Reykjavik, Iceland

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clock-o4 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Hunting for the Northern Lights is one of Iceland’s most popular winter activities, and this 3-5 hour tour from Reykjavik lets you do it in style, in a small group. Traveling by minivan, head into the dark countryside away from any urban light pollution, and visiting different viewpoints to see the radiant natural lights. A camera tripod for taking photos, plus blankets, delicious ‘kleina’ pastries and cocoa are included to keep you warm.
  • 3-5 hour Northern Lights deluxe tour from Reykjavik
  • Head into the countryside far from light pollution to chase the Northern Lights
  • Stop at viewpoints and with luck, see the radiant display overhead
  • Learn the science and legends behind the lights
  • Camera tripod, blankets, ‘kleina’ pastries, and warming cocoa included
  • Includes air-conditioned transport by minivan, with pickup and drop-off near your Reykjavik hotel
  • Small group of 16 travelers or fewer
Dress warmly and after pickup from your Reykjavik hotel, meet your guide and small group of no more than 16. Settle inside your air-conditioned minivan and journey into the darkness-cloaked countryside.

On route, hear fascinating facts about the Northern Lights, otherwise known as the Aurora Borealis, from your guide. Learn how they form when solar particles collide with the Earth’s atmosphere, and hear the Icelandic folk tales associated with the natural phenomenon.

During your drive, your guide will keep watch for the lights, and look for the clear skies needed for sightings. You’ll also head as far from Reykjavik and towns as possible, to escape any urban light pollution.

Gaze out from your minivan, and stop at viewpoints to seek or catch up with the luminous displays. Hop outside and keep warm with melt-in-the-mouth kleina pastries and hot cocoa.

With luck, observe the lights overhead, and if you wish, use the supplied tripod to steady your camera and capture pin-sharp photos.

After four to five hours — the exact tour duration depends on when and if the lights appear, and how long it takes to find clear skies — return to Reyjkjavik, where your trip concludes with a drop-off near your hotel.

Please note: sightings of the Northern Lights are not guaranteed on this tour. If the lights are not seen, you will be given the option of joining the tour on another date, free of charge.

Reviews

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A
, Jun 2018

This tour was great attended in March 2018 - Konrad was friendly and entertaining and kind enough to send us his photographs afterwards. Would highly recommend but would suggest bringing a tripod if you would like to take your own pictures.

N
, Jun 2018

one of the most magical evening of my life. The tour was Amazing and upto the mark. The Bus was very comfortable and our guide gave us information and enlightened us about the northern lights phenomenon during the journey.
We went out of the city to a dark place to see the Aurora. Waited for 20 mins and then suddenly the northern lights magic started in sky. It was so magical and beautiful. Icing on the cake was the hot chocolate in the chilly weather. Highly recommended tour. :

E
, Apr 2018

I have no problem with the tour company - they cannot control the weather or the possibility of Northern Light sightings. We left Reykjavik and spent 5 hours looking for an opening in the clouds to see the Northern Lights, but never even saw stars. In reality, you probably are not going to see them as depicted in the post cards - a lot of those are made on perfect nights with time exposure. I talked with a local who told me that there are only a few nights each year that viewings are magnificent. My daughter and I finally saw a small glimpse of them when we walked to an area in Reykjavik where light pollution was minimal and we saw a brief glimpse of green overhead. It lasted only a second or two, but we can say we saw them!!

J
, Apr 2018

Our guide was really nice and determined to find something to see. Unfortunately, all the action could only be seen through a digital camera. If we had been advised before hand i would have taken one. The images he got on his GoPro were amazing.
Pity it was sooo cold and also cold on the bus.

M
, Mar 2018

A disappointing tour. A very packed minibus with non functioning seatbelts and very narrow aisles
On top of that the driver-guide was extremely rude and couldnt care less. They were not punctual and didnt even apologize
A total waste

G
, Mar 2018

A great experience, enthusiastic guide. The smaller bus allows you to get further away from the main road and light sources.
I would do this again with the same company if i return to Iceland

f
, Feb 2018

Unfortunately didn't see the lights and this was no fault of the tour company. But the weather was forecasted for cloud so wasn't expected so would have been nice to have had the option of delaying the tour to another night. We drove out the city and then parked up. As the bus was switched off, we sat in the cold for 2 hours. Bus driver did hand out blankets but could have left the heating on given the cold outside. This unfortunately made it quite an unpleasant experience.

L
, Jan 2018

We unfortunately did not get to see the Northern Lights, but our guide really tried to give us the opportunity. In lieu of the lights, we saw stunning views of the stars in the night sky, the Milky Wayc and lots of constellations.

m
, Jan 2018

Josh is an amazing guide. The fact that his maternal language is English is very helpful. He is very knowledgeable and very pleasant. We strongly recommend this tour.

R
, Jan 2018

In brief, if the northern lights aren't there, then it won't matter if you're super jeep, luxury people carrier, mini-bus or a large coach - as there won't be anything to see. So, provided a free second night is offered when there aren't any lights, then book the cheapest northern lights tour available i.e. on a large coach. This particular tour was in a smart and newish 16 seat mini-bus, with a pleasant enough driver/guide but I don't think she went out of her way to find a spot where there wasn't any artificial light. The hot chocolate was just a flask and some paper cups - we didn't see any pastries. Therefore, nothing special or deluxe and we could have brought our own drink and snacks. In hindsight, we should have booked one of the regular and much cheaper northern lights tours.


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