To improve your chances of glimpsing the aurora, drive far out from Reykjavik and away from major artificial light sources. This is a pretty easy thing to do since the vast majority of Iceland is unspoiled and sparsely populated.
Iceland’s most iconic landmarks are popular places to see the Northern Lights. Not far from Reykjavik, admire the lights from Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The large hill that rises above the park is a great viewing spot. The beauty of Thingvellir is only enhanced by the flashing night sky.
The best time to see aurora borealis in Iceland is between September and April. It’s when the nights are dark enough to see the aurora and also when the northern lights tours run.
Iceland only gets 2-4 hours of daylight in midwinter, providing endless opportunities to hunt for aurora borealis.
The northern lights occur all four seasons of the year, although they are harder to see under the Midnight Sun. The best time to see the northern lights in Alaska is between August and April, when less daylight leads to darker night skies.