Aurora Reykjavík, Reykjavik

3.8
#5 of 126 in Museums in Iceland
Learn how the northern lights are formed at Aurora Reykjavík, 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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  • Pictures of northern lights two steps from downtown location and small corner cosy after visiting A not to be missed
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Spent an hour or so here, nice to wander around on a rainy day. Appears to have opened recently and hopefully will be developed further. Nice lounge to sit and have free hot drink before leaving.
  • Could've given this a miss--most helpful was the online map at the end detailing at which time & day the aurora is most easily sighted that week. It's more fun for the kids & we didn't have anyone under the age of 24 in my group. The virtual reality is fun though--you feel surrounded by the lights! And when else are you going to go to an aurora borealis museum right?
  • Very informative, learnt some new things about the northen lights. Bit short but still worth a visit.
  • A visit before going out to see the nothern lights is really helpfull. Good tips how to catch the lights by camera.
  • Very expensive (12€). I expected more. I don't recommend it, there are just posters in which aurora is explained.

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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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