12 Best Airbnbs Perfect For Watching Northern Lights In Iceland - Updated 2024

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Iceland is definitely incomparable in many ways, with the best places to visit. All year round, this small country in the Arctic Circle receives a large influx of tourists whose primary travel goal is to experience a unique and gratifying vacation. It is surrounded by active volcanoes, large ice fields, geysers, and springs which have become the country’s tourism trademark. Another treasure that sets Iceland from other destinations in the world is the magnificent aurora borealis or northern lights. This rare astronomical phenomenon that draws beautiful color patterns across the night sky is a scenery that you can watch almost every day during winter. Book comfortable lodging, such as cabin rentals, and enjoy the beauty of these heaven-sent marvels with your loved ones. Read on this list of the best Airbnbs perfect for watching northern lights in Iceland.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 28, 2024.

1. Charming property with a crib

At this charming property, experience the magic of the northern lights from the comfort of the bed in the winter. Start your day with a continental self-service breakfast, available for a fee. Relax in the cozy living room, complete with an enclosed terrace that offers beautiful views of nature.

Enjoy watching your favorite shows on the TV with standard cable, or catch up on your reading with a good book. A crib is available for the kid’s convenience, ensuring everyone a peaceful night’s sleep. Stay connected with free WiFi and share your favorite moments with your loved ones back home. Rest assured that your vehicle is safe with free parking on the premises.

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170 Reykjavik (Seltjarnarnes), Iceland
46.79 km (29.1 mi) from Thingvellir National Park
29 reviews   Wifi Available
ROOM IN BED AND BREAKFAST 7 Beds 12 Guests 3 Bedrooms

Accommodates: 12

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great place on the beach there is a dining table in the view
with very clean rooms
the bedrooms were clean and comfortable and a breakfast was provided which was a nice plus
but we did appreciate the host provided lots of cereals and 2 cartons of milk
zeno was helpful and did answer all our questions
the host is definitely a good one communication was good he arranged a very nice breakfest
great stay very accommodating for a large number of us
comfortable house good location check in easily
this place is easy to find and in a great location
it was a great little gem in the middle of a quiet neighborhood
i would certainly consider this location again for a moderately large group of 6-10 people
great location great customer service
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2. Beautiful abode with an outdoor hot tub (from USD 968)

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, this beautiful rental is an idyllic escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, with a perfect spot to enjoy your private display of the northern lights. After exploring the stunning countryside, sink into the charming bathtub and soak away your cares.

If you’re ready to settle in for the evening, you can curl up in front of the TV and catch up on your favorite shows. No need to worry about chilly nights - this property boasts central heating to keep you cozy and warm. Free WiFi is available throughout the property for those needing to stay connected.

But the show’s real star is the private hot tub, the ultimate in relaxation. As you take in the stunning scenery, sink into the warm water and feel your cares melt away.

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Mosfellsbær, Iceland
33.01 km (20.6 mi) from Thingvellir National Park
63 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire villa 7 Beds 10 Guests 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 10

Top guest reviews
the hosts are amazing
the hosts were responsive and helpful
wonderful cosy place- the hosts were extremely helpful responding extremely quickly to any questions
agla was always super helpful kind and quick to respond
this place is a beautiful new home in a beautiful setting with absolutely amazing hosts
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3. Luxury rental surrounded by lush greenery, Mosfellsbær (from USD 554)

The nature surrounding this best Airbnb to see the northern lights makes your experience sweeter and more romantic. It features a tidy interior with glass windows that keep a homey and snug ambiance.

The furniture and the high-tech appliances give the guests both convenience and aesthetic sceneries. There are velvet couches and a flat-screen television in the lounging area in case you wish to spend a great day indoors. Before you go to sleep, have a dip in the bathtub while watching the northern lights in an intimate view. Grab a glass of your favorite drink to make the experience more special.

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Mosfellsbær, Iceland
33.11 km (20.6 mi) from Thingvellir National Park
233 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire villa 5 Beds 8 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
you have stunning views of the lupine covered hills nearby mountains and the sunset from the family room
only one bathroom but perfect for our family of five
we enjoyed family time sitting in the living room enjoying the view
the beds and linens are are very comfortable
we love the kitchen and the living room a lot
beautiful home very clean and quiet
this place was perfect it was clean spacious and cozy
very clean and beautiful place hafsteinn texted me twice when there was northern lights
this place is not cheap however it is worth every penny the villa is stylish spacious and clean
the host was always available and promptly took care of our concerns
the host is incredibly responsive and helpful
very pretty airbnb the owner is very responsive
the host is extremely kind and responded quickly to us
fantastic place with such a nice host
great house and amazing location
close to the city and easy access to the other great landscape
close enough to activities and town but far enough away that your stay will be completely peaceful
great place close enough to have easy access to the city and the country
amazing place that is private and quiet but still close to the city
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4. Unique accommodation near Geysir, Laugarvatn (from USD 320)

Inspired by traditional Icelandic architecture, this unique house is ready to accept four guests for an unforgettable vacation. The rental is equipped with heating systems that keep the temperature comfortable inside even during the rage of winter. It is one of the best Airbnbs for watching northern lights from the deck and the loft.

