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Seeing Northern Lights is a bucket list experience for many families – and Iceland is one of the best places in the world to catch this spectacular natural phenomenon.

Also called the Aurora Borealis, clear, crisp winter nights are the ideal condition to see the Northern Lights in Iceland – making winter months the time to take this trip. 

The season is from September to mid-April. Some sources will recommend November to February as the prime time for viewing the Aurora, as they are the darkest months with the longest possible window to see the Northern Lights in Iceland. 

And for active families, winter is a great time of year to visit Iceland.

Our favorite way to experience Iceland includes a stop at the Blue Lagoon (of course) and lunch in downtown Reykjavik – then get out into the remote countryside where you can play and explore for days! 

Check out snow covered waterfalls, snowmobile, fat bike, and of course … ski! While the skiing certainly can be extreme, there is terrain suitable for children who are confident skiers.