Northern Lights Tour

Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik | IS-AA1101

Exchange the bright lights of the city for the dazzling colors of the Aurora Borealis

About Tour

Journey into the Icelandic countryside and see the awe-inspiring magical aurora in all its regal glory!

Tour Highlights

  • Northern Lights Photos
  • The Northern Lights
  • Guided Tour in a Minibus
  • Budget Option
  • Iceland Countryside

The Northern Lights in Iceland are undoubtedly nature’s greatest show, one that everyone should see once in their life. The aurora borealis illuminates Iceland’s skies through the winter season, a magical bucket-list experience that will remain with you forever.

Our exhilarating aurora hunt departs from Reykjavik and takes you deep into Iceland’s rural heartlands, leaving the city lights behind and providing the perfect conditions to witness the heavenly light show. If you’re looking to see something supernatural and cross the Northern Lights off your bucket list, then this is the tour for you!

Upgrade to a Super Jeep for a unique ride on Icelandic secret roads! Our specially designed super jeeps give us the flexibility to go wherever we want, even on dirt and gravel roads. These vehicles have a greater chance to escape the well-trodden paths and allow for the best chance for a near-private viewing.

  • Small groups (minibus)
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Expert guides
  • Free Wifi
  • Super Jeep
Available Sept - Apr
Duration ~4 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Difficulty Level Easy
Minimum age 6
Pick Up Yes
Meet on Location No

From

9 990 ISK

Per Adult

  • Free Cancellation
  • No booking fees
  • Fast & secure booking payment
  • Best Price Guarantee
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What's Included

Included

  • Super Jeep Ride (Super Jeep option only)
  • Roundtrip transport from Reykjavík
  • Expert Guide
  • Northern Lights Photos
  • English Speaking Tour Guide

What to bring

  • Hiking boots or very sturdy footwear
  • Warm outdoor layers
  • A weatherproof top layer
  • Headwear, scarves and gloves
  • There is no such thing as too many layers on a Northern Lights tour!
  • We also recommend bringing a tripod for your camera

Not Included

  • Meals

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About tour / Itinerary

Find out more details about the tour and its highlights.

Information

We’ll collect you from your Reykjavik accommodation or a nearby pick up location, and drive into the velvety dark of night in search of the heavenly light show that illuminates the winter night sky.

Part of the charm of the Aurora Borealis in Iceland is its elusiveness and one of the main parts of our tour is the thrill of the chase. The aurora forecast changes daily, so we can’t tell you exactly where we will go. But if luck is with us, before long, we’ll spy the dancing colors of the Northern Lights above one of Iceland’s iconic attractions such as - Þingvellir, Reykjanes or Kirkjufell. Our well-designed mini buses allow us to go to off-the-beaten-track locations in Iceland’s rural heartlands – meaning that we won’t need to worry about light pollution.

The Northern Lights have enchanted sky gazers for millennia and almost every culture that has ever witnessed them has considered them to be of divine origin. They can appear dramatically or subtly spraying vivid colors across the dark sky. Flickering patterns then begin to emerge as the swirling colors create surreal shapes that will leave you breathless.

We now know that the dancing lights are a result of charged particles from the sun hitting Earth’s magnetic field. Green and yellow auroras are the most common, but we also see blue, violet and rose auroras. Red auroras are the least common, however, they happen more in Iceland than anywhere else in the world. Whatever color we see – the Northern Lights are nature’s most unrivaled light show and they never fails to astonish!

Our friendly, knowledgeable guides are equipped with high-end cameras and have mastered the settings needed for Northern Lights photography. They’ll snap a photo of you under their dazzling colors – ensuring that you can remember this amazing bucket list experience forever!

Pickup times for the Northern Lights tour depends on the season – it will either be at 20:30 or 21:30, depending on how much daylight there is.

Please remember to bring:

  • The Northern Lights tour takes place at night and temperatures are almost certain to be extremely cold – we thoroughly recommend that you dress up as warmly as possible to maximize your enjoyment of the tour. Temperatures are likely to be below freezing, remember that there is no such thing as being too warmly dressed, a rule of thumb to keep in mind the more layers the better!
  • The Northern Lights tour lasts around 4 hours.
  • The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and we cannot guarantee that you’ll see them during the tour, however, our expert guides will use local knowledge and the aurora forecast to maximize our chances.
  • We may be forced to cancel the tour if the weather conditions are bad for Northern Lights watching.
  • If the tour is canceled, we offer three options – a full refund, a chance to go on another Northern Lights tour or the chance to use the money as a deposit for another tour.
  • If the tour goes ahead and we do not see the Northern Lights, then we offer you the chance to rebook for another day. Please note that in this case, we do not offer a refund.
  • The tour may be canceled because of weather or visibility until 5pm on the day of. We advise to check departure information on our website. An email will be sent out to all customers notifying them of this cancellation.
  • Photos from the tour are available free of charge, taken by your expert guide on carefully selected high-end cameras.

