Iceland has recently become one of the most popular travel destinations in the world and with many great reasons. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking with a mixture of glaciers, volcanoes and rugged mountains.
Part of the attraction with Iceland is the fact that the Northern Lights are visible for 7 months of the year. If you visit between early September to the end of April you are likely to see some aurora activity. The long hours of winter darkness as well as the fact Iceland has little light pollution makes it the perfect place for to experience the Aurora Borealis which is part of most peoples bucket lists.
We have found what we believe to be the 10 best accommodation options for Northern Lights viewing in Iceland. These hotels, apartments and guesthouses are well known for regular Aurora Borealis sightings.
Getting to Iceland
The best way to get to Iceland is to fly into the capital city of Reykjavík. International flights are available several times a day from a wide range of cities. Check the latest prices on Airfares to Iceland
Dimmuborgir Guesthouse is located on the shores of Lake Myvatn in northern Iceland and offers a great chance to experience the Northern Lights. The family guesthouse is built on the traditions of farming and fishing by the lake shore. The guest house gives unlimited access to the lake. It has beautiful sunsets in the spring and wonderful Aurora Activity in the winter.
The guesthouse rooms are built to capitalise on the amazing views of the lake and offer free WiFi. The rooms also have private bathrooms that include a shower and toilet. The onsite restaurant offers delicious breakfast made from fresh local ingredients.
Dimmuborgir Guesthouse offers easy access to Lake Mývatn and multiple hiking routes of the area. The guesthouse is perfect for viewing the Aurora Borealis and guests have access to a glass hall where they can keep warm while they wait to view the light show. The Dimmuborgir Guesthouse is popular so it is a good idea to book early, check out the latest prices at booking.com
Skútustadir Guesthouse is located on the southern shore of Lake Mývatn in the northern of Iceland. This guesthouse like others in the area are set on working farms which give them a very family friendly feel. The Mývatn area is perfect for getting glimpses of the magical Aurora Borealis.
The guesthouse offers a shared kitchen area where you can prepare meals. It also features excellent breakfast made from locally sourced fresh ingredients. The room options at Skútustadir Guesthouse include twin rooms with the choice of private or shared bathrooms and are located on the upper floor of the farm house. A laundry room is also available to give your clothes a quick wash and dry. The guesthouse offers free WiFi as well as free off street parking.
There is so much to see around the shores of Myvatn and Iceland’s premier whale watching location, Húsavík, is only a 45-minute drive away. This is a great place to experience the Northern Lights. View the latest prices on booking.com
The ION Adventure Hotel is located in the southern Iceland town of Nesjavellir about 18 kilometers from the amazing Thingvellir National Park. It is conveniently located about 45 minutes’ drive from Reykjavík city centre.
The rooms have modern floors, designer toiletries and even come with espresso machines so you can enjoy your hot coffee in your hotel room. The rooms also have floor to ceiling windows that provide beautiful views to the wonderful scenes surrounding the hotel. The rooms also offer a satellite TV, free WIFI access, a private bathroom, and a seating area. Some of the hotel rooms even have a great view of Thingvallavatn
The ION Adventure Hotel has a restaurant that offers meals that are Nordic specialties. The bar has wonderful panoramic scenic views. The hotel has a very modern structure that is set against a backdrop that is glacial. It also features a Spa and Wellness centre, Swimming Pool.
This hotel offers fantastic views of the Aurora Borealis on clear winters nights and is the perfect place for families or couples who are looking to get away from Reykjavík. Check Latest Prices
Stella Rósa is a cozy, newly renovated self catering apartment in one of the most beautiful place in North Iceland, the Myvatn area. This areas faces the lake to the north and offers the chance to experience the amazing light show of the Northern Lights.
A modern and comfortable holiday apartment with 3 bedrooms and made up beds for 6 people. View to Lake Myvatn and the pseudocraters in the north and to the mountains and the highland in the south. Fully equipped kitchen. Washing machine and tumble dryer. Shower and a bathtub. Hot tub access. Check out the latest pricing on Airbnb.com
The Vogafjós Farm Resort is a family-run guesthouse set on the eastern shore of Lake Myvatn in the north of Iceland. The resort is set on a working cattle and sheep farm and the surrounding countryside is beautiful and the perfect location to experience the Northern Lights.
