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Aurora Reykjavik

Grandagardur 2 | aurora Reykjavik, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 780 4500
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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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Reviewed 15 June 2018

I was unsure whether to attend, but ended up coming here as I needed to kill some time-and i'm very glad I did! It was a great and informative experience mixing interesting mythology with scientific rigour. The culmination was in a virtual reality experience which...More

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Grelli_J, Owner at Aurora Reykjavik, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Hæ hæ Vic0z! Thank you for taking the time to visit us. We are always happy to hear that the information felt sufficient, and that the exhibit was enjoyed. (The folklore and mythology is a favorite of ours as well- it is not hard to...More

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Reviewed 8 June 2018 via mobile

Straight of the bat, apologies to the haters, this is an experience which doesn't claim to fully recreate the actual northern lights. Visiting in June I did not come to Iceland for the northern lights (maybe another time). That said, it was a very informative...More

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Grelli_J, Owner at Aurora Reykjavik, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Hæ hæ mrlukenik! Keen observation indeed! Our museum certainly does not recreate the actual northern lights- and would not wish to. Holding a candle to the majesty of lady aurora is a tall order to be sure. What we can do, however, is build a...More

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Reviewed 5 June 2018

.....was to get out there and experience it for myself! Unfortunately I was two weeks too late for the aurora season, but that's just the best reason to come back! Explains what an aurora is, how it forms and then the virtual reality!More

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Grelli_J, Owner at Aurora Reykjavik, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Hi HubbleBubbleTrouble! Ahh the auroral season certainly is fleeting! Hopefully you will make it back one day to see the real thing. And when you do- we are always happy to help with excursion planning and hunting tips. In the meantime though, we are so...More

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Reviewed 5 June 2018

We spent about an hour here looking at the exhibition, the film at the end and the VR headsets are the best part. Free drinks in the shop at the end are a nice touch. Easy to find, go to the harbour and keep walking...More

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Grelli_J, Owner at Aurora Reykjavik, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Hi 78darren! We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit. We are just at the edge of the old harbour, so walking along the water is an excellent way to find us. (A beautiful one, too!) And just as you say- no matter what...More

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Reviewed 2 June 2018

This place shows you a 25 minute film of the northern lights all over Iceland, plus has glasses for a virtual 3 D experience and many photos and displays that educate you about the phenomenon. As one of the employees said, "It's your only guaranteed...More

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Grelli_J, Owner at Aurora Reykjavik, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2018

Hi mer1954! That is one of our favorites jokes- that this place is the only guarantee of lights that we know! ;) It certainly does feel like it sometimes, with how capricious the activity and the weather can be- and especially of course, during the...More

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Reviewed 28 May 2018

A small museum to learn about the Northern Lights. If you are not visiting Iceland in winter, you can get a taste of what they are by visiting this museum.More

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Grelli_J, Owner at Aurora Reykjavik, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2018

Hi oldermomma! We are glad you were able to stop by to experience some of our ´summer auroras´! It´s a nice way to have an experience from both halves of the year while you´re here. (Or maybe even if you are here during the auroral...More

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Reviewed 27 May 2018

The exhibit was small, but gave information about the formation of the Northern Lights which was interesting. At the end, we used a virtual reality apparatus which was much more than I expected. As we were in Iceland in the summer, we would not have...More

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Grelli_J, Owner at Aurora Reykjavik, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2018

Hi rockinroad! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the exhibition, and the virtual reality! Capturing that footage and reformatting it to work correctly in the headsets was quite an adventure- but it certainly is the closest we have come to recreating the real...More

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Reviewed 21 May 2018

Another small museum that informs visitors about the lights phenomenon and does it reasonably with artefacts and interaction. Cannot possibly come close to re-enacting the real thing - but if you've not been able to catch the real thing, this might spark your interest. Too...More

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Grelli_J, Owner at Aurora Reykjavik, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2018

Hi FairCityFrasie! We hope you enjoyed your visit to our museum. As we are always reimagining and adding on to our growing home, feedback like yours is valuable to our process, and very much welcomed. If you have any thoughts or comments about what you...More

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Reviewed 20 May 2018

As it was the wrong time of the year to see any lights, so we visited this museum and found out more about the Aurora. This is a small museum, where you learn how the lights are made and the myths, that other country's believed...More

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Grelli_J, Owner at Aurora Reykjavik, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2018

Hi Geejay1244, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are glad you found your way to our museum, to see some lights! We are also happy to hear that you enjoyed our staff, as that is an important part...More

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Reviewed 16 May 2018

Enjoyed a few hours looking around when we were snowed in. Well worth the visit. Different light stages and a good insight of how the lights appear. Scientific and enjoyable.More

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Grelli_J, Owner at Aurora Reykjavik, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2018

Hi sean484! Snowed in, eh? I´ll bet I can guess the week that you were here! ;) There was quite a bit of activity in our weather this winter, and many visitors spent a few extra days in Reykjavik due to road closures. We are...More

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budfarley1
31 August 2017|
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Response from Grelli_J | Property representative |
Hi there! November is a great time of year to visit, as you are well within the auroral season at that time. Chances of course vary depending on things like the presence of solar activity, and the weather in the area that... More
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Helen T
16 January 2017|
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Response from Hordur F | Property representative |
Hi Helen and thanks for asking. It costs ISK 1600, until 1st of May, It will be ISK 1800 after that. More information on Aurora Reykjavik can be found on Aurora Reykjavik web page. Best regards Hordur.
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Summerscales123
1 April 2016|
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Response from Grelli_J | Property representative |
Hi Summerscales123, thanks for writing. November is a great time to view the lights, as you are well within the auroral season (mid August-mid April), and there are plenty of dark hours. The probability of seeing auroral... More
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