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Aurora Reykjavik, Reykjavik

3.9
#4 of 86 in Museums in Iceland
Specialty Museum Museum
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. Take a look at our Reykjavik travel itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Aurora Reykjavik and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • I loved seeing the Northern Lights in winter so we went to this center in summer to learn more about them and get our fix. A great center with a lot of information and an interactive display of lights...  more »
  • We really enjoyed a couple of hours here, very interesting and informative. Such friendly staff, nice exhibits and free tea and coffee..had VR headsets to use which were great!  more »
  • This museum is not very big, and it doesn't take long to go through it, but it does cover a lot of the basics. It explains the phenomena form a scientific standpoint, and there is a section that shows...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A lovely place with helpful and amazing staff. Really helped us to hunt down the northern lights
  • 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.
  • 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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