Join us in a thrilling night-time adventure to find one of Mother Nature’s greatest showstoppers – the magical phenomenon known as the Northern Lights.
Far from the glow of the city, we will hunt for the magnificent but elusive auroras, best seen on cold, clear nights in winter. If conditions are right, we may be lucky enough to witness the awesome spectacle of the Lights swirling in a wild and carefree dance across the sky in vivid colors and dramatic patterns.
Unfortunately the Northern Lights do truly represent nature at its best and they are as unpredictable as they are stunning. Our local activity operator has years of experience in tracking the Northern Lights and will carefully research conditions on the day of the tour to offer you the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights. However
If you do not see the Northern Lights you will be offered another Northern Lights tour free of charge. Therefore you are recommended to book this for a night early during your stay in Iceland.
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For your exciting Northern Lights Tour, you will be picked up from your hotel or guest-house in Reykjavik 30 minutes before start time and will set off in search of one of the world's greatest natural wonders.
The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, are a spectacular natural phenomenon, often seen as waves of brilliantly colored light dancing across the Arctic sky. The Lights originate from the sun, where large explosions and electronic storms throw flares and solar particles deep into space. These clouds of solar particles are caught by the Earth’s magnetic field at the south and north poles. The particles collide with the gases of Earth’s atmosphere and cause them to glow – just like gas in a fluorescent tube. The colors formed depend on the type of gas – oxygen glows red or green while nitrogen produces blue or purple lights.
The Northern Lights are seen in winter, usually on clear crisp nights in places far away from city lights.
Before starting this tour, the activity operator always checks the weather forecast around the south western part of Iceland. From experience, they decide where each journey will lead for the best possibilities to see the Northern Lights.
The tour will take you to all the places where these Northern Lights are most likely to be seen. However, the activity operator cannot guarantee that you will witness the spectacle. If the Lights are not seen you will be offered a second tour free of charge.
At the end of the excursion you will be dropped back at your accommodation.
We had booked this tour in early January and despite perfect conditions for the lights, saw nothing. The tour guide had lots of interesting stories and facts about the area and... FRASER MCPHIE
The first time we went to see the Northern Lights, we were unsuccessful. The guides were great fun and really made the tour. They even suggested another night that would be... Laura Whitehurst
01 Sep - 15 Apr: Daily
3 – 5 hours
01 Sep - 14 Sep: 9:00pm
15 Sep - 31 Mar: 8:00pm
01 Apr - 15 Apr: 9:00pm
(You will be picked up at your hotel 30 minutes prior to tour departure.)
Duration: 3 – 5 hours
Pick-up from your hotel or guest house in Reykjavik.
(Please mention your hotel/guest house details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel/guest house in Reykjavik
It will be cold. Wear plenty of warm clothing in layers. Thermal clothing is recommended. You may also want to consider some headwear to cover your ears in case the winds pick up. Don’t forget the camera!
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm the pick-up details. Pick-up at hotels and guesthouses takes place 30 minutes before start time.
The Northern Lights are visible from September through April but can only be seen on a clear night. Therefore, the tour company reserves the right to cancel this tour if the evening sky is heavily clouded or weather conditions are not favorable. A decision is taken daily at 1800h (6:00pm) whether the tour will take place or not. All hotels and booking agents in Reykjavik are informed by email about the decision so please contact the front desk of your hotel or the Tour Desk at hotel Saga, Loftleidir and Hilton to find out whether the tour will operate.
The tour company cannot guarantee sightings of the Northern Lights even if the tour operates. If the tour runs and the Lights are not seen the company will offer customers a second Northern Lights tour free of charge.
Pick-up is available from major hotels and guesthouses in the greater Reykjavik area. Pick-up services are not provided from private addresses.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.
See the Cancellation policy for this product