Looking to see the Northern Lights in Reykjavik? Follow Tiqets' Becky Wicks on an Aurora hunt around the Icelandic capital. We have just one week to see the Northern Lights in Iceland, and we\u2019re on a mission. From boozy cruises and virtual reality rides to following a local\u2019s advice and heading for a hidden lighthouse, we try it all in the hope we\u2019ll see the Northern Lights without even leaving Reykjavik. Starting our hunt for the Northern Lights on foot The elderly man at the cash register in the souvenir shop ignores the Viking-horned mug I\u2019m trying to buy, and turns to us with sparkling eyes. \u201cDo you know the secret to seeing the Northern Lights in Reykjavik?\u201d he asks. He produces a map and leans in closer. \u201cYou have to wait till after 11 p.m, but before 2 a.m. Start at the harbor and follow the coast towards the Gr\u00f3tta lighthouse. You\u2019ll go through a quiet residential area, with hardly any street lamps\u2026\u201d Northern Lights in Iceland. Image by Aurora Reykjavik, The Northern Lights Centre He pauses, probably seeing the look on my face. A quiet residential area with minimal lighting after midnight? Do I have \u2018murder me\u2019 written on my bobble hat? \u201cThis is Reykjavik,\u201d he smiles. \u201cIt\u2019s the safest city in the world. Trust me. After you see the Northern Lights, come back and show me the photos!\u201d With a clear night on the cards, my friend and I wait for 11 p.m and set out into the blackness. We don\u2019t really expect to see the Northern Lights on this night, at least not this close to Reykjavik, but within minutes they\u2019re tearing up the skies in every shade of green we\u2019ve ever seen. Northern Lights over Reykjavik, taken with an iPhone. By Becky Wicks We dance along with them like weirdos on the sidewalk as they dip and swirl and disappear, only to reappear again somewhere else in different shapes and colors. We capture them as best we can on our iPhones (not too bad, actually, see above!), and the next day, back in the souvenir shop, the wise old man sells me the Viking-horned mug and a Northern Lights keyring. He knows what he\u2019s doing. There are other ways to see the Northern Lights in Reykjavik without traipsing off on a freezing coastal walk in the midnight hours! During a whole week in Iceland, we try all of them. The best time to see the Northern Lights in Reykjavik Just like our industrious friend in the souvenir shop says, you can see the Northern Lights in Reykjavik on a clear night, in a darkened area, usually between the hours of 11 p.m - 2 a.m \u2013 you might get lucky a little earlier or later, but Icelanders swear by these times. Just walk out towards the lighthouse at Gr\u00f3tta, a nature reserve on the tip of the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula. Hugged by black sands and a craggy coastline, it\u2019s an impressive place to watch the lights above the churning Atlantic ocean. Remember, Iceland is located at a high latitude, so it\u2019s eternally light from mid-April until mid-August. You won\u2019t see the Northern Lights during this time. For your best chance, aim to be there from late August to mid-April. But for maximum chances, go from September to late March, when it\u2019s dark after 6 p.m. Check the Aurora Forecast to improve your chances For your best chances at seeing the Northern Lights anywhere in Iceland, check out the Aurora Forecast from the Icelandic Met Office. The map of Iceland shows the forecast of cloud cover. Green areas mean skies are cloudy and white areas forecast clear skies. Just move the slider underneath the cloud cover map, or click directly on a day or time. Set Sail on a Northern Lights Cruise There\u2019s no doubt that one of the best ways to see the Northern Lights in the city is from the water, away from the glare. With tickets to the Northern Lights Cruise, we board a big boat from Reykjavik harbor at 9 p.m, and set off into the night. There\u2019s booze on board at the bar, (some of the cheapest wine we find in Reykjavik, no less) and the inside is snug and warm. This is good, because out on the deck it\u2019s freezing! The guide up there gives a running commentary, including fun facts like \u201cReykjavik is the only capital city besides Nuuk, Greenland, where you can see the Northern Lights.