Aurora Reykjavik, Reykjavik

3.9
#4 of 85 in Museums in Iceland
Learn how the northern lights are formed at Aurora Reykjavik, Iceland's first educational and recreational northern lights center. Signs explain the history and science behind this natural phenomenon. The center will introduce you to folktales, local myths, and legends that will help you put the northern lights in the context of Icelandic culture. Watch a display of images of the phenomenon shot at various locations from the relaxing seats of the small movie theater. A gift shop offers a selection of souvenirs made by Icelanders, along with a complimentary cup of coffee. The staff will give you helpful information on how to see the northern lights for yourself. You can plan Reykjavik trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Pictures of northern lights two steps from downtown location and small corner cosy after visiting A not to be missed
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  • August 15, 2017
    A small museum very well done which allows to understand how the northern lights form and allows to get an idea about this phenomenon that can unfortunately not observed in summer. The virtual reality helmet which plunges you into the heart of an observation is very successful.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Beautiful facility that provides international lore about aurora borealis. Helps visitors understand the science behind the phenomenon. I enjoyed seeing the aurora from the perspective of outer space....  more »
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  • June 9, 2017
    It was a pretty poor quality museum. This was our best bet to seeing the actual Northern Lights but it was a pretty poor show. I wouldn't bother.
  • May 16, 2017
    Would have given it 4 stars as was a good (though small) exhibition. But very expensive for somewhere where you could only spend an hour maximum at. Did have a nice shop coffee area to relax in though.
  • June 15, 2017
    A lovely place with helpful and amazing staff. Really helped us to hunt down the northern lights
  • March 30, 2017
    Great information! If it wasn't for Taylor we would have missed the Northern Lights in Reykjavik on 27March17. Camera rentals available for approximately $45USD (2017)and instructions on capturing lights.
  • March 14, 2017
    Very small museum, they have an interesting short video but you can find all the information online these days, nothing in it that was really surprising or really well presented.

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Where to stay in Reykjavik

In this highly walkable capital, many of Reykjavik's hotels and guesthouses offer close proximity to the city's popular attractions, bars, and restaurants. The waterfront offers an exciting dose of activity. Although Reykjavik provides plenty of accommodations to its flocks of visitors, there is a dearth of budget options in the city. Price-conscious visitors should consider staying in a hostel, with both private and dorm rooms available, or a nearby campsite. Although the campground is not as centrally located as some hotels, guests are better positioned to take advantage of the natural surroundings.
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