Iceland – Chasing the Northern Lights

One of the reasons we chose to visit Iceland during the time of year we did was to see the Northern Lights.

A couple weeks before we left, I saw this article from The Lonely Planet about a new Northern Lights viewing centre just outside of Reykjavik. We thought the Aurora Basecamp looked really cool and decided we wanted to get tickets.

Tickets include access to the Basecamp Lounge, a warm spot to hang out. It also features an excellent demonstration of how and why the Northern Lights happen. We also had bottomless hot chocolate, that was probably some of the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had. The best feature was that a guide and photographer at the camp, Erik, showed me how to best shoot the Northern Lights on my camera. With his help, I was able to get a few photos of the Northern Lights that I was really happy with.

I use a Sony A5000, and have for about 5 years now. We also brought a tripod with us which I 100% recommend having with you if you’re using a camera. Ethan was able to get some pretty nice photos of the Lights with his Google Pixel phone.

I’m really glad we visited the Aurora Basecamp. For us it was totally worth it and we had an awesome time there. The staff was very friendly and helpful. It was one of our favourite parts of the trip.

Tickets were about $40 CAD each (3,900 ISK). The camp is a 20 minute drive outside of Reykjavik. You can book tickets online here.

For more on our trip to Iceland, check out my other posts.

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