About this guide

Iceland sea

At high latitudes and with its long, cold wintry nights, Iceland is perfectly situated for catching nature’s biggest light show. And when you’re not hunting the Aurora there are countless other sights--both natural and manmade--to make it well worth a trip in its own right. Ad to that the convenience of stopping off on trans-Atlantic flights and it’s easy to see why Iceland has become such a hot destination in recent years.

But it’s essential to plan ahead. You can’t expect to hop on a plane and arrive in the middle of a light show. To be sure of seeing the lights, good timing and choosing the right location are key. That’s why we created this guide: to explain how a typical trip works, where you should aim for, and what time of year to visit. You’ll also need a good in-destination guidebook and (most likely) a reliable tour operator, but start here and you’ll find everything you need to start planning a successful trip.

Welcome to Iceland! Happy Aurora hunting!

Why Horizon Guides?

Impartial guidebooks

Impartial guidebooks

Our travel guides are written by the leading experts in their destinations. We never take payment for positive coverage so you can count on us for impartial travel advice.

Expert itineraries

Expert itineraries

Suggested itineraries and routes to help you scratch beneath the surface, avoid the tourist traps, and plan an authentic, responsible and enjoyable journey.

Specialist advice

Specialist advice

Get friendly, expert travel advice and custom itineraries from some of the world’s best tour operators, with no spam, pressure or commitment to book.

Loading...