\u201d Sadly though, the lights don\u2019t come out to play for us. There\u2019s way too much cloud cover. If this happens to you, don\u2019t panic. The best thing about the Northern Lights Cruise is, if you don\u2019t see the lights on the night you booked, you can book again for free on another night. TOP TIP: Book tickets to the Northern Lights Cruise early in your trip so you leave enough time if you need to go again. Northern lights in Iceland. Image by Aurora Reykjavik, The Northern Lights Centre Strap in and ride the FlyOver Iceland Image by FlyOver Iceland, Reykjavik I\u2019m going to be honest, this is not my first choice of attraction. Initially, it sounds too much like a theme park ride for me to get excited, but by the time we exit the building we\u2019re blown away by what we\u2019ve just seen! You enter the FlyOver Iceland experience with your group and watch a cute movie narrated by a bearded man in his log cabin, by the fire. After a little more Icelandic folklore, courtesy of a witch, you\u2019re strapped into the FlyOver. It\u2019s like a rollercoaster, whereby your legs are left dangling over the edge of a ride in front of a huge cinema screen. I won\u2019t ruin what happens from here, but there are parts when you can literally feel the weather. My friend was quite concerned for her impending hair-frizz before she forgot where she was. We were completely immersed in what felt like an open, adventurous helicopter flight across the entire awe-inspiring country of Iceland. From windswept glaciers and flower-strewn meadows to gushing geysers, erupting volcanoes, black-sand beaches and yes, the Northern Lights, FlyOver Iceland is just\u2026 wow. TOP TIP: Get your tickets to the FlyOver Iceland in advance, to avoid the queues before the show! Head to the Planetarium at Perlan Museum Image by Perlan Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland \u00c1r\u00f3ra \u2013 the Northern Lights Show is another impressive piece of cinema that gives an actual personality to the natural phenomena known as Aurora Borealis. We flash our tickets to the Perlan Museum, which consists of six tanks with a 26-meter-high glass dome\/planetarium in the middle, and settle into the auditorium. If not for the plush seats and indoor heating in here, we wouldn\u2019t believe we\u2019re not looking at the actual sky. This immersive show takes us on a gorgeous audio and visual journey into the heart of Iceland without leaving our chairs, which makes it one of the best (and warmest) ways to see the northern lights in Reykjavik. It\u2019s beyond relaxing too, listening to lady \u00c1r\u00f3ra. It\u2019s probably better not to sit down in here if you\u2019re sleepy, you might not see the end. Fun fact - five of Perlan's six tanks contain heated water for the city of Reykjavik, and it\u2019s all heated by geothermal energy. The sixth tank is now the Perlan Museum, home to some high-tech, hands-on exhibitions designed to take you on a journey through Iceland's mesmerizing landscapes and natural phenomena. Want to know the best thing about Perlan Museum? Hint: It\u2019s not above ground, it\u2019s beneath it. Check out our Insider\u2019s Guide to Perlan Museum to find out more. And get your tickets to Perlan Museum before you go to get in faster! Northern lights in Iceland. Image by Aurora Reykjavik, The Northern Lights Centre Visit the Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre Founded by a group of friends with a burning passion for capturing the Northern Lights in Iceland and beyond, the Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre turns out to be one of our favorite places in the whole city. We lounge on comfy floor mats and watch a loop of auroral displays, captured all over the country, projected onto a seven-meter-wide screen in 4K quality. Every single shot at the Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre has been taken by the team. Watching the show is like joining them on a mission. This is also the place to come if you\u2019re looking for specifics on the Aurora Borealis, presented by the experts; what are they, abd where do they come from? How do we know when they might appear? There\u2019s some useful information on how to photograph the Northern Lights in Reykjavik and other top spots in Iceland, too. Probably the best bit however, is buying postcards and stamps and mailing them home from the arctic mailbox in their gift shop (My mum got hers just 2.5 weeks later!). Want to know more about the exciting life of a Northern Lights hunter? Grab your tickets to Aurora Reykjavik in advance. And don\u2019t miss our blog post, An Insider\u2019s Guide to Aurora Reykjavik: The Northern Lights Centre, where we talk \u2018being on the job\u2019 and the inspiration behind the experience with the Centre\u2019s CEO and chief photographer, Gr\u00e9tar J\u00f3nsson. Northern lights in Iceland. Photo by Aurora Reykjavik, The Northern Lights Centre Conclusion If you want to up your chances of seeing the Northern Lights in Reykjavik, take a walk to the lighthouse from the city. Set off on a late-night Northern Lights cruise. Head to the Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre for some of the best photos taken by professionals. Or see them virtual reality-style at Perlan Museum and FlyOver Iceland. Are you planning a trip to Iceland? Check out our other Iceland blog posts and plan your trips and tours ahead! Book your tickets to Iceland\u2019s top attractions online with Tiqets.