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Aurora Reykjavik

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Address: Grandagardur 2, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Phone Number:
+354 780 4500
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Aurora Reykjavik is a new educational, recreational and interactive...

The Aurora Reykjavik is a new educational, recreational and interactive attraction which uses the latest advances in multimedia technology to bring the Northern Lights to life. The centre's focal point is the experience room which uses a large HD projection to immerse visitors in the Aurora Borealis' majestic green glow. The display is 7 meters wide, it is only a short time-lapse video that goes on a loop with relaxing music under it, some people like to sit there for many rounds.

You can also read about some old tales, what people thought of the Northern Lights in the old days. These stories are from different countries where you can see the Northern Lights.

We do explain the science behind this phenomena, both with a short video and some readings. You can also play with few touch screens, where you can see how the colors of the Northern Lights changes depending on the height of them.

You can learn how to adjust your camera to take a photo of the Northern Lights and try out your camera on the Northern Lights photo simulator.

We have two screens where you can see two different Northern Lights forecasts.

There is also a beautiful souvenir store at the end where you can find handmade Icelandic Northern Lights items, you can also enter there without paying for the entrance to the exhibition.

Aurora Reykjavik is a new feature in Reykjavik's blossoming tourism, it is owned by highly motivated young people who are working hard on making it a feature not to miss. When you come and visit please give your self few minutes to fill out the visitor survey and contribute to our mission.

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Small but detailed

Not a large museum but they pack in a lot! From legends on the Northern Lights to explanations on how they form to fascinating videos this museum is well worth a visit to gain an... read more

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I would recommend going here before you see the lights as it's gives you lots of information. Overall, I think the museum is very small, we spent less than an hour here and it's quite a walk out of the city

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Albury, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Not a large museum but they pack in a lot! From legends on the Northern Lights to explanations on how they form to fascinating videos this museum is well worth a visit to gain an understanding of the phenomenon. A VR visualisation can be seen through goggles in the gift shop. Very friendly staff also, very happy to help.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited this attraction as it is next to the Saga museum. As our planned trip to see the Northen Lights was subsequently cancelled (twice) this proved to be an inadequate substitute. It costs a lot for very little and only go if you can't do the Northen Lights.

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Port Alberni, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you don't see the aurora this will be the best you can do. Not natural but very well done and the virtual reality headsets gave a real sense of being among the lights!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a good stop for learning how the northern lights are formed and when the best time to view them is. Outstanding photos and videos of the aroma along with a gift shop. Very friendly and welcoming staff. Would recommend this stop prior to going out and hunting for the lights.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This small museum is an important stop before seeing the lights. You get some of the stories on the folklore from various cultures around the Arctic circle. You get a thorough explanation of what causes the phenomena, and you get individualized help setting up your camera to get the best pictures of the lights. Sorry, cell phone cameras cannot be... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Sit and read about the phenomena before you go. Why pay to see an average video of the lights. May be useful if the children are bored on a very wet day but there are more interesting things to outside.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Tells you the history and why this happens. Shows some pictures of this. Shows you how to set your camera up to take pictures. I wish id known this for when i went on trip. Very nice pictures. Free tea and coffee afterwards. Shop here but same price as everywhere here. Good place to visit.

Thank lindsey v
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Simple but effective museum. Clear explanations of what the lights are. Some great images on the flat screen. A good 35 min viewing. A must see before the trips especially if you are planning to photograph the lights. Clear instructions and settings given. A chance to try out the camera in the booth like a practice run

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Woking, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately, there has been zero "activity", so we have had to make do with the museum. Simplified explanation and peaceful video photography. Reasonably priced too.

Thank Penny P

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