Aurora Reykjavik

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Aurora Reykjavik
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
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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topcat397
Sussex68 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
A quick 2 day trip to Reykjavik during not so favourable weather conditions meant that there was pretty much zero chance of seeing the Northern Lights so this is definitely the next best thing!
It was set up by people who are passionate about the Aurora Borealis so everything is focussed on this wonder of the world.
Spend some time watching the lights dancing in different areas of Iceland and the world on a huge screen and read about this phenomenon and how it is created.
There’s a small cafe and gift shop at the end where you can get a free tea or coffee and browse the items for sale.
The entrance fee is reasonable (but discounts can be found by booking on line or using the discount coupon booklet which you can find in your hotel).
If the weather is not in your favour to see the lights, then take a trip here!
Written January 25, 2020
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Grelli_J
Hey topcat397, Thanks for the great review! Aurora Reykjavík is open everyday - alla day long, no matter the weather out there. We had so many stormy days this winter, we are glad we managed to give you shelter and a good alternative to the real lights during your stay! We hope you had a lovely time on our little island despite the bad weather, safe travel!
Written March 26, 2020
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Kelly M
7 contributions
Mar 2022
Aurora Reykjavik is a dream. The owners are Aurora Borealis enthusiasts and majority, if not all, of the stunning photos displayed in the museum are originals. Aurora captures everything- folklore from around the world, the science behind the northern lights, interactive demonstrations of how the northern lights are created and how to take a photo of the northern lights when you do see them! They had informative videos and a beautiful display of lights from locations all across Iceland. They even had VR headsets to create an immersive experience. I highly recommend, especially before going searching for the northern lights. There was a lot of love and appreciation put into Aurora Reykjavik.
Written March 19, 2022
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Thank you so very much Mickaeka, Your incredible review leaves us speechless! Aurora Reykjavík is a small private institution, put together and run by few northern lights hunters and enthusiasts. We truly put our hearts in what we do, and reading words such as yours makes us incredibly proud and grateful. Thanks again, and safe travels!
Written April 12, 2022
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2017Ravs4
Crickhowell, UK127 contributions
Mar 2022
We didn’t get to see the northern lights, so we came to the centre as the next best option. They were very friendly and the entrance cost also entitled you to a free hot drink. It was very interesting to learn about the northern lights and see them virtually. The entrance price was better value than some other places.
Written April 18, 2022
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Takk fyrir, what a review! Our Center is the first exhibition about the northern lights in the country, and the widest collection of video and photo materials of its kind. We know that nothing compares to seeing the Aurora in nature, but we try our best to offer travellers a good alternative, no matter the season. We hope that the cosy atmosphere of our Center - with our very own Aurora cinema and VR experience - somehow made up for the lack of northern lights, and that a nice cup of coffee and the enthusiasm of our staff made your day extra special. Thank you again!
Written May 16, 2022
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ScubaPLondon
Greater London, UK31 contributions
Feb 2022
Having been on a Northern Lights coach tour the night before (didn't see anything due to cloud and full moon) this was an on impulse visit (after we'd done the Flyover Iceland experience). It's excellently presented with information suitable for all ages and very informative - you can tell that those who've created it have a passion for their subject. We spent around an hour and a half, and both myself and my 16yr old son thoroughly enjoyed it. Staff were very helpful and welcoming - even giving me a (free) coffee which was welcome. The "tech' including VR headsets worked well and obviously much thought had been put into the structure of the experience. If you get the chance do go!
Written February 16, 2022
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Grelli_J
Hæhæ. Thank you for your exceptional review! Your kind words means so much to us. We are proud and happy to have provided you and your son with a most enjoyable experience - and a lovely cup of coffee. We know that there is nothing like seeing the northern lights in nature, but hope that our Center and nice atmosphere in some measure made up for the unsuccessful Aurora hunt. Thanks again!
Written February 18, 2022
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Stan W
18 contributions
Jan 2020
Like nearly everyone else who visits Iceland, we were chasing the Northern Lights. With our lights tour, we had complimentary entry to the Aurora Reykjavik exhibit.

During our day of exploring the city, we dropped into the exhibit as we explored the harbor area. I was a bit skeptical when I first saw the building. Simple and unadorned, the Aurora exhibit provided a lot of interesting facts and was surprisingly enjoyable.

Aside from learning, there was a soothing video slideshow of some amazing shots of the Northern Lights. There is also a basic VR experience in the cafe area.

