Northern Lights Tour

Magical Auroras - Northern Lights Tour | IS-AA1101

Go out to search for the northern lights - Our most popular aurora tour

About Tour

A minibus evening tour where we look for the northern lights. We check the cloud and aurora forecast and drive out of Reykjavik to a location where conditions are optimal to find the magical auroras.

Highlights

  • Northern Lights search
  • Small group tour in a minibus
  • Free photos of you/your group
  • Expert Aurora Guide
  • Stargazing

Escape the city's light pollution and come with us to look for the magical Northern Lights or Auroras Borealis as they are called as well. Our specialised guides will decide, on travel day, where to go, after taking into account both the aurora forecast and cloud cover to maximise your chances of seeing them in all their glory. We travel in a minibus, which means small groups and therefore personal service from our guides.

We never know where the best conditions will be. The weather changes quickly and the destinations vary. We might head to the National park Thingvelllir, Reykjanes (The Southern Peninsula) which is covered with lava and extreme landscape or Borgarfjordur which is a beautiful fjord in west of Iceland to name a few.

This natural phenomenon happens because of chemical reactions in the Earth‘s atmosphere. Gaseous particles collide with electrically charged molecules and atoms released from the sun‘s atmosphere. These particulates from the sun are blown towards earth by the solar wind and can enter both the northern and southern hemisphere because of weak magnetic field at the poles.That‘s the reason for why we only see those dancing lights close to the Northern pole (Auroras Borealis) and south pole (Auroras Australis).

The different colours are due to different molecules, oxygen forms the most common one, yellow/green and nitrogen produces blue/purple-red for instance.

  • Small groups (minibus)
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Expert guides
  • Free Wifi
  • Super Jeep

4.9

Availability Sept - Apr
Duration ~4 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Difficulty Easy
Minimum age 6
Pick Up Yes
Meet on Location No

From

9 990
Per Adult

Please Select When Booking:

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What's Included

Included

  • Pick up and drop off at hotels or guesthouses in Reykjavik
  • Tour in a minibus
  • Expert Guide
  • Northern lights tour
  • 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

Contact us for more Information about this tour

Reviews

4.9
Based on 9 reviews

Magical Auroras - Northern Lights Tour

1- of 9 reviews

Great tour guide

Reviewed on April 23, 2019 by CZ Suratos From our post-trip system

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 on April 16, 2019 by Bhushan C Joshi From our post-trip system

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.

Ms

Reviewed on April 10, 2019 by Wendy Murcia From our post-trip system

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 on March 13, 2019 by James From our post-trip system

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 on March 12, 2019 by Charlotte From our post-trip system

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 on February 25, 2019 by Yvette R From our post-trip system

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.

Bjarni is the best!

Reviewed on February 20, 2019 by Faith Cromwell From our post-trip system

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 on February 19, 2019 by Ho From our post-trip system

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 on February 16, 2019 by Clare From our post-trip system

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.

FAQ - Frequently asked questions

Still got questions about the tour? Hopefully you will find the answer here.

The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we, unfortunately, cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.

For more information on the Northen Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.

We, unfortunately, do not have one simple answer to this question.

There isn’t just one single setting for your camera that ensures great photos. However, if you have manual options, you are probably best served with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, aperture, and exposure settings. As a rule of thumb, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2 8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.

A good thing to keep in mind, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have given great results.

Different combinations may give very different results. Higher ISO setting will allow you to capture faster exposures, but the downside to this might be for example grainier images.

If the shutter speed is above 15 seconds it will result in a slight star movement.

Wider angle lenses are usually more versatile in low light settings, but longer lenses give you different options for compositions. Make sure that you remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length.

Reimbursement is not given if the northern lights tour goes ahead and no lights are seen but we do offer you the change to join a Northern Lights Minibus tour free of charge.

Please go to customer portal to re-book your tour.

When Northern Lights tours are canceled it’s usually due to unfavorable weather conditions.

In that case, your options will be to:

  1. Reschedule for another day.
  2. Find another tour to do and use the deposit for it.
  3. Get fully refunded.

Please go to customer portal to re-book your tour or contact us by phone +354 562 7000

The northern lights are a pretty difficult thing to predict. We recommend you to check en.vedur.is to see the forecast and if the level is high and the skies are clear then it’s very likely that the tour is going ahead. We do update our website’s tour departure sheet with the information at 17:00 pm the latest. If your tour is canceled then you will receive an email from us.

If we think there is no chance at all of seeing the lights we will cancel the tour. We don’t want to bring you out and disappoint if there is no chance of the lights to be seen.

Yes, the guide on your tour will take a photo of you with the northern lights in the background.
These can be single or group photo’s and are free of charge.

The Northern Lights season is from late August until mid-April. However, if you want to increase your changes of seeing them, it is best to wait until the clear winter months of mid-September until March.

The northern lights depend on luck and weather if that is in your favor than you will be able to see the Aurora Borealis above the inviting streets of Reykjavík. Whether you see the lights or not they depend on two different factors. The first being the weather. If the sky is clear, no clouds, then you are halfway there to seeing the astonishing spectacle that is the Northern Lights (although light pollution can sometimes be a problem). Increased solar activity is the second half so, if these two merge together you may well be able to see the Northern Lights from Reykjavik.

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