The seasons of Iceland can be unpredictable, however, there’s no doubt that you will encounter natural beauty and stunning scenery any time you go. But if you’re looking to check one of nature’s most spectacular exhibitions of beauty off your travel bucket list, the best time to see the Northern Lights in Iceland is in the fall and winter months.


This colorful light show is a result of electrically charged particles from the sun colliding with gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere. They are active year-round, but only visible during clear, dark nights.

Iceland maintains a temperate maritime climate, thanks to the Gulf Stream. Located just below the Arctic Circle, their summer days are long with nearly 24 hours of sunlight. Their winters are the opposite: very short days with little sunlight. While this may sound dreary to some, Iceland’s dark winters are the perfect setting to see the northern lights – but only on a dark and clear night.

When planning a trip to see the northern lights in Iceland, you’ll need to be flexible and patient. With the average temperature, there is mild, weather conditions can quickly change from sunshine to rain to sunshine again. Not only does this make it tricky to decide on what you should pack for your Iceland vacation, but it also makes it difficult to plan the best time to see the northern lights.


During the summer months, Iceland stays cool despite constant sunlight. It’s one of the best times to explore the waterfalls and scenery of the island, as everything is in full view. Explore Iceland during a summer night, and you’ll experience it in another color.


The later months of the year will provide you with an entirely different experience. Mild temperatures, snow and strong winds mean one thing: it’s time to find a hot spring! These geothermal pools are abundant in Iceland and provide a soothing soak after a long day of exploring. They’re warmed by the Icelandic volcanoes that you’ll see during your travels. What could be better than winding down with a natural spa day underneath the northern lights?


It should come as no surprise that the northern lights are one of the most popular reasons to visit Iceland – and Tenon Tours wants you to plan ahead and be prepared! With our customized vacation packages, you can choose between a self-drive or private driver tour. From there, we set up your car, accommodations and itinerary. All you have to do is show up! We even provide you with a complete checklist of what to pack; access to our mobile app so you can view all your travel documents on the go, message your travel buddies or our team; and a 24/7 traveler hotline.


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Reykjavik New Years Eve & Northern Lights

7 Days | 6 Nights

Experiencing New Year’s Eve in Reykjavik is an unforgettable experience with city-wide festivities, huge bonfires and winter skies lit up with fireworks! In addition to the signature events of New Year’s Eve, you’ll explore different regions of Iceland and have a great chance to see the Northern Lights.

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Magical Southwest

8 Days | 7 Nights

Enjoy a flexible way to explore the best of southwest Iceland, this region boasts some of the country’s most popular attractions. You will explore volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, black sand beaches and UNESCO World Heritage sites and uncover breathtaking natural beauty.

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Reykjavik, Iceland. The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.

Best of Iceland

9 Days | 8 Nights

Introduce yourself to this fabulous country and explore the highlights of Iceland with this 8-night Best of Iceland itinerary. Visit the Golden Circle, Reykjavík, waterfalls, lava fields and see Icelandic wildlife!

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