The minimalist interior of this abode gives guests a comfy atmosphere to breathe in and a lot of opportunities to capture beautiful photographs. The bedroom is fitted with homey beds, a workstation, and an overlooking window. There’s also a kitchen furnished with cooking paraphernalia and appliances, including an oven and coffee maker. In case the weather is not good for outdoor adventure, you can just lounge around the living area and watch your favorite TV shows.

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Laugarvatn, Iceland
30.3 km (18.9 mi) from Thingvellir National Park
239 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire cottage 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we are glad we rented a mobile wifi hotspot and i would highly recommend doing so in advance
that is where the full kitchen of the cottage becomes a huge advantage
very well appointed kitchen with a cook top and oven espresso maker dishwasher and microwave
quiet serene comfortable and relaxing
i was surprised how hot the bedroom got at night but there is a fan available
this is the best airbnb that we have ever stayed in very clean and secluded
clean cozy and good view of the surrounding area
the location was excellent the place sparkling clean gorgeous and has everything you could want and more
palmi is a very kind man
palmi was a very thorough and helpful host
palmi was an excellent host
correspondence with the host and his local contacts was simple and easy
palmi is a great host he provided lots of thorough information about the house and getting around
nice location easy to drive to many top destinations near the golden circle
it is a great location for some day trips/hikes to many nearby points of interest
beautiful house secluded yet still close to all the tourist attractions
fantastic unique little house in a great location with access to many attractions
very close to golden circle and a nice drive to vik
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5. Stunning rental with covered patio, Selfoss (from USD 326)

Secluded in a restful area surrounded by snow and nature, this stylish cottage is perfect for memorable photographs and cozy relaxation. Inside, you’ll get to enjoy a lounging area furnished with an entertainment set-up, velvet couches, and a tranquil view of the surroundings from huge glass windows.

The kitchen also has high-tech appliances and a complete set of cookware. In the cold evenings, go out to the patio and have a relaxing hot tub dip while watching the beautiful colors in the night sky. You can also feast your eyes on the famous Hekla Volcano from afar.

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Selfoss, Iceland
32.09 km (20.0 mi) from Thingvellir National Park
247 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cottage 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
everything worked really well the shower wifi hottub and netflix
the view into the wide landscape as well as the hot pool are great for relaxing
the wifi was fast kitchen facilities were good and there was a very large smart screen tv
the cottage is not too big but cozy and everything is well arranged
the cottage is a comfortable home where you can spent easily a couple of days and more
very clean and well stocked
everything was very clean tidy and modern
beautiful clean and very comfortable
it was such a lovely clean cozy cottage
the cottage is clean and well put together
the hosts are super responsive
he is a really great host
the hosts made sure everything was working nice and were really kind to us
our hosts were also very helpful and super nice and responsive
smari is an amazing host and his communication and kindness is beyond perfect
lovely cabin in an outstanding location
the location is close to all main attractions and it was so easy to drive around
a beautiful and quiet place to stay that’s also close to golden circle highlights
an absolutely delightful stay well equipped and beautiful location nothing i'd change
outstanding cottage in middle of countryside great location to all the sights
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6. Small cottage with cozy interior, Selfoss (from USD 163)

If your definition of a perfect vacation is something simple and intimate, this snug cottage blessed with a romantic view of the northern lights has great deals for you. This abode is furnished with everything you need to have a comfortable stay, such as a television, comfortable bed, dining table, stove, and fridge.

Its wooden interiors, which are among the most authentic in the area, keep the cozy ambiance inside and helps in maintaining the air quality. During the day, you can explore Reykjavik, which is 60 minutes away from the property. You can also find thrilling attractions, such as geothermal vents and glaciers, in the nearby Reykjadalur and Eyjafjallajökull. At night, don’t miss watching the northern lights from your windows.

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Selfoss, Iceland
40.25 km (25.1 mi) from Thingvellir National Park
733 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Tiny home 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
really pretty cottage with all amenities and a fully stacked kitchen
kitchen amenities were perfect and the bed was comfortable
all the amenities were exactly what we needed for a comfortable and cozy stay
cottage is very welcoming and comfortable
gorgeous cosy space amazing views kitchen and bathroom stocked with everything you could want
clean perfect space for two
the toilet was clean and modern
highly recommended very clean nice and cosy cottage
very cozy clean well-equipped and comfortable
such an amazing stay here adorable home very clean and great personal touches highly recommend
lovely setting next to the host’s house
and the host was very helpful
lovely friendly hosts and plenty of privacy
lovely host too :) would highly recommend
most of all the owner was very warm kind and very helpful
central to many cool places
cosy lodge set in a perfect location for travellers
it's in a great location for driving the golden circle
great location to some of the key southern iceland sites
great cosy cabin in a perfect location to explore the golden circle
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7. Modern accommodation near natural wonders, Akureyri (from USD 260)

This posh rental nestled in the midst of peaceful nature is no doubt the best spot to enjoy aurora borealis during the winter and the midnight sun during the summer. Apart from chic furnishings, another feature that makes this property more special are the large glass windows that give guests beautiful scenery to watch from inside.

