Iceland is known for rugged landscapes where you can admire nature at its most extreme. This is where volcanoes and glaciers meet, where boiling hot springs and roaring waterfalls are never far away. Iceland is where you can expect to find icebergs on a black sand beach, endless daylight hours in summer and darkness so dark and overbearing in winter. Iceland is also where people come to experience the magical Northern Lights dancing across the sky.
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The Northern Lights season is from late August to mid-April. If you visit Iceland in winter, Aurora watching is probably high on your travel wish list, so you might want to maximise your chances of spotting them and making the most of the experience when you do.
Hey Iceland has a number of Northern Lights friendly partners, who offer extra services during the winter season, to provide you with the most remarkable experiences of your life. If you want to make the most of your Northern Lights trip to Iceland, we recommend you consider staying at in a remote accommodation that offers Northern Lights services to have a greater chance of spotting the magical Aurora.
This is a list of our favourite Northern Lights hotels in Iceland
Northern Lights accommodations in South Iceland
Farm accommodation with grand views over glaciers, mountains, and the ocean where waves crash on black sand beaches. Rich birdlife. An ideal place to spot the Northern Lights. Marked hiking trails along the southern perimeter of the Vatnajökull National Park.
A family-friendly guesthouse and cottages in the heart of South Iceland, with panoramic views of glaciers and volcanoes. Access to hot tub.
Excellent 5-star accommodation in well-furnished apartments and rooms that include all the modern comforts only 45 minutes away from Reykjavík. Close to some of South Iceland‘s most beautiful attractions.
The guesthouse is well situated for visiting local attractions and is a great locations for viewing the Northern Lights. Lambastaðir is a family-friendly place where sheep, horses, chickens, and the family dog are nearby. Great views and a quet environment.
A cosy guesthouse at a farm in the southeast of Iceland, close to varied interesting attractions. The farm is located in beautiful surroundings a short distance from the region‘s main attractions.
A country hotel and horse ranch in a tranquil setting only 30 minutes away from Reykjavík. Hotel Eldhestar is an eco-friendly hotel with an emphasis on the environment and Icelandic horses.
The accommodation is located on the historical sites of Njáls‘ Saga in the charming countryside of South Iceland. It is located close to many of the area‘s best-known natural treasures. Wonderful views over Eyjafjallajökull Glacier. Restaurant, hot tubs, and an 18-hole golf course.
Northern Lights accommodations in East Iceland:
A welcoming family-run guesthouse in a renovated barn in the Eastfjords. Accommodation on a traditional working farm shere livestock consists mostly of horses and sheep. Beautiful hiking paths and horse-riding tours with amusing storytelling guides.
A charming guesthouse, set in a historic building with grand views of the fjord and majestic mountains. Great potential for outdoor activities and recreation as well as organised tours around the area. Good location for sightseeing around East Iceland.
Northern Lights accommodations in North Iceland:
A farm stay by the northern shore of Lake Mývatn, centrally located in a region where natural gems can be found at every turn.
Ytra-Lón in Langanes
A tidy guesthouse far from the hustle and bustle of city life. An outdoor recreational paradise for nature lovers, hikers, and birdwatchers.
Aurora Vacation Homes by Fagravík
Accommodation in cottages by a small inlet near the head of Eyjafjörður, near Akureyri. The cottages a beautifully located with lovely views mountains and the ocean. There is rich birdlife here, and guests can also enjoy sea angling from the cliffs or go on various interesting hikes.
A cosy guesthouse located in the countryside that surrounds Eyjafjörður. Lovely views over neighbouring farms and interesting mountains. Hiking routes are easy to come by, as are other activities and services. A great choice if you intend to tour central North Iceland.
A cosy guesthouse located mid-way between Akureyri and Húsavík surrounded by beautiful countryside. Easy access to some of Iceland‘s most popular natural attractions and whale watching in Húsavík.
Fljótsbakki Farm Hotel
A family-run country hotel in a renovated cowshed. Here you can enjoy North Iceland in a cosy and comfortable atmosphere in close proximity to the best things the region has to offer. Fljótsbakki is a working farm with sheep, calves, hens, cats, dogs, and various birds.
Silva Holiday Homes
Bright and cosy cottages and apartment in the heart of Eyjafjörður. Magnificent views over the lush countryside beneath the blue mountaintops. There is lots to enjoy – experience Icelandic country life and nature whether you visit in summer or winter. Ideal for families.
Northern Lights accommodations in West Iceland:
Located in a peaceful setting near Borgarnes in West Iceland, with fjord and mountain views. The convenient location close to the Ring Road provides easy access to numerous places of interest in the beautiful and historic surrounding countryside including hot springs, caves, and waterfalls.
Vogur Country Lodge
A well-equipped country lodge in a peaceful area truly off the beaten track, offering splendid views. Snæfellsjökull Glacier looms in the distance. Vogur is an ideal base for hikes along the coast, into the valleys or up to the mountains – and for exploring historic sites featured in Icelandic Sagas.
Northern Lights accommodation in the Westfjords:
Holt Inn Guesthouse
A family-run country hotel in an old school. The area is surrounded by unique nature, mountains, white sand beaches, wildlife, views, and Northern Lights.
Northern Lights accommodation in the Reykjavík area:
A country hotel with the city at its doorstep. Kríunes is only a 15-minute drive from downtown Reykjavík. A fantastic option for people who want to og sightseeing around the city while staying in beautiful, peaceful surroundings.
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About the author
I am a born and bred Icelander and the matriarch of an above-average sized family. I have a true passion for travel and love to discover new destinations and cultures. I want to introduce you to the real Iceland, the beauty, the history, and the things that will make you fall deeply in love with my homeland.