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“Hopefully it will develop!”
Review of Aurora Reykjavik

Aurora Reykjavik
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Northern Lights Viewing Cruise from Reykjavik
Ranked #19 of 179 things to do in Reykjavik
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Hopefully it will develop!”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Fearing that the weather would make it unlikely that we would see the real thing we made the effort to visit this display. It costs just under £10.00 per person for something consisting of about 20 A1 sized display boards giving very simple information followed by a video loop lasting little more them 4 minutes projected onto a wide screen (not wrap around or planetarium style) of possibly half a dozen different views of the Northern Lights. We quickly realised it was on a loop and watched it a couple of times. We then moved on and found ourselves in the gift shop so we went back thinking we must have missed something but no. Sadly, although it has potential, it is not a 'must see' attraction. Visited October 2013
(Revised review 25th Nov.13)

Visited October 2013
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SagaTravel, Owner at Aurora Reykjavik, responded to this review, 15 January 2014
Hi there. We are sorry for your experience at the Northern Lights Center.

There are few thing we would like to address in your review that need explaining.
The video loop is still about four minutes but not for much longer.

We have spent many hours last months photographing more timelapse, it does take time because for one minute of timelapse we need aprox 1440 images and that takes about 5 hours out on the field and when most northern ligths displays only last for 10-30 minutes that is hard work.

Another thing that needs addressing is, it looks like you missed a third of the exhibition there is a lot of information between the timelapse room and the gift shop.

So you are always welcome again for free, to see our progress and the information you missed.

We do hope that you accept our apologize and take us upon our welcome if you come back.

With warmest regards Hordur Finnbogason.
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“Interesting but not enough for the cost”
Reviewed 13 November 2013

We decided to go to the Northern Lights Center since our attempt at seeing the real Northern Lights failed. Possibly the center isn't completed yet, as there is construction going on outside, but there wasn't enough to do at the center to make it worth the cost. The little they do have is very interesting, so they either have to expand their exhibit or reduce the cost.

Visited October 2013
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Hannover, Germany
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“Very pricy”
Reviewed 27 October 2013

The Northern Lights Center is quite new and so I sometimes had the feeling of walking through an unfinished building.
The first bit is quite interesting, giving information about the Northern Lights in Arctic regions and what the inhabitants think (thought) of them.
There are some good information how the Aurora develops and what causes it. but nothing of this that can't be read somewhere else.
The souvenir shop was a disappointment as well, as I was expecting it to have at least all the Aurora postcards I saw during my trip round Iceland. But it's just a selection.
What I really liked was the photography exhibition on display there.

This really isn't a really bad place, if you weren't interested in Northern Lights before it gives some nice historical and scientifical information, it's just too pricy. Especially in comparison with other great museums and exhibitions in Reykjavík.

Visited October 2013
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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“Good !!”
Reviewed 25 October 2013

Even though I'm Icelandic and get to see the northern lights every winter I found it very fun and interesting to go to aurora Reykjavik. It's a great place to take a look at the beautiful northern lights and get a cup of coffee afterwards.

Visited October 2013
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

Well, if this is your only chance to see the aurora on a large screen then it might be worth it. Whether or not you will appreciate the museum will probably depend on whether or not you've seen the northern lights or have been to other aurora exhibits. I've been to the aurora exhibit at the University of Alaska Museum in Fairbanks, and I saw the aurora in the night sky, so I'm a little spoiled! :/ The UA exhibit offers a wealth of scientific facts, explanations and displays. Soooo, the one in Reykjavik was a bit of a let down for me. The museum is small and the information is introductory. You can see the layout on the museums website. I think we were done in about 25 minutes, including 5 minutes of watching the large screen (and taking pictures of it :)

I must say, the best thing about it is the large screen which displays videos of the aurora borealis over different regions of Iceland. It's not like an IMAX screen or movie theater screen, but a good size. You can sit there all day and meditate on the images. The section which told about fables and beliefs which different cultures held about the northern lights was also interesting. There's a cute little gift shop at the end. oh, and there is one display that gives tips on how to photograph the aurora.

If you have lots of extra time this might be worth it but I wouldn't necessarily say it's a "must see."

Visited September 2013
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