If you wish to reward your loved ones with a delectable dish for dinner, you can cook your own meals in the fully furnished kitchenette without hassle. When the night falls, relish a drink out on the patio while relaxing your mind in the embrace of the surrounding nature.

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Akureyri, Northeast, Iceland
210.62 km (130.9 mi) from Thingvellir National Park
729 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
fantastic view and lovely apartment
the view and apartment were excellent
modern apartment with amazing view
amazing stay fantastic view and comfortable bed
this apartment is absolutely beautiful amazing views and interior
large clean and comfortable apartment
the house was clean with modern interiors
it is clean stylish and easy to locate
inga's apartment is clean and cosy
the apartment was exactly as shown in the pictures - clean and well equipped
inga was very helpful in directing us to her lovely apartment
pétur was very responsive and friendly
mirra was helpful with the directions to her apartment
we can’t thank the host enough for the fantastic memories our family have to take home
petur was helpful and easy to communicate with
very close to city center by car but peaceful
an amazingly beautiful location and still very convenient if you want to go into town
really love petur's place for the secluded location (but not too far from town area too)
great location to have the akureyri city view
access to the town is excellent as well as day trips to places like lake mvatyn
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8. A modern cabin near the lakeshore, Seyðisfjörður (from USD 203)

Whether you want to spend a great day around the lake or witness the majestic northern lights brightening the clear night sky, this homey cabin can help you fulfill your travel goals in Iceland. It features a modern interior stuffed with high-tech appliances for the convenience of four guests.

It has a compact sitting area where you can lounge when the weather outside is too cold. There’s also a kitchenette inside in case you’re in the mood to cook. The wooden deck outside is perhaps the best spot in the area to watch the surrounding nature with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee.

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Seyðisfjörður, East, Iceland
359.28 km (223.3 mi) from Thingvellir National Park
328 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cabin 2 Beds 3 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
some very thoughtful additions that also make the stay modern and luxurious (wifi wireless speaker coffee maker)
the view was amazing the decorating was modern and comfortable
the view is stunning and the house itself has everything you want and really cozy & comfortable
very cosy place beautiful views comfortable facilities and friendly owner
this old school house is amazing the kitchen was spacious and has great amenities
clean and nicely decorated
the place was perfectly clean warm and comfy
the modern and clean kitchen bathroom and living area were beautiful
it was clean and the house design is very beautiful
benedikta was a great host and available to answer questions
benedikta was a perfect host
benedikta was a really great host and provided lots of help and assistance from start to finish
benedikta was very helpful and was easy to contact for any questions we had
benedikta was easily to be reached and very helpful
beautiful location and nice walki gpaths near by
the location is very beautiful
great house in a great location
amazing location for a cozy little house
the location was remote and stunning
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9. Comfortable cabin that offers horseback riding, Egilsstaðir (from USD 178)

If you’re up for new experiences, this snug cabin is an ideal choice for accommodation. It’s nestled in a peaceful location perfect for thrilling adventures, such as hiking, nature tours, and even horseback riding.

This rental is furnished with a comfortable bed, seating area, and private bathroom. The surroundings outside are also clean and large, so you can do a lot of fun activities with your loved ones during your stay. At night, you can also feel assured that you’re in the right place to watch the aurora borealis from a perfect view. Bring as many snacks and stories as you can because your trip is surely going to be memorable.

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Egilsstaðir, East Iceland, Iceland
325.47 km (202.3 mi) from Thingvellir National Park
958 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cabin 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
comfy beds great shower perfect amount of space close to town and amazing views to wake up to
we enjoyed this stylish cozy cabin and had a perfect view of the northern lights during our stay
the cottages were comfortable and lovely and had everything we needed
the cabin was cozy and clean the location/view was beautiful
terrific cabin very clean and had everything we needed
the cottage was small but very clean the bed was comfortable and the shower very good
wow what an amazing b&b our cottage was spotless clean charming and cozy
lovely cottage easy to locate and very neat and clean
the property is easy to find and very clean and the view of the valley is absolutely amazing
the hosts were extremely helpful and responsive
the location was beautiful and easy to find with the host’s directions
great location and felt very private
such a cute place to stay wish we could have enjoyed it longer
great location and the perfect place to relax for the evening
really easy check in and good location
it’s close to town and right off the road so very easy to get to without problems
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10. Nónsteinn, Grundarfjörður (from USD 228)

Are you the type of person who feels happy to be near beaches, wildlife sanctuaries, and other natural wonders? If yes, Nónsteinn is the ideal accommodation for you. Located in Grundarfjörður, this small cottage is perfect for couples or solo travelers. Behind its simple exterior lies a comfortable lodging embellished with modern appliances and furnishings.

