Guaranteed darkness is the first important factor. The best season to see the northern lights in Iceland is from September to mid-April – these are the months where there are full dark nights. Some sources will recommend November to February, as they are the darkest months with the longest possible window to see the lights, however, these sources often fail to take into account that these months can have the worst weather with lots of rain and snow. It is also not unheard of to see the lights as early as mid-August, once the final traces of the midnight sun summer are gone.
Checking the weather forecast regularly in the days leading to your trip to Iceland will give you an idea of your chances of seeing the lights.
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Hi Lakshmi, I went to Iceland in February 2017, and to be honest, I chased the lights every night for all the 7 nights yet I managed to spot them only once, and that to when they weren't very active. However, Iceland is very beautiful and I would recommend you take the trip as there is so much more to this place. Good luck!
I would suggest doing Iceland in warmer seasons because going to iceland and b=not being able to enjoy it's beauty is a shame! in winter it is beautiful no doubt but dont make the Northern Lights your only reason!
But Oct-Feb is the perfect time to spot them! Given how unpredictble the climate of Iceland is, not even the best tours can assure you a show from the Auroros
If i may i'll suggest Norway too if you want! There are many places that you can go in Norway to see them.
There is a band in the nordic countries, above which they are visible. Some of the places that fall in that category are:
Bodo, lofoten Islands, Alta,Andoya,Senja, Harstad, Kirkenes,Lakselv,Narvik, and the Northern lights capital, Tromso. I chose to go to Tromso and belive me it was amazing. But there is high chance of also not being able to see them because of multiple factors! So you really have to be lucky to see them. I did not book any tour, we just drove off, into the wilderness and had the amazing show on display! you can read about my experience here: https://www.tripoto.com/trip/tromso-norway-chasing-the-northern-lights-photosabroad-5c5058a3098bb
Even without the northern lights, Iceland is an otherworldly place to visit, with glaciers, geysers, massive waterfalls, and volcanoes. Both the latitude and longitude of the country favor aurora viewing, but the weather doesn’t always cooperate. However, a good coastline road around the country lets you chase clear skies.
I have seen my best auroras from Kirkjufell mountain on the west coast. In high activity you can even spy the northern lights from the suburbs of Reykjavík; the Grotta Lighthouse is a popular viewing spot.
Across the country, sky watchers can take in the dancing lights from outdoor hot tubs, inside Buubble lodges, and from hot spring lagoons. When to Go: Late August to early April
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