Although Reykjavik is a great city and definitely worth a visit, staying here you are less likely to view the northern lights due to street lighting. Combining one or two nights here and the rest in wilderness is a good option. Alternatively staying in Reykjavik and organising day tours from your hotel.
Flights: Geneva to Reykjavik with Swiss/Icelandair via Frankfurt. 5h50 total flight.
Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre offers complimentary admission to Aurora Reykjavik – Northern Lights Center, only 500 meters from the hotel. Also evening dining on the roof terrace whenever Northern Lights are visible.
Hotel Alda. Stylish contemporary hotel located in Reykjavik’s shopping area. You can book an extensive range of tours here to take in all the nearby natural wonders, whale watching and 4×4 northern light spotting.
Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel. Less than an hour away from the capital, set against the backdrop of vast lava fields, this hotel looks pretty special. It has a great restaurant, a spa and all sorts of crazy adventures to go on, but you can also just lie in the hot tub and stare at the light show.
Hotel Ranga. Apparently one of the best hotels in the world to see the northern lights from. This is a very remote Alpine lodge in south west Iceland where you can watch volcanoes explode, see Northern Lights and eat like a Viking. It is in a great position for exploring South Iceland’s delights including Jökulsárlón lagoon, glaciers, volcanoes, and the Golden Circle (although you may need to hire a car). Food is fabulous – the best in the area. It is one and a half hours by car from Reykjavik airport. Prices from CHF290 a night.
Hotel Glymur. If sitting in a geothermal hot tub watching the Northern Lights sounds heavenly, check yourselves into the bright-red Hotel Glymur, one of Iceland’s most popular hotels. Just 45 minutes outside Reykjavik, it’s perched on a hillside by the sea in Hvalfjordur – and, again, it’s gloriously remote. Delicious fresh Icelandic food is served in large portions. This hotel is more homely than chic.
The Northern Lights Inn. Visitors to the Northern Lights Inn are provided with detailed aurora forecasts and enjoy commanding views from the panoramic windows of the hotel’s restaurant. The inn is just a short walk from the hot-springs of the island’s famous Blue Lagoon, open until 8pm in the winter months. If you’re lucky, you can bathe in the waters of the spring and watch as solar winds trail ribbons of green light through the thermosphere. It is 45 minutes drive from Reykjavik.
For expert help in organising your trip, contact https://skafur-tour.fi or www.planeticeland.is