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Northern Lights Bus Tour + Aurora Museum Admission | IS-BT002

See the magical auroras and visit the Aurora Museum!

About Tour

This Northern Lights hunt will take you to the remote Icelandic countryside, where you’ll get a better chance of seeing the dancing auroras!

Highlights

  • Northern Lights Hunt
  • Aurora Museum
  • Expert Guide
  • Hot Chocolate

Many people come to Iceland to see the incredible Northern Lights. Join this Northern Lights tour and be part of this phenomenal experience. 

The team of experienced guides will decide the location on the day of the tour, depending on the forecasts, to get the best chance at catching the Aurora Borealis. Your guide will share interesting folk stories during the tour and explain the science behind this extremely beautiful phenomenon. 

If we're lucky, we'll end up watching the beautiful NNorthern Light covering the night's sky in the midst of Icelandic countryside. You'll also get to taste our specially-made hot chocolate!

 

Aurora over Skogafoss Waterfall in South Iceland
Couple Enjoying View of Aurora in Iceland
Aurora Borealis in Thingvellir National Park
Bright Auroras in Iceland by the Mountains
Man Playing a Guitar by Bus in Iceland
Bus Tour of Northern Lights in Iceland
Group Enjoying Aurora Tour in Iceland

From

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Per
Adult
  • Expert Guides
  • Free Wifi
  • No Booking Fees
  • Fast & secure booking payment
  • Best Price Guarantee

Availability All Year

Duration 4 hours

Departs From Reykjavik

Difficulty Easy

Minimum age 8 years

Pick Up Yes

Meet on Location No

What's Included

Included

  • Northern Lights hunt
  • Professional English-Speaking tour guide
  • Entrance to the Aurora Museum Reykjavik (valid on the day of the tour)
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Wi-fi onboard

What to bring

  • Hiking boots or very sturdy footwear
  • Warm outdoor layers
  • Weatherproof top layer
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Scarve
  • Camera

Not Included

  • Meals

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Itinerary

Find out more details about the tour and its highlights.

Please note

Aurora Borealis in Thingvellir National Park

The tour will begin with a pick-up from your preferred location in central Reykjavik (you have to choose a pick-up location when booking a tour). After everyone is picked up, we'll head away from the city lights to the outskirts of Reykjavik. We don't know where we will go on a certain day, but we usually don't go further than 90 minutes from Reykjavik. 

The location we'll go to is always a surprise - it is decided the same day by the expert guides depending on the weather predictions. They calculate where the chances of seeing the Northern Lights are the highest and then take you to this certain location. 

On the way to our destination, your guide will share some of the folk stories related to the Northern Lights. This spectacular phenomenon was with Icelandic people for centuries and became the center of numerous folk tales and superstitions. 

If we're lucky enough, we'll end our night by watching the Northern Lights surrounded by the beautiful Icelandic countryside. You'll also get to taste our homemade hot chocolate! 

After the tour, we'll drop you off at the same location where we picked you up.

By booking this tour, you'll also get admission to the Aurora Museum, located in downtown Reykjavik. You'll be able to visit the museum on the day of the tour. 

A visit to the Aurora Museum will be the perfect introduction to the Northern Lights tour later that evening. There, you will be able to learn the science behind this beautiful phenomenon. After the Aurora Museum, you will get a better take at the Northern Lights when you see them in real life!

  • The tour duration is 3-4 hours, but the tour length can vary depending on the weather.

  • Wear warm clothes and shoes as the weather can get freezing during the night.

  • Refunds are not issued in case of unsuccessful tours. We do allow guests to join the tour again on another night. This offer is valid for up to 3 years.

FAQ

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

The pickup time is stated on your voucher and therefore we recommend you to review your voucher carefully. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated as you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the right pick up time that you chose when booking the tour.

Wait for your guide at your assigned pick up location.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Yes, we do have a tour into Langjökull Ice Cave that has no minimum age and it is a fantastic option for the whole family. As a Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, enjoyable tour for a family traveling with young children, these guys have an enormous success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).

If you want to explore parts of Icelandic Highlands than we have our magnificent Landmannalaugar Safari tour that also offers you to bathe in natural hot springs. Almost all of our jeep tours are suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. Then we also have a relaxing experience that we highly recommend, our Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

We reserve the rights to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Your safety is our number one priority.

Please read more information in our terms and conditions in regards to this matter.

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 Northern Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights tours.

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.

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.

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 contact our Customer Care to re-book your tour.

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.

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 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.