The staff was friendly and helpful. The location is good as the exhibit is near a food hall as well as Valdis ice-cream. Worth a visit if you're exploring the harbor area.
Written February 4, 2020
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Takk takk Stan! We are very pleased to read comments like yours! Hope you really enjoyed yourself in Iceland!
Written March 10, 2020
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Jun David
Toronto, Canada817 contributions
Jan 2020
This is in included in our Icelandair package. It is located near the harbor and a walking distance from Harpa Concert Hall.

It is recommended to visit this museum first before going searching for the Northern lights to understand the theory of the Northern Lights. All you need to know about the aurora is here, complete with videos, visual effects and pictures. You can also have a fake photo with the northern lights as background which they email to you.

This place is worth visiting with free coffee or tea by the end of the tour.
Written February 3, 2020
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Thank you jundavid0908! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit and hope that you will always keep beautiful memories of Iceland!
Written March 10, 2020
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Rebecca P
Middletown, CT26 contributions
Feb 2020
This museum was included in my Northern Lights tour and it was a nice way to learn about the lights, what we'd be seeing, and the expectations. However, I wish it was a little more interactive with the displays and I would have loved some more direction for my camera with the test shots. Overall, worth going for a quick visit if you're off to try to see the lights.
Written February 28, 2020
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Hæ hæ rmarien! Thank you for the informative review! We have recently renovated and added a few things, so if you´re ever in the neighborhood you´ll have to stop by and let us know what you think. As far as the camera direction, I am sorry to hear that you were not able to get that from the guide on your tour. Our own museum staff are always available to answer questions, but of course during the evening they are typically posted outside of the exhibition, in order to assist any visiting tours groups. We will certainly take your experience to heart for future planning, as we don´t want anyone to miss out on some camera aid. Thank you again for letting us know. Happy travels! Grelli
Written July 11, 2020
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Jaana S
Balsta, Sweden74 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
A good way to catch Aurora, if the conditions are in your favour. Good service with pick up on several places around the city. A nice giftshop and a lot of information about Aurora at the museum. Nice and informative bus driver who took us to a good place spotting Northern Lights, we got to see some modest action as well.

This is very weather dependent and they decide if the tour will be done at all during the day. Book as late as possible and keep track of the weather and Aurora forecast if you can.

Unfortunately it was a popular place for several companies, but probably you need to pay a lot more to get exclusive.
Written April 6, 2020
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Hæ jaana444! It sounds like you got to attend one of the aurora tours that meets up at our museum! We are so glad that you enjoyed it, and that you had a chance to catch some lights. Lady Aurora is certainly an elusive subject. And you are correct on the weather forecasting- tour guides spend a great deal of time adjusting their plans for various factors like available solar activity, activity spikes, cloud cover, light pollution, and inclement weather. Because of these details, sometimes the plan is adapting even while you´re on the tour! That kind of flexibility is the mark of a seasoned aurora hunter. Because of the length of most tours (3-4 hours average), and the difficulty of cloud cover, it can always be possible that you will encounter other hunters if there is very little clear sky. It is a lot like gathering around the only good window sometimes, in that way. Fortunately (and sometimes unfortunately), we get lots of surprise weather, so it´s always good to plan aurora hunts early in your trip, so that you have as many chances as possible to catch a good window. It´s definitely not a hunt for nothing! Thanks again for sharing your experience, and for paying us a visit. Takk! Grelli
Written July 11, 2020
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Dilip P
Muscut, United Arab Emirates7 contributions
Mar 2020
We stayed awake for three nights and did not see the northern lights and were giving up the chance to see it. Until the last night in Vik, while we were coming back to the hotel for our long day tour, when our tour guide happen to see one. We all ran out of the bus to see the awesome display of this unusual display of this phenomenon. The camera picked up more details than our naked eyes. This is what we came to see and are were happy to end our trip with this.
One have to keep in mind, that they might go back without seeing the northern lights, because it is intermittent.
Written March 6, 2020
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Hæ hæ Dilip! We are so glad to hear that you saw some lights! It can definitely be a time consuming and surprising hunt depending on conditions, that is for sure. Sounds like you got lucky though! Thanks for letting us know about your experience, and happy travels in the future! Takk Grelli
Written July 11, 2020
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Chris S
Aberdeen, UK208 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
A very good exhibition. This small, well laid out display gave an excellent description of the science behind the phenomena and there were some absolutely stunning images. The staff were friendly and this was the only place we visited that did reduced entry rates for senior citizens.
Written February 27, 2020
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Hæ hæ 416ChrisS! It is great to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. I am glad that you got to take advantage of the reduced rate- and also that you found our staff helpful. They love meeting fellow aurora enthusiasts and globetrotters, so it is always an excitement to see who stops by. Thank you for letting us know about your experience, we appreciate your support. Happy travels! Grelli
Written July 12, 2020
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