the areas where you will see clear skies. Also, you have to follow to Aurora intensity. Anything above 2 means a pretty good chance to see it.
Rent a car
Renting a car allows you to chase the lights. I drove 400km to see the Aurora and, fortunately, I’ve seen it! I was lucky because the following days the sky was covered with clouds.
Bring a camera which can take long exposure shots
I don’t want to disappoint you but, in reality, the Aurora is not enough powerful to catch it with your phone camera. With a long exposure camera you will have the perfect picture to brag to your friends.
Bring food and water with you
Waiting for the Northern Lights to appear can take a long time and you don’t want to go back home without seeing it just because you are hungry or thirsty. Also, don’t put your hopes in local supermarkets. Usually, they close pretty early.
That being said, I wish you good luck in hunting the amazing Aurora Borealis!
May the travel bug bite you!