Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavík

Guided 3 hour northern lights hunt and stargazing tour from Reykjavik. Journey out of the city on a hunt for the elusive northern lights, one of the most popular things to see during the winter while in Iceland.

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  • Duration: 3 Hours
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Description

For many, the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights is the reason for visiting Iceland in winter. The Auroras are both wonderfully mysterious and magical. Iceland holds an  excellent record for frequent sightings of the Northern Lights. Iceland also offers some of the best conditions for seeing stars, as the air is pure and the light pollution is minimal.

Travel away from the bright lights of the city, out into the countryside to hunt for the Northern Lights. You will be joined by an experienced northern lights guide but an audio guide offered in 10 languages will also be at your disposal. Together with your driver and of course a little bit of luck you will find an amazing spot to view the Aurora borealis. On this tour you will also enjoy some stargazing courtesy of a pair of astronomical binoculars.

The tour not only sets out to find the legendary Northern Lights, we also use the opportunity to pinpoint some of the stars & constellations in the sky. The guide brings along astronomical binoculars for you to try out and will assist you in finding the most known constellations and stars.

Highlights

Main highlights

  • Northern lights in Iceland
  • Stargazing
  • GPS activated audio guide

Northern Lights in Iceland

The amazing natural phenomenon that occurs in the upper atmosphere of the sky. Charged particles from the sun collide with the magnetic layer around the planet. Best viewed between 10PM and 2AM on a clear night! Also known as the Aurora or the Aurora Borealis


Stargazing

Being able to read the stars is an important part of Icelandic culture. Many Icelanders know how to navigate by the constellations just like our viking ancestors. Icelandic countryside can often be featureless and thus it was a vital survival skill. Enjoy learning some of this culture as you attempt to find some of the constellations


GPS activated audio guide

The all new bus fleet is equipped with WiFi connected computer tablets in each seat. On the tablets you can use the Audio Guide that will will tell you interesting facts about Iceland and the places you are travelling through. The audio guide is available in 10 languages: English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Finnish.

Itinerary

  • Starting off in Reykjavik from our Reykjavik terminal at Skógarhlíð 10 we will head outside the city to get as far from light pollution as possible. The weather forecast plays a big influence on choosing the location, but we always try to get to the best possible sight with the best chances to view northern lights. The location can be anywhere from 30-60 minutes from Reykjavik
  • Once at the location we will stay for approximately 1.5-2hrs hunting the northern lights before returning back to Reykjavik. Depending on the forecast multiple locations may be chosen for searching for aurora.
  • The tour lasts around 3 hours, so we will return to Reykjavik around 2.5 hours after starting the tour.

Important information

Please show up at our Reykjavik Terminal (located at Skógarhlíð 10) 15 minutes prior to the departure time. Please be ready at your pick up point with your voucher, either in digital or printed form.

You will be traveling in a coach that holds approximately 40-65 people, but is very spacious and comfortable. There is no bathroom on the bus but there will be plenty of stops where facilities can be used. The bus offers free wifi and USB charging ports.

Please note, it will not be possible to refund this tour in the event of an unsuccessful northern lights hunt. However, you may re-book the tour and continue coming back on subsequent tours until you have a night of successful northern lights.

What’s included

  • In bus audio guide with a choice of 10 languages (English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Finnish)
  • Knowledgeable Northern Lights guide 
  • Free Wi-fi and usb charger in every seat
  • Free use of camera tripod (please note, we only have a few and many people come on the tours, if you own one please bring it)
  • Free use of astronomical telescope, for moon and stargazing
  • Complimentary star map
  • Photo memory of you and the northern lights (when aurora can be seen)
  • Instructions about how to set up your camera to capture northern lights and the night sky

What do I need to bring

For the In-Bus-Audio-Guide: Bring your own headphones. Otherwise headphones are available for purchase in every bus from our hosts. 

For your comfort: Dress according to weather. In Iceland it is always wise to dress in warm waterproof clothes. Weather changes can be sudden so be prepared for all weather conditions. Waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves, and warm socks/waterproof shoes are recommended, especially since we will be outside at night.

Customer Reviews

So friendly and funny, would definitely recommend

   

We went on a northern lights tour and it was amazing, first night we got there and we saw beautiful auroras over Reykjavik, then our tour guide took us to chase them, so friendly and funny, would definitely recommend.

Sabrina Caiafa • 28 Sep 2016

Enjoyed it!!

   

Great job finding a break in the clouds for a nice pink and green dancing light show. Enjoyed it!!

Valerie Cook • 20 Sep 2016

kr 4,490 3 Hours , Very easy

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