8 Best Vacation Homes in Iceland to See the Northern Lights

A country like no other, Iceland is the kind of unique travel destination that can’t be missed or replaced by an excursion somewhere else. At the risk of overusing a word that should only be used sparingly, Iceland has a unique geology, culture and history. For these reasons, it is a must-visit place in every way.

The Northern Lights shine all over the island, illuminating thousands of incredible natural and man-made sights. These include Promethean volcanoes, vast fjords, otherworldly geysers and unique museums. Iceland is both small and vast, a country that is relatively small but in which space seems to stretch endlessly and each horizon feels like a planet in its own right.

The country’s natural beauty, lush springs and deliciously wacky attractions (I’m looking at you, Penis Museum) are generally accessible year-round (although the roads are very well maintained, winter storms can still create delays). But visitors drawn to the Northern Lights, that eternal and elemental expression of northern magic, should plan their trips more carefully.

The shorter the days, the more likely the auroras are to perform their captivating dance of light and color. The best time to see the Northern Lights is between September and April. Most visitors will prefer the front and back ends of this period given the island’s harsh winter climate. In terms of location, the atmospheric phenomenon occurs all over the island, but light pollution makes the Northern Lights less common in Reykjavik and other population centers on the island.

Finally, it is important to remember that Iceland is a land of exquisite emptiness dotted with tiny hamlets and villages. Although there are excellent restaurants in the capital, the country generally lacks fine services (spas being the exception), and what there is to find is quite expensive.

To help you achieve your dreams of seeing the Northern Lights and all that Iceland has to offer, here is a list of eight Vrbo rentals in Iceland. Geographically dispersed across the country, each promises a unique adventure.

Picturesque Cottage on the Grand Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Rent now$214/mo per night

Guests of this quaint cottage are well placed to see the wonders of Iceland. There are a myriad of majestic sights to see on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the Northern Lights being just one of many. As the drone footage Captured by owners attest, this Vrbo rental in Iceland is located in a remarkable location.

The cottage, and a few others like it, are an additional source of income for owners of a successful horse farm. Riders are welcome to take a ride, as are anglers encouraged to try their luck and test their skills in the river that runs through the farm. Enjoy modern accommodation and easy access to the peninsula’s volcanoes, geothermal pools and glaciers. The interior is clean and has all the conveniences demanded of modern life.

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms : 1

Sleeping: 4

Modern house in an unbeatable location

Rent now$569/mo per night

Cleverly designed, spacious and perfectly located for in-depth exploration of South West Iceland, this enviable modern home is your gateway to a fantastic journey to one of the most fascinating places in the world. It is the ideal base for visitors wishing to discover all the Nordic charms of the “Golden Circle”, a triangular route made up of Thingvellir National Parkan explosive geothermal area and an explosive waterfall system.

Be captivated by all this and more, then return to a warm and comfortable space with an unparalleled sense of satisfaction. The four-bedroom property is split between two buildings. It has a fully equipped kitchen and an outdoor area with a barbecue and a hot tub.

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms : 2

Sleeping: ten

The foreman’s house

Rent now$457/avg per night

Where better to see the Northern Lights than the north coast of Iceland? This 19th century structure in the village of Husavik has a newly renovated kitchen, five bedrooms and the ambiance of a cozy family home.

Geomer, a world famous natural spa on the coast, is just a 10 minute walk away. Husavik is a true Icelandic village, considered the capital of whaling (it has a roaring trade among watchers as well as hunters). For those who love the northern lights and wilder sites, the trip to Asbyrgi Canyon can’t be missed. Although less than an hour away, visitors will assume they have been transported to another planet. In addition to its stunning beauty, the region’s isolation makes it an ideal location for Northern Lights enthusiasts.

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms : 2

Sleeping: 8

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