Stays

Chase the Northern Lights at This New Dark-Sky Observatory in Iceland

Iceland is known for the magnificent northern lights and the country keeps coming up with new and innovative ways of enjoying this beautiful celestial dance. The latest edition is a Northern Lights observatory called Aurora Basecamp that rests on the site of an old lava mine.

This new vantage point in Iceland offers front row seats to the Aurora Borealis. The site is partly a basecamp and observatory and partly an educational centre. Visitors can look forward to a cosy and comfortable space to behold the ethereal beauty of Aurora Borealis. 

Where

The site is located in Hafnarfjörður, a cosmic town about 12km south of Reykjavík.

Perfect for

Open to organised tours, as well as individuals, the Basecamp is a perfect place for anyone who is looking for an ideal starting point on their stargazing journey

More about Aurora Basecamp

The site is made up of two geodesic domes that have been designed to withstand the harsh winters of Iceland. The Basecamp has heated viewing platforms from where visitors can observe the beauty of nights while having hot chocolate or tea. 

To know more about the magical lights, visitors can speak to the guides at the site and also click pictures of this unearthly spectacle. 

Considering that the phenomenon only occurs when the condition is right, the basecamp organises a Northern Lights show on nights when the conditions do not allow the natural lights to impress the visitors. The show is projected onto the dome itself.

Timings and cost

The Basecamp is open from 6 pm until 10 pm.

Entry fee for adults is 3900 ISK (£25.50/US$31.40), while entry for six to 18-year-olds is 1900 ISK (£12.40/US$15.30). The cost includes parking, admission and a guided tour in the dark park and a warm beverage. 

As the domes can only accommodate a limited number of people each night, it is mandatory to make your reservation online.

(Curated by Priya Pareek)