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Magnificent lights over Lava Centre on 6 April 2024

As the days grow longer and the chill of winter begins to fade, you might think that the season for witnessing the mesmerizing Northern Lights is coming to an end. However, we’re here to tell you that it’s still the perfect time to visit the LAVA Centre and indulge in the celestial dance of colours across the Icelandic skies.

The Northern Lights: A Spectacle Like No Other

The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, is a natural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of travellers, artists, and scientists alike. Here in Iceland, we are privileged to have one of the world’s best vantage points for this stunning display. As spring approaches, not only do we enjoy increasingly longer days but also dark enough nights to appreciate the full glory of the auroras.

Green and purple northern lights cover the night sky above the town of Hvolsvöllur

Green and purple lights light up the sky all night long.

Why Visit Now?

While many associate the Northern Lights with the heart of winter, early spring offers a unique opportunity. You can experience the beauty of both extended daylight hours for exploring our dramatic landscapes and the chance to witness the Northern Lights as darkness falls. It is also shoulder season in Iceland and the prices for accommodation and rental cars might be more affordable.

Extended Daylight for Exploration

With each passing day, the sun lingers a bit longer, giving you more time to discover the wonders of Iceland’s nature. From the thundering waterfalls to the vast volcanic fields, your adventures don’t have to end when the clock strikes sunset.

A Warm Welcome Back from Your Adventure

Imagine returning from a day filled with exploration to the cosy comfort of your accommodation near Hvolsvöllur and Hella. These locations are prime spots for Northern Lights viewing, allowing you to bask in the glow of the auroras without venturing far into the cold night. Check out the different accommodations the area has to offer like hotel Rangá, Midgard Basecamp, Skálakot Manor Hotel, Hótel Lækur, Umi Hótel, Volcano Huts and Panorama Glass Lodges

The LAVA Centre: Your Base for Adventure

Strategically situated in Hvolsvöllur, the LAVA Centre serves as the ideal base for your day tours and Northern Lights expeditions. Our volcano exhibition adds an educational twist to your stay, providing insights into the fiery forces that shape this land and often contribute to the conditions ideal for Northern Lights displays. Check out the numerous tour operators in the area for unforgettable experiences: Midgard Adventures, Southcoast Adventures and Heklu hestar, horse riding tours.

Live Northern Lights Web Cam

Can’t wait to see them for yourself? Get a sneak peek through our live Northern Lights webcam provided by LAVA Centre and Midgard Adventure.  This window into the Icelandic sky offers real-time views of the auroras as they unfold above us.

A Timelapse to Remember

This stunning timelapse from April 6th captures the Northern Lights’ ballet of green and purple hues. It’s a testament to the awe-inspiring beauty that graces our skies and a taste of what you can witness firsthand.

Embrace the Night Sky with Us

There’s no better way to experience the Northern Lights than by staying where they shine brightest. Let the LAVA Centre be your guide to this otherworldly spectacle. With the right planning and a touch of luck, you’ll find yourself under a canopy of dancing lights, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Join us from the beginning of September until May for an unforgettable journey through day and night in the land of fire and ice. The Northern Lights await.

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