Disclaimer

CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS

Day Tours:

  • More than 24 hours’ written notice, full refund
  • Less than 24 hours’ written notice, no refund

Reviews

4.9
Based on 11 reviews

Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

1- of 11 reviews

Great tour guide

Reviewed 23/04/2019 by CZ Suratos

Freeman (unsure of spelling) was a great guide. I wasn't sure what to expect and Freeman was very informative and entertaining. We saw some great lights. Pick and drop off was super smooth. Even though I am used to cold weather, it never hurts to think more layers ... mostly because you spend a lot of time standing still in the dark and cold, looking up at the sky.

Great tour and guide

Reviewed 16/04/2019 by Bhushan C Joshi

Great tour and very well informed tour guide Ingvaar. Looks like he does the tour as he has a passion for Northern Lights and photography. Definitely recommend it.

❤️ BestEver❤️

Reviewed 13/04/2019 by Alicia Joy

Cannot express how amazing the guides, Biggi &Frimann, at Artic Adventures made the trip in Iceland. Everyone was so welcoming and made us feel special and appreciated. What a great experience to see such a beautiful country!

Ms

Reviewed 10/04/2019 by Wendy Murcia

Definitely is the best idea for hunting the northern lights. Our tour guide had a lot of experience and knowledge about Auroras. Was really nice and friendly. I recommend 100% the tour specially in the jeep because they can go for different routes and kore darkness. In that way you have more chances to see the northern lights.

Aurora explorer super jeep tour

Reviewed 13/03/2019 by James

My wife and I were honeymooning in Iceland and took the Aurora Explorer Super Jeep tour. We had an absolutely wonderful time. Our guide was very knowledgeable and there was an astronomer guide there as well pointing out the constellations. On this trip we saw the northern lights and had a wonderful evening. Based upon our experience with Artic Adventures we enlisted their services for 3 additional tours on our trip. Thanks for a wonderful time!

Reviewed 12/03/2019 by Charlotte

Our guide Freman, was very knowledgeable and really shown passion the aurora viewing. We managed to get a spectacular view of the lights and he was a massive help with camera settings so we were able to capture the magical moments. Would recommend to anyone who is planning on visiting.

Experienced Guide & Great Tour

Reviewed 25/02/2019 by Yvette R

We were very glad to go with the super jeep tour which enabled us to go off the main road to a very isolated spot to enhance our chances of seeing the northern lights. Our guide was very experienced and knowledgeable and on our first attempt to see the lights were successful! The added shot of Brennivin and hot cocoa was a nice touch as it was a very cold night.

Wonderful experience

Reviewed 21/02/2019 by Joy

Wonderful experience and very informative. Although the northern lights is weak at that time, we still had an amazing experience. Our tour guide, Nick, is very nice and knowledgable. We will choose Arctic Adventures again when we come back to Iceland :-)

Bjarni is the best!

Reviewed 20/02/2019 by Faith Cromwell

We took the tour on February 10 with Bjarni. The sky was covered with clouds and Bjarni went above and beyond to find clear skies for us. He looked at satellite images of the cloud cover and changed his planned route because he thought he would be able to find clear skies in a different direction. We eventually ended up in a vacant plot of land and over the next several hours, watched the northern lights get brighter and brighter. He brought his camera, took several pics of the skies and of us. When the "show" really began, he took a time-lapse video of it. It was 8 below freezing and many of us went into the van for warmth. I believe other guides would have left because of the cold and because it took a couple hours for the lights to really come to life, but Bjarni encouraged us to wait it out and to venture out of the warm bus to watch the beautiful night sky. Getting a hold of the beautiful pictures and video Bjarni took has been challenging (it has been 10 days and I still can't get a copy of that video), but we had a phenomenal experience on our first night in Iceland!

Magical indeed

Reviewed 19/02/2019 by Ho

We were lucky to see the aurora shortly after we hop into the bus. And the lights were dancing and shows colors of green, yellow n pink. Andrea was a nice lady to make sure all of us get a perfect picture of the lights

Northern lights minibus tour

Reviewed 16/02/2019 by Clare

We had a great evening with Andreane on our northern lights tour. We were lucky with the forecast and the lights were out in their full glory. We didn’t have to go too far from Reykjavík to get a great view of the lights and stars Andreane was a lovely driver and guide. She was knowledgable in terms of information about the lights and the area but also to help people with their camera settings. Andreane was very patient with everyone that wanted photos and snapped away taking shots for us all that were promptly uploaded by the next day for us to download. I would recommend this tour as it wasn’t as expensive as the jeep tours that are available but we didn’t want to be on a big coach - the minibus of approx 20 people was just right and we stopped at an off road area where only a few passing cars stopped, no other tours.