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Review of Aurora Reykjavik

Aurora Reykjavik
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Aurora Reykjavík, The Northern Lights Center...
Ranked #44 of 187 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.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

The film show was lovely. We had a free coffee, which is very welcome in Iceland! Nice little visit, especially if the weather is bad.

Thank micvic99
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Grelli_J, Owner at Aurora Reykjavik, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

Hi micvic99,

Glad to hear that you were able to enjoy the films, and the coffee! We are big coffee drinkers, so we like to keep the coffee fountain running. Helps with staying up to catch the lights!

Our weather often has a hard time making up its mind- so you may find yourself experiencing a few different seasons in one day, here. Fortunately, we are a great sunny day activity, and rainy day, as well. And we are here every day from 9:00-21:00, so that covers evenings as well. The real lights can be hard to find- but we have made ours easy, to make up for it. ;)

Thanks for stopping by!
Grelli

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

We stopped here as part of our city tour. Great information about the lights but the best part was the tour guide actually showed us how to change our camera settings to capture the Northern Lights!

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Grelli_J, Owner at Aurora Reykjavik, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

Hi Ferrickhead28,

Glad to hear that you enjoyed your guided tour! Going through the exhibition on your own is great, but having one of our staff with you is certainly a key to a lot of additional info. (Including the camera setting- we are all happy to help there.)
I do hope you were able to catch some cool shots- don´t forget to share them with us if you do, we love seeing the results!

Takk fyrir!
Grelli

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

This meuseum is very small, but it gives a person a great understanding on the scientific explanation on how Auroras are created. It also depcis a historic review of ancestral beliefs regarding the Aurora. If included with a tour, do take it...it is a very interactive place and people are warm and welcoming. All questions area answered. A lot to be learned during the visit. Also and truly nice is the little gift shop at the end. They have many things and I bought a few of my favourite sweaters there! Islandic made! ENJOY!

Thank Hector M
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Grelli_J, Owner at Aurora Reykjavik, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

Hi Hector!

It is great when people can visit prior to going out on a hunt, because as you say- there is so much to know! It sounds like you may have been on one of our guided tours- which is a great experience. The exhibit is packed with info, but our guides have even more- if you can believe it. (I suppose when you eat, sleep and breath auroras, it´s a side effect. ;))
These tours are always possible if you e-mail or call ahead, so that we can make sure we have enough of us here to support your group, and I do highly recommend it. We love to share our passion, and this is a great way to do it in an all encompassing way.
Otherwise, we are always around, and do love a good chat.

And also- enjoy the sweater! Cold doesn´t have anything on an authentic, grandma-crafted, Icelandic lopapeysa. The uniform of a true aurora hunter!

Thanks for stopping by,
Grelli

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

tried to find this museum when we arrived as we had entrance fee included. took some finding and was not as well publisize as some of the other attractions. it was a wet day and so we were drenched after asking a number of people who did not even know of its existance when wer finally did find it.
good to see considering we had free entrance but not something otherwise we would have gone out of our way to find. it had some good informaiton on the aurora and other phenomea in other areas, ie norway , greenland. photos, cinema pictures and virtual reality glasses in the exit area where you also were able to get free /include tea/coffee

Thank gordonramsy
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Grelli_J, Owner at Aurora Reykjavik, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

Hi there gordonramsy!

Big fans of yours. ;) I am sorry to hear however, that you had some trouble finding us. We are a bit tucked away, and are in the process of changing out some of our signs now that the winter season is over. This information is helpful to us, as we approach the next season, and reconfigure some of our processes.

I do hope you were able to dry off a bit in our lounge and enjoy your coffee- the weather here can be a bit unpredictable. We are glad that you managed to enjoy the exhibit, and we will certainly take your experience into consideration as we move forward.

Thank you for spending some of your time with us,
Grelli

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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Found this spot quite randomly after getting the “hop on hop off” bus tour. The centre is very clean and nicely laid out. The entrance fee was €12/14 and you receive a nice wrist band as a ticket which you can keep.

Inside the centre are some nice stories from various countries regarding the northern lights. There is a scientific explanation area going through what cause he auroras and also and interactive display which lets you see the colours that occur at various altitudes etc.

From here there is a relaxation area which is really dark with a projection of the Northern Lights over various Icelandic locations. Here there is calming music, chairs and bean bags.

There is an instructional area for people wishing to achieve the best photographs of the Northern Lights and it explains the setting you require and a trial run area of a backlit photograph.

To finish you end in the gift shop where the VR is set up. Here you have tea and coffee options, included in the price, and loads of seating. As we didn’t get to see the Northern Lights during our trip I found this a very informative and interesting exhibition. Kids would really enjoy.

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Grelli_J, Owner at Aurora Reykjavik, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

Hi BillyMc86!

The Hop on Hop off tour is a great experience. It lets off just across the street from us, so we are fairly easy to find that way. (The city bus also does this, for those of you who are public transport savvy.)

It is good to hear that you were able to enjoy the full scope of the museum- it can be a really great backup for those trips where the lights do not choose to grace us with their presence. All of our footage was shot locally in Iceland by our in house team, however, so at least in that way, you are seeing the most accurate occurrences possible. (Especially when you try out our virtual reality!)

Thank you again for spending some of your holiday with us- it sounds as thought our goal was certainly met in your visit.
Takk fyrir!
Grelli

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