If you are traveling to Iceland in Winter, chances are the main thing you want to see is the beautiful Northern Lights! The Northern Lights are notoriously fickle and a sighting can’t be guaranteed. As we were travelling to Iceland with our baby, we knew we couldn’t go out every night hunting for the lights so we were really interested in optimising our chances of seeing them without spending nights stood in a cold field! If you want to maximize your chances of seeing the lights on your visit we recommend staying a Northern Lights Hotel or a hotel with a Northern Lights Alarm! In this guide we round up the best Northern Lights Hotel Iceland to help you increase your chances of seeing this natural phenomena!
Note: we stayed at hotel stracta in Hella which we would recommend for those looking for comfortable accommodation with kitchen facilities and in an amazing location! The other recommendations are based off our research when we were looking for a hotel with an alarm! It is always worth double checking before booking that this service is still on offer and the dates the service runs (obviously these aren’t done during summer but you may want to check the dates of your travel)
Best Northern Lights Hotel Iceland
Best Northern Lights Hotels in Hella Iceland
Hella is a great place to stay for travelers who want to see the Northern lights in Iceland! The town doesn’t have much light pollution meaning it is easier to see the lights! Hella also has great access to the Golden Circle and the ring road!
Hotel Ranga – A Hotel with a Northern Lights
Hotel Range was the hotel I was desperate to stay in when we were going to Iceland. Unfortunately the reputation of this fantastic hotel precedes it and it was all booked up by the time we were booking! So if you fancy this hotel, book early! Ranga is a four star hotel with an amazing reputation! It has some amazing facilities including outdoor hot tubs, pool table and game room, and outdoor observatory which is the perfect place to watch for the lights! If the lights happen in the middle of the night the staff will alert you with the northern lights alarm!
We opted to stay in Hotel Stracta on our trip to Iceland for a couple of reasons. Firstly it was one of the best value accommodations in the mid range budget that also had a great location. We loved that you had easy access to the Golden Circle and some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland and also could get out East to places like Vik for the Black Sand Beaches. The hotel also offers some self catering apartments, which although small had everything we required as a family and was a great budget saver! For evenings that you might want to splash out there is a nice restaurant and bar on site!
But perhaps for us the main reason for staying at Hotel Stratca was because it was a hotel with an aurora alarm! There aren’t as many hotels in Iceland with a northern lights alarm as you think. Because of its position in Hella, there isn’t much lights pollution so it is a good place like Ranga to see the lights from the comfort of your hotel! They have a lovely sauna and jacuzzi so you could stay in the jacuzzi to watch the lights. However it the lights don’t appear at a convenient time, the hotel alarm will call you in the middle of the night to alert you to their presence. It’s a great choice for those travelling to Iceland with kids!
Other Great Hotels to see the Northern Lights from
Ion Hotel Selfoss
This luxury hotel in Selfoss has a bar for viewing the northern lights with a panoramic view over Lake Thingvallavatn! The hotel also has an in house astronomer who can answer all questions you have about the northern lights!
Reykjavik Best Northern Lights Hotels
Northern Lights Inn
If you are staying near Keflavik Airport or Reykjavik the aptly named Northern Lights Inn is your only option! The hotel is also positioned brilliantly for the Blue Lagoon if that is also on your Iceland Bucket List! The hotel offers an aurora wake up call and there are plenty of dark spots to get a good view!
In case you don’t see them, you could try an aurora float experience at the hotel!
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Have you visited in Iceland and seen the Northern Lights? Where did you stay to see them?
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