The room options include Double or twins, family rooms or triple rooms. All the rooms at Vogafjós Farm Resort include a patio, free WiFi, private bathrooms and a great terrace with outdoor seating. Coffee and tea facilities are also available for cold winter nights. Guest can enjoy a traditional Icelandic breakfast each morning at Vogafjos Café which is an easy walk from the guesthouse and housed in a converted cowshed.The restaurant also serves local traditional meals for dinner including lamb and smoked trout.
The kids will love the fact that this is a working farm with cows, sheep and horses. The nearest town is Reykjahlid which is about 2 km away and offers a small supermarket for stocking up on the essentials. The Vogafjós Farm Resort is a great place to stay in the Lake Myvatn area of Iceland and the restaurant is also one of the best in the area. Check out the latest pricing on booking.com.
The Hotel Laxá is located 2 km from Lake Mývatn in northern Iceland and offers amazing views of the Northern Lights. The hotel is also about 30 minutes drive from Godafoss Waterfall and Krafla Crater.
The rooms offer basic comfortable amenities with free WIFI access, Flat screen TVs, Coffee and tea makers. A modern restaurant is available on site service traditional cuisine. There is also a bar to enjoy a few well deserved drinks, garden and terrace.
The Hotel Laxá is in a great location and offers the change to experience the amazing Aurora Borealis.
The Guesthouse Brekka is a family run business located on a farm in Adaldalur that is very welcoming and tranquil. It is located in Northeast Iceland about 20 minutes from the town of Húsavík and perfect for experiencing the Aurora Borealis.
The guesthouse has a total of 41 rooms in a wide range of different formats, with many of the rooms offering ensuite facilities. They also have three rooms that have a kitchen and shared facilities which are well suited for guests traveling in groups and also families. You can enjoy many activities that include hiking trails, and day tour around the region.
The guesthouse Brekka is open all year round and offers a comfortable and relaxing environment. It has a restaurant and a bar when one can enjoy a meal and a few drinks in the evening. They also offer complimentary benefits that include breakfast buffet served in the guesthouse restaurant and ample free parking for the guests as well as free WiFi.
If you are looking for the perfect location to view the Northern Lights while in northern Iceland then the Guesthouse Brekka is the perfect choice.
The Hotel Katla Hofdabrekka is located about 5km from Vík í Mýrdal in southern Iceland. The hotel offers amazing views of the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. The hotel has spectacular views of the Northern Lights and also offers outdoorgeothermal hot tubs and a fitness centre. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and a hotel bar is available for refreshing drinks. Check Prices
The beautiful Hotel Reykjanes is located on the Reykjanes Peninsula, Isafjardardja in the Westfjords of Iceland. The remote location of this hotel and sitting on the edge of arctic circle makes it the ideal spot to see the Northern Lights. The rooms are quite basic however they are perfect to get a good night sleep after a busy day travelling.
Hotel Reykjanes features a restaurant, bar, fitness centre and a continental breakfast is served daily. The hotel also has a swimming pool that is located below the hotel. the size of the swimming pool is fifty by twelve point five meters, it is heated by self-running geothermal water that is very hot. the pool is very secure as it is surrounded by a fence.
The hotel has many trails that can be used for bike rides or just a slow stroll in the afternoon. The hotel has beautiful scenery that is very peaceful. You can enjoy bird watching as the hotel has very diverse birdlife. You can also enjoy the seals that are found on the beach.
Hotel Reykjanes conveniently has a dock and airport located on its property. You can enjoy an outstanding panoramic view while facing the coast and sit and watch the Aurora Borealis on a cold and clear winters night.
The Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura is an eco-friendly hotel that is about 10 minutes walk from the beach. The hotel features free WIFI and include Spa, Fitness Center as well as restaurant and Bar. A buffet breakfast is available from the in-house Satt restaurant. The Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura is a great place to experience the Northern Lights although we recommend heading a little further away from the city.
Sel – Hótel Mývatn is located on the shores of Lake Myvatn in northern Iceland, this area offers great views of the Northern Lights over the lake. All rooms in this hotel have a private bathroom and a television set. Most of the rooms also have tea and coffee maker, they also have a work desk in the rooms.
The hotel offers a buffet breakfast every morning to its guests, free WIFI, sauna and hot tub. The hotel also has an onsite restaurant where you can enjoy traditional meals and buffet breakfast. The Sel – Hótel Mývatn offers tour bookings including jeep safari, snowmobiling and tours searching for the Aurora. Check out the latest prices at booking.com.
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