Aurora Reykjavik, Reykjavik

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#4 of 123 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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  • It consists of google pictures printed out and hung on the wall. Never regretted spending money on something this much.  more »
  • I would not recoomend going in February. Although there is supposed to be a good chance of seeing the aurora thre is no gaurantee but we never even got taken out to see it. We were there for 5 days an...  more »
  • This was a good experience at a good price for Iceland. There was an area explaining how to photo the aurora, what the aurora is and how it is forecast. There is then a cinema where you can watch some...  more »
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  • It's nice. I liked their stories from around the world very much, and it was quite informative but there's only so much to learn about the Aurora. It's difficult to build a museum based upon one single natural phenomenon, that isn't so complicated. Hard to elaborate on that. I believe that overall it's worth a visit as the views they give, including the VR are nice, the postcards at the shop are great and it did look like they spent some time and effort putting this museum together but it's not a must see.
  • Interesting place to see some beautiful footage of the Northern Lights. They have a store which sells all sorts of related goods. I believe you can also book a lights tour with them. They serve complimentary hot chocolate and coffee which is nice. Don't think you'd spend more than an hour there.
  • Neat little museum. There isnt much inside, some posters and overall facts about auroras. I think the best part of it is dark room with wide screen showing time-lapse of various auroras from across entire Iceland. Also at the end you get to see World map with hundreds of pins representing people who visited this place from different parts of the world.
  • Excellent presentation and cinema type video of the Northern Lights, run by young, helpful enthusiastic staff, who pointed out the excellent VR headset experience. Particularly great as we didn't catch the real aurora ourselves, due to cloud.
  • I had the good fortune to be here when one of the founders and photographers (K. Raker) was giving a tour to a German Studiousus travel group. She really took time to explain the various reasons behind the northern lights, when and how to photograph them, as well as answer diverse questions. Even without a guide though there are excellent displays and short films in English. Certainly a true highlight is the cinematic display of timelapse photographs of the northern lights in various locations. Definitely a must-see! Simply gorgeous. Special software was used to interpolate the images between frames making this a very smooth, almost real-time experience. The museum price is quite reasonable for Iceland too. Highly recommended!!
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