All Tours Operating Normally. Experience Iceland Safely: Current Volcanic Eruption Updates Here.

Our Favorite Photos of the Northern Lights in Iceland

Aurora Inspiration for Your Trip

|August 1, 2023
We are lucky to have many talented, adventurous, and open-minded people within our community. Arctic Adventures community consists not only of staff members but also of numerous guest bloggers, fellow travelers, nature lovers and Iceland enthusiasts. Read their stories!

Most visitors who come to Iceland during the darker winter months are here to hunt for one thing: the Northern Lights.


This natural spectacle is a captivating display of colors dancing across the Arctic sky, leaving visitors in awe of its beauty.

From fascinating locations to stunning shades, we've curated a collection of photos featuring the iconic Aurora Borealis so you can get inspired for your trip. Each image captures the magic of this celestial phenomenon from vibrant greens and subtle purples to ethereal hues blending above breathtaking landscapes.

1. The Northern Lights over Plane Wreck Beach

Aurora Borealis Over Plane Wreck Beach in South Iceland

Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) over plane wreck beach in South Iceland

The popular Sólheimasandur Beach and the Northern Lights are a combination of dreams. The white ruins of the plane are a stark contrast to the black sand on the beach; which makes for an interesting combination alone. Yet with the bright purple and green sky, it truly becomes a photographer's dream.

Find some of the best pictures of northern lights before you head out to find them with our Northern Lights & Aurora Museum tour.

2. The Northern Lights above Kirkjufell

Viewing the Northern Lights Over Kirkjufell Mountain in Iceland

Northern lights making a ring over Kirkjufell, Iceland

What could be a better combination than the most photographed place in Iceland and the incredible Northern Lights? It is no wonder that this has made our list of images we love. The reflection of the Aurora on the lake doubles the awe and wonder.

3. The Northern Lights above Skógafoss

Green and blue Northern Lights above the Skogafoss Waterfall Iceland

Green and blue Northern Lights above the Skógafoss Waterfall Iceland

If seeing the natural wonder of the Northern Lights is not enough, seeing this spectacle at one of Iceland's incredible waterfalls adds to the experience. This image not only captures the excitement of the few who go to experience them at Skógafoss, but it has captured the sheer beauty of both these wonders at once.

4. Bright Green Northern Lights above Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Sky Above Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Displaying Bright Green Northern Lights

Sky above Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon displaying bright green Northern Lights

This picture has truly captured the mesmerizing bright and vibrant green of the Aurora Borealis. But the wonders of this scene don't end there. The backdrop of the image showcases the magnificent  Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, which enhances the magic and spectacle as the green reflects off of the calm water.

5. The Northern Lights behind Rhino Rock

Northern Lights Silhouette in Hvítserkur Iceland's Rhino Rock

Northern lights behind the silhouette of the Rhino Rock

Dark and light contrast in this image has created a fascinating scene. The light of the Aurora Borealis illuminates the silhouette of Hvítserkur and highlights why it is also known as Rhino Rock. This sea stack is located in the north of Iceland in Húnaflói Bay. As you can see in the image, the light from the nearby towns can be seen across the water.

6. Blue Northern Lights above Lake Mývatn

Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) Over Lake Myvatn in Iceland

Light blue and green Northern lights above Lake Mývatn

Even though it is most common to see green Northern Lights, the colors can vary. This image has captured the more subtle yet mystical light blue hues. The ombré effect fades from light blue to green over a small mountain at the far end of Lake Mývatn. Finding a body of water to watch the Northern Lights dance over adds so much to the experience, as you can see from this picture.

7. A Snowy Kirkjufell with Northern Lights above

Aurora Dancing Over Snowy Kirkjufell Iceland Winter Season

Northern lights dancing over a snowy Kirkjufell

Kirkjufell on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula proves to be an incredible stop to see the natural spectacle. Here, the light blue, subtle green, and deep purple intertwine to create an incredible display in the sky, while the snow-covered mountain stands just as bright underneath. Our Northern Lights and Snæfellsnes Peninsula tour gives you the chance to spot the natural phenomenon for yourself!

8. The Northern Lights over a Snowy Scene

Northern Light Dancing On The Clear Sky Full Of Stars Above Snow Covered Mountains

Green Northern Lights above a snowy covered scene

Iceland is a winter wonderland, and nothing achieves that status quite like the visual power of snow and Northern Lights combined. By venturing out into nature, the chance of seeing these natural marvels is greater, as there is less light pollution drowning out their brightness. Our Magical Northern Lights tour will take you on your very own pursuit of the lights from Reykjavík. Who knows which wonderful rural location you will end up in?

9. Dancing Northern Lights over Jökulsárlón

Green And Red Northern Lights About Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Green and Red Northern lights about Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

It's no surprise that we’ve included two photos from this extraordinary location. The glacier lagoon itself is a natural wonder and a true spectacle. Yet, this particular photo goes beyond capturing the breathtaking beauty of the lagoon. It manages to convey the magical experience of standing under the dancing lights of the Northern Lights with a vast expanse of icebergs stretching as far as the eye can see.

10. The Northern Lights over Reykjavík

The Subtle Blue And Green From The Aurora Borealis Above Reykjavík

The subtle blue and green from the Aurora Borealis above Reykjavík

Even from the capital, incredible photos emerge of the Northern Lights. Heading a short distance from Reykjavík can leave a less polluted sky and offer an opportunity to see the natural display of lights. This image, although subtle, displays how the whole area is illuminated by them.

If you haven't already planned or organized your trip to witness this natural wonder for yourself, then consider booking one of our Northern Lights tours. Combine nature’s best light show with a range of other activities, from super-jeep rides on our Northern Lights Explorer tour to the stunning highlights of West Iceland with our Snaefellsnes Peninsula Northern Lights tour. Our experienced guides will take you to the best spots, ensuring you have the greatest chance of witnessing this display for yourself. 

Browse our other fantastic combination tours to make the most of your time in Iceland.

 

Related Tours

Related Blog Posts