It has a snug seating area with an overlooking glass sliding door that faces the beautiful nature. There’s also a kitchenette where you can prepare your meal easily and conveniently. It is one of the best Aibnbs in Iceland to watch northern lights up in the sky at night, where you can bring some chairs out on the deck and feast your eyes on these enchanting marvels.

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Grundarfjörður, Iceland
129.34 km (80.4 mi) from Thingvellir National Park
1223 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Farm stay 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the views were spectacular and we enjoyed having breakfast and taking them in from our porch every morning
there was everything necessary in the kitchen and the room was too warm and the interior was pretty
the view from the bed is amazing too
beautiful cozy green cabin views cannot be beat
comfortable home and an amazing view to spend the night with your loved ones
everything clean and tidy
it's really clean and cozy
it is very clean and well equipped
the guesthouse was very clean and was well equipped with everything we needed
our cottage was perfectly clean and had personal touches
the hosts are very friendly
quick responses very friendly and inviting
anna and óli are wonderful hosts and always happy to see you
anna and oli is a super nice and friendly host
very relaxing anna and óli are the best hosts ever
beautiful location very cosy cabin
a cosy cabin in a picturesque location
amazing value for this location
a fantastic location in a fantastic country
a prime location for nature lovers
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11. The Iglúhús, Dalvíkurbyggð (from USD 185)

If you wish to watch the different phenomena happening in the Icelandic sky, this rental designed exclusively for nighttime sightseeing is the best accommodation for you. Inside its compact space, you’ll get to enjoy a warm and cozy bed and a small round table. This Airbnb igloo in Iceland has a customized roof with overlooking windows where you can witness the reposeful evening sky from a perfect indoor spot.

Watch the alluring scenery with a cup of hot coffee. You can easily make your favorite drink and snacks because there’s a coffee maker, toaster, and teapot provided. During the daytime, explore the surroundings because this rental is situated near a beautiful river.

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Árskógssandur, Dalvík, Iceland
224.41 km (139.5 mi) from Thingvellir National Park
157 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Ice dome 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
cozy and great views
the toilet outside was totally clean and there was a headlamp
lola was was very lovely host
lola was really helpful she was quick to respond to last minute questions
would highly recommend her as a host
great place to stay and good location
the location is unreal exactly what i wanted while visiting iceland very peaceful and calming
it is a stay close to or better in nature
great place to spend a night very nice people and great breakfast
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12. Humble abode with a hot tub, Akureyri

Perfect for families on a short vacation, this lovely two-bedroom house is ready to welcome eight guests. It has a wooden interior embellished in a modern style, so the entire property is surely a haven of comfort, and every spot is worthy of photographs. You can see the northern lights from the large windows in the living area.

The kitchen is fully furnished to ensure that you can easily prepare your favorite food anytime your cravings kick in. Apart from two bedrooms with queen-sized beds, there is a loft with additional sleeping space. Out on the deck lies a small hot tub where you can enjoy a relaxing dip after a gratifying day of adventures to nearby attractions.

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Akureyri, Northeast, Iceland
206.26 km (128.2 mi) from Thingvellir National Park
142 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 4 Beds 8 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful views very comfortable and lots of room
very comfortable beds the only downfall was the steep ladder to get to the second floor
the house itself has two very comfortable bedrooms and a spacious loft (up a ladder)
while the kitchen is small it has the necessities for cooking to save money on food
the public pool in town is also very child-friendly with the extensive water slides and many play areas
beautiful clean home in a lovely setting
spacious and clean its even more beautiful than the pictures
the home is clean and efficient
the home was clean and the pictures on airbnb are accurate
this place is immaculately clean and perfectly located
friendly and welcoming hosts would recommend
host provided great info on local sights and guides and food
magnfridur was helpful and gave great directions to find the house
many great recommendations from host prior to our arrival
a wonderful house and a wonderful host
nice location just outside the city
great house great location just minutes from akureyri
we had a wonderful stay at magnifridur’s place the location is excellent
beautiful place in a great location
this home is perfectly situated in a private quite place but close to the city
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Beauty and grace define Iceland

Iceland is blessed to foster the beauty of nature. It has become a popular cradle of unique experiences for travelers. Schedule a trip with your dearest loved ones in this must-visit country and book the best Airbnbs perfect for watching northern lights in Iceland.

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