Catch the Aurora Borealis All Year Round
Aurora Reykjavík’s Northern Lights Center lets you see the Lights all year
There is perhaps nothing more magical and unforgettable than witnessing the beauty of a Northern Lights display in one’s lifetime. It’s the dream of many who come to Iceland, but alas, those unpredictable, frenetic lights tend to have a mind of their own and don’t always show up on cue. So, it is with great joy that we welcome one of Iceland’s most recent additions – Aurora Reykjavík’s Northern Lights Center, where the Northern Lights are always on display.
A Unique Experience
The center is the unique creation of four enterprising young Icelanders – all photographers and Northern Lights enthusiasts – who recognized the need for just such a place: a kind of one-stop-shop for all things Northern Lights.
Located at the old harbor Grandi, the most vibrant and upcoming area in Reykjavík, the center serves both educational and inspirational purposes. Here you can read up on the auroras through stories and legends from around the world, learn about the science behind this amazing phenomenon and gaze at spectacular Northern Lights photography from top Icelandic photographers.
Soothing Sights and Sounds
However, Aurora Reykjavík’s real pull and ace up its sleeve is its fantastic 4K time-lapse film of the Aurora Borealis.
Projected onto a 7-meter-wide screen, you can sit back in bean bags or even lay down on a big lamb fur and enjoy this 30 minutes film that features dazzling displays of auroral activity captured all over Iceland, accompanied by relaxing music. Therapeutic and restful are two words that come to mind to describe this zen-like experience.
World’s first 360° Virtual Reality Videos
Aurora Reykjavík’s latest addition are virtual reality goggles featuring the world’s first 360° movie of auroral displays captured at Iceland’s most exciting places, such as on top of Langjökull glacier or at the edge of Goðafoss, the waterfall of the Gods. If you can’t catch the Northern Lights yourself, this almost real experience is definitely the next best option to witness the beauty of this truly amazing phenomenon.
Tour booking and expert tips
Aurora Reykjavík is not only a great alternative if the Northern Lights are not visible, it’s also highly recommended to visit the Center to get set for your own Northern Lights adventure.
A whole team of Northern Lights enthusiasts welcomes you every day from 9 am to 9 pm, sharing expert tips about best places to go, the forecast and tour options.
There is even a specially equipped photo booth where you can learn how to adjust your camera’s settings should you want to try your hand at capturing an auroral display yourself.
Hot coffee and choice gifts
Before leaving, be sure to grab a free cup of coffee in the Northern Lights Center gift shop and check out the impressive display of clothing, jewelry, photography and woolen knitwear by some of Iceland’s most creative designers. The theme? You guessed it.